International Soccer Betting for May 26, 2014

International Soccer Betting for May 26, 2014

The European league soccer season is in the books and now fans will bide their time until the start of the World Cup in Brazil on June 12. Until then there will be limited soccer action in the form of a few non-European leagues and International ‘friendlies’ exhibition games. There are several such games today:

MACEDONIA VS. CAMEROON:

The African teams that qualify for the World Cup–usually Cameroon and the Ivory Coast–are always highly touted going in to the tournament but seldom do anything once they start play. Cameroon, for example, has qualified for the World Cup on seven occasions but advanced out of group play only once. That being said, this game is something of a mismatch. Macedonia finished last in their World Cup qualifying group earning only 7 points in 10 matches. They’re the #80 ranked team in the FIFA World Rankings just ahead of Jamaica and just behind Zambia. The Macadeonia side has ‘gotten younger’ since their World Cup qualifying effort with two of the team’s veterans retiring from International play. The good news is that they’ve won three of their last six matches though not exactly against a ‘power elite’ of world football beating Bulgaria, Wales and Latvia. Not surprisingly, the Macedonia team will likely give ample playing time to some of their ‘prospects’ in this matchup.

This game is also meaningless for Cameroon but head coach Volker Finke of Germany has placed a high priority on getting his team fit for the World Cup by playing an ambitious schedule of friendly matches. After this game Cameroon will face Paraguay, Germany and Moldova. Of those games Germany is a daunting challenge, Moldova an almost certain victory and Paraguay a very competitive game (assuming, of course, that the teams involved make a credible effort in the game). Clearly Finke would like to get a couple of wins heading into the World Cup and this game is one of two (Moldova is the other) that Cameroon *should* win. The word on the street is that Finke will play most of his starters with the possible exception of BenoƮt Assou-Ekotto who played in the English Championship final for Queens Park Rangers over the weekend.

Macedonia has shown some improvement as they transition to younger players but will have a tough go of it against an experienced and physical Cameroon. Game being played at a neutral location in Austria but the crowd will likely be pro Macedonia. That notwithstanding, Cameroon gets us the victory at a reasonable price in a game played mostly at midfield.

BET CAMEROON -140 OVER MACEDONIA
BET CAMEROON/MACEDONIA UNDER 2.25 -140 (or UNDER 2 +105)

LUXEMBOURG VS. BELGIUM:

The biggest mismatch of the day will feature Belgium (#12 in the FIFA World Rankings) against Luxembourg (#112 in the FIFA World Rankings). Belgium is getting some support as a World Cup ‘dark horse’ and are the #5 favorite in futures wagering for the tournament at 20/1. All is not well in the Belgium camp, however, and there is a fair degree of discord that coach Marc Wilmot will have to deal with. He upset some of the players on the roster by bringing in Manchester United reserve striker Adnan Januza. Some players don’t have an issue with Januza’s inclusion while others (particularly striker Kevin Mirallas) have suggested that he didn’t do enough at Man U this season to justify having him on the team that travels to Brazil. They’ve also got an injury to backup goaltender Simon Mignolet meaning that Thomas Kaminski will get the start here. Fortunately Mignolet’s injury isn’t serious and he should be back within a week.

That being said, Belgium should have no trouble with Luxembourg. There is some pressure on Belgium to get a win since they’re winless in their last four friendlies but I don’t see them pouring it on.

BET LUXEMBOURG +3.25 -115 OVER BELGIUM