If you’re looking forward to another adrenaline fueled weekend of 2014 World Cup action and you need some expert betting predictions including a sneaky parlay pick then keep reading.
Bondy: U.S. skeptical of Cristiano Ronaldo injury talk ahead of Portugal clash | http://t.co/g7UyJFTSch
— NY Daily News Sports (@NYDNSports) June 19, 2014
With 6 high-octane futbol games scheduled for the weekend including tournament favorties like Argentina, Germany, Portugal playing you won’t have trouble finding a game to bet on. Click here for complete World Cup betting odds and here for the complete TV schedule for the 2014 World Cup group stage.
My 2014 World Cup Weekend Betting Predictions
World Cup Weekend Parlay Picks
Lets start off with which sides you should pick for a winning World Cup parlay bet. I am going to give you quickie coverage for my parlay picks followed by complete match by match analysis. Good hunting!
At -900 on the moneyline Argentina is a steal against Iran. Even at the 2.5 goal spread they are a steal for your parlay, but don’t bite on it.
Add a determined German squad who are listed at -400 to beat Ghana. The spread is 1.5 goals and is a tempting value.
Finally to close out your 3 team World cup parlay bet add Team USA. The Americans face a shorthanded Portugal team that is lost without their star player at 100%.
— Doug McIntyre (@DougMacESPN) June 20, 2014
Saturday, June 21
Argentina (-2½) vs. Iran 13:00
Analysis: Argentina beat Bosnia-Herzegovina 2-1 in their Group F match on Sunday while Iran played Nigeria to a nil all draw. Argentina’s Lionel Messi will lead the Argentinean squad in a match that looks as lopsided as the odds indicate. Iran is getting +2½ goals in this one, a line that looks a bit high seeing as how they kept Nigeria from scoring.
Germany (-1½) vs. Ghana 16:00
Analysis: My pick to win the 2014 World Cup, Germany got off to an excellent start by thrashing Portugal 4-0 on Monday as striker Thomas Muller, my pick for the Golden Boot winner, scored a hat trick. Ghana lost a stunner to the U.S. 2-1 the very same night, but this match could turn out to be the best on the weekend docket. At +1½ goals, Ghana looks like a solid pick to benefit from Germany’s high-scoring, but hard-to-duplicate, rout of Portugal.
Nigeria vs. Bosnia-Herzegovina (-½) 18:00
Analysis: Nigeria didn’t look particularly bad in their 0-0 draw against Iran…it’s just that they didn’t win a match that, beforehand, looked quite winnable. Now, they’ll take on a desperate squad from Bosnia-Herzegovina that looked very good despite falling to Lionel Messi and Argentina 2-1 on Sunday. I think this match could be the upset pick of the weekend…and not much of an ‘upset’ if you ask me.
Sunday, June 22
Belgium (-½) vs. Russia 13:00
Analysis: Belgium took advantage of a so-so Algerian squad to win its opener 2-1 and looks like it will have a nearly identical type of opponent, match – and outcome against a Russian team that played South Korea to a 1-1 draw on Tuesday night.
South Korea Republic (Pick) vs. Algeria 16:00
South Korea +125
Analysis: South Korea is the slight favorite in their second round match against Algeria after playing Russia to a draw in its World Cup Opener while their opponents in this match will look to record their first point of the 2014 World Cup after falling to a superior Belgium squad 2-1 in their opener. This match looks like a good one for an Over/Under wager on total goals.
USA (+1) vs. Portugal 18:00
Analysis: The U.S. men pulled off an improbable victory over nemesis Ghana to win its World Cup opener 2-1, but now they likely face an even bigger task in taking out a Portugal team that is absolutely desperate after getting shut out and embarrassed in its 4-0 loss to Germany in its 2014 World Cup debut.
The U.S. will take on arguably the world’s best player in Portugal striker Cristiano Ronaldo, who may be banged up. The American squad has already ruled out best forward in veteran Jozy Altidore, so they’re likely to have an even tougher time than usual.
No Jozy Altidore against Portugal; Matt Besler “should” be good to go http://t.co/ThD2tGzpBm
— ProSoccerTalk (@ProSoccerTalk) June 19, 2014
However, Portugal will also be without one of its key members with center back Pepe being suspended for this match after head-butting Germany’s Thomas Muller in the 38th minute of their World Cup opening match.
The U.S. will need huge efforts from its four key performers in its opening round match, forward Clint Dempsey, midfielder Michael Bradley, defender, John Brooks and goalkeeper Tim Howard.
US/Portugal game could see heat index tease 100; More Manaus criticism http://t.co/lKsdhKl4HV
— ProSoccerTalk (@ProSoccerTalk) June 19, 2014
I like the U.S. squad to turn this match into a thriller that could go either way, despite the fact that the odds say the USA men are a huge underdog. As an aside, I also like the Over against the 2½ goal O/U Total.