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World Cup 2022 Semi-Finals

Flash:

Welcome to the BetUS Soccer Channel. I’m Flash, and this is your home for soccer betting. Now, then there were four. It’s the semi-finals of the Qatar World Cup 2022. No one really wants to lose, so we could be looking at some real tepid football or soccer. But first of all, we’re America’s favorite sportsbook. I’d like you to subscribe or ring the bell. And ring the bell means that we’ll notify you and you’ll never miss any content again. And when I say any content again, after the World Cup, that’s when we get busy because it’s La Liga, Bundesliga, Serie A, and the Premier League running alongside the Champions League. And then the Europa League will join us a second week in February as well. So we’re going to take you right up until the end of May.

I have the absolute dream team with me. I’ve got the Queen of Serie A and the World Soccer in Mina Rsouki, and our number one Kappa from last year is Matty Ice and he specializes in corners, handicaps, not really money line. Yeah, that’s Mina. Just giving him a little bit of a boost. I did write down and I was just thinking, he just finds ways that most people don’t. So Matty, that’s a little pat on the back. Don’t expect another one until about May okay?

Matty Ice:

Well thank you guys. So we did the last show together a couple weeks ago and everybody here crushed it, so we’re looking to repeat that today for sure.

Flash:

Yeah, no pressure. Make sure that if you get yourselves in the chat, don’t be shy with your opinions, good or bad. I’ve seen quite a few people. I mean we’ve had 60 and 70 comments on there and if you’re wrong, you’re wrong. But I’d rather you put a comment in there and be wrong than just sit there and hold your opinion to yourself. And if you’re right, make sure you give yourself a pat on the back. Your presenter likes to do that, so if it’s good enough for him, it’s good enough for you. Now also, we’ve got two games obviously, and we’ve also got added markets to show you, whether it be halftime, whether it be corners, whether it both teams to score, both teams scoring over. But we need to make sure that we go right away through these games. Mina, before we go through to the first game. The quarter finals we had two that were alike and then we had two that anything could have happened.

Mina Rsouki:

Yeah, it was just so interesting to just see the tactical battles, the mentality on show between teams like Croatia and Morocco, such perfect organization. Then you had England and France, which was all about attacking ability, much lesser focused on the defensive side of things, but it was about who can score them as goals, who can capitalize on mistakes, which was just a fascinating encounter. Definitely a few surprises there. Who would’ve thought that Ronaldo’s Portugal would be knocked out after that tremendous performance against Switzerland and of course Brazil, the favorites, the team of so many neutrals as well as obviously Brazil in general. I mean they had a team that was just stacked, stacked with talent and to come up and score a goal and extra time and lose it in the way that they did it just, you’ve got to applaud Croatia for how they got through that. And of course you have to applaud Morocco for being the underdogs that keep being the gift that keeps on giving.

Flash:

Yeah, I’ve got to applaud Morocco and Croatia because they were both entitled to maybe put in a substandard performance because of the tiredness. Croatia, their players have played more minutes individually than nearly any other squad and yet Morocco then turn up and they did exactly the same again. Obviously a keeping error, but Morocco got what they deserves, Mattie, and there’s always one and now we see them in the semi-final. Could we really, really without being disrespectful, could we really see them make it all the way to the final?

Matty Ice:

I think we could. I think Morocco and Croatia are playing a style that are giving very good teams a lot of different problems. And just their style or play is really making it a challenge for teams like Portugal for example. It just giving them a lot of problems and so we can see that happen in this semi-final round, which could make for some very surprising results for sure.

Flash:

Yeah, best performance for me at the quarter finals was a team that got beat. I thought England were absolutely super but it’s the first time that I’ve actually experienced a World Cup and not had any excuses afterwards. “Oh, it’s his fault. He didn’t do this, he didn’t do that.” I thought they were absolutely excellent and how Hugo Luiz didn’t get a 10 in the marks, I will never ever know. Right time for me on the bone. Get yourselves in the chat. Let’s get this ball rolling. Let’s talk about the first game in the semi-finals of the World Cup. It’s been a long time coming but now we’re nearly at the end.

It’s Argentina versus Croatia Messi versus Modrić. Argentina minus 115. A lot of people will be thinking, “Oh, yeah, Fromm an Argentinian fan then that’s where I’m going to go.” Croatia plus 375. Been there, seen it, done it. And remember they were runners up four years ago so they know exactly the time of day. The draws a plus 235. The toe always a skinny two. We’re at minus 120 so there could be free goals. I doubt it myself, but Argentina to score twice is at plus 135 from Croatia to score is at minus 130. So really Mina, I’ll start with you. We are looking at a very tight game here. Maybe Argentina one, Croatia nil is where the numbers are pushing us.

Mina Rsouki:

Yeah, the numbers seem to be saying that, I mean one thing that just stands out to me is under two a plus 100, there’s a part of me that just thinks it’s a no-brainer, but then you think that there’s a possibility of both of them scoring as well to be frank with you. So that’s where I think you have to figure out it’s not under two and a half so the lines are different there. Here’s a thing, Croatia we know are defensively perfect. I think they have one of the best center backs right now in the World Cup who’s just made such an impression in [inaudible 00:05:51]. And what you have as well is this ability for them to keep possession. They just know exactly what to do with the ball and they want the ball, they’re happy on the ball, they’re confident on the ball and they never seem impression into any situation.

More importantly, they never feel like they’re defeated. And so I look at them and I think to myself, “I don’t think that you can get past their back line with much ears.” Argentina to me are seem like a team that sometimes play a lot on emotions and this can sometimes make them panic you or not allow them to show their best. I haven’t honestly watched Argentina throughout this tournament and never thought to myself, “Wow, that was a tremendous performance.” It’s been good, it’s had its moments but nothing that has honestly said to me like, “Oh, I was just going to think they’re so brilliant.” In the way that I have thought of France on occasion for example. But of course what they do have is Messi, the best player in the world, the guy capable of so much creativity and more importantly who everyone says, “It’s in his hands, it’s his destiny.”

I don’t see this as being such an easier win for Argentina. Croatia have been so experienced they’ve reached the final of the last World Cup. Everyone keeps saying, “Oh, they must be tired.” But they’re just not the way that they think. And also adrenaline keeps you going. They are so perfectly capable of their style of play. I think [inaudible 00:07:14] makes such perfect adjustments. I hope Petković starts with this considering or what he’s done before. They don’t really have huge injury concerns. Most way you can see this is an Argentina one-nil, but personally my mind is actually on Croatia plus 375.

Flash:

Yeah, I mean you’ve got two contrasting styles. I think Argentina will play obviously with Di Maria on the right. We’re going to play narrow on the left. Sorry.

Mina Rsouki:

Di Maria, that’s the difference maker.

Flash:

Yeah, he could well be if he’s actually fit because I’ve seen him maybe two or three times, obviously he was rushed back for Juve 12,30 minutes into the game, boom he was out. Then he plays for Argentina and he picks up another injury he needs to play potentially the whole 120 minutes. Matty, there’s a couple of things here. Croatia passed the ball to death. I mean the ball is screaming for a rest with them Croatian midfielders in Brozović, Kovačić, and obviously Modrić, they’ve got proper players. They are a team. They don’t let him in many goals. And seven out of the last eight times they’ve gone to penalty shootouts, they’ve won. The other thing I worry about of Argentina is Holland went back to schoolboy football, lump it forward and Croatia could do that as well and cause Argentina all sorts of problems.

Matty Ice:

Oh, for sure. I completely agree with you. And looking at these numbers here, they’re very interesting to me and I think all the value is going to be on the right side of the screen work with Croatia. I think there’s draw plus 235 really could be a runner here but just going over some of these numbers, they’re pretty even. Argentina is scoring 1.8 goals per game and conceding exactly one. Croatia on the flip side of that scoring 1.2 goals but only conceding 0.6 goals. So, the defensive edge goes to Croatia as expected here and a slight offensive edge to Argentina but there’s really not a whole lot separating these two teams and now with five games played each, I think we do have enough data here to actually use it. I think this Argentina team total under one and a half, even though it’s minus 155, I think that’s a pretty good play. I think all three of us would probably agree that the under two isn’t really playable but I’m sure we all feel like the under is the way to go on this game. I don’t think anybody-

Flash:

Matty are you’re not worried though? I mean the big problem I have, sorry to interrupt you there, but are you not worried that if Croatia go one-nil down Argentina have the perfect players to hit you on the break? I expect Lautaro Martínez to come in at some stage. You’ve got Alvarez, you’ve got Di Maria and you’ve got defense split in ability from obviously Messi as well.

Matty Ice:

So I think maybe the most interesting stat in this entire tournament is the fact that Croatia actually have not scored the first goal in any game they’ve played so far. So they’ve shown ability to win games or get a draw in a game where they haven’t scored first. And so I think this is a very interesting scenario. Croatia do have that comeback ability and they also have the defensive unit to be able to lock down a game if they do go up. So on this screen, the number that interests me the most is going to be Croatia to score one goal at minus 130. The numbers are there for Argentina’s defense to concede at least one, and the numbers are clearly there for Croatia to score in this game as well. So to me that is the most interesting bet on the board. But with that said, like I just said, they have conceded the first goal in every single game they’ve played. So maybe Argentina to score first would be a good prop to go for in this matchup as well.

Flash:

Okay. I mean the Argentinians are streetwise with a capital S because they’ve only lost one game in the last 40. One game in the last 40 tells you that they know how to get it done. Let’s have a little look at another graphic because here’s a load of numbers that we might want to just break down and then we get a better picture because we’ve got first half money line. Okay plus 170 Argentina plus 450 Croatia. So if we expect it to be completely now down first half, the halftime draw is at minus 115. But if we think it’s going to be a draw or a halftime then surely we think it’s going to be nil-nil at halftime.

Okay, both teams to score and this is in the game not the first half and it’s yes at plus 120, no at minus 160. So again, that pushes us towards the one-nil. Both teams score an over do we see a two one? I’m not so sure and that’s why the no is at plus 600. Okay that corners out at eight. Matty you’re our corners. Matt, you’d like over eight at minus 110? What would you like under eight at minus 120?

Matty Ice:

I actually like the under here, which is not usually what I like going for but we have two teams that both rank in the bottom 16 in this tournament and corner kicks average, which is very interesting to me. Croatia is a little bit higher than Argentina here averaging 8.7 per game. And Argentina, only at seven per game. But I think like we were talking about earlier, Croatia just loves to pass the ball. They love to play a possession game and they haven’t really been dominating any team on corners. They don’t get a lot of corners, they don’t really give up a lot of corners either. They did to Brazil, they did give up seven which was kind of expected. They gave up five in the last 15 minutes of that game. But against Belgium only six corners in that game. Only seven against Canada and only five against Morocco.

I really do like under in this game. I don’t think this is going to be a corner game. I think this is going to be a battle for the first goal and I think we’re going to see a lot of passing and a lot of possession based play by both teams in this matchup.

Flash:

Mina, I think nil-nil, halftime, Mina?

Mina Rsouki:

Yeah I would definitely think so. I think what’s interesting about this is that, if you are thinking of going for Croatia, it’s the midfield, right? Just that when you compare the two midfields, I wonder if what Messi will be having to do is to drop back to often Lautaro Martínez, I’ll be honest with you, he hasn’t shown the best of himself.

Flash:

Do you think he’ll play?

Mina Rsouki:

Sorry?

Flash:

Do you think he’ll play?

Mina Rsouki:

If he plays he’ll be who I think is Alvarez and Di Maria up front next to Messi, but then afterwards there might be the option to introduce more fire power and sort of have all four on the field and introduce Lautaro Martínez. And for me he’s the streaky prayer, when he’s on he’s on. But when he is off, he’s off. And this is the only thing that we’ve seen him, he’s missed some clear chances and you watch all the matches. It doesn’t take that long before their heads drop like Netherlands getting back into it. You just need, I don’t know, a little bit of aggression perhaps even Australia, even them getting that fluky goal. There was a part of you that worried you don’t feel necessarily that comfortable sometimes. So that’s the only thing but it’s just the midfield for Croatia can hold the ball often. So I definitely go with the under, I so agree with that. That’s probably something that I actually will play. But I agree with your halftime draw minus 115. That’s so clearly what’s going to be right?

Flash:

Yeah, but I think I saw and if we have a little look at the official Soccer picks here because everyone’s like polarized, there’s 50 50 they think Croatia could be. We think the draws a big runner but if we have a little look at our official picks because you think draw at halftime at minus 115, it’s not going to be one-one, I’m pretty sure it’s not going to be one-one. So you go with the nil-nil, it’s a plus 125. It’s like a massive difference, it’s 40 cents in your favor. So I’ve happy to go with nil-nil. I think Mina you are happy to go with nil-nil, but you’ve gone with Croatia plus point 175 at minus 125 Croatia and the draw means he gets paid. If Argentina win, one-nil, which we’re expecting that that is probably the most popular score line, then he only loses half of his bet. There is some other bets in this game though, so let’s have a little look at them.

Argentina, wins a nil for me, I’ve gone with a one-nil basically. If it’s two-nil then I’m going to be over the moon. Plus 160 but remember I’m biased because I’ve been Argentina since, well maybe the last 14 months. Croatia to qualify at plus 200 from Mina. You think that could well be on penalties Mina, if Croatia win, are they going to win on penalties?

Mina Rsouki:

Honestly I’m basic. I don’t think it will even get to that stage to be honest with you, I think it’ll be in 90 minutes. I just think with that midfield that they have and the fact that this could be a little too emotional for Argentina because this is as Messi’s chance, it might actually go against them.

Flash:

Wow. And under eight corners at minus 120. So remember if there is eight corners, then you will get a push. So you’re looking for seven corners at minus 120 to get paid out. Is there any others for this game? No? We’re happy?

Mina Rsouki:

I think.

Flash:

Perfect, I like that. So basically, for me it’s Argentina and for my two experts it’s Croatia in one way or another and obviously we want the corners under eight. Let’s have a quick look. Di Maria is not ready to play 90 minutes says Brozović. Brozović let hope he plays 89 then, huh? Because 90 minutes ain’t even a game anymore. It’s a hundred minutes.

Lisandro is chippy too. I’m wondering if they don’t play Lisandro Martínez because of his height and I’m wondering if they go with the long ball to try and upset him. I think it’s going to be an absolutely fascinating game but obviously your presenter is Argentina all the way and the guests, they fancy Croatia to repeat what they did four years ago. Let’s move on to game number two please. It’s France. Hold us, not many teams go back to back against the… Well, I mean if you are not French, I think the whole world’s cheering on Morocco. And Morocco are up plus 675. They’ve been unbelievable. They’ve only lit in one goal and it was one of their players who scored it.

France at minus 200 bit fortunate to get through against England but they did what they needed to do and that’s what you find in world champions. They do what they need to do. The draws at plus 300, you’ve got to look at the under and over. So the under two is at plus 125. Surely this game again is another tight game because that’s what Morocco will set up. France minus one at minus 115. Matty, I will come to you first because I don’t see France blowing Morocco away because Morocco will play the way because if it’s not broke it don’t need fixing.

Matty Ice:

Yeah, exactly what you just said. If it’s not broke don’t fix it. I mean who is beating anybody by more than one goal at this stage in the tournament? Is that plus one a gift or a trap? I’m hoping it is a gift. And just to dive into some of the numbers here, we have some really interesting ones. Fran scoring 2.2 goals a game in this tournament and conceding just like Argentina, exactly one goal. Also hitting both teams to score an 80% of their matches and we’re going to have complete opposite numbers for Morocco. One goal scored per game, 0.2 goals conceded. The only conceded goal was an own goal and only both teams to score hitting in 20% of matches. Look, Morocco has just been playing so good defensively by far the best defensive team in this tournament in my opinion so far.

And I think they could give France some very big problems, especially if France can score early in this game. If France score early in this game, they can sit back, have a cup of tea in the back of the field and this game is over. But if they don’t score in this first half, this game is going to start shifting into Morocco’s favor the later it gets into this match. I do fancy the under two goals in this game as well. I don’t really expect Morocco to score. I do think they could keep a clean sheet in this game. I really do. I really think we could see a zero-zero in this matchup. Maybe they can get a goal on the counter but I’m not expecting them to score in this game. I really do like the under and I think that France team total under one and a half is pretty tempting at minus 105 odds.

Flash:

Mina, the problem I have with France going one nil up is that they could probably score two or three on the break because Morocco it’s do or die. But then on the opposite side of the coin is, Morocco need to set up and stay in the game as long as possible and if there’s a defensive laps they’ve got the ability, they’ve got the energy and they’ve got the spirit to cap it alive. But all the numbers again are saying France one, Morocco nil.

Mina Rsouki:

Yeah, it’s the athleticism, right? They’re both a great group of athletes. This is a really interesting match up because on a psychological level, if there’s ever a team that you want to beat when you’re Morocco is going to be France. So, it’s interesting because you could just see sort of the… Like Paris obviously just exploded in celebrations when Morocco beat Portugal because of the North African contingent, and then later that night when they defeated England it was the Persians or the Frenchmen who obviously celebrated like crazy for defeating them and going to another semi-final. For me, we’re talking about the best defense to not look at under two at 125. I mean that’s so much value on something that I think is a given frankly speaking. If there is a goal, I can’t imagine it being more than a one-nil. There is an opportunity obviously for Morocco to score, and I say this because Theo Hernández, and Upamecano have the ability to make a lot of mistakes, especially if they’re provoked.

Another thing that’s interesting is that people keep talking about how Rabiot’s been brilliant and I don’t deny it, he has been brilliant. But a lot of that has to do with how much work Chow Tchouaméni has been doing in the middle. He has been everywhere covering gaps, doing everything. So, if you can in some way distract him and somehow capitalize on Rabiot’s not being in his position, there’s another way for you to score a goal. It’s just whether or not Morocco have enough going forward because on a mental level, it takes a lot out of you defensively they are obviously with… They could be without size, they are without [inaudible 00:21:20] but I don’t think that’s a huge loss going forward. This isn’t a guy that’s the most accurate in scoring goals. So I look at this and somehow I just… France know how to play the moments. That’s what they do so well. They don’t need to give you their best, they do enough but they have a mistake in them.

And that’s the only thing that makes me think, “This isn’t a Moroccan side that is playing for so much more than just a game of football. To them it is just about so much more.” So they will dig in one last time and I think that this is the team… They almost like, “This has to be a win. This is the game that you have to win.” And so I don’t know it is true because what we’re talking about is the perfect team right now. I know that a lot of people can criticize France because they never really show us how good they are. But to me, they’re a team that’s just so comfortable. If you try to stop in Mbappé, there’s Giroud who can score a goal. If it’s not Giroud then Dembélé will hit you. Griezmann knows how to pick up all pockets but a really tightly packed defense.

Griezmann’s going to be really important in this match and I’d love to see what’s going to happen but I honestly don’t know which way to go. But I do believe in the underdog and I actually believe in Morocco’s chances there’s value there. I think it’s going to be an unders game and I think there’s going to be many corners because it’s going to be a lot of panicking.

Flash:

Right? Okay, let’s break this down into the tactics because Morocco against Spain and against Portugal played a defensive triangle with En-Nesyri sitting and stopping the ball going in to whether it was Busquets for Spain or whether it was for Bernardo Silva. And basically they stayed and they broke. The problem you’ve got here is France haven’t got that creativity in midfield. They have to go round the corners to Dembélé to Mbappé into Griezmann and then all of a sudden I’m thinking Morocco can’t set that triangle. So because France haven’t got the abilities to play like a Spain or a Portugal through them central areas. So the coach of Morocco’s going to have to be really on his toes here and think, “Okay, so now maybe we go 4-4-2 or we go 4-4-1-1 and we play on the front foot a little bit more.

But the one thing they cannot afford to do in my eyes is go one-nil down. So let’s have a little look at what the odds are halftime, what the odds are for both teams to score. France to be leading at halftime minus 125 Morocco to be leading at halftime is plus 600. We’ve got to look at the bottom of the page because nearly every one of these games, I know Morocco scored very late on in the first half against Portugal. Again, defensive error in the keeper, but a great leap from En-Nesyri. Halftime drawers at plus 100. For me that’s got to be a given. I see France making sure that they dominate the game with frets down the wings. Matty halftime drawers at plus 100 both teams to score no is at minus 165. All these numbers here tell me France won Morocco nil, or nil-nil.

Matty Ice:

I think what is very interesting about this number for both teams of score being at plus 125, it is still hitting 80% for France. Their defense has not been perfect. They’re still conceding on average one goal of game. So, I do think there is value on that. I just don’t think there’s, it’s the best bet on the board, but I do think there’s some value on it. What I do really like in this game are corners and I know Mina likes the corners as well, but I think the more I look at this, the more I like this and this is my favorite bet of the semi-finals. So, Morocco on the corner spread lost to Portugal by six, Spain by eight, Canada by four, Belgium by eight and Croatia by five corners.

The corner spread for this game is only three and a half. France beat Poland by six corners, Tunisia by one, Denmark by four, and Australia by seven and lost to England by three. And to me this has got to be the best bet on the entire board. Especially if Morocco can keep a clean sheet just for 45 minutes in this game, this corner spread should hit absolutely no problem for France. And I think this game could sail way over nine corners in this matchup.

Flash:

If Morocco actually play the way they’ve been playing. I mean it is one of those they’re not going to want to reinvent the wheel because as I said before, if it’s not broke it don’t need fix, in Mina. But they’re not playing against a Spain or a Portugal who have unbelievable talent in central midfield areas. All of their sort of jewels, if you like of the French, are down wide and getting a ball into the box.

Mina Rsouki:

Yeah, this is what’s going to be interesting. Also, the other thing that you have with France is they’ve got so many different avenues for goal. They’re also one of the few teams that are bringing from outside of the box. I’ll take a shot. We saw that with Tchouaméni, so it’s not like they have to play it in Spain. You are just like… You have to pass it into the back of the net and then that can be a lot easier to defend against. Whereas for example with France, like you said, they have the crosses, they have the speed, they’re shot from outside. Every single member that they work in tight spaces, they work in open space. I don’t know how you can really defend against all of that to be honest with you because they just couldn’t come at you from all the different angles.

I do think Morocco seems to be quite good when it comes to sort of defending in the box. It’s the shots from outside the box that worry me to be honest with you because I think that’s where they’ll find the most joy. If you get another Tchouaméni shot like that, oh that’s going to be brilliant and they should try that quite often just to destabilize the Moroccan back line if they want to. But I can’t see the starting out so quickly. That’s the only thing. So I do think to myself probably a halftime draw looks quite tasty to me. I certainly think obviously just because the corners, it’s interesting because I can see both team scoring in this match. I do think that if you do get a free kick, Morocco can be good. I do think they could do something from a mistake or getting a penalty.

I was looking at seeing what the results are of France giving away a penalty just because Theo Hernandez, I mean let’s just say [inaudible 00:27:33] is one of them or they’re trying to get for a corner and one of them rockings slips away on the counterattack. You can imagine Theo making a mistake. We watch him every day from Milan so we know what happens. So, I think Morocco can get a goal and I think France can too. So under two and a half is probably where the best bet. But you still think to yourself it’s a semi-final. There could be a little fear so maybe it is just a one-nil.

Flash:

Yeah, let me just go into the chat for a second because [inaudible 00:28:04], he’s Croatian and he’s asking whoever we think that Croatia. Yes a hundred percent, we think Croatia could make it all the way and we think that they could negate anything because they’ve been there, seen it, done it and they passed the ball to death. But when you’ve got Messi on the other side, Di Maria Alvarez, Lautaro Martínez, even at set pieces, they could come unstuck but it is like a 55, 45 type game or a 60, 40 type game. But let’s talk about this Morocco because Morocco were very dangerous first off and they were very dangerous against Spain. What they don’t do is, they don’t force it in fact there many times and we spoke on the shows about them getting into great crossing positions and not delivering, and then they finally delivered and that’s where they got their goal and that’s why they’re sitting now in the semi-final.

The problem I have is France don’t go through the middle on this France side, are not going to pass the ball in the central areas like Spain and Portugal did, so Morocco going to have to come up with something else. Hakimi, absolutely outstanding. Don’t know who’s going to play at left back, whether it be Mazraoui or whether it be Allah because [inaudible 00:29:19] don’t really give you anything and that means they’ve done so well. But defensively they’ve only been with nine players. So there’s so much more to come from the Moroccans. Let’s have a little look at the official picks and while we do that, everyone’s thinking there’s going to be yellow cards in probably both of these games.

Griezmann, Yes, I agree Griezmann, Dembélé and Mbappé and obviously Giroud, I’ve gone with Mbappé to come out on top again. Let’s have a little look at these official picks because these are going to be two great games. Under two goals at plus 125 brings in the France one-nil, draw halftime France full-time but plus 275. I think France find a way to proceed to the final. Morocco plus one at plus 105. He’s just basically taking the draw, he’s taking the Moroccan win and also it’s a push if France win by one goal, basically one-nil or two-one, there’s more meat on this bone. So let’s give us some other selections in this game please. France minus three and a half corners at minus 110. So that means a nice little 7-2-7-1 for the French. For me Mbappé to score first or anytime. Anytime plus 150 plus 125. But I’ve gone with him to score first cause I think there’ll only be one goal at plus 300 over nine corners in the game at minus 115. Again, if there’s nine, that’s a push.

I think I’ve gone for an added bet in this game I have and there it is. Draw halftime at plus 100. I think it’s nil-nil at halftime and I think that I’m going to get that and it’s a free unit for me to put on one of the other selections. Mina no guns to the head, but of the way that we’ve done the two shows, you are looking at maybe Croatia and who in the final?

Mina Rsouki:

I mean I don’t know.

Flash:

Are you looking at a repeat of the 2018 final?

Mina Rsouki:

Is it crazy to think that I can market and do it?

Flash:

Well, that’s what I mean.

Mina Rsouki:

Yeah, it just that it’s so hard for a country to manage to win another consecutive World Cups, right? Italy did it in 34 and 38, but it’s just a different world now and it’s just… I don’t know, I do for some reason believe that Morocco, they’re just, they’re so comfortable in what they do, they don’t make it look like it’s work. So I just wonder whether they can do it one more time or whether this desire to keep proving something to the world being the first African nation, the first Arab nation, there’s just so much there that you just think it’s yourself, “How much does it mean to everyone?” But then you just think of Mbappé and I had him as top scorer for this tournament.

Flash:

He did. Plus 1000. And he is.

Mina Rsouki:

Yeah. So, of there’s anyone who’s going to score it better be Mbappé just because I need to win that.

Flash:

Yeah, no listen, I totally agree. I just want everyone in the chat. And obviously [inaudible 00:32:21], they love their bookings and they’re thinking that Amrabat should get booked. If he’s going to get booked, there’s got to be that line between the back four and the midfield four, because they’ve played on the front foot with the ball in front of them a lot of the time. France has got to come up with a way of getting Griezmann in their areas, but the ball won’t come from center areas, it’ll come from out wide. So again, and then that’s where your piano carriers would like. Rabiot will be happy to take a pop shot Matty from the edge of the box. Are you going with the two underdogs? Because if Morocco do go through here, is it fair to say they’ve already won three World Cups because they beat Spain. No one give them a chance. They beat Portugal, no one gave them a chance. And now they’re going to have to knock out the reigning world champions.

Mina Rsouki:

They don’t think about it too.

Matty Ice:

Yes. And I mean think about it though. All the pressure in these games is on Argentina and it’s on France. This is the most pressure these teams will play with this entire tournament and they’re playing it against two sides that have very little pressure because nobody expected them to make it up to this point. And so, that’s what I really like about this Morocco side. And what I really like about this Croatia side is that they are playing for fun at this point obviously.

Flash:

House money, yeah?

Mina Rsouki:

Yeah.

Flash:

Morocco playing for house money. I’m not having Croatia playing for house money. Croatia for the runners up, we’ve got two of the finalists in the semi-final Croatia or Argentina is almost like a 55, 45 game.

Matty Ice:

And I think to me that the main thing in this stage of this tournament is regardless of the results, I don’t see any team winning by more than one goal in this round. I just really don’t. I think all of these teams are just too close and too good defensively for any team to win by more than one goal in this tournament. And then that’s really why I’m going for Morocco plus one against France in this game. Even if they lose this game, I don’t think it’s going to be by two goals.

Flash:

No, [inaudible 00:34:22]

Mina Rsouki:

You also have to think to yourself, think of the stadium. It was different in Russia. This is in an Arabic country and Morocco is there. Just imagine how much of the stadium is going to be in Moroccan colors screaming for that and I just wonder what. But you know what? France is so good under pressure, they’re so good under pressure and in playing the moments. They can be down but they’re never out a little bit like Croatia. So, this one to me is a tighter game, but for some reason I do believe in Croatia quite a bit. I feel more certain of that than I do of the other one.

Flash:

Okay, thanks for that. When I’ve got all my Argentinian flags flying high.

Mina Rsouki:

Sorry.

Flash:

I know. Yeah, you’re not sorry though, I know you’re not.

Mina Rsouki:

[Inaudible 00:35:06]

Flash:

I’m refusing to get into an argument with you Mina because I always come up second best so I’m just going to say, “Yes I think that you are right.” And then hopefully-

Mina Rsouki:

He say that many times in this World Cup, that your choices have been like I’ve just been like, “How did you figure that out?” So you’ve been great.

Flash:

Yeah I don’t want to fall at the final hurdle. And there’s the other one, no one wants to lose a semi-final. You might as well have gone home in the group stages apart from Morocco because Morocco are playing with house money. They’re free rolling. But now do they dare to dream that they are going to be there on Sunday the 18th of December?

Matty Ice:

They have the best goalkeeper in this entire tournament too. I mean they have a lot going for them. I really think they could get the upset here. And what is kind of funny about this is that Mina has Mbappé top goal score of this tournament. But if Argentina gets knocked out and France gets knocked out, that bet still probably wins even if he doesn’t score tomorrow, which is kind of funny, or in Wednesday rather.

Mina Rsouki:

Then I make money [inaudible 00:36:07]

Flash:

Yeah, you’ll be number one Kappa. Yeah, I’ll tell you what the best one is, Argentina winning the World Cup and Mbappé being the chop goal scorer because we’ll just clean up then. By the way, congratulations because I think you had, was it a plus 300 for someone to make the quarter finals or something? So again that was pretty good. Yeah, Croatia plus 300 just to even get to the quarters. Now here they are in the semis. Let’s have a little look at all the official picks.

Okay, Sebastian’s a hundred percent Mina, Rabiot card a plus 340, okay, Mina. Argentina, Croatia, first half under. [inaudible 00:36:46] that’s nil-nil halftime Argentina, Croatia at plus 125. Got to agree with that. I think it’s very tight. I think that ball will be crying for a break at halftime because Croatia will dominate. And Matty has gone Croatia a full game at plus 0.75 at minus 125 which means if Croatia gets beat, he only loses half his steak. Argentina, Croatia under eight corners at minus 128 being a push, seven being a cash. Argentina win to nil at plus 160. I’ve got it Argentina win one-nil, maybe two-nil if Croatia are chasing the game late on and Messi, Di Maria slipped the ball through to Martínez.

Mina Rsouki:

You really love Martínez.

Flash:

I do. I really love him. I love the way he put the penalty away as well. I was really great celebrating, I did jump up, I did. I don’t normally do that. Draw halftime, France full-time at plus 275, great value. Mbappé to score first plus 300. And France Morocco draw halftime at plus 100 is my like a banker because I’m expecting that to win. So then that’s why I’ve put the money onto and Mbappé. Mina’s gone France, Morocco over nine corners at minus 115, which means over nine corners is a push… Sorry, nine corners is a push over nine. You get cash. Croatia to qualify at plus 200. Excuse me, I didn’t really want to be mentioning that but I suppose I have to. France, Morocco under two at plus 125 looks like a massive price and Matty’s gone Morocco plus one at plus 105 we’re banging our heads here. And France minus three and a half corners at minus 110 for Matty.

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