With the World Cup 2014 on the horizon now is a good time to look at the latest betting odds and suggest which teams are most likely to win the World Cup this year.
Hosts Brazil are the current favourites in the betting to win the 2014 World Cup and with the tournament being held in South America, there is a strong trend that the World Cup will stay there come the middle of July.
That makes both Brazil and Argentina the market leaders and it is Argentina who we are siding with for our World Cup betting tip. Their attacking threat is unrivalled in World football with the likes of Messi, Aguero, Tevez, Di Maria and Higuain all set to fight out for starting places. Lionel Messi has never impressed at a major tournament but this could be his time to shine in the comfort of his home continent.
The Argentinian defence is a slight concern but with Mascherano likely to marshal the backline from his defensive midfield role the backline could have enough protection. Argentina’s path to the final also looks set to be the easiest of the market leaders in the betting so there is no reason to oppose them at odds of 5/1.
Germany come next in the betting and are Europe’s main hope of winning the 2014 World Cup. Their young squad are now approaching their prime years and this is their big chance on the biggest stage of all. We have found some great World Cup previews at World Cup Betting Zone and are keen on Germany’s chances, but the fact that the tournament is being held in Brazil is enough to put us off any of the European sides, including Spain who will tempt a lot of punters given their quoted odds of 7/1.
Spain are the current World and European Champions but a World Cup in South America may be a step too far given the ageing players such as Xavi, Iniesta and Puyol. These players are now in their 30’s and the humid conditions and very different playing conditions to those found in Europe could be enough to scupper the Spanish challenge for the World Cup, meaning we are still siding with Argentina for our World Cup betting tip.
There is always an outside that makes a surprise appearance in the latter stages of the World Cup and this year it could be one of the other South American sides. Chile are the team we are looking at given their odds of 66/1. They love to play attacking football and could make a play for the quarter finals or even semi-finals. The ways to bet on them are either with a bookmaker who allow you to ‘cash out’ or on Betfair where you can later lay Chile when their odds shorten as they progress to the latter stages of the World Cup in Brazil.