World Cup 2018: Odds and Updated Predictions for Sunday Group's Matches

James Dudko@@JamesDudkoFeatured ColumnistJune 24, 2018

VOLGOGRAD, RUSSIA - JUNE 18: Harry Kane of England is seen during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group G match between Tunisia and England at Volgograd Arena on June 18, 2018 in Volgograd, Russia. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)
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England will be confident of a second win at the 2018 FIFA World Cup when they meet Panama on Sunday. The Three Lions need points to keep pace with Belgium at the top of Group G.

Elsewhere, Group H will feature Japan against Senegal and Poland's meeting with Colombia. Japan and Senegal won their opening games, putting extra pressure on Colombia and Poland, who were originally fancied to dominate the group, to get off the mark.

                      

Sunday's Predictions and Schedule

  • England 2-0 Panama, 3 p.m. local time (1 p.m. BST/8 a.m. ET)
  • Japan 1-2 Senegal, 6 p.m. local time (4 p.m. BST/11 a.m. ET)
  • Poland 0-2 Colombia, 9 p.m. local time (7 p.m. BST/2 p.m. ET)

                    

Sunday's Odds

  • England 10-59, Draw 6-1, Panama 15-1
  • Japan 12-5, Draw 23-10, Senegal 59-50
  • Poland 17-10, Draw 9-4, Colombia 17-10

All odds per OddsShark.

            

England Too Strong in Attack for Panama

England should have too much pace and power up top for Panama. The latter lost 3-0 to Belgium last time out so will likely find it difficult to contain Harry Kane, Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard.

Kane bagged a brace in the Three Lions' 2-1 win over Tunisia, a rarity for an England striker at a World Cup. He has the instincts in the box and class as a finisher to stay in the thick of the race for the Golden Boot in Russia.

England's attack isn't defined by Kane, though. The pace and perceptive movement of Manchester United pair Rashford and Lingard add an extra dimension of fluidity to coach Gareth Southgate's forward line.

However, Dele Alli's creative temperament will be missed, after the Tottenham Hotspur playmaker was ruled out with a thigh strain, per Matthew Treadwell of Sky Sports.

Southgate's men showcased a slick and efficient style of play in their opening game. Expect them to build on that early promise and keep up with leaders Belgium.

                 

Senegal Set for Another Win

Like England against Panama, Senegal should have too much power for Japan. The Lions of Teranga saw off Poland in their first game thanks to their speed and strength on the counter.

It's a combination reliant on Liverpool forward Sadio Mane. He is ably supported by M'Baye Niang, a scorer against Poland, as well as Stoke City striker Mame Biram Diouf.

Mane will again be the main threat for his nation.
Mane will again be the main threat for his nation.TF-Images/Getty Images

Senegal's pace up top will stretch Japan to breaking point, but their advantage will be in midfield. Enforcers Idrissa Gueye and Cheikhou Kouyate can stifle the creativity of playmakers Shinji Kagawa and Keisuke Honda.

Japan will be steadily overpowered by a team with enough athleticism and know-how to win the group.

                 

Colombia to Get Back on Track

It's hardly surprising Colombia stumbled early since creative talisman James Rodriguez spent most of the 2-1 defeat to Japan on the bench. Coach Jose Pekerman is hopeful Rodriguez will be fully fit after a muscle problem, per Nick Mulvenney of Reuters.

What Colombia need is for Rodriguez and Juan Cuadrado to keep Radamel Falcao supplied with chances. The 32-year-old striker still knows where the net is and can fire his nation to a much-needed three points.

Falcao still has the eye for goal Colombia need.
Falcao still has the eye for goal Colombia need.BENJAMIN CREMEL/Getty Images

Poland will count on Robert Lewandowski for a scoring threat. Yet unlike Colombia, they don't have a player with the craft and artistry to create opportunities in the final third.

A win for England will keep Group G interesting heading into the final game against Belgium on Thursday. Meanwhile, Colombia and Japan will be left to contest qualification on the same day.

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