World Cup 2014 betting: odds on Costa Rica to win, Group D predictions

2014 World Cup Betting Odds On Costa Rica To Win & Other Group D Predictions

Costa Rica comes to the 2014 World Cup with a solid defense, a talented goal keeper, and a couple of bonafide scoring threats in Byran Ruiz and Joel Campbell. Even with the most talented roster this country has put on the pitch for the World Cup they are the underdog of Group D with Italy, England, and Uruguay.

With the misfortune of the being in the same group as perennial powerhouses Italy and England, this squad will have to rely on a their defense to to lead to quick counter attacks for their goals if this team has a prayer to advance.

What are Costa Rica Betting Odds in the 2014 World Cup?

  • To Win The Tournament + 100000
  • To Reach the Final: +75000
  • To Win Group D: +6600
  • To Qualify: +900
  • Not To Qualify: -2500
  • To Finish Last In Group D: -550
  • To Be the Highest Scoring team in the Tournament: +250000
  • To Be the Highest Scoring team in the Group: +3300

How did Costa Rica qualify?

Costa Rica finished second in CONCACAF "Hex", ahead of Mexico, Honduras, Panama, and Jamaica, finishing behind only Team USA. They were able to compete so well by using their stingy defense that went an incredible 476 minutes without giving up a single goal.

However, in seven of their qualifying matches they did not score more than one goal.

Overall, in the qualification process they had five wins, two losses, and three draws. They cannot be taken lightly though, as they did beat the United States and Mexico, who are also both contenders in the World Cup this summer.

Who are Costa Rica opponents in the 2014 World Cup?

Costa Rica is in Group D along Italy (+175), Uruguay (+200) and England (+220); the Ticos are listed +6600 to finish in the first place.

What is Costa Rica schedule For The 2014 World Cup?

Costa Rica will open their World Cup dreams against Uruguay on June 14 at the Estádio Castelão, in Fortaleza as +900 underdogs; the Uruguayans are rated -225 in the money line to win the match.

On June 19, Costa Rica will meet Italy at the Arena Pernambuco, in Recife; the Italians are favorites in the money line listed at -285 while the Ticos are +900.

Costa Rica’s best chance to get points is against England on June 24 according to the soccer odds; the English are -187 favorites to win at the Estádio Mineirão, in Belo Horizonte, and the Central Americans are +650.

What’s Costa Rica Official Slogan For The 2014 World Cup?

‘My Passion Is Football, My Strength Is My People, My Pride Is Costa Rica’.

What’s Costa Rica List of Players for the 2014 World Cup?

GOALKEEPERS : Keylor Navas (Levante), Patrick Pemberton (Alajuelense), Daniel Cambronero (Herediano), Esteban Alvarado (AZ Alkmaar)

DEFENDERS : Johnny Acosta (Alajuelense), Giancarlo González (Columbus Crew), Michael Umaña (Saprissa), Oscar Duarte (Brujas), Waylon Francis (Columbus Crew), Heiner Mora (Saprissa), Junior Díaz (Mainz 05), Christian Gamboa (Rosenborg), Roy Miller (New York Red Bulls), Kendall Waston (Saprissa).

MIDFIELDERS : Celso Borges (AIK), Christian Bolaños (Copenhagen), Oscar Esteban Granados (Herediano), Michael Barrantes (AAlesund), Yeltsin Tejeda (Saprissa), Diego Calvo (Valerenga), José Miguel Cubero (Herediano), Carlos Hernández (Wellington Phoenix), Ariel Rodríguez (Alajuelense), Hansell Arauz (Saprissa).

FORWARDS : Álvaro Saborío (Real Salt Lake), Bryan Ruiz (PSV Eindhoven), Joel Campbell (Olympiakos FC), Randall Brenes (Cartaginés), Marco Ureña (FC Kubán Krasnodar), Jairo Arrieta (Columbus Crew).

Who’s Costa Rica Most Important Player in the 2014 World Cup?

There are several players on the Tico roster that have had strong 2013-14 seasons with their own clubs, but none of them compare to what Keylor Navas has doen at Levante in the Spanish La Liga. Navas finished as the top goalkeeper in La Liga rankings this past season, and he’s used to looking down the best strikers in the world.

What are Costa Rica Betting Trends For the 2014 World Cup?

  • This will be Costa Rica’s fourth World Cup invitation (1990, 2002 & 2006); they advanced just once to the second round, back in 1990 when they made their debut in Italy.
  • Costa Rica has played 10 World Cup games with three wins, one draw and six losses, scoring 12 goals and allowing 21.
  • Costa Rica has played eight times against Uruguay with six losses and two draws; these two team met in the South Africa 2010 playoffs with ‘charruas’ advancing with a 2-1 overall result.
  • Costa Rica beat Italy in the 1984 Olympics with a 1-0 result; the only meeting these two countries have had.
  • Costa Rica has never played England.

How far will Costa Rica go?

Costa Rica will need a lot of luck and prayer to advance to the second round considering the Group they drew into. With a couple of lucky bounces in tight games this team can make some noise.

Complete Odds to Win 2014 FIFA World Cup:

  • Brazil 3/1
  • Argentina 9/2
  • Germany 11/2
  • Spain 13/2
  • Belgium 14/1
  • France 20/1
  • Italy 22/1
  • Uruguay 22/1
  • Colombia 25/1
  • Netherlands 25/1
  • England 28/1
  • Portugal 28/1
  • Chile 40/1
  • Russia 66/1
  • Mexico 100/1
  • Switzerland 100/1
  • USA 100/1
  • Ecuador 125/1
  • Ivory Coast 125/1
  • Croatia 150/1
  • Japan 150/1
  • Bosnia-Herzegovina 200/1
  • Ghana 200/1
  • Greece 200/1
  • Nigeria 250/1
  • South Korea 300/1
  • Australia 500/1
  • Cameroon 500/1
  • Algeria 1000/1
  • Costa Rica 1000/1
  • Honduras 1500/1
  • Iran 1500/1
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Early 2014 Belmont Stakes Odds

If you’re getting primed for the rapidly-approaching 2014 Belmont Stakes and you want to get a smart start on your wagering for the third and final leg of the annual Triple Crown, then this betting breakdown of the latest odds surrounding 146th running of the Belmont Stakes is just what the doctor ordered.

2014 Belmont Stakes
The 2014 Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park in Elmont, New York is the third leg of the Triple Crown and is must see event for all sports fans.
Starts: 06/07/2014 3:00PM
Belmont Park, 2150 Hempstead Turnpike
ElmontNew York

Early 2014 Belmont Stakes Betting Odds

  • California Chrome -115
  • Ride On Curlin +500
  • Commanding Curve +1200
  • Tonalist +1200
  • Wicked Strong +1200
  • Samraat +2500
  • Social Inclusion +3000
  • Commissioner +3500
  • Intense Holiday +3500
  • Kid Cruz +5000

You see, while superstar thoroughbred California Chrome is the clear-cut favorite to win this race and become the first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed last pulled off the nearly impossible feat way back in 1978, he will apparently have his work cut out for him, seeing as how four other horses this millennium alone have all headed into the Belmont Stakes with a chance to win the Triple Crown – before falling short of their quest for immortality.

Let’s take a brief look at the mounts that could potentially challenge California Chrome while providing a bit of Belmont Stakes history.

California Chrome won the Kentucky Derby in absolutely commanding fashion by beating out second place Commanding Curve and third place Danza in the process.

Chrome (we might as well give him one name like all the greats) then went on to win the Preakness by holding off a hard-charging Ride on Curlin and third place finisher Social Inclusion and now, he sits on the precipice of immortality. However, California Chrome will have to hold off some of its usual challengers.

Ride on Curlin finished seventh in the Kentucky derby and second in the Preakness, so he could potentially provide the biggest threat, especially seeing as ho he nearly ran down Chrome at the Preakness.

Commanding Curve, Danza, Wicked Strong and Samraat are all other contenders that have something in common heading into the Belmont Stakes – and that is the fact that all four thoroughbreds are well-rested after not competing in the Preakness Stakes. Five weeks of rest could very well mean the difference between winning and losing the longest leg of the Triple Crown.

Sure, California Chrome is the clear-cut favorite, but horse racing gamblers have seen this act before from several other noted horses and none have come through since Affirmed in 1978.

One thing’s for sure, this year’s Belmont Stakes is must-see TV.

Now, here’s a bit of Belmont Stakes history.

Belmont Park Fast Facts

  • Main Course:  1 1/2 Miles 
  • Last Turn to Finish on Main Track:  1,097 feet 
  • Widener Turf Course:  1 5/16 Miles 
  • Inner Turf Course:  1 3/16 Miles 
  • Attendance Capacity:  85,000 – 90,000 
  • Parking Capacity:  18,500 Cars 
  • Trackside Dining:  2,300 
  • Total Seating Capacity:  32,941

The first thing that horse racing betting aficionados should know about the Belmont Stakes – and the thing that makes it so unique – is the fact that it’s the longest thoroughbred race track in the United States, making it the most arduous and demanding leg of the Triple Crown.

Here is a look at the thoroughbreds that have failed to win the Triple Crown this millennium because of a loss in the Belmont Stakes. Overall, there have been a dozen horses that have won both the Kentucky Derby and Preakness but failed to win the Belmont Stakes since Affirmed did it back in 1978.

  • War Emblem (2002): finished eighth to Sarava
  • Funny Cide (2003): finished third to Empire Maker
  • Smarty Jones (2004): finished second to Birdstone
  • Big Brown (2008): Did Not Finish to Da’ Tara

Did You Know?

That the Belmont Stakes changed its distance several times prior to 1926? The famed race was run at a mile and five furlongs from 1867 to 1873, a mile and a quarter in 1890-92, 1895, 1904 and 1905; a mile and a furlong in 1893 and 1894; a mile and three furlongs from 1896 to 1903 and from 1906 to 1925. The current distance of a mile and half was established in 1926.

In 1993, Julie Krone became the first female jockey to ever win a Triple Crown race, when she guided Colonial Affair to victory. The Belmont Stakes was run at Jerome Park from l867 to l889; at Morris Park from l890 to l904; at Aqueduct from l963 to l967 and not run at all in l9ll and l9l2.

Secretariat’s stunning 31-length victory in the 1973 Belmont Stakes established a world record time for a mile and a half (2:24) that still stands to this very day.

Twenty-six horses have been eligible to win the Triple Crown coming into the Belmont Stakes but only eleven have succeeded. A total of eleven Belmont Stakes winners have sired at least one other Belmont winner. 

Man o’ War heads the list of Belmont champion sires. Not only did he win the race himself in 1920, but three of his sires also won the Belmont Stakes including American Flag in 1925, Crusader in 1926 and War Admiral in 1937, who won the Triple Crown.

World Cup 2014 betting: odds on Colombia to win, Group C predictions

Odds On Colombia to Win the World Cup & other Group C Predictions

Colombia returns to the World Cup for the first time since 1998 and the odds makers have them as a top 10 threat to win it all this year. Colombia is drawn into Group D, which is one of the weaker groups along with Japan, Ivory Coast, and Greece. They match up well with Japan, as they are both technically sound squad, but definitely have more talent up front.

Many believe that the odds makers are so bullish on Columbia because of how easy their qualifying group is. You be the judge.

What are Colombia Betting Odds in the 2014 World Cup?

  • To Win The Tournament +3300
  • To Reach the Final: +1100
  • To Win Group C: -120
  • To Qualify: -333
  • Not To Qualify: +300
  • To Finish Last In Group C: +900
  • To Be the Highest Scoring team in the Tournament: +1600
  • To Be the Highest Scoring team in the Group: -125

How did Colombia qualify?

Colombia have a very impressive showing in CONMEBOL qualifying coming in second place behind Argentina by just 2 points. Colombia recorded nine wins, three draws and four losses, while scoring 27 goals and allowing 13, in the qualification series.

Who are Colombia opponents in the 2014 World Cup?

Colombia is the head and top favorite (-120) to win Group C over Ivory Coast (+425), Japan (+500) and Greece (+800).

What is Colombia schedule For The 2014 World Cup?

Colombia will return to the World Cup pitch for the first time in 16 years against Greece on June 14; the South Americans are listed -142 in the money line to beat the Europeans (+505).

Their second game will be against Ivory Coast on June 19, a team that has been in the last two World Cups. Colombia again is favorite +100 to win while the Africans are +350.

Their last group stage match will be against Japan on June 24, with the Colombians as -120 favorites and Japan as +420 to win the game.

What’s Colombia Official Slogan For The 2014 World Cup?

“Here Travels A Nation, Not Just A Team!

What’s Colombia List of Players for the 2014 World Cup?

GOALKEEPERS:  David Ospina (Nice), Faryd Mondragon (Deportivo Cali), Camilo Vargas (Santa Fe)

DEFENDERS:  Mario Yepes (Atalanta), Aquivaldo Mosquera (Club America), Cristian Zapata (AC Milan), Carlos Valdes (San Lorenzo), Amaranto Perea (Cruz Azul), Eder Alvarez Balanta (River Plate), Santiago Arias (PSV Eindhoven), Camilo Zuniga (Napoli), Pablo Armero (Napoli)

MIDFIELDERS:  Carlos Sanchez (Elche), Fredy Guarin (Inter Milan), Abel Aguilar (Toulouse), Aldo Leao Ramirez (Morelia), Juan Fernando Quintero (Porto), Victor Ibarbo (Cagliari), James Rodriguez (Monaco), Macnelly Torres (Al Shabab), Juan Guilermo Cuadrado (Fiorentina), Edwin Valencia (Fluminense), Alexander Mejia (Nacional), Elkin Soto (Mainz)

FORWARDS : Radamel Falcao (Monaco), Carlos Bacca (Sevilla), Adrian Ramos (Hertha Berlin), Luis Fernando Muriel (Udinese), Teofilo Gutierrez (River Plate), Jackson Martinez (Porto)

Who’s Colombia Most Important Player in the 2014 World Cup?

Main striker Radamel Falcao will be the key to this squad’s success. He is recovering from a knee injury and if he cannot go it will be a big blow.

What are Colombia Betting Trends For the 2014 World Cup?

  • Colombia has been to four World Cups, and they were eliminated three times in the group stage and advanced to round of 16 once, back in 1990.
  • Colombia has three wins, two draws and eight losses in the World Cup; they have scored 14 goals and allowed 23.
  • Colombia and Greece met once in a friendly previous to the 1994 World Cup played in the USA. The South Americans won 2-0
  • Colombia and Ivory Coast have never met before.
  • Colombia and Japan met once in the Confederations Cup in 2003 with a 1-0 victory for the Colombians.

How far will Colombia go?

In order to compete in this year’s World Cup, Colombia needs to win group C or they will end up being paired against teams with stronger D’s that they can overcome (Italy, England, Uruguay, and Costa Rica). Either way they won’t make it past the round of 16.

Odds to Win 2014 FIFA World Cup:

  • Brazil 3/1
  • Argentina 9/2
  • Germany 11/2
  • Spain 13/2
  • Belgium 14/1
  • France 20/1
  • Italy 22/1
  • Uruguay 22/1
  • Colombia 25/1
  • Netherlands 25/1
  • England 28/1
  • Portugal 28/1
  • Chile 40/1
  • Russia 66/1
  • Mexico 100/1
  • Switzerland 100/1
  • USA 100/1
  • Ecuador 125/1
  • Ivory Coast 125/1
  • Croatia 150/1
  • Japan 150/1
  • Bosnia-Herzegovina 200/1
  • Ghana 200/1
  • Greece 200/1
  • Nigeria 250/1
  • South Korea 300/1
  • Australia 500/1
  • Cameroon 500/1
  • Algeria 1000/1
  • Costa Rica 1000/1
  • Honduras 1500/1
  • Iran 1500/1