Italy odds to win the World Cup 2014
You aren’t going to see any big Italian names setting the World Cup 2014 Top Goalscorer market alight. You aren’t going to see the nation mentioned very often as a potential outright winner, but this is Italy, this is a FIFA World Cup and you just never know with them.
Bookmakers have been decidedly split over their chances at Brazil 2014. Italy odds to win the World Cup 2014 have ranged anywhere from 20/1 up to 28/1.
During qualification, Italy did what they do best. They really didn’t hit top gear very often, but they were still more than comfortable in booking their spot at Brazil 2014. They went unbeaten through their ten matches and won their group at a canter by six points ahead of Denmark. Along the way in a group which also contained Bulgaria, Armenia, Malta and the Czech Republic, Italy netted 19 goals and conceded just the nine. Again it was Italy doing what they do well, everything very steady, decidedly average, but effective.
That consistency is what can count for a lot in World Cup Betting and they may just be worth an outside shot. It they were drawn in an easier group, then bookmakers would probably be leaning more towards the shorter of the prices mentioned above. Italy will face England, Costa Rica and Uruguay in Group D of World Cup 2014 betting and there Italy are 7/4 favourites with online betting site Betfair to make it through as winners. That speaks a great deal about how solid they could be and they are up at 1/2 favourites to qualify.
Italy take on England in their group opener on June 14th.
The Italian squad isn’t exactly bursting at the scenes with household names and there has been a bit of decline in standards in Serie A as well over the past few years, but the 2006 Champions, who beat France in the final, still are going to be a tough, resilient side to get the better of. If they book a win over England in their opening group, it is tough to see them letting things slide by failing to qualify for the knockout stage. The last sixteen challenge would them come from Colombia, Greece, Japan or the Ivory Coast, so really nothing there that would face them too much.
Italy remain a good dark horse shot and you wouldn’t mind pulling them out of a World Cup sweepstake.
Of course there is the factor of the big four, Germany, Spain, Argentina and Brazil to contend with in the latter stages, but Italy are savvy and head coach Cesare Prandelli knows what he is doing. He has done a tremendous job with the national side and restoring their reputation. They aren’t a one dimensional side and their assets will be the old master Andrea Pirlo dictating play from deep in midfield, and their maverick striker Mario Balotelli will be terrorising defences. They have their match winners even in stalwart Gianluigi Buffon between the sticks.
Looking at Italy wagers may just be return some good value for your World Cup Betting. Italy odds to win the World Cup 2014 may be a little distant, but perhaps worth an each way bet. But taking a look at a price of 4/1 on them to reach the semi final stages, may not be a bad wager to have a punt on at all.