The first four knockout matches for the World Cup shape up for some exciting, knockdown drag out matches between some of the best teams in the world. The Las Vegas Hilton and Superbook numbers bear this out, since no team is a prohibitive favorite.
The Las Vegas Hilton Superbook wasted no time posting the first four World Cup matches this afternoon and possibly the only surprise number is that England is a slight favorite over Germany. With the Las Vegas Hilton receiving a lot of English traffic that could explain the status of England being installed as the favorite.
Saturday June 26, 10 AM Eastern Time Uruguay -220 versus South Korea +190
This could be an interesting start to the World Cup knockout rounds. South Korea has been the pleasant surprise of this years World Cup and they will have their work cut out for them getting by Uruguay. Uruguay easily won their group and they didn’t receive much of a reward in drawing a tough South Korea team for their World Cup round of 16. Take Uruguay -220 but tread lightly on this one.
Saturday June 26, 2:30 PM Eastern Time United States -130 versus Ghana +110
The United States was seconds away from going home in their last World Cup Group match against Algeria. With one incredible throw by goalkeeper Tim Howard, the United States rushed into history scoring and winning a World Cup group for the first time since 1930.
Meanwhile Ghana made their way to the World Cup knockout rounds by playing a midfield defensive set. It is tough to get behind Ghana’s defense. Just ask Germany. One thing is sure in the knockout rounds. Offense trumps defense and the cream will rise to the top. Take the United States -130.
Sunday June 27, 10 AM Eastern Time Germany (Even) versus England -120
This number (England -120) is a little out of whack, so take the number for what it is worth. Germany has more momentum heading into this World Cup match. Although Germany inexplicably lost a 1-0 match to Serbia, they beat Australia 4-0 and they played well against a frustrating Ghana team beating them 1-0. England has nothing going for them heading into this match. Look for Germany to sweep through this match with relative ease and win.
Sunday June 27, 2:30 PM Eastern Time Argentina -420 versus Mexico +350
Argentina cruised through their World Cup group with nine points over South Korea’s 4 points. Meanwhile, Mexico lost their last World Cup group match and still made it into the knockout stage. This match is a simple pick to tell who will win but to bet a team with Lionel Messi at -420 is sheer lunacy. Argentina may win but they are not worth betting at -450.
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