This is usually the time of the year when things get quiet in the world of soccer. The European domestic leagues are in their offseason, with the biggest headlines in the sport usually all about who will be moving where and for how much. This summer is a little different, though, as we currently have a trio of major tournaments going on.
The Women’s World Cup is now in full swing, while the Copa America and the Gold Cup are still in the very early stages. With that in mind, there are a lot of games on the calendar this week. Let’s take a look at 4 of the best for the coming week in soccer betting action.
Top Soccer Betting Picks of the Week – June 17th Edition
United States vs Guyana – Tuesday
After missing out on the World Cup in 2018, the US men’s national team decided to make sweeping changes, which included taking their time in hiring a new coach while giving youth a chance on the field. Greg Berhalter is now the man in charge and the results thus far have been mixed.
Practice time is now out the window, as the US will open their Gold Cup campaign against Guyana on Tuesday night. It is, on paper at least, a comfortable opening for the US, as well as an opportunity to build some confidence ahead of the tougher challenges they will face. This should be a straightforward win for the Americans.
Soccer Betting Pick: USA 3 – Guyana 1
Argentina vs Paraguay – Wednesday
Next up, we head over to the Copa America, which is currently taking place in Brazil. The host nation is the favorite to win it all, but Uruguay, Colombia, and Argentina are all right there, too, in the eyes of the bookies. Of that group, it is Argentina who is now under the greatest amount of pressure after losing 2-0 to Colombia in their opening game of the group stage.
The good news is that their game against Colombia was arguably the toughest of the round, so look for them to bounce back with a win over Paraguay on Wednesday night, despite not beating them in their last 2 meetings.
Soccer Betting Pick: Argentina 2 – Paraguay 0
Sweden vs United States – Thursday
Both of these teams have already punched their ticket into the next round of the Women’s World Cup, but both will be looking to win the group to give themselves an easier tie in the knockout stages. The American women destroyed Thailand 13-0 in their opener before beating Chile 3-0, so with that goal difference in hand, they really only need a tie here.
Sweden has not been quite as dominant, but still, have 6 points from 2 games. Recent meetings between these two have been tight, so we can probably expect the same from this one, although I expect the Americans to get the win when all is said and done.
Soccer Betting Pick: Sweden 1 – United States 2
Ecuador vs Chile – Friday
If we are being honest here, the race in Group C at the Copa America is likely to be for second, as Uruguay are firm favorites to land on top. That said, there are spots open in the next round for 3rd place finishers, so there is certainly an opportunity for both of these teams here.
Winning this one is critical to both team’s chances of moving on, so this should be an entertaining one to watch. Chile has won 3 of the last 5 meetings with Ecuador, including their last encounter back in 2017. I am on them to win again here.
Soccer Betting Pick: Ecuador 1 – Chile 2