World Cup 2014 Group Stage Betting

24th April 2014 | World Cup Betting category: World Cup Betting & Odds
World Cup Betting & Odds

World Cup Group Stage betting presents plenty of opportunities to get some big predictions right at Brazil 2014. Ever since the draw for the 2014 FIFA World Cup was announced, most of the groups looked pretty predictable. Up in Group A for example, Brazil are overwhelming favourites to top their pool ahead of Croatia, Mexico and Cameroon, while fellow South Americans Argentina are heavy odds on favourites to top Group F against Bosnia, Iran and Nigeria.

Of course, strong favourites like that aren’t going to return the best value for you, not unless you pile group winners together in a nice accumulator for your World Cup 2014 Group Stage Betting. That is actually a great way to pick up some first round profit from Brazil 2014, using one of the strong favourites like Brazil or Argentina as bankers in the bet. But the bigger value in landing Group Winners in World Cup 2014 betting is picking out the first place finishers from tighter groups.

Who is going to sway your decisions in Group D, the Group of Death, where England, Uruguay and Italy all look to have reasonably even chances of coming first? Italy are running as 7/4 favourites there, with Uruguay at 2/1 and England at 5/2. Great value in backing any of them there really. Group B is pretty interesting as well with both reigning Champions Spain and the Netherlands in there, just as there is interest in Group G where Germany and Portugal are going to be duking it out for top honours there.

But you are not just limited to looking at Group Winners in World Cup 2014 Group Stage betting of course. There is a lot more going on than that. You can dip into the To Qualify market and pick out who you think are going to make it through. This is generally focusing on the teams who are likely to be scrapping it out for second and third, because that is where the value lies. But you get the extra coverage of your backed selection finishing first or second to land the winner. This will be reflected in shorter odds of course, but it is a great way to back a dark horse to come through.

You could even flip World Cup 2014 Group Stage betting on its head and focus on the teams most likely To Finish Bottom. This again is fairly to easy to call in a lot of group. Costa Rica are odds on to finish fourth in England’s group, while the USA are rank outsiders in Argentina’s Group and Australia are red hot favourites to finish down under Spain, Holland and Chile in their group. Remember, strange things do happen, like France finishing bottom of their group at the last World Cup!

Other good options for value in World Cup 2014 Group Stage betting is looking at Forecasts. These are a great option in particular where there is a strong favourite in a group. Going back to World Cup 2014 outright favourites Brazil in Group A, while there’s little value in backing the Selecao to top the pile, if you shoot for a Brazil/Croatia Forecast then it suddenly becomes a whole lot richer for you. If you are unsure in tight groups, like England’s as to how it is going to end up, you can always take a Dual Forecast which allows you pick two nominees and not worry about which order they finish the top two spots in.


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