The final clash of the FIFA World Cup quarterfinals has the potential to become the most exciting yet. The England vs France match features two sides with talented footballers and passionate fans. One side wants to bring it home; the other wants to keep the good times rolling.
Both sides will confidently enter the match after dominant displays in the first knockout round. Some might point to a certain Kylian Mbappe as the difference maker in the game. Others may point to the physicality of the English game.
There’s only one thing OKBET fans can be sure of: this match will be an exciting clash of skills and wills. The betting odds may pick a favorite, but both teams have the potential to pull off a dramatic finish.
The Three Lions have a pep in their step when they walk into the Al Bayt Stadium on Sunday. While they could play better, they had a superb group stage performance. Their outing against Senegal allowed Gareth Southgate’s squad to showcase just how great they can be.
The Lions of Teranga were helpless as England scored the number of lions they have on their crest. It took a while for England to find the back of the goal. Still, Jude Bellingham eventually supplied a beautiful assist to Jordan Henderson to put them ahead in the 39th minute. Harry Kane ended the first half with a controlled shot past Edouard Mendy.
The second half saw England holding the fort as Senegal tried to force their way back into the game. Unfortunately for them, Bakayo Saka put the game to bed in the 56th minute thanks to a Phil Foden assist that saw him nutmeg the ball past Kalidou Koulibaly.
This England squad is full of talent, but the most electric man in their team is their youngest. Bellingham is only 19 years old, but he’s one of the highest-rated players in for the Three Lions. The Borussia Dortmund wonderkid got a goal, an assist, and a Man Of The Match honor through his first four appearances.
The other young stars surrounding him also have the team set for success past this England vs France match. Foden, Saka, and Declan Rice will make up a nice core that can compete up to the 2032 World Cup.
The buzz around the team has never been this positive. This tournament is a do-or-die situation for Southgate’s England after their disappointing UEFA Nations League performance. A win against Les Bleus will turn this team and its players into icons.
Like their neighbors across the English Channel, the French national football team enjoyed a relaxing time in the World Cup. Mbappe is having an especially grand time in front of the goal.
They quickly snapped two wins in Group D to safely book their ticket to the knockout round. While they let their guard down during their shocking loss to Tunisia, they were still overwhelming favorites against Poland.
They delivered an overpowering display against the Biało-czerwoni, ending the game with a comfortable 3-1 lead. PSG’s leading scorer scored twice while Olivier Giroud beat Poland’s offside trap to overtake Theirry Henry and become France’s leading goalscorer.
While Giroud made history and keeper Hugo Lloris tied the record for the most caps in French football, it’s clear to everyone that this iteration of Les Bleus is Mbappe’s. He’s the runaway favorite to win the Golden Boot with his five goals. Moreover, his nine goals across two World Cups is the first time a player scored such numbers before reaching 24.
The rest of the team will make sure he gets his goals. Players like Edouardo Camavinga, Antoine Griezmann, Adrien Rabiot, and Ousmane Dembele will look to take some of the pressure away from their superstar forward.
This game is one of the most brutal matches to predict in this World Cup. Both powerhouse nations boast deep, talented squads that can play expansive and attractive football. Southgate’s defensive sensibilities should perfectly counter Les Bleu’s free-flowing attack. However, Mbappe showcased in this World Cup that he is anything but containable.
France could easily escape as 1-0 winners. England will be much more careful around Mbappe and will likely field a slightly defensive XI to counter France’s attack. However, the 23-year-old striker and Giroud should be able to poke through the English defense and snag the winning goal.
Meanwhile, England are also just as likely to snag the win. Bellingham has the potential to become as transcendent to the Three Lions as Mbappe was to France. This squad has also been one of the better defensive outfits throughout the tournament. Should things go their way, they could end this duel as 2-1 winners after extra time.
The betting experts at OKBET also see this affair as a close contest between the two powerhouse nations. They see Les Bleus winning the match after a tight 2-1 result.
|1X2||Handicap||Goals O/U @ 2.5||1X2 1st Half||Handicap 1st Half||Goals O/U 1st Half @ 0.5/1|
The Over-Under market predicts the match reaching three goals overall. The Handicap market gives France a slight edge over the English, but the first half should belong to the French. There’s little separation between the two in the 1X2 markets, though.
If you’re looking for a daring punt, England’s first-half handicap of 2.09 should net you great returns. They’ve been incredibly prolific in the attack over this World Cup, which should continue here. They would likely finish the first half at the top before France pulls off a second-half comeback.