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World Cup Daily Briefing: England second favourites to win World Cup

Dan Fitch examines the World Cup market movers and points you in the direction of all the best semi-final tips...

Today's game - Tuesday 10th July

World Cup semi-final France 2.54 v Belgium 3.20; The Draw 3.30 Kick off 19:00, Live on BBC One
Two of Europe's strongest sides packed with attacking talent meet as France take on Belgium for a place in the World Cup final, with the winner likely to be the favourite to win the tournament.
"He has two goals from four starts, hit the post against Japan, was sensational against Brazil and takes spot-kicks."
Read Dave Tindall's France v Belgium preview and betting tips here.

England watch

If the nation couldn't quite believe that this England team could win the World Cup, they do now. England's clinical victory over Sweden saw them through to their first tournament semi-final since 1996. We'd like to say that plenty has changed since those days, but with the Tories in crisis, Three Lions looking set to top the singles charts and a nation rooting for a very nice man named Gareth, it all seems eerily familiar.
Back then England lost on penalties against Germany, when a very young Gareth Southgate bravely stepped up to take a penalty and missed. Now a redemption plot has been mapped out that feels like it has been crafted by a top Hollywood screenwriter. England have already won a penalty shootout in this tournament and Southgate's team has the chance to go one better than the boys of '96 and win a semi-final.
England are rated as the 1.68 favourites to do just that. To keep you busy until tomorrow night's match against Croatia, our roving reporter Ralph Ellis has taken a look back at the lessons of England's 1966 semi-final win over Portugal, while Rio Ferdinand has given his verdict on the chances of England winning the World Cup. Is it really coming home?

Stat of the day

Belgium won 4-3 the last time they met France, in a friendly in Paris in 2015.
You can back both France and Belgium to score at 1.89.

Who will win the World Cup?

France are the 3.05 favourites to win the tournament and as they've got a tough semi-final opponent in Belgium, they can be expected to be pretty strong favourites should they progress tonight.
England are the narrow second favourites at 3.75, ahead of Belgium at 3.85, who would become the favourites to win the tournament if they can get past France. Meanwhile, perennial dark horses Croatia are lurking in the background at 6.60.
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The Many, Many Dark Horses of the 2018 World Cup

The World Cup is the biggest sporting event in the world, and as such is bound to spawn an almost endless deluge of analysis from every sports journalist with a keyboard and an internet connection. Every aspect of the competition is covered from every conceivable angle, and the conversation over who will be the 'dark horse' - that is, an unfavoured team who could actually be in with a chance of winning the Cup, or at least outperforming expectations - is no exception.
No other topic inspires quite as much tedious contrarianism and guesswork disguised as insight; the nebulousness of the definition of the term 'dark horse', as well as sports fans' natural affinity for a plucky underdog and desire to see the establishment order upended, create an atmosphere where journalists can pump out take after lazy take about which teams may buck the trend. And while mainstream opinion tends to coalesce around a few teams (Uruguay, Croatia, Portugal, Belgium, England and Poland seem to be the conventional choices this year), in the hands of unscrupulous bloggers the term can be applied to almost anyone:
Egypt are the World Cup dark horse everyone should be talking about -
Uruguay are dark horses at the World Cup, but can Suarez contain his darker side? -
Anaylsing Iran's Chances at the Tournament - Could an in-form Iran be this year's dark horses? -
Dark horses Morocco handed dream World Cup opener -
Portugal: Perennial dark horses go again -
Spain Remain Dark Horses -
Fit again Juric says Socceroos can be a World Cup dark horse -
Every tournament has a dark horse, and Denmark check all the boxes for that criteria. -
Peru vs Denmark... Why South Americans could be the dark horses of the tournament -
Argentina will be a dark horse at the [World Cup] -
Dark Horses: Croatia are a sleeping giant but have a midfield to rival any at the World Cup -
Five dark horses who could spring a surprise in Russia: Iceland showed at Euro 2016 they have the ideal style of play to succeed at a major tournament -
Watch out for the dark horses... Nigeria could also be a dark horse in Russia 2018
“Costa Rica is the dark horse” - ESPN pundits talk up Costa Rica ahead of the World Cup -
Can Serbia be a Dark Horse in the World Cup? -
Are Switzerland the World Cup's dark horses? -
Are Mexico a dark horse at the 2018 World Cup? -
Sweden travel to Russia this summer as potential dark horses -
Beware of Belgium: The Red Devils Are Dark Horses Who Could Win The World Cup -
No longer favourites, England are potentially dark horses in Russia -
Of all the teams competing this summer at the World Cup in Russia it is perhaps Panama who are the biggest dark horses -
Tunisia eye up England for potential World Cup scalp - African side are dark horses in Russia -
Colombia Have To Improve If They Are To Live Up To Dark Horses Tag In Russia
FIFA World Cup 2018 Draw: From Darkhorses Japan To Debutants Panama, Here's A Look At Teams In Pot 4 -
Poland are the true dark horse of the 2018 World Cup -
Senegal Has Dark Horse Potential For 2018 FIFA World Cup -
and finally, while nobody seems to be tipping Saudi Arabia for glory, the country does have experience with black horses of it's own.
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Belgium have scored nine goals so far, conceding just two, and they should beat Japan with a clear advantage - Belgium to win and over 2.5 total goals scored is at 6/5. Recommended Bets Belgium to win 3-0 at 17/2 Belgium – Japan World Cup Prediction. Belgium of the countries that have a very coarse team like France, had a perfect group stage with 3 wins and their last match against England to know what they were made of, both came out with a bench without taking a parameter to know their potential.. Sorry Japan that has qualified thanks to a yellow card less than Senegal … so are the rules nor way Belgium vs. Japan Match Prediction. I can’t see anything but a big Belgium win in this match. They’re a much, much better team than Japan and they’re in a great form at the moment. I just can’t see Japan stopping them from reaching the quarter final. Belgium vs. Japan Betting Tips. Belgium @1.36 (bet365) Belgium AH -1.5 @2.16 (Unibet) Betting preview: Belgium - Japan Fresh from their solid enough win over England, Belgium now wait for Japan to come along. Japan are a good side, but are up against a team that has won their last three games at World Cup level. Belgium vs Japan all Statistics to help you decide, H2H, Prediction, Betting Tips, all game Previews.

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