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Brandt Sutton
Brandt Sutton
Futbol Guy
Brandt Sutton, a former collegiate soccer player, has been SportsLine's top soccer editor for more than five years. He has followed soccer closely for much longer and factors in managerial tactics, projected lineups and past performances to make the most-informed decisions possible, keeping his finger on the pulse of the game all over the globe. Sutton made 174 soccer picks for SportsLine over the first half of 2022 and delivered more than $1,500 in profit to $100 bettors on those picks. For Brandt Sutton media inquiries, contact SportsLine@CBSInteractive.com.
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World Cup | Argentina 2 @ Netherlands 2 | 12/09 | 7:00 PM UTC

Netherlands +0.5

WIN

ANALYSIS: These two international heavyweights have routinely met in the World Cup, and each of their last two World Cup meetings have ended in a 0-0 draw. The Netherlands also enter Friday’s quarterfinal unbeaten in their last 19 matches across all competitions and they've lost just one of their nine encounters against Argentina in regular time. I think we'll see a close match on Friday that could easily be decided in extra time, one of the main reasons why I’m backing the Dutch +0.5 (-140) in this matchup.

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World Cup | Belgium 0 @ Croatia 0 | 12/01 | 3:00 PM UTC

Croatia +170

LOSS

ANALYSIS: Belgium has been a major disappointment through the first two games in Qatar. The Red Devils beat Canada in the opener but were outshot 22-9, then suffered a 2-0 setback against Morocco. Croatia dominated the Canadians on Sunday, recording 10 shots on target in a 4-1 victory. The Croats made it to the final in 2018, and they know they need a result to guarantee a spot in the next round. Belgium may be the higher ranked team in this matchup, but the Croats are the far better side. I love the value we’re getting at +170.

World Cup | France 0 @ Tunisia 1 | 11/30 | 3:00 PM UTC

France -1.5

LOSS

ANALYSIS: France have already qualified for the knockout stage after winning their first two matches. Only a point is needed for Les Bleus to advance as group winners, but I expect Didier Deschamps’ men will want to maintain their confidence. Tunisia needs a win to reach the next round, so they’ll be throwing numbers forward, which doesn’t bode well with Kylian Mbappe’s pace and finishing ability. Mbappe has recorded 3 goals and 1 assist in Qatar, and the French have scored 6 goals in two games, the second-most of any team. Tunisia have failed to score in their first two matches, one of the main reasons I like France -1.5 (+145).

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World Cup | Australia 1 @ Tunisia 0 | 11/26 | 10:00 AM UTC

UNDER 2.5

WIN

ANALYSIS: Tunisia showcased their defensive prowess in the 0-0 draw against Denmark. Tunisia suffered a 5-1 loss in a friendly against Brazil in September, but if you take away that game, Jalel Kadri’s men haven’t conceded a goal since January. And while Australia jumped out to a 1-0 lead over France in their opener, the Aussies finished the game with just one shot on target. I’m expecting this match to be a cagey affair as both sides lack true goal scoring threats. It’s a steep price at -165, but I’m confident this game stays Under 2.5.

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World Cup | Denmark 1 @ France 2 | 11/26 | 4:00 PM UTC

UNDER 2.5

LOSS

ANALYSIS: France’s attack looked sensational in the opener against Australia as Oliver Giroud and Kylian Mbappe combined for three goals in the 4-1 victory. However, the French haven’t fared well against the Dutch recently, going winless in their last three meetings against Denmark. Five of the last seven games between these teams have produced Under 2.5 goals. France and Denmark squared off in the group stage at the 2018 World Cup, a game which ended in a 0-0 draw. I’m expecting history to repeat itself as we see another low-scoring affair between these two countries. I'm taking Under 2.5 at -140, but I think it's worth backing even as high as -150.

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