Betting Edge Weekly Preview: World Cup Remains Center Stage

Monday, July 9, 2018 1:45 PM UTC

Monday, Jul. 9, 2018 1:45 PM UTC

The betting action at 5Dimes picks right back up this week starting on Tuesday with the first of two 2018 World Cup semifinal matchups. The top three betting favorites when this tournament first began in the middle of June have all been sent home early.

<p>The defending World Cup champion was Germany and that team did not even make it into the Round of 16. Brazil and Spain were also high on the <a href=";book=5dimes" rel="nofollow">5Dimes futures odds’</a> list, but each country made an earlier exit than expected.</p><p>Tuesday’s afternoon’s first semifinal match pits <a href="" rel="nofollow">France against Belgium </a>as a -130 favorite to advance to the championship. Belgium is listed as a +110 underdog with the total set two. The three-way line with betting odds for a draw in regulation favor France at +151 vs. the +185 moneyline odds for Belgium. The betting odds for the draw are set at +220. This match is slated to get underway at 2 p.m. (ET)</p><p>In another 2 p.m. start on Wednesday, England will try an advance to the championship match<a href="" rel="nofollow"> as a -165 favorite over Croatia (+145). </a>The total has been set at two goals. Expanding 5Dimes’ betting line with +215 odds for a draw in regulation, England’s odds move to +136 with +205 betting odds for Croatia.</p><p>[/]{"component": "embedHTML", "code": "&lt;blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\" data-lang=\"en\"&gt;&lt;p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\"&gt;And then, there was four... &lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;TUE: &lt;a href=\";amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;#FRABEL&lt;/a&gt; &lt;br /&gt;WED: &lt;a href=\";amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;#CROENG&lt;/a&gt; &lt;a href=\";amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;#WorldCup&lt;/a&gt; &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;;/a&gt;&lt;/p&gt;— FIFA World Cup 🏆 (@FIFAWorldCup) &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;July 7, 2018&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/blockquote&gt;\n&lt;script async src=\"\" charset=\"utf-8\"&gt;&lt;/script&gt;\n"}[/]</p><p>The World Cup futures odds for the final four countries favors France to win the title at +200. England is next on the list at +250 betting odds followed by Belgium at +275 and Croatia at +500. The best odds on the board for this Sunday’s World Cup Championship match are +190 for England to face France. Game time on Fox is set for 11 a.m. The losers of the two semifinal matches will face one another on Saturday in a consolation game with third place on the line.</p><p>The MLB regular season continues to forge its way to the annual All-Star break starting July 16. One of the top series on this week’s slate is a three-game tilt between the Chicago Cubs and the San Francisco Giants starting Monday night at AT&amp;T Park. The betting odds for the series price are set at -110 for the Cubs and the Giants.</p><p>Chicago has been opened as a slight -106 road favorite for Game 1 with Kyle Hendricks on the mound. The total line for the 10:15 p.m. start on the West Coast has been set at 7.5 runs. Game 2 on Tuesday is the featured matchup on ESPN+ at 10 p.m. and Wednesday’s series finale is scheduled for 3:45 p.m.</p><p>The Boston Red Sox still own the best record in the majors at 62-29 in the midst of a six-game winning streak. They will play host to the Texas Rangers for three games this week starting with Game 1 on Monday night. Boston heads into next week’s break following four more home games against AL East rival Toronto. It currently has a two-game lead over the New York Yankees in that division race.</p><p>In other betting action on the board at 5Dimes this week, Week 5 of the CFL regular season kicks off on Thursday night at 7:30 p.m. with 3-0 Calgary on the road against the 2-1 Ottawa RedBlacks. Two weeks ago in Calgary, the Stampeders rolled to a 24-14 victory against the RedBlacks as 7.5-point home favorites. The total stayed UNDER the closing 55.5-point line.</p><p>The PGA Tour heads to Silvis, Illinois for the John Deere Classic starting on Thursday, but many of the top players in the world are in Scotland for this week’s Scottish Open as a warm up for next week’s Open Championship as golf’s third major of the year. Wimbledon is professional tennis’ third Grand Slam event and <a href="">betting action continues this week.</a> The women's final is Saturday and the men's on Sunday.</p>
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