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Four bets to follow in World Cup quarter-finals

The fun and games of the group stage are over and the serious business is about to start at the World Cup.

Tonga further underlined their status as dark horses by beating 2008 champions New Zealand last week in the stand-out fixture of the opening weeks of the tournament.

We have studied the odds ahead of the quarter-finals and in our accumulator, a £5 stake will return around £68 if all the recommended bets come in.

Under 48.5 points in Australia v Samoa @ 17/20

Ten-time champions Australia are overwhelming 1/4 favourites to lift the trophy again and should not be overly troubled by a Samoa side that progressed from a tough group despite failing to win a game. Samoa were particularly poor in last week's draw with Scotland but they are a proud team and will at least keep the score respectable.

Lebanon +25.5 points against Tonga @ 6/5

Tonga have undoubtedly been the team of the tournament so far. Powerful forwards Jason Taumalolo and Andrew Fifita were among the big-name defectors in the Tonga squad and those high-profile players have lived up to the hype. Kristian Woolf's team should have more than enough to book their semi-final place but Lebanon proved they are a spirited side against England and Australia.

Over 47.5 points in New Zealand v Fiji @ 17/20

New Zealand came into the World Cup without a host of big names - including Taumalolo - and Tonga shunted them into Australia's half of the draw in stunning fashion by overturning a 16-2 half-time deficit. Fiji have racked up the points against modest opposition and although they are unlikely to overcome the Kiwis, will play their part in an entertaining game.

Over 42.5 points in England v Papua New Guinea @ 17/20

England have yet to light up the tournament and need a big performance against a side that impressed in the group stage on home soil backed by their fanatical supporters. PNG produced a shaky performance in their only real test against Ireland, though, and face their first game on the road. They have the attacking players to threaten England, even if they do not get the result.

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Andrew McDermott
@a_mcdermott in Rugby League