World Cup Opening Weekend Picks

World Cup Opening Weekend Expert Picks

With the 2014 World Cup day 2 set to get underway in earnest in a mere matter of hours, futbol punters across the globe need to gather as much expert betting information as possible in order to maximize their chances of cashing in over the course of the month-long globally-encompassing tournament.

Thankfully, that’s where I come in!

Thanks to this quartet of opening round weekend World Cup expert picks, you’re going to have a great chance to cash in on four matches that are all offering solid, if not outstanding value.

With that said and opening day les than 24 hours away, let’s get started.

My Weekend World Cup Expert Picks

Friday, June 13, 2014 at 11:00 AM
FIFA World Cup 2014 – Group A – Natal
Point Spread Odds
Mexico Pick -180
Cameroon Pick +150
Mexico 5/4, Draw 2/1, Cameroon 5/2

While Mexico has been a bit inconsistent in going 3-2-2 in 2014, this team should be able to easily handle a Cameroon team that is aging right now and expected to finish at the bottom of Group A.

Mexican strikers Oribe Peralta and Javier Hernandez are two of the most elite scorers on the lanet today and they alone should be able to get the job done against a Cameroon team that doesn’t have much quality outside veteran striker Samuel Eto’o.

Cameroon is just 2-1-2 since the start of 2014 with losses against Portugal and Paraguay, though they did manage to tie powerful Germany 2-2 very recently. Mexico took the only meeting, a friendly, between the two nations, back in 1993, so there’s not a whole lot of history to go on as far as head-to-head matches.

I like Mexico to win, but I think we’re looking at a hard-fought, one-goal game in this opening round match.

Friday, June 13, 2014 at 2:00 PM
FIFA World Cup 2014 – Group B – Salvador
Moneyline Odds
Spain -125
Netherlands +400
Draw +240
Spain 5/6, Draw 9/4, Holland 4/1

This opening round match between Spain and the Netherlands could turn out to be the best opening round match of all…it’s that simple. Whichever team loses this match could be in a spot of trouble as they may have to eventually face host nation Brazil, so there’s a bit of added pressure for a opener.

Both pf these teams play a patient style that will likely result in a low-scoring affair that plays under the 2.5-goal O/U Total, which may be the best wager for such a tough matchup to predict.

Spain, the defending World Cup champions are my pick to nab the narrow in this match, mostly because they have an elite goalkeeper in Ilker Casillas and a trio outstanding defenders in Sergio Ramos, Gerard Pique and Jordi Alba. The Spainairds will need some offensive production out of its best goal scorer, Diego Costa, but this is a match they should win on superior defense.

The Netherlands do have one of the best goal scorers on the planet in striker Rob van Persie and they could very well pull off what wouldn’t necessarily be a huge upset, but I don’t think Holland’s defense will be up to the task of stopping Spain from scoring two goals in what looks like a 2-1 or 1-0 win for Spain waiting to happen. 

Saturday, June 14, 2014 at 11:01 AM
Point Spread Odds
England Pick +105
Italy Pick -125

There are suddenly concerns about the condition of the field at Manaus just three days before this match, but I believe no matter what condition the pitch is in, Italy and their slightly superior offensive core group will come out victorious.

Yes I know England’s Wayne Rooney has seven goals in six qualifying matches for England and that Steven Gerrad and Frank Lampard are very good at controlling the middle of the field, but I like the explosive scoring duo of Mario Balotelli and Pablo Osvaldo to find a way to lead the Italians to a one-goal win at the very least. Lest anyone forget, Italy won the World Cup in 2006 and even though captain and goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon is the only remaining holdover from that squad, Italy still knows how to win on the big stage.

Here are our latest odds for who is going to win each group in the 2014 World Cup:

World Cup 2014: Group Winner Odds
Group A Brazil (1/5) Croatia (8/1) Mexico (9/1) Cameroon (25/1)
Group B Spain (2/3) Netherlands (3/1) Chile (15/4) Australia (66/1)
Group C Colombia (20/21) Ivory Coast (3/1) Japan (4/1) Greece (7/1)
Group D Italy (8/5) Uruguay (9/5) England (9/4) Costa Rica (50/1)
Group E France (4/5) Switzerland (5/2) Ecuador (4/1) Honduras (28/1)
Group F Argentina (1/5) Bosnia-Herzegovina (6/1) Nigeria (10/1) Iran (40/1)
Group G Germany (2/3) Portugal (5/2) Ghana (9/1) USA (9/1)
Group H Belgium (4/7) Russia (12/5) South Korea (7/1) Algeria (22/1)