Wednesday's World Cup Bet Builder tips: Messi to come to rescue again
- Wednesday marks the final round of matches in Groups C and D at the World Cup
- Denmark to edge tense encounter in Al Wakrah against Australia
Wednesday's World Cup Bet Builder features a couple of decisive matches from Groups C and D, with Argentina set to take on Poland and Denmark facing off against Australia.
More Messi magic in Argentina win
Bet 1: Back Argentina to win to nil
Argentina bounced back from their shock defeat to Saudi Arabia in their opening match at this year's World Cup by beating Mexico 2-0 and they now have qualification back in their own hands, as victory over Poland will guarantee their passage through to the knockout stages.
A lot was rightly made of their defeat to Saudi Arabia, but that appears to be just a blot on an otherwise perfect recent copybook for Lionel Scaloni's side, as they were unbeaten in 36 matches prior to that shock 2-1 reverse in Lusail.
Furthermore, the defeat to the Saudis is the only match Argentina have conceded in across their last seven fixtures and they reaffirmed their defensive resilience against Mexico.
La Albiceleste should have too much for a defensive Poland side that only need a draw to progress, which means they are unlikely to show too much ambition going forward even with Robert Lewandowski in their ranks.
Bet 2: Back Lionel Messi to score anytime
If Argentina do not beat Poland then this could prove to be Lionel Messi's final match at a World Cup and you can be sure the Paris Saint-Germain star will not be going down without a fight.
Messi has scored a staggering 12 goals across his last six appearances for his country, including in their opening two matches against Saudi Arabia and Mexico, so it would therefore be a surprise if the 35-year-old does not add another goal to that tally on Wednesday.
Bet 3: Back Tie/Argentina in the Half Time/Full Time market
Argentina should win this game, but it could be a nervy contest for the South American giants, particularly during the first half when Poland will almost certainly sit deep and look to frustrate their opponents.
This match could follow a similar pattern to Argentina's clash with Mexico — and several in Qatar overall — with the two teams going in level at the break before La Albiceleste take control in the second half.
Danes to edge past spirited Socceroos
Bet 1: Denmark to win
Denmark have failed to live up to their tag as World Cup dark horses during their opening two matches in Group D and they now must beat Australia to stand any chance of progressing through to the last 16.
The Socceroos are in pole position to join France in the knockout stages from the section, as a draw will likely be enough for them, but just needing a point could also prove difficult for Graham Arnold's side as they ponder how exactly to approach the crucial contest.
The equation for Denmark is much more simple and the Euro 2020 semi-finalists, who beat France home and away during the recent UEFA Nations League, should have enough knowhow to get over the line with perhaps a narrow victory.
Bet 2: Back under three goals in the match
Given what is at stake heading into this fixture, Wednesday's clash at the Al Janoub Stadium is unlikely to be a classic, with under three goals appearing a likely outcome.
Australia have failed to score more than once in four of their last five matches, while each of Denmark's previous nine fixtures have yielded a maximum of three goals.
There have also been under three goals scored in each of the last three meetings between these two sides, including the 1-1 draw they played out during the group stages of the 2018 World Cup.
Bet 3: Jackson Irvine to be carded
This could well prove a feisty contest as both teams attempt to book their places in the knockout stages and one player that is no stranger to a referee's notebook is Australia midfielder Jackson Irvine.
Former Hull City player Irvine has been booked seven times across all competitions for club St Pauli so far this season, while he was also shown a yellow card during Australia's World Cup opener with France.
It would be no surprise to see the 29-year-old cautioned again on Wednesday and that would lead to him being suspended if the Socceroos do qualify for the knockout rounds.
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