iBet: Belgium Are The Springers In The World Cup Betting
World Cup, Outright Betting
The convoluted two-hour draw for the World Cup takes place tomorrow afternoon and Paddy Power go 100/1 that England end up in what’s already being called ‘The Group Of Death’. That eventuality would see Roy Hodgson’s unseeded team pitted against holders Spain, Chile and the USA.
That’s by no means the only pretty gruesome looking outcome although the best draw on paper would look to be in a group comprising Switzerland, Iran and Algeria. Brazil are best priced 7/2 favourites (BetVictor), a price that has pretty much not waivered since the summer of 2010 according to Oddschecker.
Germany were 12/1 back in July of that year, but an impressive qualification full of goals has seen their price more than half to 11/2, also with BetVictor. Argentina are slightly bigger at 6/1 (BWin) than they were at the end of the last World Cup, as are holders Spain, who have gradually drifted from 4/1 on July 12th 2010 to 6/1.
The big movers for money have been Belgium. You could have backed them at 250/1 for 2014 glory when Spain lifted the last World Cup. But as one world class player after another has emerged, they have been tirelessly backed and are now 16/1, a price that is still being taken. Another market springer has been Columbia, in from 100/1 to 28/1 (Coral) and as short as 16/1 with William Hill.
You can back Holland at 22/1 (YouWin), Italy at 22/1 (Boylesports) and Uruguay and France at 33/1 (Totesport). Portugal are 33/1 with William Hill, and England’s recent conquerors Chile 50/1 (BetFred). If you fancy getting involved in some of the real outsiders Betfair is the place to go: Russia are 103/1 on the exchange, Croatia and Mexico 169/1 and Ivory Coast 217/1. England are 28/1 (YouWin), double the price they were at the end of the last World Cup. Paddy Power go 2/1 that any World Cup match will end up being played outside of Brazil.
Cirrus Des Aigles currently heads the betting for the Hong Kong Cup on Sunday at 3/1, but Boylesports report plenty of support for Grandeur. The Jeremy Noseda-trained four-year-old has been all the rage with punters and has been supported from 33/1 into 20/1 with the Irish bookmaker, although the horse is still available at 25/1 in places.
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