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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 | 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.

+75 2-1 IN LAST 3 WCS O/U PICKS

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.

+75 2-1 IN LAST 3 WCS O/U PICKS

World Cup | Mexico 0 @ Argentina 0 | 11/26 | 7:00 PM UTC

Argentina -170

LOSS

ANALYSIS: Argentina suffered a shocking upset against Saudi Arabia in their opener, which spells trouble for Mexico. Argentina had multiple goals disallowed in the first half of their 2-1 setback, and the South American side has dominated this series over the years. In fact, Argentina have won eight of their last nine games against Mexico. El Tri lacks a true No. 9, which was evident against Poland after Mexico managed just four shots on target despite holding over 60% of possession. Look for Lionel Messi to lead Argentina to their first victory at the 2022 World Cup.

World Cup | Senegal 3 @ Qatar 1 | 11/25 | 1:00 PM UTC

Senegal -165

WIN

ANALYSIS: I loved what I saw from Senegal in their opening match, despite suffering a 2-0 setback against the Netherlands. Senegal gave up just three shots on target, while outshooting the Dutch 15-10. Meanwhile, Qatar were outclassed in their opener against Ecuador, even with the backing of the home crowd. The Qataris have now been shutout in three of their last four games in all competitions, and I think Senegal will dictate the pace of play and create enough chances to secure the victory.

World Cup | United States 0 @ England 0 | 11/25 | 7:00 PM UTC

England -175

LOSS

ANALYSIS: The USMNT settled for a 1-1 draw in their opening match against Wales, though it felt like a loss after conceding a PK in the 82nd minute. Meanwhile, England cruised to a 6-2 victory over Iran in their opener. The Three Lions were relentless in the attacking third against Iran, and after watching the second half of Wales-USA, I expect Gareth Southgate will deploy an offensive game plan on Friday. The USA managed just one shot on target against Wales and I don’t expect they’ll have enough firepower to keep up with England. Plus, the U.S. are winless in their last 10 World Cup matches against European teams.