Who will win World Cup 2014 Predictions
The one dominating market in World Cup 2014 betting is of course, the outright winner market. Who will be crowned in the final in Rio, Brazil on July 13th as World Champions? Reigning champions Spain will be hoping to prove a point that they are not finished ruling the world just yet, despite most of the backbone of their side heading into their twilight years. But the market leaders for most of the ante post betting on the outright winner market has been host nation Brazil.
Here we share our thoughts of who will win World Cup 2014 predictions.
First of all, let’s start by taking a look at the market, which has been quite settled for some time with teams standing pat. Brazil have been trading as 3/1 favourites, with Argentina and Germany in hot pursuit at a general 5/1. Spain are the outside shot of the big four heading to Brazil, priced up at 7/1 to go out and retain their title.
So what will happen at Brazil 2014? No-one knows of course, but frankly the field does look predictable in terms of no-one outside of the big four mentioned above being likely to win it. So that immediately narrows the field down to four from 32. But which of the big four are likely to win and who offers the most value in World Cup 2014 betting?
Brazil have the massive advantage of playing at home, where they will have tremendous support behind them of course. Luis Felipe Scolari has the relatively young squad on the right tracks, playing with a bit of swagger and style. Their big hope to carry them to success is of course Barcelona’s Neymar, who should get plenty of chances on the board to make an impact. The cons however against them are the short price and frankly their lack of competitive football over the past couple of years. That could be a big hindrance to them, as well, adversely, their home support. The weight of expectation, as always on Brazil, is huge. There are going to be question marks over whether or not they can handle it. If the opener against Croatia doesn’t go well, how will they cope under pressure for example?
Spain meanwhile will be relying on the goals of the newly patrioted Diego Costa. The Brazilian born Atletico Madrid striker made is debut for Spain (where he took citizenship through residency) in 2014 and they will need to integrate him quickly. He is a goal hungry, goal machine and Spain can use his tremendous potential input to ease pressure on them. He can carry them far as Spain have lacked a genuine striker for a couple of years now. Their tika-taka football should get them deep because it will suit the conditions of play out in Brazil, they will tire out opponents in the heat. Still one of the best in the world and anything short of a semi final would be a surprise. The biggest question mark is over whether they have enough goals in them.
Germany probably represent a better shot than Spain, because Joachim Low’s men have the ability to find goals from anywhere. So even if they get behind in a game they will have a response. They are one of the most consistent, most powerful attacking sides in the world and they have quality in every department of the pitch. It is really hard to find a weakness anywhere from Germany’s perspective and things could well come to fruition for Low’s project this time around. No-one is going to want to face up against them.
But our prediction is going to be Argentina, because the South Americans represent the best value in the outright winner market. Brazil’s neighbours will be fine in the heat and humidity that will come into play and they also look to have one of the most complete and balanced squads of all teams entering this time around. They have the strength in the depth, quality in attack, especially if they can get Lionel Messi playing to the best of his ability, and after coming through some stern tests in World Cup qualification. They could just be timing this one right for a World Cup run. They look to have strength, composure and consistency and are big value at 5/1.
One of the best value markets around is To Reach Semi Final betting, where Argentina, Germany and Spain are all even priced with Bet365, fantastic value with Brazil at a price of 5/6 there. Really if things go to form, then these four will be in the semi finals. Frankly even if three of them get there, whoever fills that fourth spot is going to be making up the numbers most likely and won’t beat two of the big four to take the title. Don’t look any further than the big four.