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Dan Fitch reflects on a big day for Harry Kane and Romelu Lukaku, while pointing you in the direction of all the tips for today's games...

"Harry Kane’s brace against Tunisia saw him shoot in to become the second favourite to win the Golden Boot."

Kane is [7.6] to become the World Cup's top scorer.

Today's games - Tuesday 19 June 2018

Group H
Colombia [1.74] v Japan [6.4]; The Draw [3.65]
Kick off 13:00, Live on BBC One

After reaching the quarter-finals in 2014, Colombia could make another major impact at the World Cup, as they begin their campaign against Japan.

"I fancy Colombia to take all three points but a cagey start could be on the cards, with goals slow to arrive, so I'm happy to take a chance on Draw-Colombia at 10/3."

Read Steve Rawlings' Colombia v Japan match preview and betting tips here.

Group H
Poland [2.36] v Senegal [3.7]; The Draw [3.2]
Kick off 16:00, Live on ITV

The last two teams to make an appearance at this World Cup finally get the chance to show what they can do, as Poland take on Senegal.

"Poland were leaky enough in qualifying - conceding in eight of their ten matches - and it's hard to see an energetic Senegal being kept out without the influential Glik in defence. Taking a chance on the outsiders makes sense in a tight and hard-to-predict opener."

Read Steve Rawlings' Poland v Senegal match preview and betting tips here.

Group A
Russia [2.18] v Egypt [4.2]; The Draw [3.25]
Kick off 19:00, Live on BBC One

Russia can secure their qualification from Group A with a victory over an Egypt side that are looking for their first points of the tournament.

"Mohamed Salah scored 44 goals for Liverpool this season and the world class attacker was also integral to Egypt's qualification with five goals in as many games."

Read Simon Mail's Russia v Egypt match preview and betting tips here.

What happened yesterday?

Having convinced themselves that the England squad were going into this World Cup free of expectation, England fans worked themselves up into a frenzy of excitement before yesterday's opening game, somehow coming round to believe that this lack of expectation was a key reason why England definitely would win the World Cup.

So the 2-1 victory over Tunisia has probably done everyone a favour by bringing England supporters back down to earth. While England won and were often very exciting to watch, their flaws were there for all to see. Somehow England need to ensure that all their chances fall to Harry Kane, because no one else in the team could finish a proverbial fish supper.

Belgium also won their opening game in Group G, eventually exploding into life in the second-half after a poor opening 45 minutes. Their 3-0 victory over Panama took them to the top of the group and they are [1.65] to win it, with England out at [2.56].

Over in Group F, Sweden piled the pressure on Germany by claiming a 1-0 victory over South Korea. Mexico are the [1.69] favourites to win Group F, ahead of Germany at [4.7] and Sweden at [5.4].

Who will win the World Cup?

The victories for England and Belgium saw their prices reduce to win the World Cup. England are the seventh favourites at [14.0], while Belgium are the fifth favourites at [10.0]. Brazil are still the overall favourites at [5.5], but Spain are not far behind them at [5.9].

Quote of the day

"The history, it is what it is."

Harry Kane accurately sums up the horrors of the Battle of Stalingrad, after rather unfairly being asked for his thoughts on a 75-year old historical event by a Brazilian journalist, as if he's David Starkey or something.

Who will be top goalscorer?

Harry Kane's brace against Tunisia saw him shoot in to become the second favourite to win the Golden Boot at [7.6]. Patriotic punting has clearly made Kane such a short price, as Romelu Lukaku also scored twice yesterday and yet only trades as the [9.6] fourth favourite. Cristiano Ronaldo still leads the market, but has come out to [3.65] from [3.00], after the two Premier League strikers put the pressure on him.

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