Now that team USA has been eliminated in exciting fashion from the World Cup, has the excitement of the run given way to disappointment? Not at all. Now is the time to make smart bets on the best values remaining in the 2014 World Cup.
This expert World Cup betting analysis on all 8 remaining teams in the tournament and – more importantly – their respective chances of cashing in on their World Cup betting odds – is just what the doctor ordered with a two day fútbol hiatus.
With another series of expected thrillers on hand in just a few days, let’s get started.
— ProSoccerTalk (@ProSoccerTalk) July 3, 2014
Updated Odds to Win the 2014 World Cup
Brazil’s Is the Favorite to Win World Cup at 11/4
Brazil is the host nation and overwhelming favorite, but even at this late stage, I’m not sure why exactly. Don’t get me wrong. Brazil is very good, I just don’t think quite as good as many see them.
Brazil has scored eight goals in four matches, tied with France for fourth overall, though they are tied for second overall in goals allowed with just two. Brazil has taken an average of 17.5 shot attempts per match and put 70 percent of its shots on target too, so they are very accurate.
Neymar 'feels fine' amidst injury concerns for quarterfinal clash http://t.co/r0LRBa9nE8
— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) July 3, 2014
Superstar forward Neymar has scored four goals for Brazil and is tied for second with two other players in the race for the Golden Boot award.
Germany’s Odds To Win The World Cup Are 7/2
Germany is third in goals scored with nine and they’ve put an impressive 70 percent of their shots on target this tournament while attempting 16.5 shots per match, three shots above the cup average. Germany doesn’t foul very often with just two yellow cards and they’re tied with a handful of teams in goals allowed with just three.
Oh, did I forget to mention that Germany is les by one of the world’s premiere players in forward Thomas Muller, the reigning Golden Boot winner. Muller is currently tied for second in goals with four and is tied for third in solo runs into the scoring area with six.
Argentina’s Odds To Win The World Cup Are 4/1
Led by the incomparable Lionel Messi, Argentina is unbeaten in four matches and for good reason. This team has scored six goals through four games, but defensively, they’ve been a monster in allowing just three total goals. Argentina is an attacking team as their whopping 19.3 shot attempts attest.
Argentina has put 60 percent of their shots on target this World Cup and has committed just 43 fouls, well below the cup average of 52.1. Messi is tied with Germany’s Thomas Muller for second place in the Golden Boot race with four goals. According to the stats folks at fivethirtyeight.com, Argentina has a 17 percent chance of winning it all.
Netherlands’ Odds To Win The World Cup Are 9/2
The Netherlands have scored a whopping 12 goals while taking just 13.8 attempts per match., though they have put 70 percent of their attempts on target. More importantly, this team also plays defense and has allowed just four goals so far.
The Netherlands may also have the best two-headed offensive attack in the 2014 World Cup with forwards Arjen Robben and Rob van Persie each tallying three goals and consistently putting pressure on opposing defenses and keepers. According to the stats folks at fivethirtyeight.com, The Netherlands have a 14 percent chance of winning it all.
France’s Odds To Win The World Cup Are 7/1
France is tied for fourth place in goals scored with eight and apparently gets their fair share of shots each match too as they average a healthy 19.3 attempts each match while putting 60 percent of their attempts on target. Forward Karim Benzema has scored three goals and is tied for third place in the Golden Boot chase. The bad news is that they face powerful Germany in their quarterfinal match. According to the stats folks at fivethirtyeight.com, France has an eight percent chance of winning it all.
Colombia’s Odds To Win The World Cup Are 11/1
Thanks mostly to the stunning contributions of now, globally-recognized scoring machine James Rodriguez, Colombia is all alone in second place with an impressive 11 goals in four matches.
— FIFAWorldCup (@FIFAWorldCup) July 3, 2014
It may sound crazy, but this team doesn’t attempt many shots each match as they average just 11.5 attempts each time out, well below the World Cup average of 13.5 shots per match. Rodriguez leads all scorers with five goals and has shown some serious versatility in scoring three goals with his left foot, one with his right and heading another one home. According to the stats folks at fivethirtyeight.com, Colombia has an eight percent chance of winning it all.
Belgium is 12/1 To Win The World Cup
Belgium has used a smothering defensive approach to allow just two goals in four matches, tied for first place overall. The Belgians may not be a virtual ‘scoring machine’ but they have scored six goals while simultaneously putting 70 percent of their whopping 20.3 attempts per match on target.According to the stats folks at fivethirtyeight.com, Belgium has a three percent chance of winning it all.
Costa Rica Is A 40/1 Long Shot To Win The World Cup
With a stunning 2-0-2 record after four matches, Costa Rica has been the Cinderella team in this year’s globally-encompassing event. The Costa Ricans only attempt a pitiful eight shots per match and put just 50 percent of their shots on target. Fortunately, Costa Rica’s defense is tied for first overall in goals allowed with just two. Still, it’s a slippery slope this team is walking with their inability to score the ball consistently.According to the stats folks at fivethirtyeight.com, Costa Rica has a six percent chance of reaching the finals.