Betting: Plenty to play for in final World Cup group games

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England are now on the plane home after a disappointing World Cup campaign but there are last 16 places up-for-grabs in the four groups yet to be finish and all four teams in Group E could still qualify ahead of this evening’s fixtures.

For Honduras, qualification is highly unlikely, hence betway’s odds of 80/1 for them to get through.

The Central Americans need to comfortably defeat Switzerland and hope that France ease past Ecuador but Luis Fernando Suarez’s troops have done little in the competition so far to suggest they’ll get the better of the Swiss.

Indeed, BetVictor quote Ottmar Hitzfeld’s side at just 9/20 to get the better of the rugged Hondurans, bet365’s 8/1 outsiders and it’s 7/2 courtesy of Winner.com to finish all square, a result that will only help Switzerland if the Ecuadorians lost to the French.

The Swiss have looked reasonably potent in attack so far and should have enough to prevail here but they were defensively fragile against France so Ladbrokes’s 9/4 for both teams to score in a success for the Europeans is the best bet in Manaus.

Despite carding two wins from two, France aren’t quite mathematically through but realistically they have little to worry about; it would take a couple of freak results to deny them a place in the knockout stage.

Les Bleus are 20/23 at BetVictor to maintain their hundred percent record while opponents Ecuador are 10/3 courtesy of Stan James but it’s the stalemate at 11/4 with Skybet that looks the best bet in Rio, especially as that would be enough for Didier Deschamps’s side to advance.

In Group F, Iran can still progress but they’ll have to defeat Bosnia, an outcome Stan James chalk up at 13/5 and hope Argentina justify the 8/15 favouritism afforded to them by bet365 as they take on Nigeria.

However, William Hill post 5/2 against the Africans landing a share of the spoils, a result that would make events in the other match irrelevant.

On Thursday, it’s just 15/8 via Paddy Power for Germany’s clash with USA in Recife to be inconclusive as that’s a scenario that would keep both teams in the competition at the expense of Ghana but Die Mannschaft, at 3/4 (Winner.com), can throw the Black Stars a lifeline by seeing off the Americans and BetVictor rate James Kwesi Appiah’s men at 21/10 to keep up their side of the bargain by beating Portugal.

Concluding the group phase, Stan James’s 4/5 chance Belgium can end South Korea’s championship in Rio’s Maracana Stadium leaving Algeria and Russia to battle it out for the last qualification berth.

A draw, at 5/2 (bet365) will be sufficient for Algeria to emerge from Group H and Ladbrokes make them 11/4 to progress in style by conquering Fabio Capello’s team in Porto Alegre.

However, the Russians, BetVictor’s 23/20 favourites, can break Algerian hearts and sneak into second spot with a victory.

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