With the 2014 World Cup around the corner, this is the perfect opportunity for online gambling enthusiasts to test their sports betting skills. Instead of betting on predictable items such as the outright winner or the top scorer, there is more money to be made by looking for unfancied countries who will progress from the group stages. This is a lot easier to get right than trying to pick a pre tournament favorite to win the entire event. Here are a few countries that will surprise the world and get out of their groups, despite being up against more illustrious opponents.
They are set at 7/2 to qualify from the group, compared to Brazil who are 1/25, Mexico at 5/4 and Croatia at 1/1. Croatia and Mexico are traditionally good footballing nations, but neither is coming into this tournament with much form. Croatia are a shadow of the team that posted impressive results three or four years ago, while Mexico could not even string two wins together in CONCACAF qualification. If Cameroon play to their potential, they will qualify. The opening game against Mexico will go a long way towards determining who finishes second in that group.
When you are placed in a group with Germany, Portugal and the United States, it is understandable that not many fancy Ghana to qualify. However, the hot and humid conditions of the Brazilian summer will suit their players, giving them an advantage over their European counterparts. Germany are a shoe in for the top spot, while the United States do not have the quality to finish anywhere but bottom. Portugal may boast the world’s best player, Cristiano Ronaldo, but they have little else going for them. Ronaldo is coming off a long season, and is unlikely to be at his physical peak. at 5/2, Ghana are a solid bet for qualification to the last 16.
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