Monday at the World Cup: Goals galore as Belgium take on Panama
The start of the working week never felt so good with another three World Cup matches lined up later today.
England’s clash with Tunisia at 7pm is the highlight of day five in Russia. We’ve previewed that one here.
But there’s also the small matter of Sweden v South Korea and Belgium v Panama to get your teeth into on another bumper day of action.
The Ladbrokes News crew have previewed the day’s two opening games below…
Sweden v South Korea (1pm, ITV)
After Mexico shocked Germany yesterday, Sweden and South Korea will both be eyeing three points which could really open up Group H.
The Swedes are making their first appearance at a World Cup since reaching the last-16 in 2006. They saw off Italy in a play-off to qualify for Russia and are 21/20 to start with a win.
However, their previous tournament openers could provide a clue as to which way this match is heading. Blagut have drawn five of their last six WC opening matches. It’s 2/1 about the draw here.
South Korea qualified for Russia in comfortable fashion but have only won one of their last six matches. It’s 3/1 they pick up three points against Sweden.
There aren’t too many standout players to choose from between the two sides. So the quality of Tottenham Hotspur’s Son Heung-min could make all the difference.
Belgium v Panama (4pm, BBC1)
Group G gets underway with a monumental mismatch as a star-studded Belgium side take on tournament debutants Panama.
It’s no secret that goals are the order of the day for the Belgians. The Red Devils have an envious array of firepower including Romelu Lukaku, Eden Hazard and Michy Batshuayi amongst others.
But what about the Panamanians? Well, The Canal Men have only scored once in their last five matches in all competitions, which doesn’t bode well for them this afternoon.
Ex-Colorado Rapids man Gabriel Torres is their biggest threat. The 29-year-old was a consistent scorer in qualifying and is 7/2 to upset the applecart with a goal Anytime.
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