Excitement is building as the 2014 FIFA World Cup draws ever closer and this summer’s tournament in Brazil brings us some great options from a betting point of view. Brazil are favourites to lift the trophy on home soil but what markets should we be looking out for?
Home advantage has helped the Brazilians to shorten to a price of 3/1 with Bet365 to win the tournament and as the most successful team in World Cup history, few would argue with that ranking. Argentina are second favourites at 5/1 with Bet365 and it’s worth noting that Alex Sabella’s team have an easy draw in the group stage and this will benefit them moving forward.
Of the European teams, Germany head the betting at 6/1 with Coral while defending champions Spain are further back at an odds of 13/2 with Bet365. Meanwhile, the highly rated Belgians are among the outsiders at 20/1 with Stan James.
Germany’s Miroslav Klose has previously won a Golden Boot and he offers a tempting high priced option for 2014 at 50/1 with Stan James. Lionel Messi is the favourite here at 8/1 odds with William Hill and Argentina’s easy group may help the Barcelona forward to deliver a profit.
Aside from Klose, there are a number of tempting options at long odds including Thomas Muller at 33/1 with Winner Sports but many will see Argentina’s Sergio Aguero as the standout pick at 16/1 with Winner Sports again.
Lowest Scoring Team
There are so many side bets that it’s difficult to know where to begin but the lowest scoring market holds a great option. Australia are the favourites here and the Socceroos are at 5/1 with BetFred having been placed in a strong group with Spain, Chile and the Netherlands.
Many will take that option but what about Roy Hodgson’s England who are quoted at 50/1 with BetFred. In 2010, England managed just three goals in four matches and having been placed in the toughest group of all alongside Italy, Uruguay and Costa Rica that looks to be an excellent price.
Highest Scoring Team
As you’d expect, South American teams dominate the high scoring market with Brazil favourites at 3/1 with Bet365. A better option could be Argentina who have a soft opening group and two of the favourites for the Golden Boot in Lionel Messi and Sergio Aguero.
The Argentines are at 7/2 with Winner Sports while Germany are Europe’s hottest contenders at 6/1 with BetFred. As an outside punt, the Netherlands have been free scoring in recent major tournaments and are available at a tempting 33/1 with Bet365.
In South Africa in 2010, The Netherlands picked up the most yellow cards but are among the outsiders to do so again at 14/1 with Bet365. Argentina are the favourites at 10/1 with BetVictor but were relatively well behaved four years ago.
This is a tough one to call but the discipline markets give you even more options to land a profit this summer.
Penalty Shoot Outs
The last football World Cup in South Africa gave us just two penalty shoot outs – a very low figure compared to previous finals and you can back that same number for Brazil 2014 at odds of 12/5 with Ladbrokes.
In Brazil, we may see some tighter matches in the searing heat of South America and you can bet on 5 or more shoot outs at a very tempting 25/1 with Stan James.
It’s going to be an exciting tournament and while Brazil are worthy favourites, there are some strong alternatives in the outright betting. Don’t forget the side markets where there are some high priced options in the lead up to the first whistle.