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  • #16
    Pick # 1 0-0-0
    France vs Peru
    pick: Peru +0.5 AH @ 2.49 pinnacle

    In second round of the group C France welcomes Peru. I would say both teams underperformed in the first match but France at least got the 3 points. France had big problems breaking Australia down and here was no fluidity about their game. Tolisso, Pogba, Mbape, Dembele were practically invisible on the pitch and Australia was just composed but with little threat going forward. A draw would be fair but a lucky goal got France the 3 undeserved points.
    Peru had all the chances against Denmark to get the 3 points but failed to score in the end. They were pacey as always and pressured Denmark for most of the match but when you can`t even hit the penalty it was bound to be unfortunate. Peru has shown in the qualification has really solid defense and before Denmark they conceded just 1 goal in 7 matches played. Attacking wise Peru has a lot to offer and with Guerrero probably starting from the start we should see more of it. Peru has scored in most of their friendlies at least 2 goals but of course this is something else.
    Peru will be feeling the pressure and especially now when they have to chase the 3 points. It may just go the way France wants it but till now favorites hadn`t had their day. I see Peru capable of performing the way Australia did but also with more byte in attack. Small stake on the away surprise.
    1-0 pick lost!
    Last edited by Macot; 22-06-18, 23:10.


    • #17
      Pick #3 +202

      France- Peru
      France over 1.5 over goals
      Odds: 2.00 pinnacle

      There were more expectations from French team on the first game. However, they hardly beaten Australia team 2-1. There were no Giroud and France is lack of offense power organisations. There are news that Grioud will start XI and I expect better offensive attacks. France had 13 goal attempts on first game against solid defensive Australia. In this game, they will have more open area today.

      Peru prefers make offensive pressure when opponents have ball in their half zone. Current group point situation favour and helps French team. That's why Peru needs more positive football. Overall, I expect Mbappe - Giroud and Griezmann to find more goal chances and they will likely to score more than 1 goal against defence lack of experience + height.
      1-0 pick lost!
      Last edited by Macot; 22-06-18, 23:10.


      • #18
        Pick (3) / -200
        France vs. Peru

        Over 1.5 HT
        Odds - 3.40 / BET 365

        Peru missed a lot of chances against Denmark and they also failed to convert a given penalty. It was a pathetic penalty that went to the stands Ramos style. But Peru had more than few chances to score from regular play and missed them all. France barely beat Australia 2:1 with help of VAR (Video Assistant Referee) and they were named one of the favorites, but they didn't look the part at all. Today France should show their true power and go hard at Peru and Peru must take something out of this game or they are out. It's toing to be a fun first half.
        1-0 pick lost!
        Last edited by Macot; 22-06-18, 23:10.


        • #19
          Pick #2
          1-0 +225
          France x Peru
          Over 2.75 @ 2.85 Pinnacle

          France lads have some fantastic players like Mbappe, Griezmann and Pogba. These lads are loaded with nothing but pure talent and superstars of football. Players like Mbappe may very well be next in line for Baloon D'oor when Ronaldo and Messi start to fade. Peru played against Denmark that are not that offensive minded and that game still could have easily had more than 1 goal (missed penalty as well from Peru).

          Majority of lads from France are younger and they have lotta energy and will to play, Peru as South American lads are very pacey and they have great speed in their offense. With these conditions combined my call is over and goals, gl lads!
          1-0 pick lost!
          Last edited by Macot; 22-06-18, 23:11.


          • #20
            Pick #1
            World Cup - Russia 2018
            Game - Argentina vs. Croatia
            Pick: Croatia(-0.25)AH
            Odds: 3.30
            Bookie: Bet365

            A simple comparison, in a friendly game played between Nigeria and Argentina before the World Cup Nigeria won 4-2 in the end, this while at this edition of the World Cup Croatia defeated Nigeria 2-0 in the opening round while Argentina struggled a lot in what was just a 1-1 draw against a very defensive Icelandic team which could have scored more goals if not just settling for the draw in the end. They scored 4 minutes after conceding the opening goal just to show how unstable the defense of Argentina is.
            Sure, lots of talent for Argentina up-front but they do not really play like a unit, Messi even missed a penalty kick and 2 or 3 good free-kick in the game to score a goal of his own, pretty selfish play for him, and I do not see him as a threat here against a very talented Croatia side which usually performs very well at World Cups, I remember them finishing 3rd at the 1998 edition and back than that generation was great but with players like Rakitic or Modric in midfield or Perisic, Kramaric and Madzukic up-front they are sure a threat in this fixture. I remember them defeating Spain at the Euro not so long ago and the same Spanish side won 6-1 a friendly game against Argentina before the World Cup, so really do not be surprised if Croatia win this fixture.
            0-3 pick won!
            Last edited by Macot; 22-06-18, 23:11.


            • #21
              Pick no. 2
              0 0 1 -100
              Argentina - Croatia
              Pick: Bookings - over 3.75
              Odds: 2.50 - pinnacle

              Second game of group D. Argentina disappointed everybody with their 1:1 draw against Iceland that realistically should've lost that game. Argentina are much stronger team on paper than Iceland and they also missed a penalty, Iceland deserved that point for their Herculian effort but on paper in pre-game preview Argentina should've won that. Second game of Argentina won't be any easier as they're facing Croatia that are better European team than Iceland are. With many critics going in Messi's way for missing that penalty and failing to do what Cristiano Ronaldo did for Portugal we should see more frustrations from Argentina.
              7 yellow cards - pick won!

              Lionel Messi already retired once from his international side but then changed his mind and came back to try and win this world cup in Russia. His constant failures to lift any trophies in finals with Argentina are getting more and more frustrating for the little magician. I would not be surpirsed if he again retires from international football if Argentina doesn't do well in this world cup. This game could and will decide plenty of things in group D and it's very important. Croatia are strong European team that can play roughe if needed and Argentina as classic South American team can only be more frustrated after what happened in Iceland.

              In game of this importance for Argentina that dropped 2 points against Iceland and passionate Croatian side that will maximize their defensive game-breaking effort in order to keep Messi limited, cards are bound to happen.
              Last edited by Macot; 22-06-18, 23:11.


              • #22
                Pick #1
                World Cup - Russia 2018
                Game - Argentina vs. Croatia
                Pick: 1
                Odds: 2.11
                Bookie: Pinnacle

                Messi was disastrous in the game against Iceland, he did not run and missed the penalty, the rest of the Argentine team showed nothing in that match and I can say that Iceland deserved to score 1 point on that match. Croatia defeated Nigeria 2-0, but in that match they did not show an enviable quality, they had a lot of luck in that match. Croatia has a strong link center, led by Modric and Rakitic, but their defense is very bad. Also, the atmosphere in the team is not great (Kalinic was kicked out of the team) and have no imperative to win here, as the next match against Iceland is more important to them. I expect Messi to play a fantastic match today and to show why he is the best footballer in the world, I also expect from the rest of the Argentine team to show quality and to come to an important victory today. GL
                0-3 Pick lost!
                Last edited by Macot; 22-06-18, 23:12.


                • #23
                  Pick #2 (1W-0V-0L) (+102)

                  Event: World Cup Russia 2018
                  Match: Argentina - Croatia
                  Pick: Over 10 corners
                  Odds: 2.20
                  Bookmaker: Bet365

                  As we all know how both teams played in round one, none of them impressed but Croatia got routine victory on contrary to Argentina. Now Croatia has problems with teams who have good wingers which Arg definitely has so in preparing to this match from their side i expect different formation and shuffle in starting 11 for Argentina. 3-5-2 formation, Mascherano back to central defender, on wings Dybala and Di Maria in attack Higuain with Aguero. If Sampaoli is smart enough to take this 11 they would put a lot of pressure on fragile Croatian defense and put 2 past their goalkeeper. On the other side they don't have defensive stability at all and i expect at least 1 from Croatia as they have good wingers in Perisic and Rebic who are fast, also Kramaric if enter from the bench. Pavon is good dribbler and much better than Meza so i expect him on the pitch also much more attempts on goal from out of the box because they didn't use that too much vs Iceland. I expect very good game, Argentina know that they can't slip, no more experiments with team so i expect them in full throttle from the beginning. Croatia has world class midfield, so set pieces and through balls are their good sides also expect much more from them in attack on contrary to Nigeria match where they had 1st shot on goal in 92nd minute.
                  5-2 Pick lost!
                  Last edited by Macot; 22-06-18, 23:12.


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