The World Cup is almost upon us and there are plenty of betting markets to whet the appetite from outright winner and top scorer all the way down to lowest scoring team and player of the tournament. There’s lots of value to be had in some of the less known markets and Easyodds.com football tipster has picked out which nation he thinks will go furthest from each continent.
Top South American Team
Uruguay @ 14/1 – BET NOW
This is perhaps the hardest selection to pick with the World Cup winner likely to come from South America. Brazil look a touch short at 11/10 given they are likely to face tough opponents as early as the last 16 with Spain, Holland or Chile the most likely sides to face them while Argentina have not gone beyond the quarter-finals since 1990 and don’t appeal at 7/4. Therefore I have plumped for Uruguay at a huge price 14/1. I expect Oscar Tabarez’s side to qualify from Group D where Colombia or Ivory Coast should meet them and they certainly have the quality to negotiate either of those sides. The fixtures get trickier from then on but with Luis Suarez, Edinson Cavani et al in their ranks they can beat anyone on their day.
Top European Team
France @ 10/1 – BET NOW
I’ve avoided picking a much fancied side in this market with European sides unlikely to do well in this World Cup given no European nation has won in South or Central America in World Cup history. France seem to have been overlooked given they have been drawn in a fairly straightforward group and will be favourites for their second round match against either Nigeria or Bosnia. Germany (favourites in this market) are their likely last eight opponents but France will be no pushovers and go into this tournament better equipped than they did in 2010 with the bulk of their squad in their prime and offering a decent balance of youth and experience. Spain and Belgium are the other sides ahead of France in this market though Spain are in a very tough group while Belgium have been overestimated given they haven’t been in a major tournament since 2002.
Top North American Team
USA @ 13/8 – BET NOW
Mexico are favourites here but I don’t think it’s guaranteed they’ll advance from Group A with Croatia and Cameroon also looking to take second spot behind Brazil. At a best price 13/8 I fancy Jurgen Klinsmann’s US side to upset the odds and reach the knockout stage. They face Germany, Portugal and Ghana but with Portugal a one man team and Ghana lacking quality they have every chance of seeing them off. There are some handy players at Klinsmann’s disposal including the likes of Michael Bradley, Clint Dempsey, Landon Donovan, Jozy Altidore and Tim Howard so their opponents dare not underestimate them. Elsewhere in the market Costa Rica (14/1) and Honduras (16/1) simply don’t have the quality to compete.
Top African Team
Nigeria @ 4/1 – BET NOW
A lot of focus is on Ivory Coast to go far in this year’s tournament but they are an ageing side who four years ago never even made it out of their group. Cameroon face some tough opponents in Group A (Brazil, Croatia and Mexico) while Ghana look short of quality in terms of their squad and won’t find it easy to advance from a group that includes both Germany and Portugal plus the underestimated USA. That leaves Nigeria and they’ve been handed a chance by being drawn in a fairly weak group. Of course Argentina should top Group F but Iran and Bosnia are far from imposing opponents for the Super Eagles.
Top Asian Team
South Korea @ 2/1 – BET NOW
Japan are favourites in this market at a best price 4/5 which is absurd given they are priced at 5/4 to simply reach the knockout stage. Colombia (3/10) and Ivory Coast (Evens) are favourites to advance from Japan’s group so you’re better off taking bigger odds on South Korea being the top Asian side. South Korea have been drawn in Group H with Belgium, Russia and Algeria so there’s no reason why they cannot finish in the top two in this group. They’ve qualified for the last seven tournaments and made it to the last 16 in South Africa and will cope better in the conditions than Belgium and Russia and have a far superior squad to Algeria.
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