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The Best World Cup Bets With A Week To Go

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

World Cup fever is definitely here even if the World Cup is still a few days away and Brazil are looking the team to beat according to the latest World Cup odds.

They are priced up as the 3/1 favourites whilst those looking for England World Cup Odds have to go pretty far down the list to 28/1. Should we be backing either of those teams?

Brazil look very worthy favourites at this World Cup. Six of the last seven World Cups were won by teams who started the tournament rated 7/1 or lower by the bookies.

That narrows things down to Brazil, Argentina, Germany and Spain. The latter two teams can then be ruled out when you consider that no European team has won the World Cup in South, Central or North America.

Brazil then look to have the edge over Argentina on several levels. Brazil looked a force to be reckoned with at the 2013 Confederations Cup and nearly a third of World Cups have been won by the hosts.

Brazil also look a much more rounded team compared to Argentina who lack quality defensively.

Argentina may not be the best bet to win the World Cup but they could be most likely to provide the World Cup top goalscorer.

Their route to the semi finals looks pretty uncomplicated and that would ensure they play the maximum of seven matches.

On the way to the semi finals they should get plenty of chances to score too with group games against Bosnia-Herzegovina, Iran and Nigeria and then likely knockout games against Switzerland and Portugal.

Lionel Messi is well fancied to be the Golden Boot but Gonzalo Higuain looks better value at around twice the odds (25/1). He scored just one less than Messi in qualifying (in fewer games) and scored 4 at the last World Cup, one less than the eventual top scorers who played two extra games.

If looking for the best bets on England at this World Cup, the stage of elimination could be the most interesting market.

The group stage is unfortunately the 6/4 favourite but whilst that is a fair assessment England could quite easily reach the quarter finals.

Should England qualify from Group D they'll probably face a Colombia side without Falcao or an aging Ivory Coast team.

If England were good enough to finish ahead of Italy or Uruguay they are good enough to win that second round match.

Unfortunately Brazil are the most likely quarter final opponents and that would surely see those that back England at 4/1 to be eliminated in the quarter final receive a return on their investment.

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