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PUBLISHED : Monday, 25 June, 2018, 9:02am
UPDATED : Monday, 25 June, 2018, 9:01am

Match day 12 brings with it what we were all waiting for, the first taste of high drama at this year’s World Cup.

Hosts Russia and Uruguay are both through but they meet to decide who will be going through as group A winner, not that this is necessarily better than progressing as runner-up.

The reason for that is group B is still up in the air and would you rather play Spain or Portugal in a knockout game?

It might not matter as Iran could still become the first Asian side to make it through to this year’s round of 16.

The evening kicks off with group A’s decisive games: Uruguay v Russia in Samara and the dead rubber of Saudi Arabia v Egypt in Volgograd.

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Egypt are favourites to take the win and some pride ($1.85) with a draw at $3.6 and Saudi Arabia an outside bet at $4.75.

The bookmakers have two-time World Cup winners Uruguay to top the group at $2.62 for the win while surprise over performers so far Russia go through as group winners with either a win or a draw (both $3.1).

The games are exclusively on Now TV’s World Cup channels (618 and 619) for you to flick between.

Kick-off is 10pm.

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The late group B games are where the excitement is. Spain play Morocco in Kaliningrad while Iran take on Portugal from Saransk.

Those games kick off at 2am and again are only on the Now TV World Cup channels.

A win would give Iran a chance to go through but $6 shows they are unfancied to best European champions Portugal ($1.7). The draw is $3.75.

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Meanwhile, Spain ($1.36) are expected to beat bottom side Morocco ($11). The draw, which might not be good enough to take the 2010 winners through, is $4.8.