Football World Cup Betting 2014

The battle lines have been set for the 2014 FIFA World Cup following the draw which was held in Bahia, Brazil on Friday, December 6th, 2013. Brazil, the host nation and five-time winners of the greatest football tournament in the world, will be red hot favourites for many punters ahead of the big kick off on June 12th. On each of the previous occasions that the World Cup was held in South America, it was a team from that very continent who went on to lift the famous Jules Rimet gold trophy. So history immediately lends a favourable hand to the young Brazilian side, and perhaps to Argentina as well.

 

Brazil last took the FIFA World Cup title back in 2002, while Argentina’s last title was earned back in 1986. There is massive expectation on the two South American rivals to perform during the summer. Brazil naturally have home soil and a massive support, but will the pressure on their young squad tell in the latter stages? Argentina therefore could be a tremendous side to back, especially if Lionel Messi delivers for La Albiceleste. Argentina are perhaps a more-rounded, more solid and more experienced squad than Brazil are, and they will have advantage of being used to the conditions in South America too. It makes them a dangerous side that everyone will want to avoid in the knockout stages.

 

The two previous editions of the FIFA World Cup have been won by European sides, Italy taking the title in 2006 and Spain in 2010. The Spaniards, reigning champions, will probably have a big say in proceedings again. Many are thinking that their golden era of football, which has seen them win three major titles on the trot (two European Championships and the World Cup), is coming to an end. But there is still life in them and simply because of the way that they play football, a game based on possession and short passes, they will have some benefit over other sides in the heat and humidity. They will tire their opposition and coach Vicente del Bosque has made visible changes to the tempo of his side’s play over the past couple of years to combat aging legs.

 

Spain were drawn in a fascinating group alongside the Netherlands who they beat in the 2010 final, with Chile and Australia making up the numbers there. But a shorter priced option than even the reigning Champions is Joachim Loew’s Germany. The Germans, who have been one of the best footballing sides in the world for the last four years, really exploded on the scene at the 2010 World Cup, playing swashbuckling, fearless football. There has been a lot of maturing from them in that time and they have the power to stand toe to toe with the Brazilians and Argentinians. It would be something of a surprise if they fall short of the quarter finals, to where they have pretty easy looking passage.

 

There is always a Group of Death that the press like to jump all over and that has fallen on Group D which is wide open with Uruguay, Costa Rica, England and Italy going head to head. Tough to call the two qualifiers from that group and worth avoiding them all in the outright winner market. 

 

So what about the World Cup Dark Horse bets? The ones that you wouldn’t mind pulling out of the hat in a sweepstake? Look for the exciting and entertaining Colombia side, who have come on leaps and bounds in the last two years and should flourish in the conditions, along with Belgium. The rise of Belgium has been phenomenal, a side packed with a lot of talent who ply their trade in the English Premier League, young and adventurous, great goalkeeping. Should be one of the most entertaining sides to watch out for.

 

Still, at the end of the day, it is tough to look beyond the front runners who do have World Cup winning experience. It counts for a lot, because not only talent on the pitch is required, but so too a lot of mental toughness. For that, Argentina look very solid value in an each way bet in an ante post wager. 32 nations will be battling it out to reach the final on July 13th, and on the month-long journey, enjoy match betting, group betting and individual offerings such as the top goalscorer market where Lionel Messi is favourite, followed by the likes of Brazil’s Neymar, Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo, Argentina’s Sergio Aguero and Uruguay's Luis Suarez.

Football World Cup Betting 2014

The battle lines have been set for the 2014 FIFA World Cup following the draw which was held in Bahia, Brazil on Friday, December 6th, 2013. Brazil, the host nation and five-time winners of the greatest football tournament in the world, will be red hot favourites for many punters ahead of the big kick off on June 12th. On each of the previous occasions that the World Cup was held in South America, it was a team from that very continent who went on to lift the famous Jules Rimet gold trophy. So history immediately lends a favourable hand to the young Brazilian side, and perhaps to Argentina as well.

 

Brazil last took the FIFA World Cup title back in 2002, while Argentina’s last title was earned back in 1986. There is massive expectation on the two South American rivals to perform during the summer. Brazil naturally have home soil and a massive support, but will the pressure on their young squad tell in the latter stages? Argentina therefore could be a tremendous side to back, especially if Lionel Messi delivers for La Albiceleste. Argentina are perhaps a more-rounded, more solid and more experienced squad than Brazil are, and they will have advantage of being used to the conditions in South America too. It makes them a dangerous side that everyone will want to avoid in the knockout stages.

 

The two previous editions of the FIFA World Cup have been won by European sides, Italy taking the title in 2006 and Spain in 2010. The Spaniards, reigning champions, will probably have a big say in proceedings again. Many are thinking that their golden era of football, which has seen them win three major titles on the trot (two European Championships and the World Cup), is coming to an end. But there is still life in them and simply because of the way that they play football, a game based on possession and short passes, they will have some benefit over other sides in the heat and humidity. They will tire their opposition and coach Vicente del Bosque has made visible changes to the tempo of his side’s play over the past couple of years to combat aging legs.

 

Spain were drawn in a fascinating group alongside the Netherlands who they beat in the 2010 final, with Chile and Australia making up the numbers there. But a shorter priced option than even the reigning Champions is Joachim Loew’s Germany. The Germans, who have been one of the best footballing sides in the world for the last four years, really exploded on the scene at the 2010 World Cup, playing swashbuckling, fearless football. There has been a lot of maturing from them in that time and they have the power to stand toe to toe with the Brazilians and Argentinians. It would be something of a surprise if they fall short of the quarter finals, to where they have pretty easy looking passage.

 

There is always a Group of Death that the press like to jump all over and that has fallen on Group D which is wide open with Uruguay, Costa Rica, England and Italy going head to head. Tough to call the two qualifiers from that group and worth avoiding them all in the outright winner market. 

 

So what about the World Cup Dark Horse bets? The ones that you wouldn’t mind pulling out of the hat in a sweepstake? Look for the exciting and entertaining Colombia side, who have come on leaps and bounds in the last two years and should flourish in the conditions, along with Belgium. The rise of Belgium has been phenomenal, a side packed with a lot of talent who ply their trade in the English Premier League, young and adventurous, great goalkeeping. Should be one of the most entertaining sides to watch out for.

 

Still, at the end of the day, it is tough to look beyond the front runners who do have World Cup winning experience. It counts for a lot, because not only talent on the pitch is required, but so too a lot of mental toughness. For that, Argentina look very solid value in an each way bet in an ante post wager. 32 nations will be battling it out to reach the final on July 13th, and on the month-long journey, enjoy match betting, group betting and individual offerings such as the top goalscorer market where Lionel Messi is favourite, followed by the likes of Brazil’s Neymar, Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo, Argentina’s Sergio Aguero and Uruguay's Luis Suarez.