Check out what the soccer odds are shaping up to look like for next year's World Cup in Brazil.
We're sure you're just as excited as we are for next summer's World Cup. Though we're still a ways away from the start of the competition, we thought it'd be fun (and helpful of course) to go over the futures for the tournament.
Fresh off a dominating performance at the Confederations Cup, Brazil will be hoping they can please the home support at the biggest international tournament in the world.
After snapping Spain's humungous winning streak in spectacular fashion, Neymar and the rest of the Brazilians have to be extremely confident in their chances of winning the whole shebang on their home turf. They are indeed the soccer odds favorites at a price of roughly +333.
Next on the list we've got Argentina, who have the best player on the planet in Messi. That always helps. Of course, it doesn't hurt to other world-class players like Sergio Aguero and Angel Di Maria as well. The Argentinians are listed at +450 to secure the World Cup trophy.
Posted up at the same price of +550, Spain and Germany have to both be given hard looks when it comes to placing your futures wagers. These are two countries that have prolific soccer cultures and both always seem to play at their highest level on the biggest stages. Sportsbooks have probably overreacted by Spain's awful showing in the Confederations Cup final, but they remain a squad to be reckoned with on the international scale.
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Belgium. This is a country that's filled to the brim with top young talent, and their recent international results suggest they're finding the right kind of chemistry together. There's a reason this side (+1800) is ahead of the likes of Italy, England, Portugal, and France in the soccer odds.
You can't count out Holland (+1800) either. They have a lot of tremendous attacking options and if they can figure out a well-functioning defense, they will be hard to stop come next summer.
Though it's obviously extremely unlikely they'll win it all, you have to like the thought of backing the Ivory Coast (+10000) with your soccer picks at this price. They may not be as solid throughout their starting XI, but they do have a couple masterclass players in Didier Drogba and Yaya Toure. That in itself could take them far.
We can't do a World Cup futures article without talking a little bit more about some big-name contenders in Italy, England, Portugal, and France.
The Italians (+2000) gave Spain everything they could handle in the Confederations Cup and seem to be playing their best international soccer in years. They're always a threat to go deep in these tournaments.
England (+2200) has a history of choking, but they have to be in the conversation when talking about nations that can make a run. Roy Hodgson has done a nice job since taking over the reigns – will this be the year everything changes for the Brits?
Portugal (+2500) and France (+2500) are interesting propositions too. Cristiano Ronaldo can single-handedly take over matches and for that reason alone you have to think the Portuguese could do some damage. The French just had Didier Deschamps take over as manager, so we're looking forward to seeing what kind of changes he makes to an extremely talented overall squad.
And, for those interested, USA can be found at +10000 at the sportsbooks to win the World Cup. The Americans have been looking better lately, but it would take some kind of miracle for them to overcome the top powers in world soccer.