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World Cup Future Odds
Updated July 3rd 2014 - The quarterfinals are set and you can wager on who will win overall as well as match ups for the finals.
Brazil (11/4) is still the betting favorite to win the World Cup, but they have not looked great and had to beat Chile on penalty kicks on the round of 16. Neymar has looked solid on the attack, but he needs help. They face a dangerous and in-form Colombia squad in the quarterfinals and may have to face Germany in the semis.
Germany (7/2) won the Group of Death, but looked less than dominant beating Algeria in extra time in the round of 16. Thomas Muller ranks second in goals scored and the defense has played well. They face France in the quarters and may have a dream match up Brazil in the semifinals.
Argentina (4/1) also needed extra time to advance to the quarterfinals and while Lionel Messi has looked superb he has not gotten much help. They will need to beat Belgium to make the World Cup semis for the first time since 1990.
Netherlands (9/2) has looked great on offense, but their defense is a concern. They face the darling of the World Cup so far in Costa Rica in their next match and in the semis will have to beat Belgium or Argentina to make it to back-to-back World Cup finals.
France (7/1) has looked solid in the tournament and they have forgotten about their disaster in 2010. Karim Benzema leads the squad with three goals, but they are the betting underdog facing Germany in the quarterfinals.
Colombia (11/1) has been very impressive and striker James Rodriguez leads the tournament in goals scored. They are in form, but have to beat host Brazil and maybe Germany just to advance to the finals.
Belgium (12/1) faces Argentina and Messi in the quarterfinals and they have to defense to deal with the attack. They have played great as a team with six different players scoring all six of their goals.
Costa Rica (40/1) is the big betting long shot and can they keep up their wild ride? They won the Group of Champions and their defense has been superb. They are big betting underdogs in the quarterfinals facing Netherlands, but they have confidence and already have wins over Uruguay and Italy.
FIFA World Cup 2014 - Outright Winner Betting Odds
Costa Rica 40/1
World Cup 2014 - Name the Finalists
Brazil/Costa Rica 33/1
Costa Rica/Germany 40/1
Costa Rica/France 66/1
Colombia/Costa Rica 80/1
Brazil (3/1) is the World Cup host and while they have been known for their dynamic offense in the past their defense is the strength of the squad this time round. However, Barcelona’s Neymar is the leader of the attack that does not lack firepower up front.
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Argentina (9/2) is seriously loaded up front led by Lionel Messi, who has the best odds to win the top goal scorer in Brazil, and Sergio Aguero and Gonzalo Higuain, who have top 10 odds to win that award. However, the squad lacks team play, which why they have not advanced past the quarterfinals since 1990.
One team that is stacked is Germany (11/2), but they are playing in the Group of Death and they do not have a superstar striker up front. Still, they have the best World Cup betting odds to win their group and are a squad that really has no weaknesses.
Can Spain (6/1) become the first every World Cup repeat champion? They may have the best midfield in the tournament, Germany and Italy may rival them, but they are in a tough group having to face Holland, who they beat in the 2010 WC final, and Chile.
Is Belgium (18/1) for real? They have the fifth best betting odds, have a solid all around team and are not in a tough group, but the loss of key striker Christian Benteke was a big one. However, Everton’s Romelu Lukaku will be THE guy on the attack of this young and exciting squad.
England (20/1) only has one top four showing in the World Cup (1990) since they won as the host in 1966. Wayne Rooney and Steven Gerrard lead the squad that has the talent, but is in a tough group and the defense is a concern.
In one of the tougher groups Italy (22/1) is facing Uruguay and England and they have a veteran laden squad that has many players that were with the 2006 World Cup winners.
It would be hard to think that France (22/1) could implode like they did in the last World Cup since they play in one of the easier groups. Karim Benzema leads the offense, but the veteran leader of the squad Franck Ribery has been hindered by back problems leading up to the tournament and the midfield leader will really be missed if he cannot go.
Portugal (25/1) and Holland (28/1) both have solid squads, but can Portugal get out of the Group of Death and can the Dutch best Spain in their group? If they cannot and come in second they may have to face host Brazil in the round of 16.
Here are the World Cup betting odds as of April 20, 2014, courtesy of Bovada:
Ivory Coast 125/1
South Korea 300/1
Costa Rica 1000/1