With the World Cup in Brazil looming, many people have booked their tickets to support their countries. Travellers and punters alike are beginning to check out the betting odds, in a tournament that will endure huge amounts of speculation.
This article serves as a guide for World Cup betting, whether you’re travelling to Brazil or staying at home.
Home advantage seems to figure highly in the betting with Brazil clear favourites and Argentina generally accepted as the next best bet. Even at international level, it’s hard to match a team that thrives off a pressure cooker home support, and if last summer’s Confederations Cup is anything to go by, Brazil might just steam roller everyone on a wave of enthusiasm.
Brazil beat Spain comfortably in that tournament and they have a good balance in their side with players like Fred and Hulk doing the groundwork from which Neymar and Oscar might capitalise.
Brazil have strength in the air, and players who punish teams when they get between the lines. Nevertheless, the current Spain team are one of the best sides ever to have played the game so if Iniesta and Xavi are on form, they can be ruthless.
Germany seem to be an excellent bet, hovering at around 5/1 on bwin. They have everything in terms of physicality, pace, strength in depth, and skill, but will the northern European sides melt in the heat?
Belgium are well-positioned to have a crack at the last four with players like Fellaini, Lukaku, Kompany, Benteke, Dembele and Hazard all plying their trade in the Premier League. The Belgians are a real powerhouse team and will trouble the smaller sides with their physicality. They’re 14/1 for the win.
Belgium were the team for the football fashionistas, but it now seems that Jorge Sampaoli’s Chile have claimed that title with their completely fluid 3-4-3, and players like Vidal and Sanchez pulling the strings. Chile will be the neutral’s favourite and they could be a good outside bet for the semis.