Defending champions Japan headline round 3 action on Tuesday as they look to close out Group C with a perfect record. Elsewhere, Switzerland & Cameroon battle for second place.
Japan -6600 vs. Ecuador +3300; Draw
Japan kicked off their title defence campaign with a solid showing against Switzerland, winning 1-0. No frills or gimmicks. Just solid footy, and a bit of luck as well as Miyama scored on a penalty kick in the 29th minute.
In round 2 of Group C play, the ladies from the Land of the Rising Sun came out of the gates firing at all cylinders and scoring two quick goals at the expense of Cameroon. They managed to hold on to the lead despite a late rally by the African side that saw them close the gap on a late goal to 2-1.
Both times Japan delivered on their fancied soccer odds, despite coming through each time with narrow victories. Japan are already through to the knockouts but they'll still be looking to finish their campaign on a positive note, if only to throw down the gauntlet and serve notice to the rest of the advancing field. Predictably, they are the hefty favorites to win outright at the expense of an Ecuador side that is pointless in the competition and has suffered an embarrassment of goals (16 against in two matches).
Undoubtedly, Japan is the correct soccer pick to win outright but the value just isn't there on the money line. Best soccer pick therefore is going to include markets that deal with performance. Considering the Ecuadorians have averaged 8 goals against in two matches, it's safe to assume Japan will add to that well considerably. Take Japan to win by a winning margin of +4 at -600 at Bet365 and Japan on the handicap at -6 at +138.
Recommended Soccer Picks: Japan +4 winning margin at -600 - Janpan -6 at +138 - Japan to win and No for both teams to score at -350
Switzerland -138 vs. Cameroon +450; Draw +230
This is going to be the feature match in group C as both Switzerland and Cameroon look to clinch second place and secure advancement into the knockouts. As it is, the pair are level on points in the competition with each having gone 1-1-0 in two rounds. Switzerland gave Japan a run for its money in the group opener and then they steamrolled Ecuador with their delightful offensive-minded football 10-1 in round 2. Hence, they emerge as the slight favorites at -138 to win outright.
Similarly, Cameroon got their campaign off to a positive start with a 6-0 evisceration of Ecuador. Although they were overwhelmed by Japan in the early goings, they refocused and put in a good fight towards the end of the game, even scoring one to make it a more respectable loss. Despite their admirable efforts, odds makers send Cameroon into their final game as the decided underdogs, almost overly disadvantaged at +450.
It seems nobody is giving Cameroon a chance, but we're not so sure they should be written off so. Switzerland may seem to be the smart pick but on what basis? After all, they are debutants in the competition. Cameroon are making their first-ever world finals appearance in Canada as well, and so far they are very much in it just as are the Swiss. Whichever way you slice this matchup on your soccer picks, there's value on both sides of the coin. We can't say unequivocally that the Swiss will win this game. Cameroon can serve up the surprise and, as such, we're looking towards their soccer odds for our money line picks. That said with all that is on the line neutral soccer picks that are irrespective of the winner of the game might be the order of the day, such as both teams to score or totals.
Recommended Soccer Picks: Draw or Cameroon Win at +115 at Bet365; Over 2.5 at +108 - Both Teams to Score -110