World Cup 2014 odds To Qualify from Group
One of most popular markets for World Cup betting, alongside that of the outright winner, is going to be the To Qualify market from the group stage. The group stage weighs in with the bulk of the matches that will be happening at Brazil 2014, so there is going to be heavy interest in it. The first big hurdle for all of the participating 32 teams is simply making it through to the knock-out stage. That is the first issue on the path to World Cup Glory to deal with. It is not always about topping the pile, but the advantage that does come with that of course, is usually an easier match in the round of sixteen as group winners will play group runners up.
So there is big value in World Cup 2014 odds to qualify from the Group stage, and you will need to go into the individual groups to have a really good look at this market. The one thing right of the bat of course is the fact that there isn’t going to be any value on backing teams who are heavy favourites in the Group Winner market. Brazil and Argentina for example have been drawn in really easy looking groups, so they are expected to top their pools pretty much at a canter. So there is going to be even less value on them in the To Qualify market. Brazil for example are an ignorable 1/19 to qualify from Group A.
But it is the races for second place in groups which are perhaps some of the most interesting scenarios around. Who is likely to move through with Brazil from Group A? Will it be Croatia, Mexico or Cameroon? It should set up the scenario that the meeting between Croatia and Mexico is going to be the decider to that question. Mexico are at 5/4, with Croatia at 13/10 in the World Cup 2014 odds to qualify from Group A odds. There’s a similar story in Group F where Bosnia are even money, with Nigeria at 7/5 to make it out alongside Argentina from Group F.
There are some tighter groups around of course, notably Group D where a massive battle between England, Uruguay and Italy is set to ensure. Tough to split all three of them, although the bookies have slapped a price of 1/2 on both Italy and Uruguay to qualify, leaving England at a superbly tempting 4/6 shot to make it to the knock-out stage, in World Cup 2014 odds to qualify from Group D. Germany and Portugal are likely to be battling it out alone for the top two spots in a lopsided Group G, where the USA and Ghana are unlikely to make an impact. The same story is in Group B where Spain and Netherlands should occupy the top two spots ahead, but the dark horse there is the expansive Chile who are a great 6/5 shot to qualify.
With Colombia as favourites to win GRoup C, the race for second between Greece, Ivory Coast and Japan could be pretty interesting. In Group E it is hard to split the challenge of France and Switzerland for top spot, but the two European nations have big supremacy over Ecuador and Honduras. That leaves GRoup H, where many people’s favourites for a dark horse bet, Belgium are expected to qualify alongside Russia. The Russians are 8/15 second favourites to make it through ahead of South Korea at 2/1 in World Cup 2014 odds to qualify from Group H.