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So, that was the World Cup then. After a brilliant month of football, the tournament closed out with a hard fought contest between two of the iconic footballing nations. In today's post, there's news on my World Cup bets - good, bad and ugly - plus I'll announce the winner of our World Cup competition; and there's also a video showcasing a couple of new features coming this week to the geegeez racecards.

Let's start with the racing, seeing as we're a racing community..!

Phase 7 of the racecards and form tools development is almost complete, and it'll be on site this week with any luck. Last night I recorded a short sneak peak at some of what's coming, and here it is. As well as showing some of the new stuff, I also stumbled upon a horse that might be worth backing tonight...

[Caveat emptor: the usual 'one take wonder' production standards apply!]

 

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Now, the footy...

The World Cup Final was one for the purists, with blood and thunder more prominent than trickery and finesse. Nevertheless, in Javier Mascherano and Bastian Schweinsteiger's performances, there was an old school joy as well-timed (in the main) tackles and ubiquity of availability to receive the ball were trademarks of both players' game. Indeed, to my eye, they threatened to make the midfield enforcer role fashionable again, such was their dominance. Oh, for the re-emergence of the midfield enforcer role. Sigh. (Guess where I played, albeit at a lowly level, until age 40..!)

I am not ashamed to admit that I find the likes of Javier and Schweini infinitely more watchable than the prima ballerina exploits of that balance-challenged Dutchman and the rest, and as a consequence I thoroughly enjoyed the scrap in the middle of the park. Zabaleta was excellent for Argentina also, and Neuer is so far the best cat in the world it's not even a contest.

The best team won, and there can be very few complaints about that.

To the competition. If you remember, way back on 12th June, geegeez offered a competition which 150-odd of you entered. The challenge was to name two players to score three or more goals, and two teams to make the semi-finals. The twist was that your named players/teams would score points according to their pre-tournament odds, and the highest cumulative point score would win the prize of £100 cash. Whoop!

So, the semi-finalists and their points totals were as follows:

Brazil – 3
Germany – 6
Argentina – 4
Holland – 33

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The three-scorers and their points totals were as follows:

Benzema (France) 25
Muller (Germany) 28
Robben (Holland) 66
Enner Valencia (Ecuador) 200
van Persie (Holland) 28
Rodriguez (Colombia) 150
Neymar (Brazil) 10
Messi (Argentina) 7.5
Schurrle (Germany) 80
Shaqiri (Switzerland) 200

One inspired player had Shaqiri (well done, Dave Slats) at 200/1, but unfortunately neither Colombia nor Russia made the semi-finals (again, very unlucky with Colombia). A condition of the competition was that at least one player had to score three and one team reach the semi's.

That means that our winner is, drumroll please, Paul Whitworth, whose semi-final nominations of Argentina and Germany actually fought out the final, and whose trump card was tournament top scorer, James Rodriguez. That, as they say, is some fancy picking, and the £100 is well earned with a cumulative score of 160.

I hope everyone enjoyed the tournament, and the competition, and we'll do another one soon.

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From a personal betting perspective, the World Cup was great. Regular readers will know that I scooped a few hundred quid on the Colossus Bets Pick 4's, and shared a few grand (!) with a small syndicate on the same.

As well as that, I had £20 on an Argentina/Germany final on Betfair at 15/1 (a bet which I'd forgotten about until my balance became commensurately inflated last week!); and, £30 on Messi to be player of the tournament at 8/1 (money stolen as he surely wasn't in the top three best players!).

If they were the good (luck), then the bad (luck) and (plain) ugly were my top scorer bets. It's a brilliant market - my favourite in the World Cup, without doubt - but it's a cruel one too. Four years ago, I'd backed Klose, only to see him shivering under a blanket with the flu in the third place game, when needing one to claim the prize.

This year, I'd pulled out the scattergun and landed on bad luck. I backed Muller - win only - at 40/1 for £15. He scored the opener in the seven goal rout of Brazil, but that was his last scoring impact, and he finished the tournament one behind Rodriguez of Colombia.

I really fancied Colombia, and backed all of Falcao (injured before the tournament, money back); Gutierrez 66/1 (one goal); Martinez 50/1 (two goals); and, Bacca 80/1 (played about ten minutes!!). In other words, the only Colombian forward I didn't back was the 150/1 winner of the Golden Boot. Aargh.

I also backed Schurrle at 80/1, and he was limited to impact sub appearances, playing just 244 minutes (compare that with Muller's 682 minutes, or Rodriguez's 400 minutes) but still netted three times. Hrrmph.

Then there was the ugly. We all have a clunker on our scorecard, and I admit that mine was a bloke called Fred. I backed him 'on spec', not knowing much about him. And, I have to say, he was without doubt the worst player in the tournament. Absolutely dreadful. Let's draw a line under that rapidement.

I hope you enjoyed the World Cup, if you're a footy fan, and I hope you made a few quid either from investments on the sport, or from the bookie offers, including last night's World Cup Final freebiefest. I did, I did, and I didn't (because I already had those accounts!)

Happy Monday!

Matt

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10 replies
  1. Dion says:

    Yep totally agree about the 2 midfielders last night along with Zabaleta( why does he look in his 40’s when he’s only in his twenties?), Schwensteingers immense and received some treatment for the Argies last night but just got up and on with it. Personally I can’t wait to see Van Gaal at Old Trafford and my season ticket is in the post somewhere. Great competition only spoiled by the powers that be who had Messi as man of the tournament, a bloody travesty.

  2. twood715 says:

    Hi Matt,

    The race cards just keep getting better!

    Do the cards identify any horses on the card that have previously raced against each other?

    Terry

    • Matt Bisogno says:

      Hi Terry

      Thanks and, in answer to your question, yes, absolutely!

      Just click the H2H icon next to a horse. Or, to get all head to head records for a race, click the H2H icon at the top of the race you want.

      Or, if you want to know those with the best or worst records across the whole day, select the Head 2 Head report from the report dropdown. 🙂

      Best,
      Matt

        • twood715 says:

          Hi Matt,

          I often use the Pace Analysis on the race cards basically to ‘dob’ on Betfair however, out of my 10 choices today there was 4 winners and a 2nd. Beverley 2:30 Lucky Mark 7/1 2nd. Bath 2:45 Sonnetation 3/1, Beverley 3:00 Pearl Noir 10/1, Beverley 3:30 Stopped Out 8/1 and Beverley 5:30 Valentino Oyster 8/1.

          Clearly the Pace Analysis offers a lot of potential and the possibility of identifying value bets.

          Terry

  3. John Farrell says:

    was no worse than the other leading player of the tournament candidates Dion
    he did score four goals and carried the Argies on his back through most of the tournament, he just needed a bigger back!!!! Though i also agree he faded badly last two games.
    Good article matt and i agree its great to see a wee bit of blood guts and thunder being left out on the pitch!!! I would have had some sweat had the Argies won coz i had a ton treble on
    Austrailia 15/8 Derby
    Argentina 9/2 WC
    England 5/1 rugby world cup

    • Matt Bisogno says:

      Bit unlucky there, John.

      Germany are the first leg of my own ‘mug treble’. £40 Germany 13/5, Sea The Moon (Arc) 6/1, Faydhan (2000 Guineas) 20/1.

      Comes to £21,168 in the extraordinarily unlikely event they all come in!

      Matt

  4. William Napier says:

    Well done, Matt. I also picked Argentina and Germany for the final—but didn’t back them! It was just a fun thing I did on one of those World Cup pullouts from the papers. Being an ex-goalie, my man of the tournament, by 100 football pitch lengths, was Neuer. He was sublime.

  5. AntePoster says:

    Hi Matt,

    Thanks for setting up the competition and going through your bets at the time and in review. Really enjoyed the whole competition though my bets were small and only partially successful in the results in the group stages. The Collussus betting was quite a thing to see and definitely something i’ll try in the future (although I think your syndicate approach is a much better idea – perhaps do another for the first day of the new season although I recall the first week often has bizarre results).

    It’s good to see other sporting events with good betting opportunities being covered on Geegeez, look forward to seeing more. I’d definitely welcome an article on golf betting or the Open if you have any enthusiasts out there.

    Keep up the great work.

    Cheers
    Jonathan

  6. Michael says:

    Hi Matt
    I had a decent World Cup if not spectacular , My top GS bets were ruined when Neymar got Kung Fooed out of the Tournament against Columbia but I backed him eway at 11/1 so got something back , I also had Messi who flattered to deceive and was clearly not fully fit , my best bet tho was Chile to Beat Spain , I had £30 quid on at 6.5 with Titan Bet , and with some other little bets I had in the group and knockout stages I’ve ended up in front , which can’t be a bad thing 😉

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