Spain And Colombia Offer Value In The Ante Post World Cup Betting

The World Cup is less than a month away now and excitement is building towards another festival of football (and hopefully pleasant fan engagement) in Russia. We have taken an early ante-post look at the World Cup winner odds and picked out a couple of tempting bets as we bid to find a bit of value in a hugely competitive betting field.

Thursday 14th June - 4.00pm OddsWon/LostBet
  World Cup Ante-Post Winner    
Tips Spain to win    Best Bet @ 13 / 2  
Colombia (each way) @ 80 / 1  

The Favourites Betting

Reigning champions Germany are 9/2 joint-favourites with Paddy Power and they have a formidable record at the World Cup having made at least the quarter-finals in every edition since 1982. They have racked up two wins, three runner-up spots and two third place finishes in that time and they are a tough team to oppose.

They appear to have a straight-forward task in Group F as they take on Mexico, Sweden and South Korea, although any slip-ups could potentially see them meeting Brazil in the last-sixteen.

Brazil, who are in Group E with Switzerland, Costa Rica and Serbia, are also available at 9/2 as they seek to win the World Cup for a sixth time. However, they were humiliated by the Germans when eventually finishing fourth on home soil in 2014 and their unhealthy reliance on Neymar is a concern.

France (7/1) appeared to be building something special after reaching the last-eight in 2014 before they were beaten in the final of Euro 2016, although have they kicked on in the way we expected in the last two years? Probably not.

It is Spain who are very appealing at 13/2 with Betfred as the 2010 champions bid to right the wrongs of their 2014 group stage exit. They will have a lovely blend of youth and experience in their squad, and recent major tournaments have shown us that those with the best organised defences often come out on top.

David De Gea and co. will ensure the Spanish are very tough to beat, although they will be relying on Diego Costa hitting top form in front of goal. They will expect to come through Group B before they face one of Russia, Saudi Arabia, Egypt or Uruguay in the last-sixteen.

England World Cup Odds

Argentina are as big as 10/1 with Betway and they might face a tough task in a group that includes Iceland, Croatia and Nigeria. Lionel Messi and co. have continually faltered on the big stage as they haven't won a major tournament since the Copa America in 1993 and they fell short in the final of the 2014 World Cup.

Belgium are the perennial 'dark horses' and can be backed at 16/1, while Euro 2016 winners Portugal (25/1) will do well to emulate their heroics of two years ago.

England are 18/1... EIGHTEEN-TO-ONE... let that sink in. They should be double that price at the very least.

The Long Shots

A couple of South American nations could provide interest further down the betting market as Uruguay (33/1) qualified for this World Cup in style, finishing second in the South American section of qualifying, and they did finish fourth in 2010.

Meanwhile, Colombia qualified automatically after they reached the last-eight of the World Cup in 2014 and they were third at the Copa America in 2016. A relatively kind draw means they could meet England in the last-sixteen and 50/1 (with Betway) seems like a big price.

2018 World Cup Winner Odds

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4/9 4/9 - 4/9 2/5 2/5 2/5 4/9
7/4 7/4 7/4 7/4 2 9/5 15/8 7/4

*Odds correct as of 13th Jul, 11:31. Odds are subject to change.


Posted: Monday, 21st May 2018
Author: Chris Knight

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