Joffe’s World Cup Challenge, Day 7: Don’t Even Try to Talk Me Out of Portugal
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- After an 0-3 Tuesday, it’s time to get my Bet-Every-Match-of-the-World-Cup Challenge back on track.
- I’m putting my faith in Cristiano Ronaldo until he gives me a reason not to.
- Iran do not deserve to be leading Group B, and they definitely don’t deserve my money Wednesday.
Well at least I was right about being wrong … so that’s something? Too bad I didn’t bet against myself.
The morning started out with no James Rodriguez and the second-fastest red card in World Cup history, which lead to a PK and goal for Japan. Just like I drew it up! NOT.
The Poland game was a different story, but with the same result — another loss for your girl. I blame the refs for this epic screw-up. I mean, how did they let THIS happen?!?
Poland were robbed, and so was I.
All wouldn’t have been lost if Egypt showed up, but, of course, they didn’t, and became the latest victims of the Russian freight train. This was the rare occasion when my gut was actually correct, and my super-knowledgeable soccer friend was wrong. Clearly, it was a fluke. On the plus side, my Russian conspiracy theory is still alive and well. So there’s that.
Current balance: $509.37
My attention turns to Wednesday, when I’ll attempt to lick my wounds and rebound with some wins.
Morocco vs. Portugal
8 a.m. ET, FS1
Putting my faith in Cristiano Ronaldo here and hoping the fact that Portugal are tied with Spain for second place in Group B lights a fire under them.
The pick: $10 to win $9.52 on Portugal -1 (-105)
Saudi Arabia vs. Uruguay
11 a.m. ET, FOX
Saudi Arabia got absolutely wrecked in their first game, and Uruguay weren’t that impressive against a Salah-less Egypt. So I’ll be honest: I’m taking Uruguay -2 and hoping it pushes. Uruguay should be able to outscore the Saudis, but I’m not sure if they can do it by more than two goals.
The pick: $10 to win $9.43 on Uruguay, -2 (-106)
Iran vs. Spain
2 p.m. ET, FOX
Iran sit atop Group B. What a time to be alive! But before we get too excited … Iran are only there because Morocco scored on the wrong goal (Iran’s), and the two best teams in the group played each other and it ended in a draw. Sooooo, yeah, I see Spain winning, and much like Portugal, they’ll need to have goals on their side.
The pick: $10 to win $11.00 on Spain -2 (+110)
This challenge is harder than it looks. Sheesh.