Get the most out of the World Cup 2014

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By HitchinPeople | Friday, May 30, 2014, 08:44

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The eyes of the globe will turn to Brazil this summer as the family of football gathers for the World Cup. However, World Cup 2014 odds are still far from conclusive, with plenty of uncertainty going into the tournament. If you’re looking for a bet on World Cup 2014, then there is plenty to consider, from each individual game through the group stage to the knock-out phases all the way to the final in Rio de Janeiro on 13 July.

World Cup 2014 betting beyond the winners

The most common World Cup betting option is a flutter on the winners themselves. There are plenty of options to choose from. A bet on Brazil for World Cup winners is not a bad selection, with the host nation boasting a solid defence and the attacking verve of Neymar and co. Meanwhile, Argentina will also fancy their chances with the one and only Lionel Messi at their disposal. Germany and holders Spain lead the European charge for the title.

However, most top sports books will offer a whole lot more for you to choose from. You should be able to find literally hundreds of odds for each and every fixture, from the final score to the number of corners, cards, etc. And then of course, there is the question of top tournament goal scorer, another World Cup betting favourite. Keep a special eye out for Cristiano Ronaldo if Portugal go far and the same should be said for Italy’s unpredictable star striker Mario Balotelli, who was so impressive during Euro 2012.

And England’s chances…

Of course, fans of the Three Lions will be desperate to see Roy Hodgson’s side do well. William Hill has a whole section dedicated to England’s chances in Brazil. You will certainly get generous odds for a bet on World Cup glory as champions. However, you can bet on practically any outcome for England. Hodgson’s youthful squad face a tough test straight away as they take on the same Italy side which knocked them out of the Euro 2012 quarter-finals.

Meanwhile, England will be acutely aware of Luis Suarez and strike partner Edinson Cavani when they face Uruguay, while Costa Rica will be no pushovers either during the group stage. Wayne Rooney looks England’s best bet for goals, although he has plenty to prove. However, there is plenty of young English talent going to Brazil. Don’t discount the likes of Ross Barkley, Adam Lallana or Jack Wilshere making an impact on the biggest stage of all.

      

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