After going 0-2 in the Semi-FInal, we are here to bounce back for our World Cup Final Preview! The Biggest game in the world of sports and soccer!
France vs Croatia
It's here! The World Cup Final! Where we have favorites France going up against the incredibly resilient Croatia. In this game, we have tons of matchups from, Kante and Modric to Mbappe against the self-proclaimed "World Class" defender Dejan Lovren. So the biggest question is, which one is the most important? For me, it's easy. It's the attack of France going up against Croatia. We know France will be a strong defensive team, their midfield should be able to do fine, but can Croatia's defense stop Griezmann, Mbappe, and Giroud? I don't think so, mainly because of speed. We saw against England, the players who caused any issues for Croatia were the ones that were direct and had pace, but luckily for Croatia, Sterling sucks for England. BUT! Mbappe doesn't suck for his national team as I see him going off and controlling this match from moment one. This is the moment where it becomes his world, the future of Soccer! Not Neymar or Dybala, it's this little French boy who looks like a turtle. I see him getting two goals in a victory for the French.
Prediction: 4-1 France
After taking a big fat L without Belgium pick, we are back to preview the other Semi-Final in England vs. Croatia! Some would say this is the matchup that is less sexy, but I say no! This is going to be a world-class game with some amazing moments. So let's get into the preview!
England vs Croatia
All week, people have been asking me, "Judd who do I root for in the World Cup?", And over time the answer is because of these two teams. France and Belgium are too much of favorites to root for, so between these two who should know you like? It matters, do you like a bunch of sweaty dudes throwing kebabs and beer to the sky when they score their 80000th header of the tournament or a team of overachievers with one very corrupt midget (Modric). For me, I will always root for England, for two reasons, they make the best World Cup songs and cause of our Lord and savior Harry Kane. On to the game, my unbiased opinion I think England have this one. First off, I think the fatigue factor is real! It's bad that every time Croatia step out on the field it turns out to be a long and hard battle and that will hit them HARD, especially in the second half. Also, we need to discuss the battle of Harry Kane vs. Lovren, every time they play Kane turns into more of a superhero than he already is and bangs a few in. I love England money time and love England to win 3-1 at +2000 even more. Footballs coming home baby!
Prediction: 3-1 England
The first Semi-Final is here! The first match is battle between France vs. Belgium after both teams had excellent wins over some of the top South American teams. Both of these go into this game full of confident, full of hope which means one thing, be prepared to see some beautiful tears at full time! As always we are here to preview everything and help you make the best pick for this match.
France vs Belgium (Extra Time/PK Included)
This has the makings to be one of the best matches in the history of the Semi-Finals as we have the powerhouses in France who are consistently up there with the best in the world against the Golden Generation of Belgium as this will probably be the best chance the Red Devils have to win a World Cup. Both of these teams looked good in the Quarter-Finals, but they both needed help from their goalkeepers and a little luck with big missed chances by the other team. Both of these teams have strong midfield and defenders, but the big matchup in this game will be Hazard and Lukaku vs. Mbappe and Griezmann. This game will come down to these two partnerships because of the few chances both teams will get, they need to score each and every one (which Lukaku has had issues with for his club team). Another factor will be the substitutions, both teams have a lot of depth, but Belgiums subs have been so good with Chadli, Fellaini, Dembele and the rest of their backups have come in and been amazing. I see this game being close and one moment will pick which team will win. For France to get a W they need to attack the left side, with Belgium not having Meunier, they will have a weakness there, BUT Belgium can overrun the two center back system that France plays. This game will be exciting, and just frankly a must watch, but if I had to pick, I am leaning towards a Belgium win.
Prediction: 2-1 Belgium
After putting it all on the line with my Uruguay pick, we are back with another winning pick for Monday as Belgium will go up against Cinderella story Japan. As always we will have the odds and every detail to get you ready for this big mid-day fixture.
Belgium (-1.25) vs Japan
Japan +1.25: (-105)
Belgium -1.25: (-115)
Going into this match there are a lot of storylines, first will obviously just be Japan. Being apart of the group of death with four teams who could really have gone through on paper. Now they will try to show the world they deserve to be in this place as the only reason they are here is that they had less yellow cards than Senegal. Belgium on the other hand goes into this game with three wins from three as now Romelu Lukaku is second favorite to win the Golden Boot behind MY PRESIDENT, Harry Kane. One big statistic to look in this game is the difference of offensive firepower, in the group Japan looked pretty good defensively with only four goals conceded, but their attack was less than great with only four goals scorer. Belgium had nine goals in the group and even though they did have a much easier group, their attackers just look more and more confident with every game. More on firepower, I think this game will have a ton of goals, I think Belgium even with some top-notch defenders, need to attack to have any chance of winning this World Cup, Roberto Martinez (their manager) has shown consistently he isn't a very good manager and tactician when it comes to defending. Because of this, they will come out and just try to outscore and out skill this Japan, and they will. I think the spread of 1.25 is the ideal bet for this game.
Prediction: 4-1 Belgium
As the Group Stage portion of the World Cup is over we now focus on the Knockout Stages! This is where the games get tougher and of course, the bets get more grand and scary. Luckily we go into this on a hot streak and we will continue that tomorrow by picking Uruguay. In this blog I will tell you why Uruguay winning tomorrow is not just a great bet but maybe the best value bet of this millennium.
Uruguay vs Portugal
You may ask yourself, "why of all photos and gifs did I pick one of Suarez biting someone?" It's cause we are EATING tomorrow! Uruguay goes into this game as the only team who didn't concede a goal in their group, and boy is that not a fluke! Their two center backs (especially Diego Godin) have looked incredible and have honestly been a man mountain and helped Uruguay get wins when their attack didn't look very good. Now with their offense and midfield coming alive in the last two games, they seem like one of the teams that will be very hard to beat. For a country of fewer than 5 million people to have two of the top ten strikers in the world shows a lot about how this is truly a golden generation for them. Portugal on the other hand, sneaked through their group after Iran missed a sitter very late in the game, for me, we have one team who is complete and very very stable in all areas, and Portugal is pretty much the opposite, they are very reliant on Ronaldo or a freak wonder goal from one of the there inconsistent attackers. I see Uruguay going out, playing defensive and taking control of the midfield and waiting for their two-star strikers to take advantage of an old defense of Portugal, and they will get the win.
Prediction: 3-1 Uruguay
In our last two picks, we are 2-0! Now we will make it 3-0 with another fantastic pick as we focus on the final match in this tight group as with a win Colombia may finish in first (same for Senegal, but I bet on Colombia to finish top, so I care more about that). We will break down everything to get your ready for this match at 10 AM Eastern Standard Time! Enjoy!
Colombia @ Senegal
Going into some of the third games, motivation is usually a worry for many gamblers, as some teams have qualified, some teams want to finish second for matchup reasons (this is why you don't bet on England vs. Belgium today), and just teams usually rotate. This is not going to be the case with this match for both teams. Columbia and Senegal both need a result to make sure they go through, and especially Colombia as they were shocked by Japan in their first game. Luckily for both teams, with Japan facing a dead Poland team (who can still be dangerous), it's not shocking to think both of these teams can go through in the group. Just thinking about this game though its hard to overlook this Colombia team, they are strong defensively, in the middle and going forward, they truly are one of the teams that can shock major teams in the knockout stages. I just think going down their attack they are too strong for a Senegal defense which usually goes too offensive, and even with Mane for Senegal I think the likes of Arias, Sanches, and Ospina can help stop a lot of their goal opportunities, this will be a great game for the neutral but Colombia will win.
Prediction 2-0 Colombia.
It's been a while! Last week I injured my shoulder and was on bed rest all week so that I couldn't blog! Then yesterday our website had an issue with uploading blogs, but if you follow us on Twitter you saw we picked Uruguay Money Line! Today we will preview Croatia vs. Iceland as one team tries to go 3-0 this knockout stage and one tries to keep the pressure on and maybe sneak in, even though that is a very very slim chance.
Croatia vs Iceland
Congrats to Croatia! They have truly turned many heads as after their strong and versatile midfield tore Messi and Argentina apart they now look like one of the favorites to win the tournament with so many of the top teams showing flaws. Going into this game, Croatia has already wrapped up a spot in the knockout stages, but they will try to lock up the group and go into the next round on good form. IN this game we know for a fact Rebic and Rakitic won't play but rumors are the rest of their top midfielders and defenders will be given a good run out. Even though I was wrong about Iceland against Argentina, I just think the midfielder and the compact style of defense of Croatia will be too much, and they will be beaten on the counter, it may not be the prettiest game, but Croatia will get it done.
Prediction: 1-0 Croatia
After a day off for fathers day, we are back for another DST World Cup Preview! We have the always exciting but disappointing England against considerable underdogs in Tunisia. I am going to start the preview now because, to be honest, I don't even know what continent Tunisia is on.
England (-1.25) vs Tunisia
Match Odds (Spread)
England -1.25: (+105)
Tunisia +1.25: (-125)
For England, this is surprisingly a massive game and could make a statement. With Germany, Spain, Argentina and Brazil all pulling an England, the Three Lions now have the chance to not be the biggest laughing stock in World Football. Going into this game, the gap between the teams is large, this group is very top heavy with England and Belgium, and it looks like it will come down to that game to see who will win this group. IN saying that, I wouldn't give it to Belgium right away, as England have some pretty dangerous players, and they will look to prove a point in this match. The main one is Harry Kane, he once again had an amazing season with Spurs, as he will now look to erase the wrongdoing at Euro 2016 and bang in a few goals. For Tottenham, Kane sometimes like to pick on the smaller teams to get his season rolling, I see him doing this in this match as Tunisia's defense isn't good enough to stop him, Dele, Sterling, and others getting into dangerous spaces, and when Kane is in those areas, it is a guaranteed goal. England -1.25 is an incredibly smart bet. So take it.
Prediction: 3-0 England
We had a bit of a setback today/yesterday as we pushed on our Uruguay bet which now has us 1-1-0 for our World Cup blogs. Now we will get back to our winning streak with a big preview of Argentina vs. Iceland as Messi will battle the 2016 underdog story of the year.
Argentina vs Iceland
First off, before I start, did anyone think this photo above was a ram? Yeah, I guess for the first 21 years of my life I legitimately didn't know what a ram looked like. On to the game, on paper this an easy game for Argentina, they are so much better than Iceland, and even the best players on the Iceland team have dropped since the euros. In saying this, Argentina has a history of going easy and showing complacency, and that usually ends with them losing or Messi having to score a few to save them. I don't see that happening in this game, I see them going out and going after this Iceland team because they don't have much that can hurt Argentina. I know Iceland can shock the world, but with the defense and more importantly the attack of Iceland, Argentina won't be afraid to push up and play open and expansive football that has helped them become one of the elite teams. For me, the best bet here is the spread at -1.5 (EVEN ODDS)
Predictions: 4-0 Argentina.
After a dominant win for Russia (which we predicted), we are onto our first full day of the World Cup! We will be previewing the other Group A matchup in Uruguay and Egypt. There are so many headlines going into this game, and I can't wait to watch and preview this to help us (DST and the beautiful people reading) go 2 and 2.
DST World Cup Record: 1-0
Uruguay (-1) vs Egypt
Uruguay: (-1): EVEN
Egypt: (+1): -120
Egypt go into this game in a bit of limbo, we all know they are a one-man team, we also know Mo Salah will not be 100%, but the main question is will he start? In my opinion, he will obviously start. Not because he is healthy, or should it's because without Mo Salah, this Egyptian team is so bad it's actually funny. Uruguay is very different, in the past, they have had a few issues at tournaments, but now they are in their best form as they have Luis Suarez, Edison Cavani banging in the goals, Diego Godin stopping the other team from scoring and of course their deep midfield who is being forgotten about by media. I said this yesterday with regards to Golovin on Russia, there are levels at the World Cup, and some players are too good for some of these poor defenses, and this is the case again as Uruguay should be demolishing this backline who is slow, and just flat out not very good. This is going to be fun to watch, Can one Mo Salah carry his teammates, coaches and the hopes of millions of Egyptians on one shoulder? He can't, and they will lose this game pretty easily. The spread at even odds is too good to pass up on.
The DST "First Goal Scorer Prop: 10/3 For Cavani FIRST GOAL