2014 World Cup Winner Prediction
Who isn’t making a 2014 World Cup Winner prediction? The outright winner market is the most active one at bookmaking sites ahead of the big Brazil 2104 kick off on June 12th, and that is despite there really only being four teams in the serious hunt for the title. But of course, out of a 32 nation field heading to South America, patriotic bets on home nations will always fill out the market, and there is always the temptation of having a dark horse bet at long odds, one that doesn’t really make a lot of sense but which is subsequently too tempting to ignore.
Here we will take a look at those four main contenders at the head of the World Cup 2014 betting market, and assess who will make it through the seven matches that are needed to lift the World Cup.
Playing at home. It has to offer a big advantage right? You would think so, and just jump forward to Sao Paulo and the opening World Cup match on June 12th of Brazil v Croatia. It will probably seem that Brazil are playing with twelve men on the pitch, thanks to the massive home support that they will have on their side. But such weight of expectation upon the shoulders of the home side can have a negative effect. It can be too much pressure. Brazil have won five World Cup titles in total, two of the last five editions. They have a tremendously attracting, hard running, creative midfield with the likes of Chelsea’s Oscar, Ramires and William in there, and they have golden boy Neymar up top. They won the 2013 Confederations Cup with ease, a warm up for the World Cup, crushing Spain in the final. Has to be an indicator and they will go close.
The last time that the World Cup was played in South America, Argentina won it. In Argentina. That was back in 1978. Four years ago, they were confused by poor management by Diego Maradona. New boss Alejandro Sabella is far more controlled, aware of tactics and is actually playing to the strengths of Lionel Messi. They will probably be enjoying all the hype and pressure that is on their rivals Brazil, because they could come in a steal. Since Sabello took over, they look to have gone from strength to strength and topped the CONMEBOL qualification zone. They are going to be tough to get the better of for most sides and they look far more mentally tougher than they did four years ago.
You know that in Germany you will get one of the most attacking sides at the World Cup. The thing about Germany, is that just because they attack, their defensive duties aren’t forsaken. Joachim Low has gone for a lot of consistency in his squad, and will look to push on from semi final appearances at World Cup 2010 and at Euro 2012. The only thing perhaps lacking for them is a genuine number nine, and someone like Thomas Muller may have to fill in that role. That is about the only weakness in the German squad, but they have such a fantastic array of quality midfielders, they can compensate. They should make comfortable progress to potential semi final showdown with Brazil.
The reigning champions. Can they deliver their fourth major international title in a row, after two European Championships and their first World Cup title earned four years ago? The legs at the heart of their midfield may be tiring, but head coach Vicente del Bosque knows how to compensate for it all. Plus, don’t ignore the great young talent that is coming through, like Koke. Like Germany, Spain have been crying out for a number nine, a genuine number nine, not one of those false ones. They may have it this time around in Diego Costa. But how much will Del Bosque rely on such an inexperienced international player? Spain are the outsiders of the big four, but can still defy the odds. If everything goes to order, would meet Argentina in the semis.
It is really is pull a name out of the hat time. However, a call needs to be made and our 2014 World Cup Winner Prediction is going to nominate Argentina. They look to have the best all round squad, a fiercely competitive midfield, are a relatively young squad and have a strike force which boasts Lionel Messi, Sergio Aguero, Ezequiel Lavezzi and Gonzalo Higuain. That is immense forward power and every chance of landing their third World Cup title.