World Cup Free Picks: 6/14/18

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World Cup Free Picks and Parlays

Welcome to LazyBets free picks and parlays.  You’re in for a treat.  Russia take on Saudi Arabia in the World Cup today and YOU have something to watch while you’re at work…and bet on too if you so choose. Today is our Free World Cup Picks Edition and it will carry on throughout the tournament.  This is a lot of writing for us, but we’re a website that’s committed to America’s fastest growing sport and those who wager on it.

This is a crucial Game 1 in Group A as both teams are underdogs in the group.  It’s rare for host nations not to advance and we have to keep that in mind when assessing Russia in all contests.  They didn’t have to qualify to get here, and who knows how they will do with the support of local facilities.  Yes, that sentence is meant to be as weird as it sounds.  Go watch Icarus at some point if you don’t know what I’m talking about.

This should be a fun few weeks of football and I expect Putin’s Russia to very much be a part of the action.  Let’s dive Right in.

World Cup Game 1 – Group A – Saudi Arabia vs Russia

Time of Contest: 11:00AM EST

Television: – Streaming - FUBOTV Schedule

Location: Luzhniki Stadium – Moscow, Russia


Russia to win: -238

Saudi Arabia to win: +825

Draw: +300

Juan Antoni Pizzi

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Goal Total Combined: Over 2.5 +101

Both Teams to Score: +170

Team to Kick off: Russia +105

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Russia Saudi Arabia Free Picks

There are a lot of ways to bet on the World Cup.  We’ve listed just a few of the ways you could bet this one here.  One of the more fun bets we listed is “first team to kick off.”  It’s a LazyBets tradition and has been since childhood to always bet on the home team to kick off in a big fixture.  We’ll be starting off our wagers with that as a selection.  Russia +105 to start the fixture with the ball and kick off.

In terms of the contest itself, this could be closer than the oddsmakers are giving credit.  Russia and Saudi Arabia are ranked relatively closely in FIFA rankings.  Russia is 70th and Saudi Arabia comes in ranked higher at 67th.  Yet the Russian’s are still the favorite based on location and form.

Fedor Smolov is a goal threat in this game.  If your book is offering an anytime goalscorer or a first time goalscorer spread, he looks good for either.  He’s averaging a over half a goal per 90 minutes on the pitch and is due for one in front of his home crowd.

Saudi Arabia are in a funk and crave consistency.  Juan Antonio Pizzi is their third manager in a very short span and that could provide difficult for the Saudis as they face the Russians in this one.  The Saudi’s allow just about 6 shots on target every 90 minutes, but they’re not coming from the toughest of qualifying groups.  It’s expected that they will concede a goal in this one.    They should give up a goal or more here.

We like a parlay here with our first World Cup picks and parlays article of 2018.  The Over 2.5 +101 looks good with both shoddy defenses.  They both concede over 1.5 goals per 90 minutes which makes this a parlay opportunity.  Combo play it and hit the parlay with a Both teams to score +170 bet.  We think this one gets a little out of hand, but both teams put up a tally in the end.

Enjoy watching the World Cup at work (and winning your bets).  Don’t forget to check out our odds to win the tournament’s most valuable player!

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