The FIFA World Cup quarter-finals begin to take shape as teams make it through the round of 16. England surpassed the challenge of Senegal with flying colours, and France conquered Poland thanks to a sublime performance from Kylian Mbappe, who is the top goalscorer of the tournament.
England have a favourable record when playing against France overall, winning 17 of the encounters as opposed to France’s nine victories. In the FIFA World Cup, these two countries played against each other twice, with England winning on both occasions. In the FIFA rankings, France is ranked in fourth place, whilst England is in fifth place; just one place separates the two.
An impressive result against Senegal as England registered the second 3-0 victory of the tournament. In the beginning stages of the game, England looked to size up Senegal, seeing how they were going to shape up and, when the time was right, they pounced. England hit the African team twice before the break to go in at halftime with a comfortable lead. Seeing both Phil Foden and Jude Bellingham playing from the start gives England a great chance to dominate the midfield and supply the main man Harry Kane.
Up against France, who are the reigning world champions, England face a huge task, but in order to be the best, one must beat the very best, and France is surely one of them. Kyle Walker will have his pace tested as he lines up against Kylian Mpabbe and Ousmane Dembele. The battle in the middle of the park will be worth watching as some of the best players in the world go up against each other.
England is looking to make history to get over the obstacle of France and knock out one of the key favourites to lift the trophy. A correct score of 2-1 is priced at 9/1 (10.00) and Harry Kane at 13/10 (2.30) to score anytime during the game. England to score the first goal of the game is valued at 6/5 (2.20), with both teams to score at 3/4 (1.75).
After sealing their passage into the quarter-finals, France look to progress for yet another semi-final. Didier Deschamps has a squad that is more than capable to go toe-to-toe with the very best, despite suffering various injuries to key players prior to and during the tournament itself. Kylian Mbappe is looking on fire with increasingly impressive performances as the tournament goes on.
The experience of winning the tournament just a couple of years ago might come in handy in the latter stages of the game. England will put up a stern test as the midfield and the defensive pairings are looking solid. It will surely be a game that any neutral would love to watch.
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