World Cup 2014 Odds to Advance

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

For some nations at the 2014 FIFA World Cup, just advancing from the group stage would be a major deal, a major accomplishment for them. There are some good odds to be picked up for your World Cup 2014 betting by breaking down the groups into a little more details and skipping over the obvious choices of the big guns to advance to the knockout stages of the competition.

Any of the nations making a strong case for themselves near the front of the outright winner market are to be avoided in World Cup 2014 odds to advance. Brazil, Argentina, Spain and Germany should all pretty much be solid locks to make it out of their group, even if there is a little blip along the way and they don’t actually win the group. They are such strong nations that they will be in the knockout stage without much question.

But looking at the World Cup 2014 odds to advance from the group stage, it is those groups which has some grey lines in who is likely to finish second, is where there is going to be value. Take a long look at England’s Group D, where the Three Lions will be in a three horse race with Uruguay and Italy. The latter are 1/2 to Qualify, but there is some tempting value in backing England at 8/13 to squeeze their way into one of the top two spots.

Group B could see the dark horse challenge of the exciting Chileans come through and cause Spain and the Netherlands some headaches in the race for qualification for the knockout stages of Brazil 2014. Chile are even money to qualify from GRoup B, with the Netherlands at 4/7. In Group C, there could be a three way race to qualify alongside Colombia, between the Ivory Coast, Greece and Japan, all of which have their strengths and apparatus weakness. The stubborn and resilient Greeks are the outside shots at 2/1 to qualifying, with the Ivory Coast and Japan around even money.

France and Switzerland should book safe passage from Group E, with Bosnia following Argentina in Group F, and European nations Germany and Portugal should have Group G locked down, the same in Group H with Russia and Belgium favourites to qualify without too much opposition. That will lead us all the way back to Group A, host nation Brazil’s group. World Cup 2104 odds to advance from that group is down to Mexico and Croatia.

Bookmakers have really been torn over this one, with Mexico and Croatia flip-flopping between favouritism To Qualify. Brazil are heavy odds on favourites to top the group, so the fight really is for second place. Croatia are running at 6/5 to follow Brazil through to the knockout stages, while Mexico are at 5/4 in what should be a fascinating tussle between them. Of course, the group stage is just the tip of the iceberg. Once the final sixteen have been settled for the start of the knockout stages, then the task of finding valuable odds in teams to advance through each knockout stage begins, and that is a whole different World Cup 2014 betting game to size up.

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