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France to beat Croatia in World Cup final?

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 By Derek Bilton

France to beat Croatia in World Cup final? Goals galore in England vs. Belgium?

Attention now turns toward the World Cup final as Croatia must find the legs to face France on Sunday.

In the end then football didn't come home. The technical nous of an indefatigable Croatian side ultimately proving too much for Gareth Southgate's brave England. But what a ride. There's still the small matter of a World Cup final of course, and we feel France are deserving favourites to win Sunday's showpiece.

Running total: +£40.51

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One wonders just what Croatia will have left against the French after running themselves into the ground for the third match in a row? They produced...

 By Derek Bilton

Raheem Sterling, England on collision course with Belgium in World Cup final

Raheem Sterling fails to make the cut for Stewart Robson's combined XI for England and Croatia, so who made it ahead of him?

Croatia's failure to beat Russia in normal time cost us last time out but with four matches to go we are still showing a healthy profit from one of the most exciting World Cups in living memory. We have reached the semifinal stage and fancy England to get the job done against Croatia this week.

Running total: +£49.51

The Banker

England are just two games away from World Cup glory and have seen their odds cut to beat Croatia on Wednesday. The Three Lions opened up as 7/5 favourites to beat...

 By Derek Bilton

Harry Kane to see England past Sweden? Kylian Mbappe to score first for France?

ESPN's Charlie Gibson queries fans about England's World Cup chances while colleague Chris Mendes takes in all the action at Flat Iron Square in London.

Another tidy profit for the column last time out with 13/2 and 5/1 winners. One of the greatest World Cups in living memory now gets serious as we reach the quarterfinal stage and we look ahead to all four games, including England's crunch clash with Sweden.

Running total: +£62.51

The Banker

Russia have disproved the theory that they are the worst host nation in World Cup history but, having pulled off the unthinkable against Spain, their journey looks set to end on Saturday. Lying in wait...

 By Derek Bilton

England can beat Colombia, Griezmann to dump Messi and Argentina out

Free-Kick: Belgium, Columbia finish on top as hype builds for Round of 16

If you have been following our World Cup tips chances are you are reading this while sipping a Pina Colada on a boat somewhere. Put simply -- unlike the Germans -- we've been on fire so far and last time out took down a 14/1 treble among other winners. The last 16 kicks off on Saturday and we've got all the best betting angles covered.

Running total: +£48.51

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England suffered their first defeat in a year to Belgium on Thursday night but it may end up being a blessing in disguise...

 By Derek Bilton

Uruguay to overcome the hosts? Nigeria to deepen Argentina's woe?

Alejandro Moreno says Uruguay's style of leading from the back will continue to stifle opponents as it has Egypt and Saudi Arabia so far.
World Cup winner Mario Kempes' faith in Argentina's chances of qualifying for the round of 16 has all but gone after their crushing defeat to Croatia.

The column was in good form last time out, correctly tipping Uruguay to beat Saudi Arabia without conceding and claiming a juicy 100/30 shout as Croatia beat Argentina.

Running total: +£4.50

The Banker

Uruguay are a decent shout at 13/8 to seal top spot in Group A at the expense of Russia on Monday. Both teams have beaten Egypt and Saudi Arabia in the group stages, but in contrasting fashion: While Russia have played an expansive brand of football, scoring eight goals in two matches, the South...

 By Derek Bilton

Lionel Messi's fresh misery? Harry Kane the man for England?

Recap all the key storylines from the fourth day of the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

We correctly tipped up Antoine Griezmann to score first for France against Australia at 100/30 but, rather like Spain's defenders, were left cursing Cristiano Ronaldo's sublime hat trick on Friday evening. It wasn't a super Sunday for favourite backers in Russia either, with both Germany and Brazil failing to oblige at short prices.

Running total: -£5.50

The Banker

Uruguay looked solid in beating Egypt even though they needed a late goal to get over the line in their Group A opener. Meanwhile,...