Soccer Picks: 2014 World Cup Prop Bets

Steven Suarez

Wednesday, June 11, 2014 2:43 PM UTC

Wednesday, Jun. 11, 2014 2:43 PM UTC

The World Cup is finally here! We're one day away from the start of the tournament, so let's run over some proposition bets to consider adding to your picks. Whether it be the Golden Boot or the top European team, we've got you covered.

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All of the below odds were found at 5Dimes. 

World Cup Winner
Brazil (+310)
Argentina (+430)
Spain (+630)
Germany (+690)
Belgium (+2250)
France (+2450)
England (+2650)
Italy (+2650)
Portugal (+2750)

There are four nations which stand above the rest as the tournament's favorites. Brazil, the host nation, have a mega-talented compilation of players, and expectations are sky-high. Argentina has the best player in the world in Messi, so you can't count them out, while Spain has won the last three major tournaments. We can't forget about Germany either.

Golden Ball Award Winner
Lionel Messi (+730)
Neymar (+750)
Cristiano Ronaldo (+1450)
Andres Iniesta (+2350)
Luis Suarez (+2500)
Thomas Muller (+3450)

Who will be the World Cup's best player? Messi, Neymar and Ronaldo are the three obvious choices, but there are some interesting picks further below that are definitely worth considering. Taking a chance on Iniesta, Suarez or Muller at such large odds could pay off in a big way.

Golden Boot Award Winner
Lionel Messi (+750)
Neymar (+1050)
Sergio Aguero (+1400)
Cristiano Ronaldo (+1750)
Fred (+1950)
Gonzalo Higuain (+2050)
Luis Suarez (+2250)
Diego Costa (+2650)

It's the usual suspects once again, with Messi and Neymar on top and Ronaldo right there too. However, Sergio Aguero has found his way to the upper level and could easily finish with the most goals in the tournament, since there will be a lot of focus on stopping Messi. Suarez at +2250 appears to be great value as well.

Golden Glove Award Winner
Julio Cesar (+500)
Manuel Neuer (+550)
Iker Casillas (+600)
Sergio Romero (+650)
Thibaut Courtois (+950)
Gianluigi Buffon (+1000)
Hugo Lloris (+1300)

Tough call here. Who will be the World Cup's best keeper? A lot depends on which country ends up winning the tournament, so Julio Cesar, Neuer, Casillas (winner of the award in 2010) and Romero are the top four favorites as you'd expect. If Belgium, Italy or France make a deep run, Courtois, Buffon and Lloris could grab the award in surprise fashion.

Top European Team
Germany (+310)
Spain (+330)
France (+690)
Belgium (+870)
Portugal (+1100)
Italy (+1250)
England (+1500)
Netherlands (+1950)

Germany and Spain are the clear-cut top choices here, but a very talented (albeit young) Belgium side may be worth a small wager as well. The other four are all big names in the realm of international soccer, but it would take something quite special for any of them to be the last Europeans standing.

Top South American Team
Brazil (+135)
Argentina (+175)
Uruguay (+950)
Colombia (+1050)
Chile (+1750)
Ecuador (+4850)

Again there's a huge gulf between the top tier and the rest of the pack, with Brazil and Argentina on top of the perch, and Uruguay listed third. Ecuador is the biggest underdog of the bunch, while it's also going to mighty tough for Colombia and Chile.

Top North American Team
Mexico (+125)
USA (+220)
Honduras (+530)
Costa Rica (+630)

It should be a two-way race here between Mexico, and the United States, though neither will have an easy time getting out of their respective groups. Mexico has to deal with Brazil and Croatia, while the Americans are in the Group of Death with Germany, Portugal and Ghana. We'd stay away here.

Top African Team
Ivory Coast (+160)
Nigeria (+300)
Ghana (+380)
Cameroon (+850)
Algeria (+950)

It's going to be tough sledding for Cameroon and Algeria, leaving Ivory Coast, Nigeria and Ghana as the three most likely to represent Africa in the best way. You've got to like the Yaya Toure and the Ivorians, as they have the slightly easier group than the rest of the group.

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