Odds to win the World Cup 2014
Host nation Brazil, who will be kicking off the summer festival of football in their own back yard on June 12th against Croatia, have largely been dominating the ante post market for odds to win the World Cup 2014. After all, they have the tremendous world class talent of Neymar, supported by a cast of quality, attacking minded youngsters throughout their side and they will have the stadiums rocking and should thrive on such a big party atmosphere.
Bookmakers are fully aware of the big threat that the five-time winners will be presenting as the tournament returns to South America for the first time since 1978. Brazil’s last title came back in 2002 in Japan, and they have won two of the last five editions of the FIFA World Cup. However, the promise and expectation that they carried with them into Germany 2006 and South Africa 2010 just never materialised on the pitch. They just seemed to run out of ideas, having no back up plan when Plan A went down in flames.
But at 3/1 odds to win the World Cup 2014 this time around, they can’t be ignored, but ironically it is short enough to make punters avoid them at the same time and look for slightly longer value. The biggest challenges expected to come for Brazil will be from their South American neighbours Argentina who have been trading at a price of 5/1, putting them as joint second favourites alongside Joachim Low’s Germany.
This looks to be a toss of coin between these two in terms of which to back. Both of them look incredibly strong and well balanced. Looking down the squads that they could make available for Brazil 2014, they both have a lot of strength, depth and quality in all areas of the pitch. You can’t really pick out a weakness from either of them. Germany are perhaps the more attack minded and fluent of the two, but Argentina look immensely strong and organised, and can of course call on the services of Sergio Aguero, Lionel Messi and Gabriel Higuain for starters, if they are looking for goals. At odds of 5/1 in World Cup 2014 betting, they both scream value.
Reigning champions Spain are priced up at 7/1 and they have been pretty much standing pat as the outsider of the big four. Their title challenge could hinge on whether they can get Diego Costa in amongst the goals, because the Atletico Madrid star has the ability to fire them to success. Imagine Spain at the top of their tika-taka play, but this time around with a proven, hungry and driven goalscorer in their ranks. He could be a vital cog in Spain’s title defence.
Outside of the big four there really hasn’t been much movement, and even the more prominent European nations behind Germany and Spain haven’t really impacted the market much. France have been around 20/1, with Italy 28/1 and the likes of Holland, Portugal and England all the way out at 33/1. One of the most promising side heading to Brazil from Europe really are Belgium. The young, talented Belgian side, packed without household names from the Premier League like Romelu Lukaku, Vincent Kompany and Eden Hazard have been backed into as short of a price as 14/1 in odds to win the World Cup 2014. They have the talent, but will their lack of experience on the big stage be their stumbling block?
With the big four all trading in single figures in odds to win the World Cup 2014, then that is the place to start for your betting. Beyond that, everyone besides Belgium and France are looking like really distant dark horse shots.