Joffe’s World Cup Challenge, Day 21: No More Meltdowns Allowed


Tim Groothuis-USA TODAY Sports, Pictured: Kylian Mbappe

The Highlights

  • England is through to the World Cup quarterfinals and I’ve only lost $91.50 of my $500 budget. It’s all comin’ up Joffe!
  • On Thursday, I’m all-in on Belgium against Brazil — when has fading the tourney fave ever gone wrong?!? — and a low-scoring game in France-Uruguay.

Joffe Note: This article contains some explicit language because betting every game of the World Cup is making me go a little crazy.

Let me tell you, that the last day in the knockout phase was a doozy. Sweden advanced, but it was damn close …

England nearly killed me, as evidenced by my Twitter feed.

I only half-pushed thanks to England’s victory over Colombia going to extra time and a shootout, but I’ll take it, because we Englishmen are through to the quarterfinals!

Current balance: $408.50

Uruguay vs. France

10 a.m. ET, FS1

Uruguay’s Edinson Cavani, who scored two goals against Portugal, left that game with an injury. I’m not sure if he’s playing, but he hasn’t been training (at last check), so that would be a significant loss.

France, on the other hand, have Kylian Mbappe. I love him if for no reason other than I like saying his last name (also, he’s pretty good). These teams are both good defensively, so I have to think if there’s ever a game that has a good shot of going under, it’s this one.


I’ve also taken the France ML because the juice for them to advance was pretty high and we’re getting down to the end here, so I’m being a little bolder. I now fully expect this game to end 10-9 Uruguay in regulation time. Be sure to follow me on Twitter for the ensuing meltdown.

The pick: $20 to win $19.05 on Under 2 (-105)
The pick: $20 to win $17.39 on France ML (-115)

Brazil vs. Belgium

2 p.m. ET, FS1

Not gonna lie, Belgium really had me worried in their game against Japan, so I’m not sure why I’m so confident they’re going to beat Brazil. But here we are.

I really don’t look forward to Neymar flopping, but I’m willing to endure it so that we can get great videos like this:

Also, shoutout to my native country of South Africa — fun fact about ya girl: I was born there — for producing this KFC commercial as an ode to Neymar (or just rollers in general, but really, Neymar).

I split this up a bit in the chance it goes to extra time and/or a shootout.

The pick: $20 to win $16.67 on Belgium +.5 (-120)
The pick: $20 to win $30 on Belgium to advance (+150)

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