World Cup tips: Three big shouts for England v France

Will England get past their old, old enemy?

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England v France tips:

What Odds Paddy? – Harry Kane & Kylian Mbappe 1+ shots on target each, 3+ corners for each team, and 1+ cards for each team
What Odds Paddy? – Both teams to score & each team to have 2+ shots on target in each half 
What Odds Paddy? – France to win, both teams to score, 3+ corners for each team, and 2+ cards for each team 

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Harry Kane & Kylian Mbappe 1+ shots on target each, 3+ corners for each team, and 1+ cards for each team 

Harry Kane and Kylian Mbappe will be crucial to their team’s success on Saturday night. 

Mbappe has been the best player at the World Cup and leads the race for the golden boot after scoring five goals in three starts for France at the tournament. 

Harry Kane, on the other hand, has had a relatively disappointing tournament in terms of finding the back of the net, scoring just once during England’s run to the last-eight. 

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However, he scored in the 3-0 win over Senegal and saved his best until the knockout stages during Euro 2020 and is by far the most likely English player to find the back of the net on Saturday. 

Kane averages 1.8 shots per game at the World Cup and is a good bet to test his clubmate Hugo Lloris at some point. Mbappe, on the other hand, averages five shots per game at the tournament and is almost guaranteed to test Jordan Pickford at least once. 

England, meanwhile, have won 20 corners in their four World Cup games to date at a rate of five per game, while France have won 29 in the same number of games at a rate of just over seven per game. 

It would be hugely surprising if both teams didn’t manage to win at least three each. 

England boast the admirable record of being the only team at the World Cup that is yet to receive a yellow card, but they have not faced anything like France. 

The sheer pace of Ousmane Dembele and Mbappe will cause nightmares for the English defence and it would be hugely surprising if their unblemished disciplinary record persevered on Saturday night. 

France have only received two yellow cards in their four games but are also facing a huge step up in quality and tension on Saturday evening. 

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Both teams to score & each team to have 2+ shots on target in each half 

England have kept three clean sheets on the bounce since conceding two consolation goals late on against Iran in their tournament opener and boast the best defensive record in the tournament after Morocco. 

However, they have not faced an attack like France’s so far. 

There is a huge difference between keeping the blunt Wales attack at bay and keeping an attack boasting Mbappe, Dembele, and Antoine Griezmann from scoring. 

Antoine Griezmann, France

France can hurt their opponents in so many ways and it’s difficult to see England’s strong defensive record surviving on Saturday night. 

At the other end, France have been noticeably frail. 

They have conceded in every game at the tournament, including the concession of sloppy goals against Denmark and Tunisia. 

England, who have scored 12 goals in four games at the World Cup, should be able to carve them open on Saturday. 

France and England both rank highly in terms of shots on target per game at the World Cup. 

France’s average of 6.3 shots on target per game is the third-highest at the tournament, while England rank in eighth with an average of 5.3 shots on target per game. 

If both sides can match their competition averages, there is a very good chance that both of them will manage two shots on target per half. 

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France to win, both teams to score, 3+ corners for each team, and 2+ cards for each team

France are aiming to become the first World Cup holders to reach the semi-finals since Brazil in 1998 when they take on England on Saturday night. 

Didier Deschamps’ side have been excellent at the tournament so far, apart from their defeat against Tunisia, which counted for literally nothing. 

They look like the side on their side of the draw with the best chance of reaching the final and represent the first time that England have gone into a knockout game under Gareth Southgate as underdogs. 

England, on the other hand, look far stronger than they did four years ago but find themselves in a much tougher route to the final and could see their World Cup dreams come to an end on Saturday night. 

Although both teams boast impeccable discipline records so far, the sheer intensity and tension of Saturday night’s game should see discipline go out the window somewhat and it wouldn’t be all that surprising to see each team collect two yellow cards each. 

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