With the 2014 FIFA World Cup less than a month away, it is time for us to take a look at the various bets that can be placed ahead of the tournament. With this World Cup being held in Brazil, there is no doubt that the host nation are the favorites to win it. Most online gambling sites are offering odds at 3/1 or 7/2 for Brazil to claim their sixth trophy. Despite having a young team with a lot of expectation from the home fans, Brazil’s impressive Confederations Cup campaign showed fans and experts that they have all the tools to succeed.
Next on the list of favorites are Argentina, Spain and Germany. It may be a surprise to see the current World and European champions as third favorites, but there are historical reasons for this. A European team has never succeeded at a South American World Cup, and many of the stars of Spain’s 2008, 2010 and 2012 triumphs are reaching the end of their careers. Carles Puyol has already retired, while the likes of Iker Casillas, Xavi Hernandez, Andres Iniesta and Fernando Torres may be inhibited by fatigue after years of non stop football for club and country. Odds of 11/2 or 6/1 are available for Spain.
Germany are another potentially underrated team in the odds market. If any team is capable of breaking the South American strange hold, it will be the Germans. Many of their players are in their prime, and they have ample quality and depth in all departments of their squad. The Germans can be backed at 11/2 or 6/1 depending on which online gambling site you use.
Lionel Messi’s Argentina may not have the most complete squad, but they have a sprinkling of world class players in several positions. Most notably, the threat of Messi, Gonzalo Higuain and Sergio Aguero up front will take some stopping. With all the pressure on Brazil, it looks as though Argentina will go into this tournament free from expectation.
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