2014 World Cup Betting Preview + Tournament Info

2014 World CupArguably the greatest sports spectacle in the world is set to begin in about two weeks from Brazil. The 2014 FIFA World Cup brings together countries from around the world to compete in the planet’s most popular sport.

The United States Men’s National Team has just one more tune up game before packing their bags and heading to Brazil.

After a 2-0 win over Azerbaijan on Tuesday night in San Francisco, the United States will go to Jacksonville to face Nigeria on June 7. From there, it will be a long trip to Brazil where they will open up their 2014 World Cup against Ghana. The U.S. is paired with Ghana, Germany, and Portugal in the group deemed the ‘group of death’.

The betting lines to win the 2014 World Cup have been up for quite a while at Bovada Sportsbook. Brazil continues to be the favorite, with Argentina and Germany closely following. The U.S. is all the way back at 100/1 to win and not projected to get out of group play and into the round of 16.

Speaking of group play, the round of 16 and beyond, 2014 World Cup betting offers odds on all of those outcomes + more. With the World Cup being such a big event on the world stage, there are betting lines in bulk formed throughout the tournament. Obviously individual game lines will be formed, as will odds to win overall. But that is merely the tip of the iceberg. Sportsbooks like Bovada has full-circle coverage.

Wagers can be made on the United States from several angles. There are betting lines formed already for the team’s first World Cup match against Ghana. The U.S are the underdogs heading into the game just a couple of weeks away. A wager on the United States pays out just under 2 to 1 at Bovada, installed at +185 ($1 wins $1.85). A bet on Ghana is paying out +155 ($1 wins $1.55).

In addition to the game line, there are a number of alternate point lines that adjust the payouts based on a couple of different factors.

Getting away from the United States and looking at the big favorites, the most pressure has to be on the host nation. Brazil lives and dies with the sport of soccer, and the country hosting the World Cup has an inordinate amount of pressure on them to be successful.

Multiply that tenfold for a country like Brazil.

This team is the favorite to win it all, and has a favorable draw in their Group A flight. They will face Croatia, Mexico, and Cameroon to get to the round of 16, which they are heavily favored to do.

The countdown is almost complete, and the wait is nearly over. But World Cup betting is available right now, and will be until the championship matchup in July.


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