The 2010 South Africa finalists Spain and Holland have been drawn into Group B, setting up an intriguing battle for top spot. Join us as we breakdown Group B betting odds as well as the corresponding nations’ odds to win the 2014 World Cup.
World Cup 2014 Favourites:
Topping markets across all sportsbooks are Brazil +300, Argentina +450, Germany +550, Spain +700, Belgium +1600 and France +2000.
Teams to spot, quadrennial sports bettors’ favourites and past champions: Uruguay +2500, Italy +2800, Holland +2800, Portugal +3300, and England +3300
GROUP B Betting Odds and Odds to Win Outright:
In an interesting twist of fate defending World Cup champions Spain have fallen into the same group as Holland, the very same side they beat to lift their inaugural trophy four years ago. What’s more, the pair will revive hostilities when they open their respective campaigns in Brazil against each other. Adding an element of drama and nervous anticipation to the outcome of this section is the Brazilian subplot of the knockout stages. Brazil, slated as Group A winners across all sportsbooks, potentially loom in the R16 for the group’s runner-up, so each will be hoping to avoid the hosts at all costs in the sudden death rounds, putting an even greater premium on winning Group B as a result.
Spain -138 to win Group B (+700 to win outright)
Defending World Cup champions and European champions Spain are slated to revive hostilities with Holland when they open their title defence campaign but, despite the formidable stumbling block, Spain remain the firm favourites across online sportsbook platforms to win Group B. Bet365 trades Spain as high as -138 to win Group B right now, and in some cases, you’ll find them priced even higher.
That they are so heavily favoured is understandable given Spain’s coach Vicente del Bosque embarrassing riches in talent. The nation boasts a veritable wealth of skill and depth, both seasoned and emerging, some of which include Andres Iniesta, Xabi Alonso, Iker Casillas, Sergio Ramos, Cesc Fabregas, David Villa, Fernando Torres, Alvaro Negredo and more... the list goes on.
But despite their fancied group betting soccer odds, Spain can’t take anything for granted. Group B isn’t a soft group by any stretch of the imagination, certain to test their title defence campaign straight out of the blocks. What’s more, over confidence can be a factor. The last decade has witnessed Spain’s surge onto the football stage and winning just about everything of importance. The desire today may not be as potent as it was then, when they had little to show for their undeniable talent, depth and quality.
Holland +250 to win Group B (+2800 to win outright)
Holland emerges as the second favourites at +250 soccer odds to win Group B and given how close they came to winning it all in South Africa on their first-ever appearance in the finals of the global showpiece many are of the opinion that they could prove to be the value soccer pick within this section.
Picking up from whence they left off in South Africa, a revamped Oranje, led by Robin Van Persie and Arjen Robben, qualified for Brazil convincingly and that augurs well for their campaign. As far as the rest of the competition goes however, they are a long shot to replicate their run into the title match and win it all at +2800 at Bet365. A price that has everything to do with their perceived treacherous course through the competition: topping the world’s best team Spain will be no mean feat. This price also most likely reflects the overwhelming expectation that they’ll instead finish second in the group only to come up against Brazil in the R16.
Chile +400 to win Group B (+5000 to win outright)
Chile are the quintessential dangerous floaters in this group, a team that soccer bettors should spot. They threw down the gauntlet by finishing third behind Argentina and Colombia and recently deposited a commendable account against Spain and England, drawing 2-2 against the former and defeating the latter outright. Chile present a refreshing alternative for soccer bettors hankering after upsets and value soccer picks in such a competition.
Australia +3300 to win Group B (+50000 to win outright)
Finally, Australia appears to be in over their heads at a whopping +3300 to win Group B. Many are confident (as are we) that Australia will serve as the group’s punching bag, which suggests any bets to be had where they are concerned are best left to match betting markets when the tournament gets going this summer.
Soccer Betting Verdict: It’s no surprise that the group’s heavyweights Spain and Holland are being strongly backed to advance. The only point of contention amongst sports bettors: in which order will they advance? Will Spain come through as the hot favourites or will Holland turn the soccer odds in their favour.
For our money, we fancy Spain to win the group simply because of their credentials and talent and, therefore, they are our recommended soccer pick at -138 at Bet365. While many soccer-betting aficionados fancy Holland to take second place, we can’t ignore the threat of Chile as the dangerous floaters of Group B. So to go out on a limb here we’re backing the upset and taking Chile for second spot.
Soccer Free Picks: Spain to win Group B at -138, Chile to win second place, Holland to finish third and Australia to finish fourth.