Jerry Bo's bookie busters 2018 World Cup quarterfinals analysis: Break on through to the other side
Eight countries left, all chasing the 18 for 18; I refer to pounds in karats of gold. Well, not all of it is solid, but 75% happens to be.
The current trophy has been around since 1974, replacing the Jules Rimet Trophy, which was kept by Brazil in 1970, after winning the tournament for their 3rd time (1958, 1962, 1970).
Valued at approximately $161,000, will one of the underdogs manage to steal a few games and take home the coveted prize? We use the term "steal," as thats what ultimately happened to the original Jules Rimet Trophy, when it was stolen on December 19th, 1983, in Rio De Janiero. The trophy has yet to be recovered until this day, but it is said to have been melted down and sold.
Enough about the prize, first these teams must handle business, and four teams will break through into the semifinals; the question, which flags will they carry?
Break on through.....
If trends are your type of thing, 17 of the past 20 semi-finalists in this tournament have been group winners. The last team to be runner-up and be crowned Champion was Italy in 1986. Again, these are just numbers.
Women lie, Men lie, but the numbers don't. We have six group winners and two runner-ups; keep these things in mind.
When picking some of these futures, make sure you get a better price playing it now rather than doing a moneyline roll over. The possible semifinal match-ups have been released, and at many spots, you can find the projected lines, so use them to your advantage. Dig into the numbers to make sure you're getting the most value per wager.
France vs. Uruguay
Under 2 -119
Belgium vs Brazil
Belgium +275 +.5 -127
Over 2.5 +102
England vs Sweden
Sweden +375 +.5 -108
Under 2 -115
Croatia vs Russia
Russia +302 +.5 -136
Under 2 -117
Uruguay/ France Under 2 1U
First-half draw 1U
France Advance 1U
Brazil/Belgium Both teams to score -130 MAX
Over 2 -178 MAX
Over 2.5 +102 MAX
Total corners over 9½ 3U
Philippe Coutinho scores a goal +330 1U
Penalty kick awarded YES +170 1U
Peoples Parlay 1U (4 spots leave 2 open)
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