Betting Edge for Week: Expect Fireworks in World Cup, Wimbledon, MLB

Monday, July 2, 2018 1:37 PM UTC

Monday, Jul. 2, 2018 1:37 PM UTC

Leading up to the Fourth of July holiday Wednesday is continuing action in the World Cup; opening action at Wimbledon, the third Grand Slam event of the tennis season; and a full slate of MLB games. 

<p>The Round of 16 in the 2018 World Cup began Saturday and continues Monday with a huge match between Brazil as a -400 favorite over upstart Mexico as a +300 underdog at 10 a.m. ET. The total for that match has been set at 1.5 . At 2 p.m. on Monday, Belgium faces Japan as a -250 favorite with the total set at two goals.</p><p>&lt;blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"&gt;&lt;p lang="en" dir="ltr"&gt;Half way there...&lt;br&gt;&lt;br&gt;Two quarter-finals decided, two to go, with this confirmed tonight 👇&lt;br&gt;&lt;br&gt;Sat 7 July, 21:00&lt;br&gt;Russia vs Croatia 🇷🇺🇭🇷&lt;br&gt;Sochi&lt;a href=";amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw"&gt;#RUSCRO&lt;/a&gt; &lt;a href=""&gt;;/a&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&amp;mdash; FIFA World Cup 🏆 (@FIFAWorldCup) &lt;a href=""&gt;July 1, 2018&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/blockquote&gt;<br />&lt;script async src="" charset="utf-8"&gt;&lt;/script&gt;</p><p>Tuesday’s World Cup betting action in the Knockout Round starts at 10 a.m. with Switzerland facing Sweden as a -125 favorite to advance. The <a href="" title="Sports Betting Odds">moneyline odds on Sweden pulling off the upset</a> have been set at +105 and the betting line for the total is two goals. The other match on Tuesday (2 p.m.) pits England against Columbia as a -175 favorite with the total set at two.</p><p>Looking ahead to the first few matches in the quarterfinals, France has been opened as a -200 favorite over Uruguay for Friday’s showdown at 10 a.m. The total has been set at two. On Saturday at 2 p.m., host country Russia is listed as a +145 underdog in its next match against Croatia as a -165 favorite. The total in this contest has been set at two. Russia stunned Spain on Sunday to advance to this next round.</p><p>Of the 12 remaining teams in this competition, BetAnySports’ updated <a href="" title="Free Sports Picks">futures odds to win the 2018 World Cup have Brazil and France as +350 favorites</a>. Croatia is next on the list at +550 betting odds and Belgium and England are at +600 to round out the top 5.</p><p>In Tuesday’s Wimbledon action on the men’s side, Novak Djokovic has been opened as a -2569 favorite against Tennys Sandgren, and Rafael Nadal is a hefty -3444 favorite in his match against Dudi Sela. Both matches are slated to get underway at 6 a.m. ET.</p><p>Turning to the women’s competition at Wimbledon on Tuesday, Maria Sharapova is a -693 favorite against Vitalia Diatchenko at 6:30 a.m. Serena Williams begins her quest for the 2018 Wimbledon title on Monday at 12:30 p.m. as a -1163 favorite against Arantxa Rus.</p><p>ESPN will broadcast a trio of games for Wednesday’s holiday starting with Game 2 of a quick two-game interleague matchup between the Baltimore Orioles and the Philadelphia Phillies in a scheduled 4 p.m. start at Citizens Bank Park. The Phillies start the week three games behind Atlanta for first place in the NL East with a 3-1 series win against the third-place Washington Nationals over the weekend.</p><p>At 7 p.m. from Great American Ballpark, the Cincinnati Reds play host to the Chicago White Sox in an interleague matchup. The Reds are buried in the basement of the NL Central at 36-48 heading into Monday’s series opener, but they have now won 10 of their last 13 games.</p><p>The final featured MLB matchup on ESPN this Fourth of July is Game 3 of an NL clash between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Arizona Diamondbacks in a late 10 p.m. start at Chase Field. Heading into Monday night’s series opener, the Cardinals had lost their last four games and Arizona was swept by San Francisco in three home games closing as a favorite over the weekend.</p><h2 style="text-align:center"><a href=";book=worldcup-picks">Check out SBR's World Cup page.</a></h2>
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