Zlatan Ibrahimovic Stay at Barcelona

Soccer Betting NewsZlatan Ibrahimovic expressed his desire to continue in Barcelona, where he wants to fulfill his dream of winning the soccer betting Champions League.

"These are rumors," said the 28 year old striker on the information from its sale after a disappointing first season with Barca set and after the arrival of striker David Villa.

"As I said, take it as a compliment that has teams interested. I'm happy about it, but I have not talked to anybody, "said Ibra before the first online sport betting preseason friendly game, now before the Valerenga Oslo.

"I came here to win the Champions League. (Coach Josep) Guardiola told me I'm important, so I'll play, "confided the Swede, whose ownership is in doubt with the arrival of David Villa. Guardiola said that the player is to decide its future.

The Swede announced earlier this month the return to national team coach after the changeover.

"I want to win and develop and grow as a player," he said as personal goals.

Real Madrid considered again as the "great threat" and defined the Portuguese Jose Mourinho, the new coach of all meringue and the coincided at Inter Milan, as "one of the best coaches in the world."

But Ibra nuance: "Barcelona has the best team in the world, we are here to win."

After the friendly against Valerenga, Barcelona will tour through Asia, where we already have some of the players who contested the World Cup in South Africa and are still on vacation.

MLB Game Preview for July 29, 2010: Oakland Athletics @ Texas Rangers

Baseball Odds and PredictionsIf you like betting on MLB games, then this series between the Oakland Athletics and Texas Rangers is one to watch. For the first time in a long time, the Texas Rangers have put betting on NFL games in Dallas on the back-burner in Texas professional sports.

If the Oakland A’s cannot come out of this series with a couple of wins then there will be a shift to college football betting in the Bay Area really soon. The Rangers are running away with the AL West leaving the A’s and the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim both eight and a half games out of first place.

The Rangers won the first game of this series, and they are riding a two game winning streak. The A’s have tried to keep pace as both the Rangers and the A’s have won seven of their last 10 games. But when the A’s are given a head-to-head chance against the Rangers, they need to take advantage of it and they are not.

To try and stop the free-fall from the MLB betting sheets, the A’s put Vin Mazzaro and his 6-2 record on the mound for this game. He comes in with a 3.45 ERA, but he has been on fire in his last five starts. He has compiled a 4-0 record in that time, and he has had a 2.12 ERA in his last five games. Mazzaro is riding some serious momentum into what could be the most important game of the season for Oakland.

C.J. Wilson takes the mound for the Rangers. He brings with him a 9-5 record, and an impressive 3.03 ERA. Wilson is a work-horse who pitched eight scoreless innings against the Angels recently in a game where he did not walk a batter. In his only appearance against the A’s this season he did not get a decision, but he pitched seven impressive innings.

The Rangers are doing what they need to do this season to win. They have the most home wins in all of baseball at 35, and they have a 24-21 record on the road. They just took three out of four from the Angels and knocked the Angels back even further in the standings. Now the Rangers have a chance to put the A’s permanently in their rearview mirror with a sweep in this series.

About the only thing the A’s can do is hope that guys like Mazzaro can hold off the potent Ranger bats long enough for the A’s to put some runs on the board. The A’s can score, and they can hit, but they have had a tough time doing both against Texas pitching this season.

The A’s play a solid game, but their pitching has been inconsistent. Dallas Braden pitched a no-hitter earlier in the season, but his record now stands at 5-7 with an ERA of 3.77. The A’s cannot get clutch hits and they leave a lot of runners on base. When you are battling a team like Texas, those are mistakes you cannot make.

Pick: Texas Rangers 3-1

Baseball BettingCollege football betting players are doing their research getting ready for the upcoming season, but in the major leagues, the hunt for the postseason has begun and two hopefuls will meet at Citi Field on Thursday afternoon when St. Louis meets the Mets in the finale of a three-game set.

Cardinals Mets Betting – Thursday, 12:10 PM ET

Blake Hawksworth (4-6, 5.23) was shelled in a 6-5 loss in Chicago as he was tagged for six runs (five earned) on seven hits over 4.1 innings, striking out four and walking three. He was also taken deep twice, and even though the Cardinals came back to make a game of it, Hawksworth put them in too big of a hole to come back from. Hawksworth has faced the Mets once this season, in relief, and he tossed 2.1 scoreless innings, and this is his first start against them, going 0-0 in four appearances with no earned runs in 6.2 innings of work. The 27-year-old righthander has a 5.50 ERA in 15 appearances on the road for the Cardinals, and NFL football betting players would compare this to a team putting in their backup as Hawksworth has bounced back in forth between the rotation and the bullpen all year.

Johan Santana (8-5, 2.79) had his fifth straight start in which allowed no more than one run, scattering five hits over seven innings with four strikeouts and a walk in a 6-1 win in Los Angeles over the Dodgers. Santana has been on fire this month, going 3-0 in five starts with a 0.71 ERA, and the opposition is hitting just .199 off of him in July. The two-time Cy Young winner had a no-decision against the Cardinals early this year, tossing a four-hitter over seven scoreless innings, and he’s 2-0 in four starts with a 2.03 ERA against the Cardinals. In 10 starts at Citi Field, Santana is 6-3 with a 2.81 ERA this season.

MLB betting odds should favor the Mets at home, and the matchup is stacked heavily in their favor with Santana on the hill against Hawksworth, who is really a relief pitcher, but he’s been pressed into action with a St. Louis rotation that is, outside of Adam Wainwright and Chris Carpenter, is very week. Sananta has gotten on a roll after a slow start, and with the Mets struggling as they are, he knows how important each game is. Santana’s record against the Cardinals is very encouraging, and he’ll look to send his Mets into the weekend on a high note against a team that many feel will win the National League pennant.

Bet On Sports – New York Mets

Manchester United vs. MLS All-Star Betting Preview

Soccer Betting NewsThe 15th consecutive football odds Major League Soccer All-Star Game will be played on July 28th at 8:30pm ET.

The MLS All-Stars will play against Manchester United of the English betting Premier League.

The MLS team will include Landon Donovan and Edson Buddle. Two players from the US National team that advanced to the Round of 16 in the 2010 World Cup.

Oddsmakers has Machester United as a favorite , Man United that is one of the most important teams in the English online sports betting league.

Is the first time that the MLS All Start game be played in the state of Texas.

The meeting will be at the Reliant Stadium, Houston, Texas and will be televised on ESPN2.

The MLS All-Stars are looking to improve on last season’s match in which they lost to EPL side Everton on penalty kicks. The All Star team is still undefeated (in regulation time, excluding the penalties in 2009) against international competition. Manchester United provides the toughest test they have played but are in pre-season form. This was very clear with the Red Devils’ lost to the Kansas City Wizards on Sunday.

The players for the MLS All Star Team are:

Goalkeepers Jimmy Nielsen (Kansas City) and Kasey Keller (Seattle), midfielders Joel Lindpere (New York), Robbie Rogers (Columbus), Freddie Ljungberg (Seattle), and forwards Fredy Montero (Seattle) and Conor Casey (Colorado).

NFL Odds and PredictionsAccording to sources from the NFL betting , receiver Terrell Owens is new Cincinnati Bengals player after agreeing a one-year contract in exchange for $ 2 million, plus another $ 2 million in incentives.

"Risky Business?

Last NFL betting season, Owens played for the Buffalo Bills, accumulating 55 receptions, 829 yards and five touchdowns, numbers remarkably low compared to those who has averaged over his career in the NFL.

The controversial receiver has played with the San Francisco 49ers (1996-2003), Philadelphia Eagles (2004-05), Dallas Cowboys (2006-2008) and Buffalo Bills (2009).

Another team interested in acquiring the services of 'TO', the St. Louis Rams, was put aside in their attempt to hire, while the New York Jets seemed to emerge as another viable option for Owens.

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NFL Hall of Fame Betting Game Preview

NFLThe pageantry of the NFL Hall of Fame game takes place on August 8, 2010 this year and pits the Dallas Cowboys against the Cincinnati Bengals. While the sports betting on the Hall of Fame game is low key, the implications of the game on NFL betting lines during the regular season could be significant. The Hall of Fame game is when veteran quarterbacks try out their new receivers for the first time, and coaches get to see which players have the best shot at playing on the final 53-man roster.

The college football betting implications for these rookie players are over, and now they are looking to impact the pro game. The biggest spotlight for this Hall of Fame game will be on the Dallas Cowboys’ rookie wide receiver Dez Bryant. The only problem is that Bryant may not have a contract in place in time to play this game.

The Bengals will have their newest wide receiver acquisition, Antonio Bryant, under contract and ready to play. While the anticipation around the Bengals’ Bryant will not match that of the Cowboys’ Bryant, the veteran Bengals wide receiver could have a significant impact on the team’s season.

The Bengals have been looking for a complimentary wide receiver for Chad Ochocinco, and while there is a nice selection of rookies and second year players to choose from, the number two receiver position is Bryant’s to lose. If Bryant can perform well, then quarterback Carson Palmer may be able to look forward to a productive season.

NFL preseason betting usually comes down to depth. The team with the deepest bench is the one that normally wins the preseason games, because starters only play a series or two. In this year’s Hall of Fame game you will see the starting offenses and defenses for probably a series, and then the depth will kick in.

When the starters match up, it will be shown that the Cowboys defense is just too much for the Bengals offense. To be fair, the Bengals will not be running any complicated offensive schemes because it is preseason. But the simple Cowboys defensive schemes will effectively shut down the Bengals simple offensive schemes and probably leave a push there. The Cowboys offense will not fare much better against a much-improved Bengals defense.

The Cowboys have spent a lot of time and money creating one of the deepest rosters in all of football. Jerry Jones understands that when a starter goes down, you need an adequate replacement or else the season could hang in the balance. Many of the Cowboys’ second, and even third, stringers could be starters on other teams. In the end, the Cowboys bench will be too much for the Bengals bench.

The key things to watch in this game are the running game of the Cowboys, the passing between Romo and Bryant and the passing between Palmer and Ochocinco. You will get a pretty good indication of how those aspects of the game will fare in the regular season by the start they get in the Hall of Fame game.

NFL Betting Pick: Dallas Cowboys 27-7

NFL Betting News - Redskins desire to recruit Brian Westbrook

NFL OddsThe Washington Redskins coach, Mike Shanahan has expressed his desire to recruit free agent runner Brian Westbrook.

During a conference call with various media, Shanahan was asked on more than one occasion about the status of the broker, who is known to have been discussing various options and visiting diferent NFL betting teams as the St. Louis Rams, Denver Broncos and Washington Redskins.

"I have not heard anything about it. We want to be part of our squad, although we know that there is great competition for Brian, but Brian, who will take the decision, "said the coach before the questions of reporters.

Shanahan said that the managers of the Redskins will make an offer to Westbrook, hoping to agree.

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Baseball Betting OddsIn MLB, the sports betting experts know that this is the time of the year when the star pitchers are put back into regular rotation, and teams begin to gear up for a playoff run. The Texas Rangers are in first place in the AL West and the Detroit Tigers are only one and a half games out of first place in the AL Central. Fans of both teams have spent more time NFL betting than they have spent betting on a pennant. But now that the final push is on, and both teams are in place to make a run, things are getting exciting in both towns.

NCAA football betting is extremely popular in Texas, and the Rangers are becoming popular as well. The Rangers are .500 in their last 10 games, but a couple of those wins are over the Boston Red Sox. The Rangers come into this series with a stellar 31-19 road record, but a suspect 22-20 road record. If you want to win a World Series, you have to win on the road. The Rangers were able to win in Boston, and now they want to continue that momentum into Detroit.

It has been a long time since MLB betting late in a season has included the Detroit Tigers. The Tigers won the World Series in 1984, made the playoffs in 1987 and again in 2006, but for all of those years in between there has been nothing to cheer about in the Motor City. Now, in 2010, the Tigers are in a fierce battle with the Chicago White Sox and Minnesota Twins for the AL Central pennant. Right now, the White Sox lead by one and a half games. With the way things have gone in the AL Central all season, that situation could change by the end of the week.

Tommy Hunter starts this game for the Rangers, and he is having an excellent season. His record is 6-0 and his ERA is 2.39. He was just placed into the starting rotation recently, and he won his first six decisions. However, on the road in his career Hunter is 4-4 with a 5.90 ERA. Just like the rest of the Ranger team, Hunter has a hard time playing his best when he is away from his home field.

To the mound for the Tigers in this game is Armando Galarraga, who is still recovering from an early season injury. This will be Galarraga’s first start in the majors since a short stint in the minors on rehab. For the season, Galarraga is 3-2 with a 4.45 ERA. At home, Galarraga is 2-0. He is only 28 years old, and the Tigers are trying to be very careful with his rehabilitation in order to not shorten his MLB career.

With the Tigers being strong at home (32-13) and the Rangers being weak on the road (22-20), this game comes down to momentum. The Tigers have lost their last five games in a row, and that dropped them out of first place in the AL Central. They will be looking to regain their division lead with this home stand.

Baseball betting pick: Detroit Tigers 4-2

Baseball OddsAside from the AL Central, the NL West could be the most competitive division in all of baseball. Only five and half games separate first place from fourth place, and betting people know that anything can happen in the playoff push after the All-Star break.

The San Francisco Giants are currently four and a half games out of first place in the NL West, and the Los Angeles Dodgers are five and a half games out. There has not been a lot of NFL betting going on in Los Angeles in the last few years, but expectations for the Dodgers have been running very high. While the Dodgers have been exciting to watch, they have failed to live up to the hype.

If you bet on NCAA football, then you know that you usually go with the team with the strong quarterback. The San Francisco Giants have a steady quarterback in pitcher Tim Lincecum. The former Cy Young winner is having another stellar season, and he brings his 10-4 record and 2.94 ERA to the mound against the Dodgers in this game.

On the mound for the Dodgers will be Clayton Kershaw. Kershaw is not a spectacular pitcher, he is solid and steady and will give the Dodgers more wins than losses over the course of a season. This year Kershaw has a 9-5 record and a 3.16 ERA. This fastball pitcher had a lot of control problems in his last start which was against the St. Louis Cardinals. The Dodgers are hoping Kershaw can bounce back and get on the winning track again.

When you bet on MLB games, it can almost look like a no-brainer when you have a Cy Young winner on the mound against a guy trying to re-claim his confidence. But you have to factor in team play to really get a feel for how a game could go.

In their last 10 games the San Francisco Giants have won eight, but they have a losing road record of 22-24. The Dodgers have lost six of their last 10, and they have a strong home record at 28-18. Manny Ramirez is unpredictable and the last guy you want as a team leader, and he is also having a lousy season. With only eight homers and 39 RBIs, Manny is hardly living up to his elite player billing.

The Dodgers have lost their last four games in a row, their bullpen has consistently let them down and they cannot get run production from their top players. They are facing Tim Lincecum who, in his last start, pitched a shut out against a good hitting team in the New York Mets.

The Dodgers free fall from grace will more than likely be the theme of their play in this second half of the regular season. In order to have a chance at making the playoffs, the Dodgers need to get production from players that have not produced all season and wins from a starting rotation that has struggled. This is not a good combination for the Los Angeles Dodgers.

BSNblog Pick: San Francisco Giants 3-1

Baseball BettingCollege football betting players will have their eyes on the top quarterback matchups of the season. In the major leagues, MLB betting players will have their eye on Dodger Stadium on Tuesday, when two of the best young pitchers in the National League go head-to-head when the Dodgers host San Francisco in a massive West division clash.

Giants Dodgers Betting – Tuesday, 10:10 PM ET

Tim Lincecum (10-4, 2.94) is coming off a complete-game six-hitter in a 2-0 win over the New York Mets at home in his first start after the All-Star break. Lincecum struck out five batters and walked one, and he’s still leading the National League in strikeouts, a category that he’s led in each of the last two seasons, although he’s still fifth in the league in walks. That’s like an NFL betting player watching his favorite quarterback throw a lot of touchdowns, but there’s always the risk of a three-interception game as well. “The Freak” shut the Dodgers out in a 9-0 romp in Los Angeles back in April, and now he’s 4-1 in eight career outings against the Dodgers, posting a 2.96 ERA.

Clayton Kershaw (9-5, 3.16) didn’t have his best stuff in a 7-1 loss at St. Louis, allowing five runs (four earned) on eight hits over 4.1 innings, walking three and striking out one. Like Lincecum, Kershaw ranks high in the strikeout category (sixth), as well as the walks category (fourth), and that’s something that has plagued him throughout his young career, while it’s new territory for Lincecum. The 22-year-old earned a no-decision in a 2-1 win over the Giants in that April series, and he’s still 0-0 in three games against the Dodgers’ division rivals.

MLB betting odds will be extremely close for this game, but they’ll probably be on the Dodgers’ side as the Giants have dropped four of their last five in Los Angeles. Lincecum is 4-1 on the road with a 2.75 ERA, while Kershaw is 5-2 at home with a 3.23 ERA. Kershaw will want to step up after he fell on his face in his last outing, a big matchup against St. Louis’ Chris Carpenter. Lincecum is a two-time defending Cy Young winner, but he kind of came out of nowhere, and Kershaw seems to be on the same track. People were asking what was wrong with Lincecum when he lost two starts in a row, and now he’s romped over his last two outings, which shows that there’s absolutely nothing wrong with him. This could be a rough night for the hitters at Dodger Stadium, but we’re banking on the home team to do just enough to back their young ace.

BSN sports pick: Los Angeles Dodgers

Redskins without Mike Williams for the NFL Betting Season

NFL preseason bettingBad news for the guard of the Washington Redskins. Mike Williams has blood clots near the heart, which could prevent him from jumping onto the field next NFL betting season and mean the end of his career as a professional league.

The guard of the Washington Redskins, Mike Williams could miss the entire next season due to the presence of blood clots near her heart, The Washington Post reported.

The newspaper suggests that the Redskins squad is extremely alarmed at the health of Williams that could end his professional career in the NFL betting. However, the team's vice president, Tony Wyllie has refused to make statements.

Williams was the second pick of the Buffalo Bills in the Draft 2002, over four seasons with the Bills could never achieve the desired level of play, so it was sent to the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Washington had been encouraged by his teammate Derrick Dockery and position to try to play cornerback, but was better positioned as a guard on the team that finished last betting odds season with a 4-12, where Williams was a starter in August occasions.

Artis Hick, Williams direct competition with the Redskins, will probably become the leading candidate for the post of Williams. Although it should also be taken into account the young guard, Will Montgomery, Chad Rinehart and Edwin Williams, who also have experience, but still must show potential to fill the position.

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British Open Betting PreviewAs the sports betting world turns its attention to the British Open, all eyes are on the old course at St. Andrews. This golf season has been filled with plenty of drama and back stories. The two most interesting stories are the trials and tribulations of Tiger Woods, and the inability of Phil Mickelson to take over the number one spot in the world. Even as NFL betting draws closer, it will be interesting to see how the drama plays out in this year’s British Open.

The top three contenders in this year’s Open represent a wide cross-section of the crew that will be playing in this tournament. Noticeably missing in this list is Tiger Woods. If Tiger cannot pull his game together well enough to win on an American golf course at this point, then the links-style course of St. Andrews will frustrate him to no end. Even though Tiger is one of the odds-on favorites at 9-2, he is still far too removed from his game to compete in this event.

Lee Westwood (15-1)

Lee Westwood has been making headlines on the PGA tour all season long. He lost in a storied playoff to Phil Mickelson in this year’s Masters, and he won this year’s St. Jude Classic. Westwood has spent most of his time on the European tour, and has only played in nine PGA events. But he has made the cut in each PGA event he entered, he has five top 10 finishes and seven top 25 finishes. He is a golfer on a mission, and he has absolutely terrorized the European tour this year. He has been the number one ranked European golfer since last year, and he has a history of playing well in PGA major tournaments.

Justin Rose (15-1)

This could be the year of the Rose. It wasn’t too long ago that Justin Rose was old enough to be on campus doing some NCAA football betting, but his history in South Africa did not offer a lot of spare time. Rose has played in 15 PGA tournaments this year, and he has brought in almost $3.5 million in prize money this year alone. He has made the cut 12 times, and he has two wins to his credit. His two wins were extremely impressive as he won this year’s Memorial tournament, and the AT&T National. He is ranked 16th in the world, and he is third on the Fedex Cup point standings. His first ever PGA tournament was the 1998 British Open where, as an 18 year old amateur, he finished tied for fourth.

Ernie Els (15-1)

Many people will be placing an online bet on Ernie Els to win this year’s British Open. It is always a good bet to place your money on Ernie Els. In 2009, Els had an off-season dropping to 17th in the rankings. This year he has fought his way back up to sixth, and has two tour wins to go with his 11 out of 13 cuts made this season. Els has always been the model of consistency on the PGA tour, and he has always played well in the British Open especially when he won in 2002.

Golf betting oddsNFL preseason betting is still about a month away, but there may be some heavy hitters over in Scotland, where the British Open will tee off on Thursday morning (actually, late Wednesday night). St. Andrews is the home of golf, and Tiger Woods has made it his personal playground since turning pro, and if he needs to go to a familiar place, this is it.

Tiger Woods (+405)

Woods set the record for a major win with his -19 in 2000 (ironically, Jack Nicklaus’ final British Open), then he won by five strokes over Colin Montgomerie in 2005. 2010 hasn’t been so kind to Woods, and he’s coming off a T-46 at the AT&T National, but he’s had fourth-place finishes at both the Masters and the US Open, so there is hope. NCAA football betting players know all about homefield advantage, and even though he’s not Scottish, Woods has one here.

Phil Mickelson (+1215)

Mickelson skipped last year’s Open at Turnberry (which was won by Stewart Cink in a playoff over Tom Watson), and he’s never really fared well in this event with just one top-10 since 2000. Mickelson was T-11 in 2000 here, but only T-60 in 2005, and he missed the cut at his warm-up tournament, the Barclays Scottish Open. But with Mickelson’s short game, you can’t count him out.

Rory McIlroy (+1415)

The 21-year-old has been picked by none other than Woods himself to win this event, which is huge for McIlroy, who is a massive Tiger fan. McIlroy has struggled a bit since his win at Quail Hollow, missing two cuts in four events, but he’s a great links player having grown up Northern Ireland, and he’s played well in his two British Open starts.

Justin Rose (+1850)

NFL football betting players know all about riding the hot hand, and in golf, Rose is the hot hand. The Englishman won the Memorial and the AT&T National, and he would have won the Travelers Championship as well if not for a poor Sunday. Rose has two top-15s in his last three starts at the British Open, and he’s trying to become the first Englishman since Nick Faldo in 1992 at Muirfield to win this event.

Padraig Harrington (+2250)/Graeme McDowell (+3050)

Take your pick from this duo of major winners. Harrington, an Irishman, won the British Open in 2008 and 2009, and while he’s been consistent Harrington will be a factor this week. McDowell won the US Open at Pebble Beach, he’s finished in the top 35 of his last two British Open starts, and he finished T-11 at St. Andrews in 2005 (Harrington finished T-20 in 2000).

Sports betting pick: Justin Rose (+1850)

World Cup Betting – Spain, Holland Get It On In South Africa

World Cup Final OddsIf you’re betting on NFL odds, you have the Super Bowl. In the soccer community, it’s the World Cup final, and after almost a month, we’re down to our final two, and it’s a pair of teams that have never won a World Cup: Spain and the Netherlands will clash at Soccer City Stadium in Johannesburg for all the marbles.

Netherlands Spain Betting – Sunday, July 11th, 2:30 PM ET

The Netherlands held on for a 3-2 win over Uruguay in the semifinals, and as usual they were powered by the midfield duo of Wesley Sniejder and Arjen Robben, who each scored a goal. However, you could argue that Holland was boosted in the second half when they brought on Rafael Van Der Vaart, who came in to take some of the attention away from his more-hailed teammates. Captain Giovanni Van Brockhurst also scored one of the goals of the tournament in the first half for the Netherlands, who held the ball for 53% of the match. But Dutch fans may not be happy about the way their team sat back with leads of 1-0 and 3-1, to which Uruguay responded.

Spain won 1-0 over Germany in their semifinal match, but those who bet on NCAA football odds would compare this to Alabama’s rout of Florida last year: German was never really in this game. Carlos Puyol scored in the 73rd minute from a corner kick, which was delivered by Xavi, who put on a Man-of-The-Match performance against Bastian Schweinsteiger and the German midfield. Xavi set the tempo of the match beautifully with his range of passing, looking more like the player who guides Barcelona’s attack so well. If there was a negative about this match, it was that Spain really should have scored a couple more goals.

World Cup betting odds will be very close for this showdown, as the Netherlands have won four and drawn one of their eight meetings with Spain, who have outscored them 12-10 in those eight games. This match will be won in the midfield: the speed and power of the Dutch, against the patient possession game of the Spanish. The Dutch, probably Mark Van Bommel, can’t allow Xavi to have the time on the ball that the Germans let him have, or he’ll pick you apart every time. The Dutch may have to bring in Van Der Vaart to create some space for Robben and Sneijder. This is a match for the purists as it is two teams that look to attack, so this should be a wide-open game with plenty of chances. All in all, we’re going with Spain, because they played well below their standards to get to the semifinals, then showed why they’re ranked behind only Brazil in the FIFA rankings.

BSN Sports pick: Spain

World Cup Finals Betting OddsCarles Puyol in the 73rd minute gave Spain a spot in the World Cup final betting.

That much was enough for the Iberians beat Germany 1-0 in the match for the semifinals of the World Cup betting.

After a corner kick, Puyol rose to beat in the leap to mate Gerard Pique and beat goalkeeper Manuel Neuer.

The unlocked Puyol both a game in which Spanish rule in possession was unsuccessful before a German defense well planted.

Spain generated always the best chances in the first half.

On the resumption, Spain hinted distant shots danger of Xabi Alonso, David Villa and Pedro Rodriguez. Andres Iniesta also made an overflow on the left, but his heart went prowling the heart of the area without anyone hook.

An auction of Toni Kroos, 69 minutes, was stopped by the Spanish goalkeeper Iker Casillas, which was the clearest opportunity for Germany.

This party, which took place in Durban, faced the same teams that were measured in the final of the last two years, with Spain's 1-0 victory.

Spain is measured with the Netherlands in Sunday's final.

Whatever the winner, a champion will be unprecedented, as neither Spanish nor tulips have never won a major world football.

This was the fourth game between two teams in World Cup. Twice won the Teutons (both cases, 2-1) and a tie (1-1).

The first was in England 66, when the July 20, 1966 Germany won 2-1 with goals from Lothar Emmerich and Uwe Seeler. Spain Josep Maria Fuste materialized.

In Spain 82, Germany once again repeat the dose. On July 2, 1982 Pierre Littbarski and Klaus Fischer scored for the Teutons. Jesus Mari Zamora scored for Spain.

Finally, U.S. 94 is recorded the only tie. On June 21, 1994, J├╝rgen Klinsmann gave him both Jon Andoni Goikoetxea Germany and Spain.

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World Cup OddsWorld Cup betting is about to go down for the semifinals in the South African tournament, and Tuesday’s match will see Holland, perhaps the best country to never win a World Cup, taking on Uruguay, who hasn’t reached this stage of the World Cup since 1954.

Holland Uruguay Betting – Tuesday, 2:30 PM ET

NFL betting players can tell you that sometimes, it’s a game of two halves, and that was the story in the Dutch’s 2-1 win over Brazil. Holland were overrun by Brazil in the first 45 minutes, as they were unable to track any runs being made off the ball by the Brazilians. But they had a good team talk at halftime and came out a different side, and Wesley Sneijder netted a pair of goals to give the Dutch a famous win over the world’s No.1-ranked team. Arjen Robben was also a handful for Brazil’s Felipe Melo, tormenting Melo into a red card in the 73rd minute

If you bet on NCAA football, you may compare Uruguay to a team like Nebraska, a team that used to be great, and is making strides towards getting back to their best. Uruguay knocked out Ghana 4-2 on penalties after it was tied at one at the end of regulation, with Diego Forlan scoring from a brilliant free kick. Uruguay is perhaps a bit fortunate to be here as forward Luis Suarez played goalkeeper and used his hands to keep out a late Ghana shot. Suarez received a red card and will miss the match against the Netherlands, but then Ghana’s Asamoah Gyan missed the penalty that would have sent Uruguay packing. The Uruguayans then kept their composure to hold on in the shootout, and the two-time World Cup winners (1930, 1950) have done their country proud, outlasting South American rivals Brazil and Argentina in the World Cup.

World Cup betting odds have the Netherlands as a -165 favorite in this clash, while Uruguay was rated at +475, and a draw is rated at +260. These two have met just twice, with each team winning once, and the Dutch took the lone World Cup meeting against Uruguay, beating them 2-0 at West Germany 1974 in the group stages. The Dutch went on the finals that year, losing to West Germany, and a win over the Uruguayans would put them on a path for another possible meeting with the Germans. The loss of Suarez, who has scored three goals in this tournament, puts far too much pressure on Forlan to carry the attack against a Netherlands team who can rule the midfield with Sneidjer and Robben. It’s been a good run for Uruguay, but take Holland in your online betting picks.

World Cup Semi Finals OddsIf you’re going to bet on World Cup odds, now is the time as the semifinals are about to get underway in South Africa, starting on Tuesday with Uruguay and the Netherlands, and then end on Wednesday with Germany and Spain, a rematch of the Euro 2008 finals.

Uruguay Holland Betting – Tuesday, 2:30 PM ET

The Netherlands are a -165 favorite in this semifinal showdown, while Uruguay comes in at +475, and a draw is listed at +260. The Dutch came away with a crucial 2-1 win over Brazil to knock out the Samba Kings, and it was a pair of goals from Wesley Sneijder that did the trick. Uruguay is a country that, if you’re an NFL betting player, you may compare to the 1969 New York Jets, although we’re not sure if anyone made any guarantees to win the game. The Uruguayans beat Ghana 4-2 on penalties after finishing 1-1 in regulation, but they received some luck when Ghana missed a late penalty. These two have met just twice, with each winning one game, and the Dutch won the only World Cup meeting between them, a 2-0 win in the group stages at West Germany 1974. Uruguay will be missing Luis Suarez because of suspension, which puts a lot of pressure on strike partner Diego Forlan. (Online betting pick: Holland -165)

Germany Spain Betting – Wednesday, 2:30 PM ET

The Germans, rated at +170, would be like a team full of freshmen and sophomores becoming a college football betting favorite, as they have nine players 25 or younger. But they’re coming off a 4-0 rout of Argentina, their second straight game with four goals and third of the tournament, with Miroslav Klose notching a pair. Spain, the pre-tournament favorites, are rated as the favorite at +155 after a 1-0 win over Paraguay, a match that saw two penalties saved in the same game for the first time since Argentina-Mexico in 1930. These two powers have met 20 times, with Germany winning eight and drawing six, but the Spanish beat the Germans 1-0 in the final of the 2008 European championships, and the Germans would love to avenge that. The Germans will be without Thomas Muller, who has four goals in the tournament so far, but he picked up a late yellow card against Argentina. Still, the Germans have a lot of weapons, while Spain has yet to play their best game, and Fernando Torres is struggling mightily up front, which leaves David Villa to carry the load. The winner of the midfield matchup between Germany’s Bastian Schweinsteiger and Spain’s Xavi could determine who will go on to Sunday’s final. (Online betting pick: Germany +170)

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