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Japan v Colombia Prediction World Cup 2014

Colombia are already heading to the knockout stage, that has been confirmed. They only need one to point to ensure that it is in top spot as well. Japan are not out of the running, but they need a big day on Tuesday. They have to beat the group favourites, and hope that Greece can pull off a surprise against the Ivory Coast as underdogs. The odds on Japan to win against Colombia are 2/1, which isn’t too distant from the price of 7/5 on the South Americans.

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Japan v Colombia Betting Tips

Japan haven’t shown the firepower needed to beat Colombia really. The Blue Samurai have only taken the one point so far. That came against Greece in a 0-0 draw, but they really needed to land three points in that one to contend for a place in the round of sixteen at Brazil 2014. The game against Greece was their easiest match up and now they are scrapping for points against the strongest side in Group B. They not only need to win this, but hope that Greece can produce something in their match against the Ivory Coast at the same time.

Japan were in great form ahead of the World Cup, winning matches and the goals were flowing too. It just hasn’t translated over to the tournament. This will be the third meeting between the two nations and Japan haven’t posted a win yet. Their first meeting ended in a 1-0 win for Colombia and then they played out a 0-0 draw in their most recent meeting, a friendly back in 2007. Japan have not won any of their three previous matches against South Americans teams at the World Cup (D1 L2). Japan have also only returned one goal in their last three World Cup matches now.

In contrast to the Blue Samurai, Colombia look to be steaming ahead. They have goals in them, they look strong at the back and fluent in the middle of the park. They opened with an easy 3-0 win over Greece and then showed that they mean business in beating the Ivory Coast 2-1. They have a lot going for them and have made people sit up and take notice, providing that the loss of Radamel Falcao hasn’t affected them. Colombia are sitting three points clear of the Ivory Coast with a plus four goal difference over the Africans, so it’s looking rosy for top spot.

It is going to be important for Jose Pekerman’s men to keep momentum going, and they are already making some history for themselves. It is the first World Cup in which they have won more than one match at and James Rodriguez has momentum too, becoming just the second Colombian to score in consecutive World Cup games. Rodriguez is trading at 5/2 in the anytime goalscorer market. Juan Cuadrado has made more assists at a single World Cup than any other Colombian player since 1966 (3). In their only previous World Cup match against an Asian side, they beat the United Arab Emirates 2-0 at the 1990 World Cup.

Who will win – Japan v Colombia Prediction

The odds on Japan to win against Colombia are pretty close to the South Americans, but would lean towards the favourites to take the win. Colombia are just a more robust side and they can be in comfortable, confident cruise control in this one.

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World Cup 2014 betting: odds on Colombia to win, Group C predictions

Colombia has a solid squad that has the best betting odds to win their group, which is one of the weaker ones, but they have a HUGE injury concern.

Main striker Radamel Falcao, who has decent odds to win top goal scorer this summer, is recovering from a knee injury and if he cannot go it will be a big blow.

The squad was impressive in South American qualifying and they are playing in their first World Cup since 1998.

Colombia Odds to win World Cup 2014: +3300
Colombia Odds to win Group C: -125

Falcao leads the solid attack and Colombia is a very fit squad that plays good technical soccer. The squad will need long runs and good passing to win this summer, as they really lack any aerial attack.

In the qualifying process they did not score a single goal off a corner kick and only one through the air. Still, they have the talent to do some damage this summer and it would be a big surprise if they did not advance past the group stage.
World Cup Prediction for Colombia

Colombia is drawn into Group D, which is one of the weaker groups along with Japan, Ivory Coast, and Greece. They match up well with Japan, as they are both technically sound squad, but definitely have more talent up front.

Their toughest match may be facing Greece, who has a great defense. Still, Colombia will easily win the group and it would not be surprising at all is they won all three group matches.

While the group draw was good for them the round of 16 is not, as they will play the runner up from Group D, which will likely be Uruguay, Italy, or England.

They may put up a good fight facing any one of those teams, but they will not win and the round of 16 is as far as the Colombians will progress.
How Colombia got to the World Cup

Colombia was very impressive in CONMEBOL qualifying coming in second place only two points back of Argentina, who they played to a great draw with on the road. Overall, the squad had six wins, two losses, and two draws.

They beat Chile in the road in the beginning of qualifying and one of their only two losses came to Uruguay on the road.

Team Key Players

Radamel Falcao FW Monaco – Is one of the premier strikers that will be playing this summer, but if his injury keeps him out of the tournament it will be a very big loss.

James Rodriguez MF Monaco – A great young players that is solid on both sides of the pitch and his playmaking skills are impressive.

Pablo Armero MF Napoli – He is an attacking midfielder that can get up the field on the wings and has to help Falcao up front.

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What the 2014-15 Los Angeles Lakers Could Look Like

Years from now, long after Kobe Bryant has scored his final points and hung up his Los Angeles Lakers jersey for good, this summer will be looked at as the offseason that salvaged what was left of his career, or the ploy that diverted a pursuit to which there was no end.

Translation: This summer is important.

By extending Bryant for another two years, the Lakers committed to an accelerated rebuilding process. You don’t hand a 35-year-old Bryant nearly $50 million if you plan on lollygagging your way to better days. The turnaround needs to be quick. It needs to be instantaneous.

Or else.

“This organization is just not going to go [down],” Bryant told Darren Rovell for SportsCenter’s “Sunday Conversation” in March, per ESPN Los Angeles’ Dave McMenamin. “It’s not going to take a nose dive. But I think we need to accelerate it a little bit for selfish reasons, because I want to win and I want to win next season.”

Next season. The path to Bryant’s sixth championship is supposed to begin next season. He has two years to win, two short years until he likely retires. There is no waiting, no delaying. There is only now. And right now, the Lakers are bad. They are tied for the NBA’s fifth-worst record and approaching a draft with more individual meaning than any other draft since 2005 when they selected Andrew Bynum.

Typically, these are onset signs of an abiding rebuilding process. Games are lost and draft picks compiled for seasons at a time. Then, if said team is lucky, its reclamation process eventually yields a polished product capable of contending.

“Process” isn’t a word the Lakers are familiar with, though. They don’t rebuild; they reload.

Especially now.

Contrary to most other transitioning teams, the Lakers are assembled for an immediate return to prominence. Not only do they play in one of the NBA’s biggest markets, but they’re teeming with cap flexibility, financially sound enough to place another superstar alongside Bryant.

That’s the plan. The only plan.

Or maybe not.

While speaking with USA Today’s Sam Amick, general manager Mitch Kupchak downplayed the significance of Bryant’s input, refusing to admit the Lakers were operating on a short-lived timetable. He instead introduced the Lakers and their fans to a foreign concept: patience.

“I’m confident that over time, that we’re going to be able to assemble a team that’s competitive, fun to watch,” he told Amick.

Over time? As in not right now?

“The short answer is that yes, I’m hoping to be very competitive in a year or two, but the key really is over time,” he added.

Well, that’s new. The Lakers don’t have time. Or rather, Bryant doesn’t have time. If he’s going to win, he has to win now, next season. Waiting isn’t an option for him.

But it is for the Lakers.

Quite literally, the Lakers are under no obligation to frantically spend on free agents this summer. Their agreement is a tacit one. They kept Bryant, so their job is to win now. That means making plays for free agents, wooing the Carmelo Anthonys and Luol Dengs and chasing the long shots like LeBron James.

Unless that’s not their job.

If the Lakers prioritize their big picture over Bryant’s fast-closing title window, they’re free to grind this out and preserve cap space. And with each passing day, it looks more and more likely that’s what they’ll do.

Kupchak has already indicated the Lakers are interested in bringing back Pau Gasol, according to the Los Angeles Daily News’ Mark Medina. While that’s bound to please Bryant, Gasol isn’t someone you build a title contender around anymore. Pushing 34, he’s a stopgap, someone who eats up cap space and hopefully provides solid minutes as his team bides its time in anticipation of inevitably moving on to someone better.

Bleacher Report’s Kevin Ding also makes it clear the Lakers are unlikely to embark on a free-agent spending spree this offseason, preferring instead to wait for summer 2015, when the superstar pool deepens considerably.

Summer 2015 isn’t far off, but it still demands Bryant wait. The Lakers cannot forge a contender during the offseason while simultaneously looking ahead to 2015. It’s just not possible. And though asking Bryant to wait one more year may not seem like much, it’s a lifetime to him.

For starters, he’s Kobe Bryant, the abrasive, strong-minded, open-mouthed superstar who detests losing and views every ringless season as soul-crushing, life-maiming failures. On top of that, he’s now old and impatient and therefore cranky.

“We might have had the worst season ever or could have the worst season ever for a Lakers team, but now let’s have the greatest comeback that the league has ever seen,” he told Rovell, per McMenamin.

Imagine telling Bryant—that Bryant—his opportunity to legitimately contend for a sixth ring is limited to 2015-16, when the Lakers will presumably come closer to meeting his standards. Then picture explaining to him they cannot even guarantee that one season.

There’s no guarantee Kevin Love, Rajon Rondo or another star joins the Lakers in 2015. If and when they do, there’s no promising it works. And if it does work, there’s no ensuring it’s enough that soon.

Not even the Miami Heat consummated the Big Three’s first season together with a championship. The 2012-13 Lakers also understand how quickly ring-seeking expeditions can morph into hell-raising free falls. Waiting until 2015 to be aggressive essentially means the Lakers are placing stake in becoming the (more) modern version of the 2007-08 Boston Celtics, who won a championship immediately upon Kevin Garnett’s and Ray Allen’s arrivals.

In more ways than one, this summer is a test, a measurable assessment of where the Lakers’ loyalties lie—to Bryant and his present-day expectations, or to their future and the need to build something that lasts longer than Bryant.

Answers will be provided in every move they make, from on-court personnel to who’s coaching from the sidelines.

Will they chase superstars and place stock in big names? Or will they let most of this roster roll over into next season?

Mitch Lawrence of the New York Daily News says the Lakers are hoping to part ways with head coach Mike D’Antoni. When they search for a new coach, will they target established sideline-meandering All-Stars who cater to Bryant’s win-now edict? Or will they think big picture, setting their sights on a younger, forward-thinking coach?

All this stuff matters. The Lakers will lean one way or the other, bending to Bryant’s will or advancing their own agenda. Barring James’ sudden desire to sign in Los Angeles or some other form of miraculous recourse, the latter is far more likely.

Luckily for Bryant, things could still change. The Lakers could opt to hunt big game, or the stars could come to them.

Early inclinations could also prove accurate, leaving the Lakers to place the fate of their next five-plus seasons ahead of Bryant’s final two.

Whatever happens this summer, it’s going to set the tone for Bryant’s status during his remaining days.

Retrospectively, his extension will either be seen as an implicit duty the Lakers break their backs pandering to, or hush money meant to soften the blow of Bryant realizing the success he seeks won’t actually be sought for at least another year.

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Chelsea versus Manchester United – betting prediction

Chelsea versus Manchester United is the biggest derby of the 22nd round of English Premier League. The match will be played at Stamford Bridge on Sunday at 4 o’clock. There is no doubt that this match is the last chance for United to stay in the battle for the top three places. A possible loss for David Moyes’ players and after the expected victories for Arsenal and Manchester City at home will leave the “Red Devils” 12 points behind the third place with just 16 rounds remaining until the end of the season.

Do United players have any chances to beat Chelsea as a guest? Not much will be the answer of the most of the analysts. In the last weeks they added as a reason for United’s bad results the class of the team among to the problems with the adaptation of David Moyes as a manager of the team. Another reason for United’s small chances for a victory is the fact that Chelsea is getting more and more closer to that so well remembered team of the first period of Jose Mourinho ahead of Chelsea. A team, which had almost no problems in the matches against their direct competitors.

This is shown by their performance so far. At Stamford Bridge, Chelsea has nine wins and only one draw. They won against Manchester City (2-1) and Liverpool (2-0) and the only draw came in the match against West Bromwich Albion (2-2).

What do the bookies offer for this match? The highest coefficient for a Chelsea’s victory is with William Hill and bet365 – 1.8. 1.75 is the proposal of bet-at-home. The draw is 3.8 with bet365, 3.5 with bet-at-home and 3.6 with William Hill. Bet365 gives the biggest odds of all bookmakers for United’s win in the match – 4.75.

However, I see no chance at all for a win for United in this match, but the draw could not be excluded. This is why I will focus on the Draw no bet markets. This proposal from William Hill for Chelsea’s win with DNB is 1.33, which despite the relatively low rate will be my bet for this match.

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Bet against the most popular bets

In this post I will share with you a betting strategy that has all chances to be profitable. It is associated with betting against the most popular bets made by the punters worldwide. This system is connected with the way in which the betting odds are determined by the bookmaker. Those who know betting well are aware that the odds offered by the bookmakers are directly related to the made by the punters bets. So, when on a match are made too many bets for a win for one of the teams, the odds for this bet are reduced. The aim is to ensure that the bookmaker will gain profit with any result. However, this phenomenon can be used very easily by the punters.

Here is how. Some of the bookmakers offer on their websites information about the most played matches by their clients. If you look more closely at these matches you will notice that the odds are getting lower. Respectively, this means an increase of the other two coefficients, which in turn allows an exact time to bet on them with bigger chances for a win in the long run.

In our system we will choose an Asian Handicap market and the section from William Hill’s site – Tip Advisor where consistently are shown the five most played matches of the week. This betting system is extremely simple. It requires only on Saturday afternoon (just before the start of the matches) to enter the Tip Advisor page and see which are the most played matches. Then you need to check the Asian handicap markets of different bookmakers – like William Hill, bet365 and bet-at-home and bet against the most played by the other players predictions.

The statistics show that in the long run, this system provides a small but steady income.
A personal advice here. Like all systems, this must also be carefully checked before making any bet. This is why I recommend starting with a paper trial test. If after a hundred matches you see this system works then boldly bet on it and don’t care about anything else.

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Martingale betting system explained

When it comes to sports betting one of the most discussed things is the Martingale system. This is a progressive betting system in which with an increase of the stakes are compensated the losses and provides a guaranteed profit when the player finally gets a winning bet. It seems attractive at first glance, but this system has its serious dangers, which we should be aware of before using it.

The greatest danger comes from the possibilities of entering into a long series of losers, which would increase our bets over our betting bank. Those who do not believe that such a series is possible can understand this in the hard way, just try betting with Martingale and you would see it. Of course, you can find this out without betting in bookmakers like bet365, bet-at-home or William Hill, but simply do a paper trial.

Another very important point, which is underestimated by most of the players are the limited bets. Any bookmaker and including the three already mentioned (bet365, bet-at-home and William Hill) have the right to limit the amount on each bet. This means that at any moment, even if you have a bank to cover the highest stakes in the Martingale system, the bookmaker will not accept it, which again puts you in a losing position.

Martingale betting system has another big disadvantage and it is connected with the final profit you would receive. When you accumulate five losses in a row, you will need to wager 63 times the amount of the potential profit (assuming you play with even odds), which sounds without any sense. In the sixth step of Martingale you would need to bet 32 euro to win 1, which is not the correct way to bet and it would inevitably lead you to bankrupt which is another reason to stay away from the Martingale betting system.

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How to Bet on the NFL

The three most common types of NFL lines to bet on are the point spread, moneyline and total, but the action doesn’t stop there. There’s also parlay, teaser and prop betting on tap when it comes to NFL betting. With so many options to choose from, it’s easy to see why wagering on the NFL has become so popular.

It can also be daunting, but that’s where we come in. Take a look below and you’ll find a brief explanation of each NFL lines and betting types. The links you see within those descriptions will take you to a more detailed description.

When you’ve finished reading, you’ll be ready to make a well-informed NFL wagering strategy and get in the game.

NFL Spread Betting

This is the most popular type of line to wager on when it comes to NFL betting. To set a point spread, oddsmakers decide who will be the favored team in a given game. They’ll allocate a set number of points against the favorite, which they must cover. The underdog receives a head start using the same set number. In order for you to win a point spread bet on the favorite, they must win the game by more points than the amount set by the oddsmakers – also called covering the spread. If you bet on the underdog, they must not lose the game by more than the points allocated. The underdog can also win a point spread wager if they win the game outright. Learn More about NFL Spread Betting…

Moneyline Betting

Due to its simplicity, the NFL moneyline wager is very popular among NFL bettors. To make a moneyline wager, all you have to do is pick the team you believe will win the game. Oddsmakers will set the lines on each team. The favorites will be represented with lower odds while the underdogs will be given higher odds. For example, you may see something such as this:

New England Patriots -150
Kansas City Chiefs +125

When betting on the moneyline, it’s important to remember that the favored team’s odds (-150) represent the amount you must wager in order to win $100. As for the underdog, their odds (+125) represent the amount you win if you wager $100.

If you bet on a team and they win the game, you win your bet. However, the favorites are such for a reason and they’ll often pay out less than a winning bet on an underdog. Sharp NFL bettors like to stick to the point spread, but make no mistake; you can find very good moneyline odds throughout the NFL season.

NFL Over Under

The total, also known as over/under, is another popular line to bet when wagering on the NFL. It involves betting on the total number of points scored by both teams combined in an NFL game. Oddsmakers will set a total number of points for any given NFL game. You have the option of betting whether the teams will score more or less (go over or under) the amount of points set by the oddsmakers. Learn More about NFL Over/Under Betting…

NFL Prop Betting

While not as popular as point spread, moneyline or totals betting, NFL props betting is common among beginner and advanced bettors alike. This is especially true during Monday Night Football or the Super Bowl because of the amount of props on offer.

A prop bet is a wager that has no direct relationship to the outcome or final score of a single NFL game. They typically come in the form of player or team prop bets, but during events like the Super Bowl, you’ll see fun props on the coin toss and the length of the National Anthem, among others. Learn More about NFL Prop Betting…

Parlay Betting

The parlay wager is a popular bet among many in the NFL wagering world as it offers a little more bang for your buck than a straight wager. The payout for a parlay is usually bigger than a straight bet, but with greater reward comes increased risk.

Each individual bet in your parlay is linked together, so in order to win your entire parlay wager, all legs of your parlay (each outcome you’ve selected to bet on) must win. Learn More about NFL Parlay Betting…

NFL Teaser Betting

The teaser bet is a way for NFL bettors to take a little control of the lines offered by the oddsmakers. During the NFL season, teaser bets are very popular and that popularity continues to grow. Teaser betting is slightly more difficult than point spread or moneyline betting because you are adding or subtracting points to and from lines, but it’s not hard to understand.

A teaser bet is comprised of two or more straight bets that are combined into one bet. The number of points offered on each individual line will then be adjusted in your favor. Because of the advantage you’re receiving, the payout for a teaser wager is less than the payout for the same parlay wager.

The three main types of NFL teaser are: 6, 6.5 and 7-point teasers. You can also place a sweetheart teaser, which offers you the option to tease a line by 10 or 13 points.

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Sports Betting as an Investment

I am very proud of my 56% long term win percentage on my Football Best Bets over 21 years in business and my 55% win percentage on my Basketball Best Bets, and I’m constantly frustrated by the number of times I hear novice gamblers say that 55% isn’t even winning after taking into account the juice they have to pay on losses.

I’m not sure what kind of math those guys are using, but I didn’t need to major in statistics to tell you that it only takes 52.4% winners to break even in sports betting at the standard 11 to 10 odds (that’s 11 wins and 10 losses, which is 52.4%) – and odds better than that are readily available online these days. I can also tell you that even 55% winners is an outstanding investment.

Let’s say you had $10,000 to invest during 4 months of football season (or could not afford to lose more than $10,000 in a season) and you were planning on playing 160 games or so over the course of the season (NFL and College), which is about what I play per football season on average. If your expected win percentage is 55% over those 160 games, your expected win-loss record would be 88-72 for a profit of +8.8 units (I chose to exclude the possibility of pushes in this article to keep the math simpler). Calculating units is simply subtracting the losses from the wins and then subtracting an additional 10% of your losses to take into account the 11 to 10 odds that the sportsbook is getting. In this case, 88 wins and 72 losses would be +8.8 units (88 – (1.1 x 72) = +8.8). Of course, as in any game of chance, there is variability in the actual results and just because you have won 55% in the past and expect to win 55% in the future doesn’t mean that you’re going to win 55% this upcoming season. There is variance in sports betting, as there is in most investments, and I need to calculate the variance to figure out how much of my bankroll I can safely wager on each game during the season to accommodate potential negative variance while having very little chance of exhausting my bankroll (of course, we’re all hoping for a season with the variance on the positive side).

In the case of an expected win percentage of 55% over 160 games, the standard error is 6.29 wins (the square root of .55 x .45 x 160 = 6.29). If I want to limit my chance of losing my bankroll in a given season to below 1%, then I would need to account for a negative variance of 2.33 times the standard error of 6.29 wins (using the normal distribution table you’ll find that 2.33 standard errors or more from the norm is only 1% likely). A negative variance of 2.33 standard errors is 14.65 wins below the expected win-loss record of 88-72, which would result in an expected record of 73.35 wins and 86.65 losses, which is -21.965 units. Remember, there is just as likely a chance that you could be +14.65 wins, but money management is about accounting for a worst case scenario rather than a season of positive variance. If you allow a 1% chance of losing 21.965 units on 160 Bets with a 55% chance of winning each play then you can wager 1/21.965 of your bankroll per bet, which is about 4.6% or $460 in our example of a $10,000 bankroll. So, you could safely bet to win $460 a game given a 55% expected win percentage on 160 games with a $10,000 bankroll. If I achieve a 55% season on 160 bets for a profit of +8.8 units, then I would profit $4048 – which is 8.8 times $460. While a 55% bet is only a 5.5% investment per bet (.55 – .45 – .045 = .055) it is a much more profitable investment over the course of a season, in which a series of per game investments act like compound interest. In this case, my $10,000 initial bankroll is now $14,048 after a 4 month season, which is a 40.48% investment. And that is only at 55%, which most amateurs aren’t that impressed with.

A season with an expectation of 56% winning wagers (my long term record in football) on 160 bets would allow me to safely bet to win $540 a game during the course of the season. My expected units won for 160 bets at 56% is +12.16 units, which is 160 x (0.56 – (1.1 x 0.44). So, my expected profit would be $540 times 12.16 units, which is $6566 profit off of my $10,000 initial investment (a 65.66% gain).

Basketball profits can be even better for clients of my service, as there are more games to play in a basketball season than in a football season. My long term Best Bet win percentage in Basketball is 55%, but I average about 400 Best Bets per year and the profits are better because of it. An expected win rate of 55% on 400 wagers would allow me to safely wager to win about $370 per game with a bankroll of $10,000, and my expected profit would be +22 units (400 x (0.55 – (1.1 x 0.45)) = 22). That would result in a profit of 22 x $370, or $8140, for a typical Basketball season at 55% winners (which is an 81% investment). So, as you can see, a Basketball season at 55% Best Bet winners is even more profitable than a football season with 56% winners.

I hope this part of the essay has enlightened you as to the reality of sports betting as a very good investment and that you can now accept the fact that 55% winners in sports betting leads to a very good profit with even very conservative money management.

Note: to make the math easier to follow, I used the number of Best Bets expected in a season and assumed an equal amount wagered per game while excluding the possibility of pushes. For those of you that use my Best Bet service and follow my Star system, you can figure out your amount to bet per Star by using the examples above and knowing that my average Best Bet rating is 2.5 stars. I’ll save you time by giving you a simple equation with the assumption that my Football Best Bets will be at my lifetime mark of 56% on a Star Basis and my Basketball Best Bets will be at 55%.

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NFL Spread Betting Explained

The point spread is the handicap, or head start, that oddsmakers give to the underdog. Betting against the spread can make a lopsided event more interesting – rather than just winning outright, the favorite must win by more than the point spread (also known as covering the spread) for bets on the favorite to win. As you can see, the point spread is designed to make betting on either side equally attractive.

Let’s say an NFL matchup has the Minnesota Vikings at home against the Denver Broncos. The oddsmaker might decide to give the Broncos a 3.5-point head start, which is expressed as Broncos +3.5, or Vikings -3.5. Here’s what that line would look like:

Denver Broncos +3.5
@ Minnesota Vikings -3.5

With the spread set at 3.5 points, if you bet on the Vikings, you’ll win your bet if they win the game by more than four points (or if their score is higher even after you subtract 3.5 points from it). If you bet on the Broncos, you’ll win your bet if they lose by no more than three points.

Sometimes oddsmakers will set the line on an even number like 3, 6 or even 10. In cases like these, if the favored team wins by the exact amount set for the spread, the bet would be considered a push and your risk amount would be returned. For example, if the San Francisco 49ers were 7-point favorites and they won by a touchdown (seven points), any wager on the 49ers at -7 would result in a push.

Every now and then you’ll come across a game without a spread. This is called a pick’em and both teams are given even odds to win the game. Since no points are given or taken away in a pick’em, the team that wins the game is the team that wins the bet.

Your payout is determined by the moneyline odds attached to the point spread. A negative number (such as -170) shows how much money you must wager to win $100, while a positive number (like +150) shows how much money you will win on a $100 wager.

Typically, the odds given on the spread are -110 unless otherwise noted. If one side is receiving a lot of action, oddsmakers may adjust the lines accordingly in an effort to balance the action.

You can place a point spread bet on the whole game or only a portion of it – when first half, second half or quarter lines are offered.

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Arsenal vs. Bayern Munich betting odds, Champions League preview, Prediction

Arsenal snapped their two match winless streak in their last match by avenging their embarrassing 5-1 loss to Liverpool with a 2-1 win over the Reds in the FA Cup.

However, they are betting underdogs facing a Bayern Munich squad that eliminated them from the Champions League last season.

Bayern Munich won the Champions League last season and they are running away with the Bundesliga title this season. They are undefeated in domestic league play and they have scored the most goals while also conceding the fewest.

Can the Gunners score on a Bayern defense that has conceded only nine goals in 21 league matches?

Midweek, soccer betting lines at most shops had Bayern as the road favorite posted at -133 with Arsenal at +400 and a draw line at +300.

Last season, in the round of 16 of the Champions League, Bayern beat Arsenal 3-1 in England.

While Arsenal came back and beat Bayern 2-0 in Munich in the second leg it was not enough to advance. When asked about that match recently Bayern Munich captain Philipp Lahm stated, “That game is a warning sign to us.”

With their 5-1 loss to Liverpool and 0-0 draw facing Manchester United Arsenal has slipped to second in the Premier League table. Their offense has only scored three goals in their last three matches with two coming in their last one.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain scored in the Gunners last match and he has played well after missing time with an injury. He and Mesut Özil, who the team shelled out big money for this summer, have to play well against a great Bayern midfield.

One big blow for Bayern is that MF Franck Ribery has been ruled out with an injury. However, Toni Kroos still leads a midfield that may be the best in the world both in playing defense and creating chances.

The creative midfield for Bayern is impressive to say the least and in their last match they got two goals from the MF Xherdan Shaqiri, one from DF Dante, and one from FW Claudio Pizarro.

The German giants do not have any big weaknesses and Arsenal will have to play a perfect match to win.

In their last four league matches Bayern has scored 16 goals and have not allowed one.

The Gunners may have to rely on their defense more in this match with Aaron Ramsey (8 goals) and Theo Walcott (4 goals) out with injuries.

Arsenal was down 2-0 after 21 minutes in last season’s home loss to Bayern and the Gunners must get off to a good start in this match.

The Gunners also continue their march on the FA Cup odds menu after their win over Liverpool.