At long last, the World Cup draw has finally been revealed! And, lucky for us, betting odds are already out there for the group stage, giving us the closest thing to official predictions as we’re going to see! At Betfair online, in the football betting section, you’ll find a 2014 World Cup sub-section complete with odds for each team to advance out of its group. These odds can be subject to change over time due to developments, and will certainly be updated once the Cup actually starts – but in the meantime, we’re going to use them to take a look at each group, and which nations seem poised to advance.
The group of host nation Brazil, this one should be no surprise at the top. Brazil are given 1/3 odds to win the group. After that, however, it gets interesting. Mexico and Croatia are each listed at 11/2, with Cameroon getting the lowest odds at 22/1. This is a tricky group to bet on – Mexico, probably the most talented side behind Brazil, has underachieved in qualifying.
Defending champion Spain are given 1/6 odds to advance, with the Netherlands the favourite to advance alongside them, at 2/5 odds. Chile (5/4) and Australia (7/1) round out the group.
With 8/13 odds, Colombia are the favourites, though the margin here is slimmer. Japan (7/2), Ivory Coast (5/1) and Greece (10/1) round out the group, and those Ivory Coast odds are fairly tempting to take a gamble on, as this is a fairly wide open group.
Italy, with 7/4 odds, are the favourite here, with England and Uruguay dead even at 2/1, and Costa Rica a long shot at 22/1. If you’re looking for a high risk bet, Costa Rica may be an interesting team to watch – they played quite well in qualifying, and this England side may be a bit weaker than usual, opening up a potential opportunity. Some have even dubbed this the “Group of Death,” and tabbed England as the side that may suffer from the strength of the group.
France comes in at 2/9, whereas Switzerland, the seeded team of the group, is a 10/11 bet to advance. Ecuador (8/11) and Honduras (7/2) round out the group.
With 1/20 odds, Argentina are the runaway favourites here. Bosnia (8/13) have the next best odds, with Nigeria (6/4) and Iran (5/1) trailing. Don’t sleep on Nigeria here – some speculate they may be the best African club this time around.
Germany are 1/7 favourites to advance, with Portugal (4/9) also excepted to escape a very tough group. The USA (9/4) certainly have an outside shot to advance, while Ghana (3/1) look like the underdogs, but also shouldn’t be taken lightly.
Belgium (8/13) are on top, followed by Russia (5/2), South Korea (7/1), and Algeria (14/1) in what could ultimately be one of the toughest groups to predict. Belgium is a legitimate favourite, but it seems beyond them anything could happen.