2018 World Cup Betting Odds, Germany vs. South Korea Picks

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2018 World Cup Betting Lines – Germany vs. South Korea Odds

By Jonathan Willis

It didn’t seem possible for the longest time, but Germany controls its own destiny when it comes to its World Cup fate. The Germans had a nightmare of a start in their campaign to defend their title. They opened with a loss to Mexico, and then they fell behind Sweden 1-0. It looked like they were doomed to the same fortune as Spain in 2014, but then the team roared back with a vengeance to beat Sweden 2-1. Now, they must beat South Korea by multiple goals in their last match in order to advance. Fortunately, for the Germans, this is probably the roster you would most want in order to run up the score.

Germany vs. South Korea
Date and Time:Wednesday, June 27, 2018, 10 A.M. ET
Location: Kazan Arena, Kazan, Russia
World Cup Opening Odds at BookMaker.eu: Germany-2, O/U3 and 3.5
Germany vs. South Korea TV Coverage: FS1

Group F is the one group in which there have been no draws to this point. That has created a scenario where all four teams are still able to qualify for the knockout round, even winless South Korea. It would take something of miracle for South Korea to make the next round, but it is possible.

South Korea did not get off to a good start. They fell to Sweden 1-0 in the opener and couldn’t manage a shot on goal. They had to get physical in order to keep the Swedes from scoring more than one, while goalkeeper Jo Hyeon-woo needed to come up big as well. South Korea performed a little better against Mexico, but they again needed to skirt the letter of the law to remain close. A Son Heung-Min goal just before fulltime left them with a little less work to do, but it’s still a tall mountain to climb.

Things looked disastrous for Germany until the second half of their match against Sweden. Germany looked completely lost on offense for the first game and a half of action, but then they looked like they finally found their stride in the second half.

Joachim Low’s men knew that they needed to score at least two goals in the second half, and they bombed forward from the outset in order to get those scores. Marco Reus scored three minutes into the second half to equalize, and from there it was game on. Germany looked undone after Jerome Boateng picked up his second yellow in the 82nd, but then Toni Kroos became the hero with a super strike five minutes into extra time to gift Germany a 2-1 win.

Injury Angle

Both sides have some injury concerns heading into this match. Sebastian Rudy suffered a broken nose in the victory over Sweden and is unlikely to play in this one. Center back Mats Hummels is a question too. He missed the match against Sweden because of a neck injury, and his absence would certainly be felt. With Boateng suspended for this match because of the red card, Germany is already thin at the back. Not having Hummels healthy would be a huge blow.

South Korea has an injury concern of its own. Ki Sung-yueng has been ruled out with a calf injury and his absence will be noticed. He is the team’s captain and most experienced player with over 100 caps to his name.

Player to Watch

Although Germany has struggled as a team, Kroos has been outstanding in both matches. He was the team’s lone bright spot in the loss to Mexico, continually threatening and getting their best chance to score. Kroos kept it up in Germany’s win over Sweden with strong play up until his game winner. It was a deserved Man of the Match performance for Kroos, who has been the team’s rock in these trying times.
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Germany vs. South Korea Free Picks

The Germans need to score and score often to make sure their spot in the knockout round is safe. They looked like a team possessed over the second half, and I think they will carry that fire with them into this one. The changes that Low made to the lineup seemed to work against Sweden, and they should have more success against South Korea.

Germany vs. South Korea Pick: Take the over in this match

Germany vs. South Korea Prediction: Germany 4 – South Korea 1

2017 CONCACAF Predictions, USA vs. Jamaica Gold Cup Final Odds

USA vs. Jamaica Soccer Picks

Gold Cup Predictions

By Andrew Ryan

The last time the United States’ Men’s National Team played against Jamaica in the Gold Cup, it was embarrassed in a 2-1 loss in Atlanta. The Yanks were flat, they were largely outplayed, and they bowed out of a tournament they were expected to win.

Now, these two teams are back in an even bigger spot in the Gold Cup final. The Americans will once again be expected to put the Reggae Boyz down, but with the remarkable run Jamaica has been on in this tournament, anything is possible.

USA vs. Jamaica
Date and Time: Wednesday, July 26, 9:30 p.m. ET
Location: Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara, CA
Soccer Odds
USA vs. Jamaica TV Coverage: FOX Sports 1

There’s a good chance the Gold Cup final ends up being a bit of a disappointment when push comes to shove. The Reggae Boyz have surely earned their way here, especially with the way they consistently held their form against the Mexicans in the semifinal in a 1-0 victory.

But if we’re being honest, Jamaica is overmatched here in this one. The goal against Mexico came from Kemar Lawrence on a beautiful free kick. Sure, Jose Corona should have done much better with it, but credit goes out to Lawrence for putting the ball where the keeper wasn’t, yet still on the target.

The Americans have flat out been dominant in the knockout rounds of this tourney, though. Yes, it took 72 minutes to get on the board against Costa Rica, but the United States always looked the more threatening of the two sides. When Clint Dempsey came off of the bench in the second half, it was game on for the Yanks. Dempsey managed an assist on Jozy Altidore’s opening goal, then he scored the goal that put things away 10 minutes later.

In the team’s last three matches, the United States has managed three wins by an aggregate score of 7-0. If that’s the way this team is going to play here in the finale, there isn’t another club in CONCACAF that is going to beat it.

Key Factor

The bottom line is that the Yanks have looked a completely different side thanks to four players: Dempsey, Altidore, Darlington Nagbe and Michael Bradley. In the group stage, there was a tremendous lack of organization that we saw out of these Americans. That problem, particularly in the midfield, is no more. Possessions are longer and have more purpose, and the end results have been more fruitful.

There’s no doubt the U.S. is going to dominate the possession in this match. Jamaica hasn’t had even 40 percent of the ball in three of its last four fixtures dating back to the group stage.

It’s whether Andre Blake can figure out how to be flawless once again. Sure, the Jamaicans have scored a little bit along the way, but most of these goals have been against the run of play. This team is going to try to win this match on counters, and that typically hasn’t worked all that well against the United States recently.

USA vs. Jamaica Free Picks

The Americans are going to be big favorites in this match for a reason. Though it took a while for them to emerge as the favorites in the Gold Cup, the roster changes Bruce Arena has made deserve all the credit in the world. Arena has been the best manager in this tournament, and he has the best team in CONCACAF right now for our money.

Not only do we think the Stars and Stripes are going to get the job done and return the Gold Cup to American soil, but we think they’re going to do so with ease as well. They were blindsided by Jamaica two years ago in Atlanta, but you can bet that Arena will be reminding his team just how dangerous the Reggae Boyz are. The USA won’t make the same mistake twice.

USA vs. Jamaica Soccer Pick: USA on the Asian Handicap at BookMaker.eu
USA vs. Jamaica Score Prediction: USA 2, Jamaica 0

2017 CONCACAF Soccer Odds Gold Cup Lines, Mexico vs. Honduras Odds

Mexico vs. Honduras Soccer Picks

 

By Andrew Ryan

Mexico vs. Honduras Soccer Picks

Of all of the teams in the Gold Cup, Mexico was probably the most impressive in the group stage. Granted, there wasn’t a team that turned out with all nine points in the first three matches, but Mexico played two quite impressive matches. Mexico probably deserved a better fate than playing against Honduras in the quarterfinals, but this should still be a relatively easy match. Continue reading “2017 CONCACAF Soccer Odds Gold Cup Lines, Mexico vs. Honduras Odds”

Copa America Soccer Predictions, Brazil vs Ecuador Odds

Soccer Odds – Brazil vs. Ecuador Match Preview

By Andrew Ryan

At BookMaker Sportsbook, our team of writers breaks down every betting matchup on the wagering board. Cash in on some serious Copa America lines by identifying the latest trends, statistics and injuries in each betting preview at BookMaker.eu. The fixture between Brazil and Ecuador is scheduled forSaturday, June 4, 2016at8:00 p.m. ET at the Rose Bowl.The match will be televised live on FOX Sports.

Soccer Odds

Brazil is the most decorated international team in the world and is always a favorite to win whatever tournament it’s playing in. However, this time around the Brazilians will face a unique challenge with their best player Neymar taking the tournament off to instead focus on bringing Brazil the gold medal at the Summer Olympics in two months. Brazil still has plenty of talent without Neymar, but faces a tough test in its first match against Ecuador.

Soccer Odds at BookMaker.eu
Brazil -125
Ecuador +390
Draw +255
Over/Under 2.5 (Under 2.5 -135)

ODDS ANALYSIS

The Brazilians are a sizeable favorite in this match and their reputation tends to make them larger favorites than they actually should be much of the time. Brazil got bounced by Paraguay in the quarterfinals of the last two Copa Americas and are still the second leading favorite to win the tournament taking this into account.

Ecuador hasn’t seen much action this year with only three international matches to date, but there hasn’t been much to smile about. Ecuador has failed to win any of those three matches and didn’t look good against the United States in its one friendly prior to Copa America.

KEY PLAYERS

Without Neymar, Brazil will need goals to come from other places and one of the most obvious choices is Willian. Chelsea had an abysmal Premier League campaign, but Willian was one of the few bright spots and seemed to finally live up to some of his promise. He tallied 11 goals and 10 assists for Chelsea across all competitions and will be even more determined to win Copa America for Brazil after his club team barred him from participating in the Olympics.

Antonio Valencia has been the face of Ecuadorean soccer for years now, and he has shown no signs of slowing down. He struggled a bit with Manchester United this season, but his play rallied and he ended up contributing to the Red Devils winning the FA Cup. Valencia missed the last Copa America due to injury, but he is healthy this time around and looking to make an impact.

LIVE BETTING

Unsurprisingly, Brazil is showing an ability to score in international competition. The Selecaohave scored at least two goals in four straight matches and controlled the run of play against Panama in Sunday’s friendly. Brazil has a spoil of riches to play with in addition to Willian, with other notable attackers such as Gabriel and Hulk along with midfielders like Kaka, Philippe Coutinho, and defenders Dani Alves and Marquinhos. Every player on the pitch for Brazil, including defenders, has a penchant to score goals and this team is known for constantly running defenders into the opposing side’s box.

QUICK PICK

Ecuador doesn’t have nearly the amount of firepower as Brazil has, but this small country has looked solid in World Cup qualifying to date, and is tied for first place in COMNEBOL. The Ecuadoreans will likely pick their spots carefully against Brazil and wait for opportune moments to counterattack in the hope of catching Brazil’s back line on the wrong foot.

Brazil has had a knack of massively underachieving as of late and if the Brazilians fail to meet expectations again, there’s a chance that Dunga will be forced out as manager before the Summer Olympics. He should easily win this group and anything less than a finals appearance for Brazil will be considered a failure.

At the end of the day, this Brazilian side has too much talent to falter early in the tournament. Brazil is well aware of its recent failures and will not take anyone in this tournament lightly. Ecuador will have its chances, but Brazil will do enough to win the match.

Copa America Odds: Brazil 2, Ecuador 1