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World Cup 2014 Betting Recap
The World Cup was an exciting one and hats off to Germany, who captured their fourth trophy beating Argentina 1-0 in the final.
Brazil went into the World Cup as the betting favorite, followed by Argentina, Germany, and Spain.
After Brazil’s embarrassing 7-1 loss to Germany in the semifinals they could not save a little face losing to the Netherlands 3-0 in the third place match.
Costa Rica was the big surprise of the tournament winning the Group of Champions and advancing to the quarterfinals. They were the betting underdog in every match of the tournament. The Ticos were HUGE betting underdogs to win their group at 20/1 odds.
After Costa Rica the oddsmakers were right on most of the group winners with the betting favorites winning most of the groups. The one minor shock was Holland winning their group with Spain, but what was a major shock is that the Dutch crushed the defending champions winning 5-1, which was the worst ever loss in the World Cup by a reigning champion.
The Spanish were the biggest disappointment in the tournament only gaining three points in group play with one win, over Australia, and two losses. They had the fourth best betting odds to win the World Cup before the tournament began. The other two disappointments were Italy and England, who failed to advance to the round of 16.
Besides the German squad and their fans the biggest winners of the World Cup had to be the bettors, who took James Rodriguez to win the Golden Boot. He was a major World Cup betting long shot to win, but took the award scoring six goals in only five matches. Before the tournament Lionel Messi and Neymar had the best betting odds and each finished with four goals apiece.
The World Cup is barely over and Bet365 already has futures odds on the winner. Big shock that Germany has the best odds followed by Spain and Brazil.
Here are the squads with the 10 best odds at Bet365 to win the World Cup in Russia in 2018.