World Cup: Sunday best bets

THE live tournament hopes Argentina can give Japan a rough introduction to the World Cup finals in Toulouse this afternoon. Argentina are many people's idea of the eventual winners and, in the crack Serie A striker Batistuta - a solid bet at 11-4 with William Hill to score the first goal - and Ortega, they have two of the best players. Argentina took Greece apart in USA 94 and it would be no surprise to see them record a 4-0 victory here - generally a 10-1 chance.

Yugoslavia should give Iran a similarly tough time in St Etienne. Their striker Mijatovic is a tempting 3-1 (Coral and William Hill ) to score the first goal and it would be no surprise to see Yugoslavia also win 4-0 - generally an 11-1 chance.

Croatia should have the measure of Jamaica in Lens this evening and Suker is a fair bet at 7-2 (William Hill and Ladbrokes) for first goalscorer.. However, hit by injuries, Croatia may be happy to settle for a 2-0 win - 6-1.

Following his two goals against Italy, Chile's Salas is now down to 10-1 with Stanley - Ladbrokes went 50-1 before the tournament started - to win the Golden Boot award. Ronaldo is a top-priced 11-2 favourite with the Tote, while Batistuta is 7-1 with Coral. Shearer is 12-1 with Coral and the Tote, while Bierhoff is 14-1 with the Tote. Brazil are 100- 30 (Tote) to win outright with France 11-2, while Argentina are 7-1 (Tote). England are 10-1 (Ladbrokes).

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