Keeping abreast of all the pre-World Cup developments over a weekend jam-packed with international friendlies was a gargantuan undertaking.
Luckily for news.bwin.com/en/ readers we’ve done it all for you, so here are the six things we learned…
Romelu Lukaku is red hot ahead of the tournament.
The Belgian behemoth gorged himself on a hat-trick against Luxembourg and followed up those exertions with the opener in the Rode Duivels’ 2-0 victory over Sweden last time out.
A very generous 31/20 to top score for his nation, the 18/1 about him being the tournament’s leading goal-getter looks even better given his group-stage foes.
Mexico are a great bet to continue their excellent group-stage graduation record.
El Tri’s 3-1 victory over Ecuador was their sixth in eight games and Croatia’s presence in their World Cup section makes the former a cracking 6/5 to qualify.
Given they’ve notched no fewer than 25 goals on that run backing them to grab over 2.5 Group A goals at 11/20 is daylight robbery too.
Cavalier Chile are an overs bettors’ dream.
La Roja’s idealistic devotion to attacking football (and commensurate defensive frailty) was very much in evidence as they came from two down to beat Egypt 3-2.
Eight of their last ten matches have hopped the 2.5-goal barrier yet their opening Group B encounter with Australia is still 21/20 to follow suit.
Greece’s love affair with the clean sheet is stronger than ever.
Like the Chileans, Fernando Santos’ men remain wedded to a their own footballing dogma and Portugal, held 0-0 in Lisbon, were the latest foes to succumb to their tactical choke-hold.
It’s 11/2 that the Greeks give the scorers the night off against the Colombia.
Germany’s defence will undermine their chances once again.
Long the bane of this generation of talented Germans’ major tournament hopes, their back-door was twice unlocked by Cameroon despite being guarded by first-choicers Per Mertesacker and Mats Hummels.
Portugal are 51/20 to nick group G top-spot.
Group D is going to be cagier than a high-security facility ‘solitary’ wing.
England relied upon set pieces to gild their workmanlike win over Peru, while Irelands north and south kept Uruguay and Italy far more honest than they would have liked, with the former’s winner the only strike netted across the two fixtures.
It’s 51/50 that Group D for death by denial of goal-based entertainment features under 14.5 goals.