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World Cup 2014

World Cup 2014 Football Betting Online | The 2014 World Cup kicks off on 12th June and runs until 13th July. The host nation Brazil are the pre-tournament favourites with the battle to secure qualification for a place in the final 32 well under way. Brazil will become the fifth country to have hosted the World Cup twice, following Mexico, Italy, France and Germany.

Preparations for the World Cup are well under way and Brazil have selected 12 venues. The final itself will take place in Rio de Janeiro, one of the most famous stadiums in the world.

It will be the first World Cup to use goal-line technology and tickets go on sale for the first time on 20th August. An estimated 3.3 million tickets will be available with majority being sold directly through

There will be a wide variety of betting markets on offer for punters, both as the tournament approaches and during the competition itself.

World Cup 2014 Outright

P CoutinhoThe Football World Cup is always the biggest sports betting event, together with Super Bowl of course, and it will be no difference this time around. Brazil are currently the 7/2 (4.50, +350) odds favourites to win the trophy ahead of Argentina at 5/1. Both sides will be keen to take full advantage of having the tournament staged in South America and it is expected to be tough for the Europeans. Brazil have already won the World Cup on five occasions: 1958, 1962, 1970,1994 and 2002.

Germany and Spain are rated the best of the European challengers at 6-1 with Italy at 20-1 and England, Holland and Belgium at 25-1. The Spaniards will be seeking an unprecedented fourth consecutive major trophy having won in South Africa in 2010. England continue to disappoint on the big stage whilst big things are expected of Belgium with their current plethora of promising young players.

If you are betting “each-way” on the tournament, place terms are usually half of the odds to reach the final.

World Cup Top Goalscorer

The World Cup Top Goalscorer Odds produced a lively market for the 2010 World Cup with the winner eventually being Thomas Müller of Germany. Müller tied with Villa, Sneijder and Forlán with 5 goals but was awarded the trophy by virtue of having more. Villa won the Silver Boot as he did not have as much playing time as Sneijder.

Müller was the second consecutive German to win the Golden Boot following Miroslav Klose in 2006. It will just as competitive in Brazil with all of the top strikers keen to get their hands on the prized 2014 Golden Boot.

World Cup 2014 Qualification

Iran Qualifies for 2014 Football World CupJapan, Australia, South Korea and Iran (image) have already secured their place in the Finals. For many other teams they still face a battle for qualification and betting continues on the vital remaining group matches. The group matches conclude in October with the playoffs scheduled for November.

England are currently lying second behind Montenegro in Group H with a game in hand, while Ireland are second in their group behind Germany. The situation is not looking so good for the other home nations with Scotland already eliminated and Wales and Northern Ireland unlikely to reach the finals.

World Cup Format

The format for the 2014 World Cup comprises of eight groups of four with the first two in each group going through to the knockout stages. If any match at the knockout stage is level at the end of normal playing time, extra time will be played followed by penalty kicks if necessary.

World Cup Match Betting

There will be a huge variety of betting markets available on every match played in the World Cup 2014. Every game will be televised so they will be treated in much the same way as the big Premier League or Champions League fixtures.

Markets will include correct score, outright winner, first and last goalscorer and total goals scored. As with other football betting, you should check your markets for betting at 90 minutes or after extra-time in the knockout stages.

More specialised markets include handicap betting e.g. where a team is given a one-goal start and winning margin. If you enjoy following your favourite players, there are markets for players to score at anytime during a game. By “shopping around” the various sports betting sites, you can take advantage of some great introductory and special offers.

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