World Cup Betting Guide: 6/24 Picks & Odds Report

Steven Suarez

Tuesday, June 24, 2014 12:35 PM GMT

Tuesday, Jun. 24, 2014 12:35 PM GMT

So much is still up for grabs in the World Cup group stages as we get set for another full day of soccer. Which games are we zeroing in on with our sports picks and which teams do we think hold the best value for Tuesday?

Costa Rica vs. England
Another big tournament, another disappointing showing for the English. Expectations weren't exactly sky high for England coming into the World Cup, and some thought that may actually play into their favor. However, two tough opening matches against Italy and Uruguay, both of which the English lost 2-1, means Roy Hodgson's team has already been knocked out.  

Costa Rica, on the other hand, is in a state of euphoria at the moment. They've taken everyone by surprise, winning each of their first two matches against quality competition.  When we study the soccer betting odds for today's Group D encounter, we see England favored at just over -130, with the Costa Ricans at +375 and a draw listed at approximately +315. Clearly oddsmakers believe the English can close out the tournament in a positive way. 

We do too.  

The starting XI for England has already been released, so let's delve deeper into what we'll see out on the pitch, and how they'll stack up against Costa Rica. Ben Foster will start in goal, with Gary Cahill, Phil Jones, Chris Smalling and Luke Shaw making up the back four. Frank Lampard, James Milner, Jake Wilshere, Ross Barkley and Adam Lallana will also start. Daniel Sturridge remains up top.

As you can see, it's still a strong team that Hodgson will field, and we think England will be motivated to play well, and get at least one victory from this group. With Costa Rica already qualified, we don't foresee them being desperate for a positive result, so let's back the English. 

Free World Cup Pick: England -132  

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Greece vs. Ivory Coast
There's still a lot on the line in Group C, so both Greece and Ivory Coast will be going all out in this evening's match.  

As it currently stands, Colombia is flying high in first place with a full complement of six points, with the Ivorians on three points, and both Greece and Japan on one point each. The Colombians will take on Japan in the other Group C match today. The Greeks are no strangers to the underdog role, and it's one they'll be playing again in the group stage finale. They're quoted at as high of a price as +330, which leaves Ivory Coast as a solid -110 favorite. A draw can be found at +275.  

After getting out-classed 3-0 by Colombia in their first match, Greece looked far better defensively in a 0-0 draw against the Japanese last Thursday, although they were unable to generate too many scoring opportunities. Of course, a red card for Kostas Katsouranis wasn't exactly the best thing that could have happened for the Greeks, who had to band together in the second half, and work that much harder for one another in order to earn a point.  

Ivory Coast opened their campaign with a 2-1 win over Japan, but then lost by the same score-line to Colombia. Gervinho scored the lone goal for the Ivorians on a nice solo effort, but the comeback couldn't be completed by Yaya Toure and company. We think there's a good chance Ivory Coast could struggle again today. They haven't looked as impressive as we thought they'd be, and Greece has proven they're not going to go down easy no matter who the opponent. Our World Cup pick will be for the Greeks to get at least a draw out of this match.

Free World Cup Pick: Greece +0.5 (-104)

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