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Old 03-07-18, 09:38   #1
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Default **WC POD 03/07/2018**

Here are main rules, you will find others here:

Price booty will be a bit higher than for regular POD, 1st place will be awarded with 150 EUR, second place with 100 EUR and third place will bring 50 EUR!

Here are the rules:

The Competition

The competition has the purpose to gather the best bets of a certain day of WC 2018. It's for fun, but the competition can also be a good place for tipsters to find picks quicker than browsing all pages. You can place your Pick of the day and score points if it satisfies the conditions that are stated below. The competition lasts one month and in that period, a contestant must give exactly 8 picks. YOU CAN ENTER THE COMPETITION UNTIL IT IS POSSIBLE TO PICK EIGHT POD-s. It means, entering competition after only 7 days of the WC left, is not possible. Every missing pick till 8 at the end of the month will be punished with -100 points per missing pick.
You must be a registered user of this forum to participate. You must have a unique IP address, not more than one competitor can use the same address.
Odds must be between 1.50 and 3.50 and only odds taken from these 3 bookmakers are allowed:


You must write arguments for your pick or at least give a link to a prediction on BA main page, written by yourself.
About the conditions

You can only give one pick per day. Your pick must be different to all other placed picks, but you can back another team/player in the same game as someone else has taken. For your pick to count, it must be posted at least 1 hour before the event starts.

You cannot back the same team/player as someone else even if you take a different bet type (for example handicap bet, different game total etc.). But this rule applies only for quarterfinals/semifinals/finals of the WC!!! In the group phase of WC and in 1/8 finals you can take picks that were already taken by other users!!!

You can take these bet types (but only inside allowed odds from 1,50 to 3,50!):

-Asian handicap bets (final or HT)
-European handicap bets (final or HT)
-Over/Under bets (Game total) (final or HT)
-Home/Draw/Away bets (final or HT)
-Double Chance (1X,12,X2)
-Both teams to score (Yes/No)
-Half time/Full time
-Player to score (anytime scorer, first scorer)
-Number of corners (final or HT)
-Number of cards
-First team to score (Yes/No)
-Second team to score (Yes/No)
-number of goals scored team 1/team 2

You must write the correct bookie and correct odds in the time of your posting.


A pick that was wrong will cost you 100 points. When you've made a correct pick, and it satisfied the conditions, you will gain 100 (Odds-1) points. For example, a successful pick @ 1.85 will give you 85 points. This is the net profit if you had staked 100 units. Asian Handicaps will be calculated accoringly to the net profit. It is not allowed to pick odds below 1,50 and above 3,50.
The contestant that scores the highest number of points with 8 picks, will win the monthly competition. In case he fails to give 8 picks, 100p-for every missing pick- will be deducted from his score.
To win Special WC POD you MUST make 8 bets ! Hopefully we will have time to update the standings everyday, but there may be some delays from time to time.

Good luck to all!!!!!
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Old 03-07-18, 09:58   #2
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Colombia - England
Pick: Colombia +0.5 ah
Odds: 1.83

For me this is one of the most interesting matches at this World Cup, very very tough for both sides. All England fans are making preparation for a great Championship saying that this time it's coming home, back from 1966 title. But this Gareht Southgate squad is too young and unexperienced, not ready for big battles, in my humble opinion. Colombians played better and better in this tournament, after losing 1-2 to Japan, due to early red card in the opening match. The defence is solid, midfielders are aggressive and run a lot to close spaces and there upfront the South Americans are very dangerous with world class powerful striker Falcao, enthusiastic winger Cuadrado or playmaker James Rodriguez (if he will be fit). Also good movement at set pieces, Barcelona center back Yerry Mina scored twice. I have to stress again that England made a mistake by playing with bench players against Belgium and lost the chemistry and competitive rhytm, important players being rested too much. Colombia will not lose this match in regular time, maybe we will see a penalty shootout again. Whichever wins tonight will be favorite to reach the semis because will play either Sweden or Switzerland.
1-1 pick won

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Old 03-07-18, 10:12   #3
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Default pick 3

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World Cup 2018

Sweden vs Switzerland

pick Sweden

odd 3,14 with Pinnacle

Switzerland are favorite in this game in the bookies opinion.I think it"s about what they played before this Worl Cup because in Russia they did"t show to much.Lucky draw with Brazil,with a fake goal,than a victory in the additional time with Serbia and a draw with Costa Rica.All those can"t be called good results and no way good play.On the other part we have Sweden who won 2 times 1-0 with South Korea and 3-0 against Mexico.One defeat too 2-1 with Germany in the last seconds but this was something normal.Add to this the two great absentes Shaer and Lichtsteiner for Switzerland who are not playng today and that"s the reasons why my favorite is Sweden instead of Switzerland the bookies one.
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Old 03-07-18, 10:21   #4
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Default Pick #5

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Football, World Cup
16:00 Sweden - Switzerland
Pick: Sweden to qualify @1.95 - Bet365

The value of the match it***8217;s set to the highest possible level where both sides, at one total balanced clash will try to take the ticket for finale of this crazy World Cup tournaments. After so many ***8220;big favourites***8221; has been defeat starting from this knock-out stage, I have start to bealive that everything really could happen until the and. From that point of view, expect to see extra motivated teams fighting for the great achivment that could be managed today.

Sweden had only one unlucky match from the group stage, losing by Germany at 90+4 minute, after presenting one of the best performances overall. Beating South Korea by 1-0 and trashing Mexico by 3-0 at the most important match, has put additional team value, raising their self-confidence as team and each player individually.

Switzerland comes into knock-out stage with losing a single match, probably winning the game vs Serbia at 90+3 minute appears as the key of the tournament so far to be where are today playing. There is no doubts about the quality of the squad, since many international Switzerland players do shares a lot of experience and abilities able to hundle all the pressure for playing great tournament.

Hard task match, very valuable one. With the capacity on both national teams it***8217;s quiet equal and not thanksfull about placing a bet on eventual winner here because the match-up could easy go on both ways. But my call will be with the Sweden today and here are the reasons.

Sweden looks stronger defensively, will dominate at jump game, comes out filled with motivation after trashing Mexico without conceding a goal. The results behind, the struggling moments and overcoming it will appears at top of the game level where Switzerland***8217;s defensive weakness probably will should strugglings as they simple concede on each game. The ball position should not be the deciding factor for winning the game as long as expect the eventual goals to be scored by free kick, corner, jump game, maybe some defensive mistake. Expect to see very reserved tactics where both sides will try to use the advantages against. In that case, if things goes by my thought, Sweden has biggest options to pass Switzerland today.

Good luck!
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Old 03-07-18, 11:20   #5
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Pick #4
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Football World Cup
England - Columbia
Pick: over 2.5 goals
Odds: 2.75
Bookie: Pinnacle

Very generous offer on goals here. Many 1/8 finals matches ended with very high results - just to mention 4:3 France - Argentina or yesterday 3:2 Belgium - Japan. Generally this World Cup tournament is very overish and there was only one goalless draw so far. Surely faster balls and VAR stechnology surely put some addition to those outcomes. However here there are several arguments which are in those teams. England have huge firepower lead by Harry Kane who scored five goals in just two matches. Also many key players were rested by Southgate so they will be fresh and hungry of goals. On the other side England's defence allow a goal in every single match, so Columbia with Falcao, Bacca, Jamaes or Cuadrado in their squad should add something to this result. Also South American's defence made many mistakes in group phase while their hot mentality is also wel-known and resulting in many matches played with big passion. All these facts convince me that over 2.5 goals can strongly happen here and odds for such outcome are more than good and worth a try.
1-1 pick lost

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Old 03-07-18, 12:14   #6
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Pick #4 +50 (1w 2l)
Sweden - Switzerland
Pick: draw
Odds: 3.00 @ Bet365

This can easily be most boring match of the 1/8 finals. Swedish athleticism can kill all Swiss offensive skills. Switzerland have drawn two in three games so far and showed that they lack potential to take advantage of rivals weakness. Sweden looks very strong as a collective. Maybe they don't have big star like Zlatan in the past but they were close to stop Germany and won in other two matches. They have talented generation and are fighting for each other. Swiss team is separated as many players have different roots and even on paper they are looking better they will find hard to win today. In sum I expect to see the same Sweden as against Italy so draw possibly goalless can strongly happen here.
1-0 pick lost

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Old 03-07-18, 14:30   #7
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pick 6
2-1-2 +202

Switzerland vs. Sweden

Pick: X
Odds: 3.00
Bookie: Bet365

Guys above already said it all so I'll be shorter than last night. Sweden are fantastic defensive side and they can close down so well. Both of these countries are more than happy to be where they are and groupstage advancement was a huge thing for them. People expected Brazil and Serbia and Germany + Mexico to advance but Swiss and Swedes surprised and played well. Now everything that comes moving even further in this competition is just extra. But it means so much to them and both should be really careful, this is for quarters, such a huge thing for both of these two international miniwows. With a game as big as this, I think this will be decided on penalties like 2 games in knockout phase so far.

My call is 1-1 draw at FT
1-0 pick lost

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Old 03-07-18, 17:03   #8
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Pick 5
Colombia - England

1st Half Under 0.5 goals @ 2.36

Football, World Cup. The best bet for this clash is Under 2.5 goals I believe. Sure is the team on Colombia will playe with more concentration to avoid attacks on England with good defense and the main danger can comes of H. Kane at all. The other stle on England all in all cant surprise. The team was with diffcult win over Tunisia and easy win over Panama that was expecting and then loss the game with Belgium 0:1. Expecting today similar as the first game today Sweden - Switzerland the half time to end with 0:0 and few chances at the both goalkeerers.

Good luck,AL
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Old 03-07-18, 17:05   #9
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Pick 2.

0/0/1 -100;

Columbia vs England

Pick: Draw
Odds: 3.25
Bookie: Pinnacle

Colombia have been boosted by the likely return to fitness James Rodriguez,and they can't be underestimated as they play very aggressively and are very dangerous team.They have looked very good in their 3-0 win against Poland,while they had some luck in the triumph against Senegal.Technically there are some quality players in the columbian squad,like Cuadrado,D.Sanchez,J.Rodriguez and Falcao,who all are capable to surpise their opponents.They are a hard working team and I feel they will wait for their chances on counter-attacks today.
England began their campaign by beating Tunisia in stopage time with 2-1,than they outscored Panama with 6-1 score in the second group game and lost 0-1 against Belgium,where they played with many substitudes.Today,Kane ,Sterling,Lingard,D.Alli,Henderson,Ashley Young,Trippier,Walker,all of them are expected to be on the field after the first whistle,but they won't have an easy way to pass a hard read team like Columbia are!
Columbia did lose their last two games with England,so they want to revenge here and settle their achievments and reach the Semifinals at least.It will be a very difficult game for Englands,Kane and Co.,even if they starts with serious ambitions they can get through difficult moments.I expect a tight game,with hard battle on the pitch,0-0 or 1-1 final score!!!
1-1 pick won

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pick 3

Colombia vs England
pick: england -1AH
Odds: 3.30 at bet365

Last game of the round of 16 here, Colombia vs England. The S. American side started with a loss to Japan. But they responded well right after that defeat with a big victory over Poland followed by a 1-0 win over Senegal to top group H.

England, meanwhile, are doing good. They lost to Belgium in the last group game. But i dont think that they were bad. Southgate did not want to face Brazil in the quarter final. Thus, this was all his plan. Of course after beating Colombia, facing Sweden is much much easier than Brazil.

Anyway, Kane is back and England should be ok in the front line. For Colombia, though, James is a bit worried with his developing injury. If he failed to play, Colombia could be bad.
1-1 pick lost

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England vs. Colombia

Pick: both team to score @2.2 bet365

Both teams "should" concede once at least in this game.

England are not stellar defensively. They couldn't keep clean sheet vs sides like Panama or Tunisia. I predict Colombia will be much better opponent than these two.Colombia found the net once vs. Japan and Senegal, they also thrashed Poland with three goals scored on. I see them continue this scoring streak because generally England don't look particularly good vs. south american teams.

England do have great offensive players in Kane D.Alli, Lingard, Rushford. They all have goals in them. England are great at set pieces in this tournment. Colombia do not convince at the back. They allow chances against, they had luck on some occasions not to be punished for that.
1-1 pick won

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