15:00 Tuesday

Ecuador v Senegal - Over 3.5 Cards

The last round of the group stage can be one of dramatic consequences for many, and within Group A, this is particularly the case. A draw would see Ecuador through to the last 16, but winning is a must for Senegal if they’re to go through.

A match with so much at stake is likely to bring out the tactical fouls, gamesmanship, and all-or-nothing mentality that will certainly require the bookings to come out. 

There’s been a total of 16 bookings across matches involving either of these two teams in the World Cup thus far – that’s four per game.

You can expect at least the same this time around with qualification on the line, if not more.

15:00 Saturday

Netherlands v Qatar - Netherlands to win to nil

As far as football on the pitch, Qatar have been borderline underwhelming for the most part. A promising spell towards the end of the Senegal fixture saw them score their first and only goal of the World Cup. 

The Netherlands haven’t set the world on fire either, but it looks like they’ll be in the next round. Gakpo and De Jong have been shining lights in attack, and they should score a couple against the hosts. 

At the other end of the pitch, Virgil Van Dijk and the Dutch back line will have enough nous and presence to nullify the already-minimal attacking threat of Qatar. In typical Van Gaal fashion, the Netherlands should deliver a no-nonsense performance to cement their place in the next round.

19:00 Tuesday

Wales v England - Half Time Result – Draw

The way the standings are set up going into this game means that Wales have no choice but to go for the win, and even that doesn’t guarantee qualification. But this fixture has wider implications than the World Cup; bragging rights are at stake.

England fans bemoaned the performance vs the US as stale and anti-climactic – an outcome that often arises when there’s significant hype around the match.

Wales will be valiant, passionate and charged up for the occasion, but neither team will want to enter the 2nd half with the game out of reach. Southgate’s safe directive will see the Lions take majority of possession with predictably little penetration of the Wales backline for the first 45 mins. The second half could be another story.