Tips & recommendations World Cup 2014
Four years never seems to take a long time to come around, not when there is the matter of a World Cup. The 2014 World Cup will keep punters happy and on the edge of their seats during the summer. June 12th is when the action will all begin, as host nation Brazil will be met by rapturous applause from the partisan crowds, as they take on Croatia in the hope of getting off to a strong start. Seven matches is all it takes to win the World Cup, but in the harsh light of day, even that sprint feels like a football marathon.
But the build up to the World Cup is the valuable time for your football betting, as you can look towards some great ante post prices. The most popular market of course is the Outright Winner and the latest edition of the world’s greatest football tournament has four strong challengers who are expected be knocking on the door of success. Of course, Brazil, who have home advantage have been trading strongly at 3/1 and if Neymar and co open with fireworks on June 12th, then that price will get trimmed significantly.
Every time that the FIFA World Cup has been hosted in South America, a South American nation has walked off with the prize. That will give punters some big value in backing Lionel Messi’s Argentina, who have been hovering around the 5/1 mark in the outright market. The advantage for them, is not only perhaps do they have a more experience and well balanced side than Brazil, they will also be suited to the conditions. The strongest challengers on the European front are reigning champions Spain and the powerful Germany.
2014 World Cup Tip: It genuinely looks to be a four horse race this time, and the value on Argentina, up against a young Brazil side with a tremendous weight of expectation on their shoulders, is where punters could come up trumps at 5/1.
Thirty two hopeful nations will kick off the tournament and only one will be left standing on July 13th when the final whistle is blown on the competition. When looking at outright odds for your 2014 World Cup betting, it is always worth remembering that realistically, if you are considering a team who are in double figures, then you are already looking at a dark horse. Anything beyond the teens and you are simply looking at long shots. A lot of big nations fell into the latter in ante post World Cup betting prices, like England, Holland, Uruguay and Italy. Competitive they may be, but tough perhaps to see them making the grade.
So while patriotic bets are par for the course when it comes to the FIFA World Cup, always bet with your head and not your heart. Portugal may have the world’s best player in Cristiano Ronaldo, but at 33/1 shots, it’s unlikely that they are going to get within touching distance of the famous trophy. There’s nothing wrong with having an exciting dark horse bet of course, but you are probably going to be better served in backing them for a Stage of Elimination wager as opposed to outright. Most punters will be eying up Belgium and Colombia (as long as Radamel Falcao is fit in time to play for the South Americans) as the dark horses this time around.
The group stage of Brazil 2014 is where the bulk of the betting is going to be done and where a lot of value is. Dip into those Group Winner and To Qualify markets, especially in the groups were things aren’t so clear cut. Group D, with England, Italy, Costa Rica and Uruguay, and Group B which houses both Spain and the Netherlands, are perfect examples of this. At the end of the day, the tournament will probably be taken by one of the big guns. Those who can step up when it matters most, having the ideal blend of skill, grit and an ace-up-their-sleeve in the form of a genuine match winner.
One quick word about World Cup 2014 match betting. Never overlook the value that can be found with live in-play betting. Whenever there is not enough value in an outright market for a game, such as when Argentina take on Bosnia-Herzegovina raise those live in play windows, site back and enjoy a whole host of new markets getting opened up to try and pick up some extra value while judging the flow of the game. Thirty two teams. 12 venues. 64 matches. Be patient, look for value and grab as much of it as you can in the ante post markets.