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Saturday, Jun 21, 2014

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The gambler's on a roll

The New Paper | Ali Kasim | Saturday, Jun 21, 2014

American fans and our tipster Ali Kasim were rejoicing when the United States beat Ghana 2-1 on Monday.

The folks at the Sports Desk are surprised beyond belief that I'm topping the World Cup tipping chart.

Perhaps the ignominy of finishing fourth out of five in the EPL tipsters' chart last season - even behind The Chick - has caused them to write me off as a punter.

Well, tipping throughout a 10-month-long season and a short international tournament are two different things.

The World Cup is easier. It reads more like a script, and there are streaks waiting to be broken.

For instance, Algeria hadn't scored in the World Cup for 28 years.

I tipped that they would on Tuesday, and also that Belgium would win. So, I wagered on the Over 2.5 goals in that game.

Most satisfying for me was United States' win on Monday.

Ghana beat the Yanks 2-1 in each of the last two World Cups. Revenge was on the cards this time around, and the Americans are a good team this year. I wagered big and won. But, that's all past.

Here's what you should do next:

Bet early on Argentina on the -2.5 handicap against Iran. Do not over-think this one. Messi and Aguero will conquer Persia.

England, as always, are over-hyped, but Roy Hodgson's team do have a cavalier, gritty quality about them this time, and they will be rewarded for it. After losing to Italy, they won't lose their second "Group of Death" match.

Do not underestimate Greece. Yes, they are the weakest - and slowest - European team, but I fancy them to score more than Japan.

Algeria are better than their display in the second half against Belgium. They were punished for their defensiveness, and will atone when they take on the very average South Koreans.

Brazil will absolutely thump Cameroon. You don't have to bet all of your kids' savings... just half will suffice.

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