I know you are not allowed gamble in the States, you can own a gun but you can’t place an adult wager, but, just in case any of you know how to get some hard earned dollars on the games in the big tournament, here you go.
New Zealand v Slovakia
Keep an eye on Marek Hamsik of Slovakia in the early game. He plays for Napoli in the Italian league and will be the classiest player on the pitch, from either side. You can back him at 7-1 for first goal or at 13/5 to score at any time. The latter appeals as he should get plenty of chances. Slovakia should be too good for the Kiwis, the latter having lost to none other than Fiji in the Oceania playoff section pre World Cup, so Slovakia -1 at 6/4 appeals somewhat
Portugal v Ivory Coast
At a glance, the Ivory Coast should struggle against a European ‘power house’ with Ronaldo in the side, and with Didier Drogba injured and probably not playing. Look a bit deeper into the two teams however and the situation gets more complicated. The Ivory Coast is littered with superb, big, physical players who all love a tackle. Yaya Toure and his brother Kole, Arsenal’s Eboue (who came on in leaps and bounds in ‘09/’10 and Didier Zakora will all be well up for the task. Meanwhile Portugal will be relying on a slow, ageing midfield, of which one of their own supporters said this;
Weakest link: Midfield. Two of Raul Meireles, Tiago, Pedro Mendes and Deco are likely to be on the pitch at all times and it is difficult to see any of these getting into any other top international side.
Hardly a ringing endorsement! Remember, Portugal struggled mightily to make their way to this World Cup, only getting through in a playoff after having a terrible group stage, by their standards. Be brave and back the power packed mighty Elephants, Ivory Coast, at 12/5. KoloToure used to get amongst the goals for Arsenal and you can have him at 17/1 to score at any time.
Brazil v North Korea
Only once so far in this tournament have we seen a team open up and take an inferior side to pieces, step forward Germany, who’s Blitz Krieg on an over matched Australian side was a thing to behold. Well, we may witness the same again tonight, as North Korea take a time out from playing sides like
Probably the most interesting thing about the North Korean’s is their most popular fans chant; "The glory of a wise people, Brought up in a culture brilliant, With a history five millennia long, Let us devote our bodies and minds, To supporting this Korea forever." Doesn’t have the same ring to it as ‘Beat LA!’ however, stirring stuff, indeed. Brazil have the ability and the class to go pretty mental here, and help themselves to a glut of goals. FIFA have, as they like to do, set this up deliberately as a late opening sequence ‘glamour’ game and you can bet everything will be in Brazil’s favour as they look to open their tournament with a bang. No messing here, get on Brazil -2 at even money and watch the goals fly in (hopefully)
- Marek Hamsik anytime goalscorer v New Zealand - 13/5
- Slovakia -1 v New Zealand - 6/4
- Ivory Coast to beat Portugal - 12/5
- KoloToure anytime goalscorer - 17/1
- Brazil -2 to beat North Korea - evens
Crazy Tuesday treble
- Slovakia to win 2-0 5/1
- Ivory Coast to win to nil (win and concede no goals) 4/1
- Brazil to score four or more goals 15-8