World Cup Odds 2014: Group Betting Tips, Favourites, Special Bets and More

Rob BlanchetteFeatured ColumnistMay 21, 2014

SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA - OCTOBER 12:  Neymar of Brazil celebrates with team mates after scoring a goal during the international friendly match between South Korea and Brazil at the Sangam World Cup Stadium on October 12, 2013 in Seoul, South Korea.  (Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)
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With the World Cup just a few weeks away, football fans across the globe will be reaching into their pockets to take a punt on the team and players they think will shine in Brazil.

The sheer variety of bets you can place is truly mind blowing but there are certainly some tempting early odds available for fans. 

Here we take a look at some of the betting, via, and give you some handy tips to think about.


Group Betting Tips

STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN - NOVEMBER 19:  Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal runs with the ball during the FIFA 2014 World Cup Qualifier Play-off Second Leg match between Sweden and Portugal at Friends Arena on November 19, 2013 in Stockholm, Sweden.  (Photo by Martin
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There are some very interesting early odds available for a number of teams to have success in the group stages of the World Cup.

As expected, the South American powerhouses of Brazil and near neighbours Argentina offer very little value, both currently at 1/4 to win their groups, respectively. 

But looking deeper into the mix there are a number of bets worth taking note of.

In Group G, Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal are currently valued at 3/1 to top the group ahead of Germany. If the two European nations play out a draw when they meet, the winners will be decided by goal difference.

If Ronaldo has his shooting boots on against USA and Ghana, his country could easily top the group.

BRUSSELS, BELGIUM - AUGUST 14:  Vincent Kompany of Belgium looks on during the International friendly match between Belgium and France at the King Baudouin Stadium on August 14, 2013 in Brussels, Belgium.  (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)
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Group H also offers a wild card as to who will top the standings. The Belgians are the favourites due to the household names of Vincent Kompany, Eden Hazard and Romelu Lukaku being in their first-team, and they are rated as 7/10 favourites.

But Russia are a very good 5/2 to win the group and offer the punter a great opportunity. 

As fancied as Belgium are, the Russians have a huge amount of World Cup experience and if they topped the group it would not be the biggest surprise of this competition. 

The other outright market to pay attention to is the "To Qualify For the Next Round" betting.

In Group A, Cameroon are 5/1 to proceed to the next round. They are a nation that has proved in the past that they save their best for the big occasions and to get past Mexico and Croatia, to qualify with Brazil, is not unthinkable.

At this World Cup, there is also a touch of value about England who are currently 4/6 to qualify in the top two positions, but that price could drift out to evens and beyond as we get closer to the start of the competition.

Group D will be a tough group for the English to progress from, but if they can beat Italy in their first match, a runners-up finish at least will be on the cards and a rush of betting will undoubtedly ensue. 


Favourites For The Tournament

Outright Winner of the World Cup (as of May 20)
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Once again, as expected Brazil and Argentina lead the way in the market for "Outright Winner" of the World Cup, both currently at 3/1 and 5/1.

However, looking down the list there are a couple of stand-out bets.

The talented Belgium side are sitting at 20/1 and they should make the knockout stages at a canter, regardless of whether Russia pip them to top spot.

Uruguay on South American soil, and with one of the hottest attackers in the world in Luis Suarez, will be a very dangerous prospect. They could put a run together and get to the latter stages of the competition, threatening a huge upset at 30/1.

Finally, could Ronaldo do what Diego Maradona did in 1986 and power his team to victory due to his individual brilliance? Portugal are available at a solid 33/1. 


Special Bets and More

There are a host of special bets available at the World Cup and the variation and diversity of the markets is staggering.

One of the more humorous bets you can place is if Daniel Sturridge will be booked for diving during the tournament. You can currently get odds of 11/1 if you think the Liverpool striker will be caught out by a referee.

Another England special is for the side to be knocked out on penalties, as they have been many times before. The market is currently at 8/1 and could be worth a speculative flutter.

The Player of the Tournament betting is surprisingly being led by Neymar at 7/1, but this probably shows the faith that the public have in a Brazilian victory on home soil.

Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are both extremely tempting at 10/1 and 16/1.

The pair's undoubted quality is bound to shine at a World Cup sooner or later, and if their sides progress they will be the drivers of success.

The Golden Boot market is once again headed by Messi, Neymar and Ronaldo. However, after an impressive goalscoring season Sergio Aguero could offer some value at 10/3, with Luis Suarez at a tempting 7/2.