2014 World Cup Group Play Picks
- Updated: June 12, 2014
One of the key matches in Group A will take place on Friday, when Cameroon and Mexico do battle. Bookmaker has Mexico -.5 (+125) while Cameroon is +.5 (-145). The winner of match will take a big step towards advancing to the knockout stage, as it’s unlikely that either team will beat Brazil. Cameroon has the talent to give Mexico a good match and getting half a goal could turn out to be big, as Cameroon can play excellent defense. While the price of -145 is a little bit steep, Cameroon is probably the right side in this spot.
On Saturday one of the biggest opening matches will take place when England and Italy face off. Italy is -118 to win the match at Bookmaker, while England is -102. This is a match that neither team can afford to lose and both would probably be happy coming out of it with a draw. Expect both teams to be a little tight and play rather conservatively, making the under 2 (-130) worth a small shot as this appears to be a scoreless draw or a 1-0 type of match.
On June 16, the United States will play Ghana in what is one of the biggest revenge situations in the tournament, as Ghana has ousted the U.S. from the previous two World Cups. The two teams are rated fairly even and both teams need this match badly, as Germany and Portugal are considered better teams and are expected to advance to the knockout round. A win over Ghana and a draw against either Germany or Portugal may be enough for the U.S. to advance.
Tim Howard will have to play well for the United States, which is rounding into form and do have a good draw here, playing the weakest of its three group opponents first. It could work to the United States’ advantage playing their opening match rather late in the schedule, as the players will have some time to get accustomed to Brazil and their surroundings. Bookmaker has Ghana -120 and the U.S. at even money, so grab the United States and consider putting a little bit on the U.S. at +195 on the three-way line, as the team really can’t afford a draw and should go all out for the victory.