As host nation of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, it is no surprise that Brazil sits atop the list of favorites, sporting odds of 3-1 in futures wagering to win their sixth World Cup title.
Argentina (9-2), Germany (11-2) and defending champion Spain (13-2) round out the top of the World Cup betting class. However, wagering opportunities still exist for soccer fans from every part of the world.
There are odds on which continent will win the World Cup and plenty of others focused on each continent.
Spain might be the defending World Cup champs, but Germany currently sits as 2-1 favorites to finish as the tournament’s top European team.
The Germans claimed their last World Cup title in 1990 and have not suffered a loss in international competition since a 4-3 defeat by the United States in June of last year.
Not surprisingly, the host Brazilians, who are heavy favorites to win the 2014 World Cup, are the top South American team sporting odds of 5-6. But a great deal of competition can be found in South America.
Two-time World Cup champs Argentina are second to Brazil in futures wagering for both World Cup champion and top South American team. The Argentines are pegged at 9-2 to win it all and 8-5 to be South America’s best.
The USA and Mexico battled to an exciting 2-2 draw in a recent friendly in Glendale, Arizona. The results of that match are mirrored in the odds as to who will be the top North American team at the 2014 World Cup.
Mexico struggled through a difficult 2013, during which the team made three coaching changes. Mexico also must contend with host Brazil in the group stage. However, oddsmakers peg them as -125 favorites to be the best North American side at this year’s tourney, followed by the USA at +120.
Betting on the top African team provides intriguing opportunities. Ivory Coast, ranked No. 21 in the world, might enjoy the benefit of a good draw going into the World Cup’s Group Stage.
Cote d’Ivoire are pegged as +125 favorites to be the best of Africa, followed at +225 by Ghana, the Cinderella story of 2010. However, Ghana will have to overachieve to contend in a group that includes Germany, Portugal and the United States.