Saturday's round of World Cup betting serves up several scintillating matchups in round 2, mainly the feature matchup between Brazil vs. Spain. Join us as we serve up our soccer picks.
Brazil -175 vs. Spain +475; Draw +300
Brazil's opener was clinical and convincing, underscoring their hefty favorable odds with a 2-0 win. Household names Marta and Formiga converted on their respective opportunities to give Brazil the crucial win at these world finals; Marta's goal marked a record 15th career goal in this competition while Formiga's goal made her the oldest player ever to score a goal at the World Finals.
Spain, by contrast, failed to come through on their fancied soccer odds in round 1. Matched at -600 to win outright at the expense of Costa Rica, La Roja were expected to come out firing at all cylinders against the perceived group minnows. But Las Ticas didn't get the memo. As quickly as Spain scored, Las Ticas answered back. Dinnia Diaz was solid between the points afterwards and never let another get past her. Tale told, Spain let a valuable opportunity slip through their fingers.
Now, Spain need to get some points out of this game if they hope to advance into the knockouts. Brazil are in an enviable position, sat atop the group with 3 points and with a good view of a R16 place. They won't be easy to overcome as the favorites at -175 ssoccer odds .
Soccer Betting Verdict: Based on round 1, Brazil are quite rightly the favorites. What's more, they cut an attractive pose at -175 soccer odds on the World Cup odds board. That said the world finals have served up several upsets in round 2 already, including Sweden holding USA to a pivotal draw on Friday. That has to give La Roja hope. Put another way, they need to win this game if they hope to stand a chance of a spot in the knockouts.
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Double Result: Draw or Spain Win +140 at Bet365
Korea Republic -300 vs. Costa Rica +800; Draw +400
Las Ticas picked up from whence Los Ticos left off, getting their bid at the world finals off to a better start than most soccer aficionados expected. In round 1 of Group E action, they rose to the challenge against a highly fancied Spain and served up a 1-1 draw. The result gave the Costa Ricans a crucial point and puts them in second place with Spain, not to mention it bursts Group E wide open in the process.
By contrast, South Korea lost to Brazil in game 1. The 2-0 defeat puts South Korea in the basement of the section on ZERO points and a negative 2-goal differential. It's going to be imperative that they bounce back in game 2 if they hope to make a fist of it in Group E. Crucially, all is not lost for the South Koreans as with Spain and Costa Rica tied on a point in the table, a win in game 2 would see South Korea vastly improve their standings.
South Korea have the attacking potential to give Costa Rica trouble. Ji So Yun is a lethal threat as is prolific scorer Park Eunsun. Where Costa Rica have the advantage is on defence with a solid goalie in Dinnia Diaz. If she can keep Las Ticas in the game, they could have a shot at the draw. Of course if they want all three points they'll need Shirley Cruz to be on top form.
Soccer Betting Verdict: Everybody loves a Cinderella story. If there were one side that fits the bill, it's Las Ticas, who have the potential to become the Cinderella of these world finals in Canada. Vamos!
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Costa Rica +800
Double Result: Draw or Costa Rica at +240 at bet365
Under 2.5 at +108