World Cup Betting Guide: 6/17 Picks & Odds Report

Steven Suarez

Tuesday, June 17, 2014 12:53 PM GMT

Three more matches await on Tuesday, with Belgium taking on Algeria early on before Brazil/Mexico and Russia/South Korea also go head-to-head. Which two soccer picks are we adding to our tickets for the day?

View all of today's World Cup Prop Betting Odds

Belgium vs. Algeria
Armed with one of the most dangerous teams they've ever had, the Belgians enter the World Cup with higher expectations than they've had to deal with for quite some time.

At the moment Belgium is #11 in the FIFA rankings. They played four warm-up friendlies, starting with a 2-2 draw against Ivory Coast in March and then ending with wins over Luxembourg (5-1), Sweden (2-0) and Tunisia (1-0).

As you can see, the Belgians are in a good run of form right now and there's a reason they're favored in the -275 to -325 range for today's encounter with Algeria. This team is incredibly talented. 

Even with Christian Benteke out injured, this squad features the likes of Eden Hazard, Romelu Lukaku, Kevin Mirallas, Axel Witsel, Kevin De Bruyne, Vincent Kompany, Thomas Vermaelen and Thibaut Courtois in goal. Don't forget about guys like Marouane Fellaini, Nacer Chadli and Mousa Dembele either. 

That's a lot of talent right there, but we still believe it may be in your best interest to take Algeria as one of your soccer picks

This is a team ranked #22 by FIFA and one that's looked strong in their recent friendlies. They won all three of their matches, topping Slovenia (2-0), Armenia (3-1) and Romania (2-1). Standout players include captain Madjid Bougherra along with Nabil Bentaleb, Islam Slimani, Sofiane Feghouli and El Arbi Hillel Soudani. 

And, when push comes to shove, we see no reason why Algeria won't make life difficult for Belgium. Though the Belgians have the superior quality, they lack experience on the biggest stage, which could hurt them here in their group opener. Back the underdogs, as we wouldn't be surprised to see Belgium come out a little flat. 

Pick: Algeria +1.5 (-121) 

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Russia vs. South Korea
The last match of the day will be a Group H tussle between Russia and South Korea. It's a group that has a lot of inexperience, so we could certainly see a surprise or two. Coming in it's Belgium and Russia that are considered favorites to advance.

The soccer betting odds have the Russians favored to the tune of -125 for tonight's encounter, with the underdogs priced out at approximately +400. A draw is listed at +275 or so.

Russia, who went unbeaten in their warm-up friendlies, can be found at #18 on the FIFA rankings. Coached by the well-known Fabio Capello, all of the team's players compete in the Russian Premier League, so there's bound to be a lot of cohesion and team unity within the squad.

The South Koreans are ranked #55 by FIFA right now. They had a rough time in their preparations, following up an impressive 2-0 win over Greece by falling at home to Tunisia (1-0) and then Ghana (4-0) in Miami. 

Who should we watch for South Korea? We're most eager to watch Park Chu-Young (24 international goals), Lee Chung-Yong, Ki Sung-Yueng and Son Heung-Min. This is quite a young team, but the technical ability is undoubtedly there and Hong Myung-bo's team features plenty of players who have played in some of the world's most competitive leagues. 

When it comes to placing our final soccer picks though, we don't really trust either one of these younger squads, at least in each team's first match of the competition.

With that said, we feel more comfortable in the UNDER, as we expect both outfits to be well-drilled and ready to hold strong in the back. 

Pick: UNDER 2.5 goals (-130)

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