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Brazil versus Croatia to score more than 2.5 goals

BRAZIL VS CROATIA BETTING TIPS ON 12/06/2014, at long last, the opening WORLD CUP GROUP A match between BRAZIL and CROATIA finally get under way, Brazil who is rank 4th in the world with CROATIA who is rank 20th in the FIFA ranking, no one would expect Brazil will get beat, as history had stated that there were no host nations every lost their opening game being at home soil, likewise there will be no exception here!

Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari returns for his second spell and managing the Samba Boys once more and hoping to bring home with the world cup, the host nations no doubt is the favourite, but how well will Brazil cope with pressure from their opening game and will they win by a higher margin?

Croatia will mainly rely on Mandzukic up front, their fire power is pretty much limited, so I am concern on their opening game as the host nation home supporters will give them too much pressure and mistakes will be made!

I expect Brazil will play attacking football to kick start the world cup as a host nation with enough goals to satisfy the world of audience on TV, Over 2.5 goals odds will soon drop, so lock on your best price now!


5 Reasons Why Argentina Can Lift the World Cup in Brazil

Argentina have been a perpetual candidate for the World Cup ever since winning their first title at home in 1978. With an enviable roster of stars and some of the best players in the world, it is therefore surprising to learn that the nation has not managed to pass the quarter-final stage for 24 years.

In 2014, however, many observers believe that it could be the year of the Albiceleste. The defence still fails to convince, but there are plenty of reasons why the side led by Lionel Messi could break that losing streak in Brazil.

So will it be La Pulga who lifts the Jules Rimet trophy in the Maracana on July 13? Here are five reasons why Argentina will be one of the teams to beat in the world’s most prestigious football competition.

5. The Mascherano Effect

Argentina have the luxury of calling on not one, but two captains when they take the field. Although Barcelona star Javier Mascherano ceded the armband to club team-mate Lionel Messi, his impact on the Albiceleste’s performance continues to be pivotal in the middle of the pitch.

Mascherano provides an understated support to Argentina’s flashy superstars, doing the hard destroying work and bolstering a defence that is far from world-beating. His commitment and tenacity are unquestioned, and forming a double pivot with the more creative Fernando Gago, the ex-Liverpool player is a crucial cog in the machine.

4. (Almost) Home Advantage

As the hosts, Brazil will go into the World Cup as one of the strongest favourites.

However, neighbours Argentina—and indeed the entire South American contingent at the tournament—will feel confident at giving a good show on home soil, too.

Both the nation’s World Cup wins, as hosts in 1978 and in Mexico eight years later, occurred close to home. They reached the final in Uruguay in 1930 as well, but fell to the all-powerful Celeste team that had won the two previous Olympic Games.

Argentina are bound to have a fierce following this year, and historical precedent suggests they will be very competitive indeed.

3. An Intelligent Coach

Throughout the qualifying campaign, Argentina’s attacking prowess often made the difference right from the beginning. When the team began to splutter, however, coach Alejandro Sabella showed the intelligence and bravery needed to make big changes.

An example of the ex-Estudiantes man’s nous was evident away to Colombia.

Playing in the stifling humidity of Barranquilla in a key fixture early in the tournament, a defensive Argentina team struggled and went into half-time 1-0 down.

Sabella’s response was to throw on the fresh legs of Sergio Aguero, a switch that paid dividends. The Albiceleste went on to record an excellent 2-1 victory, giving them control in the Conmebol group that they would not relinquish for the rest of the campaign.

2. Strength in Depth

Everybody who follows international football will be aware that the first-choice Argentina line-up possesses an embarrassment of riches. However, should any of the starters face misfortune in Brazil, there are plenty of options on the bench.

Midfielders of the calibre of Ever Banega and Lucas Biglia are on hand if Javier Mascherano or Fernando Gago be unavailable at any point, and are worthy replacements. Angel Di Maria, meanwhile, will know that Tottenham’s Erik Lamela is keen to deputise at any point.

Further up the field, top strikers like Ezequiel Lavezzi, Rodrigo Palacio and Maxi Rodriguez would walk into most international setups. With the Albiceleste, they represent a potent option coming off the bench.

1. Lionel Messi

The Barcelona forward is bound to be the centre of attention in Brazil, where he will captain the Albiceleste—and with good reason.

A Lionel Messi in form and scoring goals could well be the catalyst Argentina need to break a 28-year drought and lift a third World Cup.

So far, La Pulga is yet to show his best side in a major international tournament. However, he has found a coherent place in the Seleccion under Alejandro Sabella, linking further up the field with forward partners Sergio Aguero and Gonzalo Higuain.

That trio, with Messi at its epicentre, can supply the goals that drive Argentina to a place on the podium.

Exact Set Score

This is one of the more popular live tennis wagers. The bettor has to choose both the winner of the set, and the amount of games each player will win. For example, you could wager that Player A will win 6-4, or Player B will win 7-6. Naturally, the odds will pay less for scores that favor the better player, and bigger payoffs will result from choosing a lopsided set score in favor of the underdog.

There is a lot of strategy and forethought that can go into this type of wager. Below is a simple three step process outlining how you can choose your set score.

1. Will the better player win?

The first question to ask yourself is whether or not you think the favored player will win that given set. You can base your decision on how the head to head matchups have gone historically, what surface they are playing on, the progress of the match thus far, etc. While thinking about which player you think will win the set, consider how long it takes you to decide. If you quickly decide that Player A will prevail, that should be a good indication that you are anticipating a lopsided score. If you debate back and forth over Player A or B winning the set, you probably are leaning toward a close score in the end.

2. Who is serving first?

This is important particularly if you don’t expect very many breaks of serve within the set. Say Player A serves first in a set, holds every serve, and breaks once. That set would result in a 6-3 set score in favor of Player A. However, the same one break and all holds set would wind up at 6-4 if Player A served second within the set. Understanding this simple difference is crucial when choosing your set score. Take note of who is serving first and use that information to your advantage.

3. Surface

The playing surface has a major impact on tennis matches, and you must factor it into your thinking. Sets played on clay tend to be closer because of the increased frequency of service breaks. Matches played on grass, such as at Wimbledon, usually favor big servers and see a lot of games held.

Once you have gone through these three steps, you should have a pretty good idea of what you expect the set score to be. Resist the temptation to just guess at a final score without thinking through this process. There are always hints and clues to how a match will play out – you just need to take the time to consider them carefully and combine them all into a smart choice.

How to Bet on Hockey

The National Hockey League may rank a distant fourth of the four major sports in the United States, but that hasn’t stopped sportsbooks from posting lines on the NHL. Bettors who are willing to put some effort into handicapping the National Hockey League are often rewarded by the public’s nonchalance to the sport, as oddsmakers don’t spend the same amount of time creating NHL odds as they do a more popular sport, such as football or basketball.

Hockey bettors will find lower betting limits on NHL games than they will in the NFL or NBA, something which is generally an acknowledgment by the sportsbooks that they are less comfortable accepting bets on the NHL than they are in the other two sports.

Betting the National Hockey League
Before a person can start to bet the NHL, it’s important they have a solid understanding of the money line. If the money line is a new concept for you, read Understanding Money Lines.

The money line is the most common method of betting the NHL, although there is also a puck line, which we will discuss a bit later, as well as totals. A number of sportsbooks also offer the “Grand Salami,” which is the combined total of all the games that are played on a particular day, and we’ll discuss that a bit later, as well.

Nearly every sportsbook uses a 20-cent line on the National Hockey League. The 20-cents refers to the difference in the odds on the favorite and the odds on the underdog. But as with other sports, such as baseball, the odds on an extremely large favorite will often be greater than the 20 cents.

The odds on a typical National Hockey League game may look like:

Calgary +110
Vancouver -130

What that means is that Vancouver bettors are asked to risk $130 to win $100, while Calgary bettors risk $100 to win $110.

But the odds on a game with a larger favorite are more inclined to look like:

Toronto +250
Detroit -300

The larger difference in odds is typical in all sports, not just hockey, so it isn’t as if hockey bettors are being singled out.
The Puck Line
While betting on the winner of the game, as shown above, is the most popular method of betting the NHL, there is also the puck line, which baseball bettors will recognize as being quite similar to the run line. When betting the puck line, bettors can either lay 1.5 goals with the favorite or take 1.5 goals with the underdog. The puck line used to be .5 goals, but the shootout eliminated the possibility of a tie game, so the oddsmakers bumped the puck line up to 1.5 goals.

Using the two games above, the puck lines odds will be something like:

Calgary +1.5 (-240)
Vancouver -1.5 (+200)

Toronto +1.5 (-110)
Detroit -1.5 (-110)

Now, Calgary bettors will win their wagers if Calgary wins the game or losses by one goal, while Vancouver bettors can only win their wagers if the Canucks win by two goals or more. But Calgary bettors are now asked to risk $240 to $100 and Vancouver bettors are risking $100 to win $200.

Likewise, Toronto bettors will win their bets if the Maple Leafs win or lose by one goal and Detroit bettors will only win their bet if the Red Wings win by two or more goals.

Totals Bettors also have the option of betting on the total number of goals scored in a game. The sportsbooks will post a number, generally between 5 and 6.5 and bettors can wager the number of goals scored in the game will be greater (over) than the posted number or less (under) than the posted number.

There is one primary difference in betting hockey totals as opposed to betting basketball and football totals. Because scoring in hockey is so much lower than in football or basketball, the bookmakers are reluctant to change the number of a total and instead will often adjust the odds.

Example: If the over/under number on the Red Wings and Penguins is 6 and a bettor places a $500 wager on the over, the bookmaker is unlikely to raise the total to 6.5. Instead, he will make bettors who wish to wager over 6 risk $120 to win $100, which is written as -120. Those wishing to bet the under would then be able to wager at even money or +100, as totals nearly always use a 20-cent line.

If people continue to bet the over, the bookmaker will continue to adjust the odds upward and eventually bettors may have to risk $145 to win $100, or -145. In this case, an under bettor would risk $100 to win $125. The bookmaker will generally raise the odds up to -145 before raising the total to the next number, which in this case would be 6.5.

So totals can take on several different forms, but will nearly always look like one of the two following examples:

Detroit vs. Toronto over 5.5 (-110)
Detroit vs. Toronto under 5.5 (-110)

Detroit vs. Toronto over 5.5 (-135)
Detroit vs. Toronto under 5.5 (+115)

In the first example, bettors are asked to wager $110 to win $100 regardless if they bet the over or the under. This is sometimes referred to as “5.5-flat,” meaning it is -110 on both the over and the under.

In the second example, bettors who wish to wager on the over will have to risk $135 to win $100, while under bettors will risk $100 to win $115. This is commonly referred to as “5.5-Over.

Grand Salami The Grand Salami is practically an institution for hockey bettors. The Grand Salami allows hockey fans to have a rooting interest in every game being played on a particular day for the cost of one bet.

How the Grand Salami works is the sportsbooks will let bettors wager over or under the total number of goals scored in all of the games played on a particular day. If there are 10 games on a given day, the Grand Salami total will generally be around 53 to 60, depending on the particular games. Just as with regular totals, there will be times when bettors are risked to give higher odds on betting the over or the under.

Now you’re ready to place a wager on the coolest game on ice.