Regular news.bwin.com followers will have cursed their luck after Colombia failed to make their dominance count against Venezuela in the Copa America, going down 1-0 to a Jose Salomon Rondon strike and sinking this site’s 11/4 tip.
Brazil did the leg work when seeing off Peru 2-1, having been a goal down, meaning all Radamel Falcao and co needed to muster was a win against Group C’s lowest-ranked side, in a match containing at least two goals, to ring the bell for bwin punters.
Alas, the World Cup 2014 quarter finalists couldn’t bring home the bacon, but we’ve gone back to the well with another 11/4 bet to be on, this time a treble spread over tonight’s Copa America and Women’s World Cup fixtures.
Copa America – Ecuador to beat Bolivia @ 13/20
Mauricio Soria’s unfancied El Verde outfit managed to pull off a shock in their first Group C fixture, holding World Cup 2014 last-16 participants Mexico to a goalless draw, while their next opponents went down 2-0 to Chile.
Ecuador were hardly disgraced against the hosts though, with Eduardo Vargas’ 84th-minute strike adding gloss to the result after Arturo Vidal’s 67th penalty.
Bolivia only lost 1-0 to Miguel Herrera’s lot in September, so improving by a goal since shouldn’t come as too much of a shock.
They’ve lost 10 of their past 11 clashes with Ecuador, going down 4-0 to Gustavo Quinteros’ men immediately prior to the respectable Mexico loss.
Expect La Tri, replete with Premier League firebrands Enner Valencia and Jefferson Montero, to put things right.
Women’s World Cup – Thailand (+8) to beat Germany @ 3/5
The winners of two of the past three renewals of this tournament drew their last match 1-1 against Norway, having handed Ivory Coast a 10-0 shellacking in their first Canada fixture.
Silvia Neid’s side will surely see off their next opponents too, but Thailand have proved sturdy customers so far at the Women’s World Cup, beating Ivory Coast more comfortably than the 3-2 final score suggested, before escaping a heavy battering when losing 4-0 to Norway, with only one goal coming after half-time.
They’ve won eight of their past ten games and haven’t been beaten badly enough for this bet to land since 2006, so expect Thailand to keep Germany relatively honest.
Women’s World Cup – Norway (-4) to beat Ivory Coast @ 4/5
Going by the reasoning outlined above, Norway look a fair price to beat the worst team in Group B by at least five, after only just failing to do as much against Thailand.
Judging by each side’s results against Germany, Even Pellerud’s Grasshoppers should have more than enough in hand to surge past this handicap mark.