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World Cup quarter-final predictions: England to beat France in extra-time

The World Cup quarter-finals continue on Saturday as Portugal face Morocco before England take on France; Jones Knows is back with predictions and thinks England and Portugal will both win their last-eight ties to set up a mouth-watering semi-final

Harry Kane celebrates after putting England 2-0 up against Senegal
Image: Harry Kane celebrates after putting England 2-0 up against Senegal

The World Cup quarter-finals continue on Saturday and our tipster Jones Knows takes to the prediction chair to dig out some juicy betting angles.

Any winners for Jones Knows?

  • Morocco vs Spain to go to penalties (11/2)
  • Seven or more South Korea shots vs Brazil (Evs)
  • USA to have two or more first half shots on target (5/6)
  • Argentina to win & under 3.5 goals
  • Manuel Akanji to have one or more shots (11/10)
  • Argentina vs Netherlands to go to penalties (9/2)

England vs France, Saturday 7pm

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Stars from the world of sport and entertainment send good luck message to the England squad ahead of the World cup quarter final against France

Even a cynical old goat like me is getting rather giddy over this fixture. A game of a lifetime, indeed.

I'm always reluctant to play the over goals market in major international tournament knockout football as the 90-minute goals average at this stage since 1990 is just 2.0 but I think the price for over 2.5 goals is one to attack here at Evens with Sky Bet.

France are yet to keep a clean sheet in this tournament as their usual controlled and counter-punching style has been replaced by handbrake off football.

There are huge spaces that can be exploited when France relinquish possession, something the limited Poland attack found in the first half of France's last-16 win. They couldn't cash in.

England, with confidence flowing in their attacking players, absolutely can.

And up the other end you have a French front four that have produced explosive attacking metrics in the three games they've started together. Yes their opposition hasn't been up to much but to register a per-match average of 2.6 expected goals, 20 shots and three goals a game means we're dealing with a phenomenal attacking outfit, led by Kylian Mbappe.

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Melissa Reddy says the France squad appear to be annoyed at the suggestion that Kyle Walker will be able to stop Kylian Mbappe when they play England in the World Cup quarter finals

England shouldn't fear France though - they possess talent that can match Mbappe's superpowers.

Harry Kane, Phil Foden and Jude Bellingham are all genuine world-class talents, capable of career-defining performances and moments on this sort of stage. It's that strength across England's forward line that gives them the clear edge the longer this game goes on.

Gareth Southgate has significant armoury to use from his bench in Marcus Rashford, Jack Grealish and Raheem Sterling and as we saw when the France reserves were given a chance against Tunisia, Didier Deschamps has little quality to turn to in order to freshen things up. With this in mind, England to win in extra time at 11/1 with Sky Bet and England to win from behind at 14/1 (90 minutes only) certainly stand out at the prices.

SCORE PREDICTION: 2-2 (England to win in extra-time) | BEST BET: Over 2.5 goals (Evens with Sky Bet - Bet Here!)

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