World Cup betting: Little faith in Mexico

Las Vegas Review-Journal sports writers Adam Hill and David Schoen have been given $5,000 fantasy bankrolls to bet during the World Cup on either sides, totals or props. Below are their bets for today, with an explanation of their picks:

ADAM HILL, REVIEW-JOURNAL

Bankroll: $4,330

Thursday: Lost $0

Today: Betting $290

Bet 1: $290 on Cameroon (+.5, -145)

Comment: There’s really no other way to put this except that it’s part of an anti-Mexico betting strategy in the World Cup. El Tri just doesn’t appear to be in good form headed into the tournament. While it’s difficult to have much faith in a potentially distracted Cameroon side, it should at least be able to muster a point out of this matchup.

DAVID SCHOEN, REVIEW-JOURNAL

Bankroll: $4,510

Thursday: Lost $0

Today: Betting $115

Bet 1: $115 on Cameroon-Mexico Under 2 goals (-115)

Comment: This is a conservative play on two wildly unpredictable teams that need a result from the opener. Goal-starved Mexico will use Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez as a super sub. The Indomitable Lions, meanwhile, are still dealing with the fallout of their pre-World Cup player strike.

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