World Cup 2014 Odds to Qualify from Group

6th May 2014 | World Cup Betting category: World Cup Betting & Odds
World Cup Betting & Odds

Most punters will naturally go and take a look at who they think will top each of the eight groups at the FIFA World Cup. But because of the nature of the draw and its seedings, the group winners can be a little predictable to call. What is the upshot of that when it comes to World Cup 2014 betting odds? Short prices. Host nation Brazil of course are running at 1/4 odds on favourites to win Group A, while fellow South Americans Argentina are running at 2/7 to top their group. While they could be used as nice bankers in an accumulator or something, they aren’t betting options which are immediately going to offer too much value for your money.

However, the World Cup 2014 odds to qualify from group A through H are. There will be groups to avoid in this one however because of certain groups being lop sided. Germany and Portugal are the two favourites to qualifying from Group G ahead of Ghana and the USA. Over in Group B there isn’t a lot of value on offer because there are two strong European nations in there, Spain and Holland, who go up against Chile and Australia. The same can be said to an extent in Group E, with Switzerland and France backed as a strong duo to qualify for the knockout stages. So too down in Group H, with Belgium and Russia heavily favoured to get through.

So for your World Cup 2014 odds to qualify from group betting, you are going to look for the groups where there is likely to be a tight battle for second spot. Here you can go back to the likes of Brazil’s and Argentina’s groups, because the most interesting thing in those is indeed, who will qualify behind the respective favourites? In Argentina’s group, there is tremendous even money value for example on Bosnia-Herzegovina to qualify, a far better shot at profit than backing Argentina to win the group. Nigeria to quality is 7/5, the match on June 21st between Nigeria and Bosnia likely to settle that issue, with Iran not getting anywhere near the knockout picture.

While Brazil are expected to simply coast to the knockout stage of the competition, bookmakers have been having a hard time splitting the challenge of Mexico and Croatia behind them in Group A. It was the Europeans who had taken preference for many in the World Cup 2014 odds to qualify from group A betting, but as Brazil 2014 has drawn closer, there has been an increasing following for Mexico, who just about scraped their way into the finals. It means that Croatia look value to qualify at 13/10, with Mexico at 6/5.

The most competitive group in World Cup 2014 betting is of course, England’s. At least it should be. In Group D you have England, Italy and Uruguay all with good cases to be in the round of sixteen. This is one of the best value pools for World Cup 2014 odds to qualify from group. Italy and Uruguay are running as 1/2 favourites to make it through, while England are at 4/6, which will tempt many patriotic English punters into a wager on the Three Lions.

An alternative way to try and garner some extra profit from weighing up your options on who will qualify from groups, is to look at the Forecast markets. The straight forecast will be a good option in the groups where there are a strong outright favourite, like Brazil and Argentina. While shooting for a Dual Forecast will represent fantastic value in groups like England’s again, where you pick the two of the three who will make it out (not mattering in which order they actually finish).

So while the temptation may be there to simply look who will be topping each of the groups, don’t forget about the value that can be found in backing sides just to get through. This is also one of the best areas in which you can look to back a dark horse. Perhaps Chile will be able to cause an upset in Group D and join either Spain or Holland in the next round. Maybe Ghana could oust Portugal in following Germany through from Group G? Because of their outside odds, even England getting through over Uruguay or Italy sees them considered as dark horse in World Cup 2014 odds to qualify from group betting.

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