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World Cup 2014 Betting Odds: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

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We are less than 30 days away from the World Cup 2014 kickoff in Sao Paulo. That means it’s time for you to get your betting picks in order for the greatest show on Earth.

Here are the odds you need to know:


1. World Cup Betting Odds Have Brazil as the Favorite

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Brazil is the favorite to win the World Cup 2014. The best odds you will get on Brazil to win are 300 at Sky Bet and Boyle Sports. A $1 bet gives you a $4 return.

Odds on Spain, the 2010 World Cup winner, are being offered in the 600s, with BetDaq giving odds of 660. A $1 bet gives you a $6 return.

There are good odds on the World Cup 2010 third place team, Germany, with Stan James and Coral going to 600 for the three-time winners. A $1 bet gives you a $7 return.

The second favorite at most places is Brazil’s hated rival, Argentina, with 500 from Paddy Power offering the best value. A $1 bet gives you a $6 return.


2. Cristiano Ronaldo to Be Top Scorer Is a Great World Cup Bet

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Cristiano Ronaldo, the World Player of the Year, is a great value at 1400 to score the most goals at the 2014 World Cup. A $1 bet gives you a $15 return.

That makes Ronaldo the third favorite to win the prize. Argentina’s Lionel Messi is the favorite, despite his relatively poor season. The best odds going for Messi are 800. A $1 bet gives you a $9 return.

Brazil’s Neymar is also high in the betting. Brazil, as the favorite to win, is more likely to have the top goalscorer. Neymar is the star player. You can get odds of 1400 from Coral. A $1 bet gives you a $15 return. Nowhere else, other than Coral, has Neymar on the same odds as Ronaldo.

3. Player of the Tournament Is an Open Market

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Neymar is the favorite to be Player of the Tournament, with the best odds being 800 at Bet Victor. A $1 bet gives you an $8 return.

Cristiano Ronaldo is another good bet in this market. You can get crazy high odds of 1600 at Paddy Power for CR7 to be the best player. A $1 bet gives you a $16 return.

Additional strong bets are Uruguay’s Luis Suarez (2500), Spain’s Andres Iniesta (2500) and, of course, Argentina’s Lionel Messi (1000).

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4. Belgium Is Worth a World Cup Bet

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Belgium will field its best ever World Cup team. Most online betting sites have Belgium as fifth favorites. Stan James has the Red Devils at 2000. A $1 bet there gives you a return of $21.

Those odds may look good, but no European team has ever won a World Cup held in the Americas. If you’re going to put the bet on Belgium, you may as well also bet with Sporting Bet at odds of 400 that the 2014 World Cup will see a first-time winner.


5. You Can Still Bet That the World Cup Will Be Moved

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A general view of the exterior of the Arena Pantanal Stadium. (Getty)

Here’s one of the craziest bets for the World Cup 2014, if you have some money to waste. Paddy Power has odds of 500 that the World Cup won’t take place in Brazil. Yes, that’s right, with less than a month to go until the tournament, Paddy Power thinks there’s a 5/1 chance the tournament will be moved. To where, Paddy?

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