Expert 2018 FIFA World Cup Betting Preview for Day 8.

Expert 2018 FIFA World Cup Betting Preview for Day 8

Written by Henry Watkins on Wednesday,June 20, 2018 1:40, EDT

With the arrival of Day 8 at the World Cup in Russia, we are well into Matchday 2, with a few teams coming into this day with the opportunity to book safe passage into the next round. Group C could essentially be over and done with if France and Denmark can notch their second wins of the tournament, while Croatia can move on in Group D with a win, although they need to get past Lionel Messi and Argentina to make that happen.

This is the fun part of the opening round, where we get teams fighting for their lives, while the favorites start to separate themselves from the pack. What are we going to get on Day 8? Let’s find out, remembering that MyBookie Sportsbook news page has the latest on the 2018 World Cup, including previews, reviews, and predictions for you to be ahead of the rest and keep winning during the entire tournament.

Expert 2018 FIFA World Cup Betting Preview for Day 8

Denmark vs. Australia

  • Time: 4:00 p.m. (Local)
  • Where: Samara Arena, Samara
  • 2018 World Cup Betting Odds: Denmark -108 / Australia +341 / Draw +234

The early game on Thursday sees Denmark go in search of the win that would move them on to the knockout rounds. We can probably expect to see more of what they delivered against Peru in their opener, which was a bend but doesn’t break style of defense aided by a quick counterattack. The Danes can probably count themselves a little luck to have picked up the 1-0 win in the first game, as Peru created enough chances to win two games.

Australia put in a better performance that we all expected against France, but they still came away with nothing, losing that game 2-1. The Aussie need to generate more offense to stay alive in this tournament, as they only managed 1 shot on goal against France, that one coming via the spot kick they scored on. I like Denmark and the UNDER here.

Possible Line-Ups

Denmark

  • 1-K. Schmeichel
  • 4-S. Kjær
  • 14-H. Dalsgaard
  • 17-J. Larsen
  • 6-A. Christensen
  • 7-W. Kvist
  • 8-T. Delaney
  • 10-C. Eriksen
  • 9-N. Jørgensen
  • 20-Y. Poulsen
  • 23-P. Sisto

Australia

  • 1-M. Ryan
  • 16-A. Behich
  • 20-T. Sainsbury
  • 19-J. Risdon
  • 5-M. Milligan
  • 15-M. Jedinak
  • 7-M. Leckie
  • 13-A. Mooy
  • 23-T. Rogić
  • 11-A. Nabbout
  • 10-R. Kruse

Score Prediction: Denmark 1 – Australia 0

France vs. Peru

  • Time: 8:00 p.m. (Local)
  • Where: Ekaterinburg Arena, Ekaterinburg
  • 2018 World Cup Betting Odds: France -177 / Peru +528 / Draw +302

France came in as one of the favorites to win the 2018 World Cup, but they did not look like one of the best teams in the world in their opener against Australia. The French struggled to create chances and needed a penalty kick and an own goal to get the win. The important thing, though, is that they did win, and they will know that they can play much better than they did in the opening game.

They are certainly going to need to be better against a Peru side that was perhaps a little unlucky to get nothing out of their first game against Denmark. Peru missed a penalty that would have given them the lead and then squandered countless good chances in the second half. I think we are seeing goals in this one, so I am going OVER and taking France to win.

Possible Line-Ups

France

  • 1-H. Lloris
  • 4-R. Varane
  • 5-S. Umtiti
  • 21-L. Hernández
  • 2-B. Pavard
  • 6-P. Pogba
  • 13-N. Kanté
  • 12-C. Tolisso
  • 7-A. Griezmann
  • 11-O. Dembélé
  • 10-K. Mbappé

Peru

  • 1-P. Gallese
  • 2-A. Rodríguez
  • 15-C. Ramos
  • 17-L. Advíncula
  • 6-M. Trauco
  • 19-Y. Yotún
  • 8-C. Cueva
  • 23-P. Aquino
  • 20-É. Flores
  • 10-J. Farfán
  • 9-P. Guerrero

Score Prediction: France 2 – Peru 1

Croatia vs. Argentina

  • Time: 9:00 p.m. (Local)
  • Where: Nizhny Novgorod Stadium, Nizhny Novgorod
  • 2018 World Cup Betting Odds: Croatia +293 / Argentina +103 / Draw +233

We always knew that Group D was going to be tough, but the general consensus was that Argentina and Croatia would be able to do enough to move on. That may still happen, but Argentina is going to need to be a whole lot better than they were in their 1-1 draw with Iceland if they are to see the second round. Messi was kept quiet in that one, and Croatia will be looking to adopt the same game plan that worked so well for Iceland.

Argentina comes in as the 2018 World Cup Betting favorite against Croatia.

Croatia can move on with a win here after putting in a solid performance in a 2-0 win over Nigeria. It certainly wasn’t the flashiest of football that you will ever see, but Croatia took their chances and nullified the speedy Nigerian attack. I think we are looking at a bit of a stalemate in this one.

Possible Line-Ups

Croatia

  • 23-D. Subašić
  • 21-D. Vida
  • 3-I. Strinić
  • 6-D. Lovren
  • 2-Š. Vrsaljko
  • 10-L. Modrić
  • 7-I. Rakitić
  • 4-I. Perišić
  • 17-M. Mandžukić
  • 9-A. Kramarić
  • 18-A. Rebić

Argentina

  • 23-W. Caballero
  • 14-J. Mascherano
  • 17-N. Otamendi
  • 16-M. Rojo
  • 3-N. Tagliafico
  • 5-L. Biglia
  • 11-Á. Di María
  • 7-E. Banega
  • 22-C. Pavón
  • 10-L. Messi
  • 19-S. Agüero

Score Prediction: Croatia 1 – Argentina 1