Two European nations go head-to-head in our first clash on Monday card as Robert Lewandowski’s Poland faces Kylian Mbappe’s France.
Our second matchup features a resilient Senegal side facing off against the might of England. Can the African nation cause an upset at World Cup odds of +800 to win?
Poland vs. France
Sunday, December 4, 2022 – 10:00 AM EST at Al Thumama Stadium
A 1-0 loss to Tunisia still kept France in the top spot in Group D as they rested some key players, and now they face a Polish side who have been very poor at this World Cup so far.
France didn’t exactly impress in their group after beating Australia 4-1. They then went on to beat a now obviously poor Denmark team 2-1 and suffered that loss against Tunisia.
Poland has a very passive approach to their play and they are one of the most boring teams to watch at this year’s World Cup (sorry Polish fans).
With that said, their style of play has earned them a place in the final 16, although they might be lucky to deserve it as Saudi Arabia was the only team to beat top-placed Argentina and still ended up on the way home. Poland suffered a 1-0 loss to Argentina last time out and didn’t register a single shot on target.
Poland vs. France: Betting Pick
None of Poland’s previous five World Cup games has seen both teams scoring, even when in a losing position against Argentina they didn’t look to bother to attack knowing a Mexican win would see them on the next plane home.
Poland will be as passive as it comes and be lucky to create enough chances to score.
We love the odds on under 2.5 goals at +110. Knockout games are generally low scoring. Under 2.5 is by far the best value to be found at the best sportsbooks for this World Cup game.
World Cup Pick: Under 2.5 Goals (-105) at Caesars Sportsbook
Senegal vs. England
Sunday, December 4, 2022 – 02:00 PM EST at Al Bayt Stadium
England has had a solid World Cup so far, topping their group for the first time since 2006 and managing to score 9 goals in the three games played, their second most in any World Cup including the knockout phase.
Marcus Rashford has shone for England at this World Cup having scored three times so far, including netting twice last time out against UK rivals Wales. The last time a Man Utd player scored 3+ goals at a World Cup was in 1966 when England was crowned World Cup winners, could this be a good Omen?
Senegal had to win last time out against Ecuador and managed to do so with a 2-1 victory with goals scored by Ismaila Sarr and center-back Kalidou Koulibaly (his first goal for his nation)
The last time Senegal made the World Cup knockout stage their now coach Aliou Cisse was their captain back in Korea/Japan 2002.
Senegal vs. England: Betting Pick
Senegal has impressed so far but England has so much quality in front of the net and defensively.
For our soccer picks, we are expecting Senegal to not give the English much of a game here and believe at the very least England will win this by 1 goal, meaning a -1 Asian handicap bet would push at the very least but a 2-0 or 3-0 wins seem most likely for the English.
Senegal has impressed but this could be a stage too big for the African Nation who are without star man Sadio Mane.
World Cup Pick: England -1 (-104) at Bet365