2014 World Cup Betting Update 6/15

Sunday, June 15, 2014 1:21 PM UTC

Sunday, Jun. 15, 2014 1:21 PM UTC

We're only a few days into the World Cup and we've already witnessed some spectacular moments. Let's recap what we've seen so far and what more we can expect to see over the next few days.
<p><span style="font-size:1em"><strong>Home Cooking</strong><br /></span><span style="font-size:1em">If you just looked at the result, you'd think Brazil was fairly comfortable in their 3-1 win over Croatia on Thursday. </span><span style="font-size:1em">You'd be wrong.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:1em">The Croatians were well up for the challenge and were incredibly unlucky to lose in the manner they did. A <a target="_blank" title="Was Croatia cheated?" href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/forum/soccer-betting/2900977-wow-croatia-ripped-off-horrible-pk.html">highly questionable penalty call</a>, “earned” by Brazilian striker Fred, changed the complexion of the match completely and Croatia couldn't recover.</span><span style="font-size:1em"> </span></p> <p>As the top overall soccer betting favorites, Brazil didn't exactly play to their full capability, but we're only one match in. They should only improve from here on out and they've already put themselves in a great position to advance as the number one seed in the group.</p> <p style="text-align:center"><a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="2014 World Cup Betting Odds" href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/world-cup-betting-directory/"></a><em><a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="2014 World Cup Betting Odds" href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/world-cup-betting-directory/">View &amp; Compare All of the 2014 World Cup Betting Odds</a></em></p> <p><span style="font-size:1em"><strong>Kings No More</strong><br /></span><span style="font-size:1em">A Xabi Alonso penalty put Spain up 1-0 on Friday and it looked like they would be able to maintain their lead and start off Group B with a bang. Not so fast.</span><span style="font-size:1em"> </span></p> <p>Netherlands played a perfect tactical match, killing the Spaniards on the counter and forcing countless mistakes, especially in the second half. Arjen Robben and Robin Van Persie were both spectacular, scoring two goals each, en route to an improbable 5-1 victory for the underdogs.</p> <p>Spain's obviously in a horrible position now, as their goal differential is horrendous heading into their final two matches against Chile and Australia. On the other side, Netherlands couldn't have asked for a better start and their confidence has surely sky-rocketed.</p> <p><span style="font-size:1em"><br /><strong>Saturday Spectacles</strong><br /></span><span style="font-size:1em">In what was the busiest day of the World Cup so far, Colombia, Costa Rica, Italy and Ivory Coast all won their respective matches to kick off their group stage endeavors in the right way.</span><span style="font-size:1em"> </span></p> <p>The <a title="How did the bookies fare off of this win?" href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/forum/soccer-betting/2902705-bookies-just-made-killing-off-costa-rica-win.html">biggest surprise of them all was the Costa Ricans</a>, who not only shocked Uruguay in a 3-1 win but did it in style. Sure, there was no Luis Suarez, but Costa Rica still looked the part and thoroughly deserved the three points.</p> <p>We were impressed with Colombia's relentless attacking, while Greece actually looked good at times despite the harsh 3-0 scoreline. Ivory Coast did well to claw their way back to a 2-1 win over Japan, with Didier Drogba's arrival in the second half paying off immediately.</p> <p>Meanwhile, England is in a tough spot now after a loss to the Italians, though there can be a little solace in knowing the performance wasn't too bad whatsoever. The Brits will like their chances of getting results against Uruguay and Costa Rica in their final two fixtures in Group D.</p> <p><span style="font-size:1em"><br /><strong>Looking Ahead</strong><br /></span><span style="font-size:1em">On Sunday, the highlight match has to be <a target="_blank" title="Full game preview with picks" href="/picks/more-sports/2014-world-cup-betting-bosnia-herzegovina-vs-argentina/40121/">Argentina up against Bosnia-Herzegovina</a> in a massive Group F match. We can't wait to see what kind of impact Messi has, while the Bosnians will be leaning heavily on Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko. Argentina will be the odds favorites coming in and the favorite <a target="_blank" title="2014 World Cup Betting Picks" href="/picks/more-sports/">World Cup pick for soccer bettors</a>.</span><span style="font-size:1em"> </span></p> <p>The following day features a couple matches that are sure to garner tons of attention. Early on we'll have Germany up against Portugal and in the evening the <a target="_blank" title="USA vs. Ghana World Cup Picks" href="/picks/more-sports/2014-world-cup-picks-usa-vs-ghana/40156/">USA will make their 2014 World Cup debut against Ghana</a>. A positive result in the group opener is a must for all of those involved in a stacked Group G.</p> <p>We're eager to watch a very talented Belgium outfit on Tuesday and we'd be surprised if they didn't get a win against Algeria in their opener. That will be followed by Brazil/Mexico and Russia/South Korea.</p> <p> </p>
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