2014 World Cup Betting – Group C Preview

21st January 2014 | World Cup Betting category: World Cup Betting & Odds
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You are always going to get those groups at the World Cup which don’t attract as much interest as others, and Group C is one of them. The initial problem is that none of the four nations in the group are expected to really much that much of an impact, so it may not matter which two get out of the group, because down the line they are going to be chasing a bit of a lost cause. Still, the 2014 World Cup betting options are still going to provide a good deal of value.

Colombia are trading as 8/13 favourites to win the group, and that price seems to set their chances of qualifying a country mile ahead of the rest of the group. It is probably fair to say that they should deliver on that. The young Colombian side have developed very well over the last couple of years or so, and they are definitely on the right track. At the 2011 Copa America they topped their group over Argentina before losing in extra time against Peru in the quarter finals.

Colombia flew through qualification for the World Cup in the CONMEBOL zone, taking 30 points in total and finishing in second place, just two points behind Argentina. There is big potential there and of course, they have the scoring power of Radamel Falcao, who isn’t a bad shout to finish as the group’s top scorer.

So the enterprising Colombians have actually been pencilled in by many as being one of the dark horses of the entire 2014 World Cup, and bookmakers have trimmed their odds into as much as 20/1 to win the event. So that does make them kind of certainty to qualifying for the knockout stages, but who will be  joining them? It looks to be a three way toss up really. The Ivory Coast have been trading as narrow second favourites behind Colombia in Group C World Cup Betting, but there is really little to split them from Japan and Greece. The Ivory Coast flew through their qualifying adventures too, not losing a game and scoring a hatful of goals. The level of opposition wasn’t great though. They then took a comfortable 4-2 aggregate win over Senegal to book their spot at Brazil 2014, with former Chelsea players Didier Drogba and Salomon Kalou amongst the goals.

That will leave the challenge of the enterprising Japanese to come in. The problem with gauging the level of Japan is that they really don’t play enough high quality matches to get good standard of where they are at. So it should mean really that there should be a lot of value floating around on Greece. The Greeks comfortably qualified from their group, pushed into second place despite finishing level on points with Bosnia and Herzegovina. It meant that they had to go through the UEFA play offs where they beat Romania 4-2 on aggregate. The thing about Greece is that they are not a high scoring side, but they are very organised and they only conceded four goals through their World Cup qualifying group.

With Greece as long as 2/1 to qualify from the Group C in World Cup 2014 betting, they may be worth a flutter in that market. They could easily stifle Japan and the Ivory Coast out of points in the group. So it could turn out to be a pretty wide open group at the end of the day, and one where there is value around in.

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