Argentina are listed as the runaway favourites to win Group F, as well the short odds on favourites to win the 2014 World Cup. Will Argentina justify their position as second favourites? Join us as we examine Group F and deliver soccer free picks for your consideration.
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 F Betting Odds and Odds to Win Outright:
Argentina -450 to win Group F (+450 to win outright)
It’s hardly surprising to find Argentina as the hot favourites at staggering -450 soccer odds to win Group F at the 2014 World Cup when their opposition includes Bosnia Herzegovina, Nigeria and Iran. With the exception of Nigeria, the remaining pair looms as threatening as cupcakes. Indeed, this group couldn’t have been more favourable had Argentina scripted it itself, and, as such, they are indeed the smart soccer pick to win the group.
That said could Argentina justify their position as second favourites at +450 to win the competition outright, a price point that puts them ahead of defending world champions Spain as well as quadrennial threats Germany, a side that, incidentally, reached the semis of the last two World Cups after beating them in the quarters, including a comprehensive 4-0 win in South Africa. That is a debatable point, one that leans towards the notion that Argentina are being slightly overrated in sports betting markets at the expense of credible opposition.
Bosnia Herzegovina +600 to win Group F (+15000 to win outright)
Bosnia Herzegovina reached the finals for the first time in their nation’s young history, albeit largely down to a rather favourable European group that conspicuously was short on heavyweight opposition and included nations such as Greece, Slovakia, Lithuania, Latvia and Lichtenstein. How far they can go in Brazil remains to be seen. What is certain however is the fact that this is a decidedly fortuitous group, one from which it’s foreseeable they could advance into the knockout stages. So it’s quite possible Bosnia Herzegovina is not done writing its history in the worlds’ most coveted and watched sports finals. If there is to be a Cinderella story in this competition, Bosnia Herzegovina just might become that beloved belle of the ball, punch above its perceived sportsbook weight class into the R16.
Nigeria +900 to win Group F (+25000 to win outright)
It might surprise some soccer-betting aficionados to find reigning African champions tipped as the third favourites to win Group F at Bet365. When Nigeria’s qualifying campaign was convincing and they didn’t lose a match in the group stage. But disappointing early exits in past finals coupled with an equally frustrating Confederations Cup account, in which they only won one match – against the tournament’s punching bags, Tahiti – go some way towards explaining their market assessment for Brazil. To put it simply, Nigeria have a lot to prove before sportsbooks start taking them seriously.
Iran +3300 to win Group F (+150000 to win outright)
To reach the World Cup is an achievement onto itself. That is what most pundits and experts alike expect Iran will have to contend with in Brazil – nothing to scoff at mind. As far as their chances go in the group stage and competition proper however, they are the quintessential long shot bet.
Soccer Betting Verdict: Group F is tailored towards a riveting performance by Argentina and most would be surprised if the Argentineans don’t traipse into the knockout stages in winning fashion, without dropping a point. Hence, Argentina is the smart soccer pick to win Group F. The battle for second place could prove intriguing and, most likely, will come down to a battle between Nigeria and Bosnia Herzegovina. While the latter is ranked higher in FIFA rankings and is after an impressive, history-making qualifying campaign, Nigeria have the experience at this level and that could prove deciding.
Soccer Free Picks: Argentina to win Group F; Nigeria to clinch second place; Bosnia Herzegovina to clinch third and Iran to finish fourth.