World Cup Betting: Odds swings & changes

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The FIFA World Cup 2014 may be a couple of weeks away, but there is plenty of movement in the way of odds changes worth noting. Sportsbook Review last reported on the World Cup Betting Directory and the many football betting markets available. Bettors looking to capitalize and beat their bookmaker should read this article.

Stage of elimination market

The odds on Argentina being eliminated in the Group Stage have dropped from 12 to 1 to 11 to 1 at 888Sport. A $100 wager currently pays $1,100 in profit on Argentina. If you used the World Cup Betting Directory at SBR upon its release, you would have potentially profited an additional $100 by locking in your wager at that time.

The odds on Brazil remain identical at Bet365. Brazil's outright odds also remain fixed at 2.75 to 1 (or +275, a $100 wager pays $275) in profit. It is likely that these odds will shift in the coming weeks, so gamblers who do not expect the odds to change in their favor may be wise to take a position on the Brazilians early. It is also worth noting that while Bet365 offers the most unlikely event of Brazil being ousted in the group stage at 12 to 1, rival sportsbook 888 has the same outcome paying much less at 9 to 1. It is common to find these slight differences utilising the World Cup Betting Directory.

To win outright market

Germany is presently offered at an average market price of 5.28 to 1. This means a $100 wager on the Germans to win the 2014 World Cup returns $528 in profit. However, after using the World Cup 2014 Futures betting directory, we can see that the best and above average market price on Germany of a +545 and +550 payoff are offered at 5Dimes Sportbook, Ladbrokes, Bet365, and William Hill. Germany's price has increased slightly at these sportsbooks, while British bookmaker WilliamHill has kept their price shorter at +450.

The average odds on Spain winning the 2014 World Cup come in at 6.32 to 1. A $100 wager on Spain pays $632 at the time of this publication. The Spaniards are a bit higher priced than Brazil, Argentina, and Germany to repeat as World Cup champions. Analysing the market further, we can see that 888Sport offer the best payoff at 7 to 1. Bettors would potentially add up to an additional $200 per winning ticket by opting to place this wager with 8888Sport.

Team USA are not given much of a prayer with their World Cup 2014 betting odds. The Americans are an average 18,662 to 1 underdogs to win the World Cup. Although they are a top 20 club in football worldwide, the oddsmakers have written off their chances as anything more than a giant lotto ticket. Using the World Cup Betting Futures page, we can see that placing the wager with 5Dimes Sportsbook pays an additional $1,700 per $100 risked than had you selected another bookmaker! While USA winning the World Cup is unlikely, by placing the wager with a bookmaker who offer an exceptional return such as 5Dimes, you have the chance to hedge out of your bet if the Americans make a deep run.

Sportsbook Review will keep you up to date with all of the odds movement as it occurs ahead of the 2014 World Cup. Make sure to bookmark both the World Cup Betting Futures & Prop Bets page for your betting convenience.

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