2014 World Cup Betting: One Good Reason Each Team Can Win It All



32 teams will vie for one trophy in the grandest soccer tournament of them all: the 2014 World Cup. Brazil is a popular choice among betters because they are chalk-full of talent and have home-field advantage. However, they haven’t hoisted the FIFA World Cup Trophy since 2002. It’s a wide open tournament with many quality contenders. We’ve made a case for every squad, so check out our one good reason to back each respective team before you bet on the World Cup

* listed odds are subject to change

Brazil (+270) – They’re the hosts (and the country hosting has won six World Cups) and have a history of winning with five World Cups in their trophy case.  

Argentina (+400) – Lionel Messi leads a world-class strike force up front and he needs to come up big at an international tournament. 

Spain (+470) – The defending World Cup champs are also the Euro champions for a reason: they are really good all over the pitch and they know this is probably their last time together. 

Germany (+500) – No team in the tournament is deeper in midfield than Germany – except for maybe Spain. The Germans are a World Cup juggernaut. 

Belgium (+1600) – They’re the best team in a bad Group H and they’re young enough to not fear any team they face.

France (+1800) – Franck Ribery has to play better than he did down the stretch for Bayern Munich. No more mutinies would also be a good thing. 

England (+2000) – They have Wayne Rooney, who can be one of the best players in the world. As long as they don’t let any games go to penalties, they’re a threat.

Italy (+2500) – If Andrea Pirlo plays the way he did at Euro 2012, Italy has a shot – especially with boom or bust wild card Mario Balotelli.

Colombia (+2500) – It is all about Falcao, who is almost back from injury. If he is even close to 100%, the forward is a game-changer for Colombia.

Netherlands (+2500) – Arjen Robben and Robin van Persie may have to dominate since Holland is slightly deficient at the back but if they do, the 2010 World Cup finalists can go far.

Uruguay (+2800) – No team in the World Cup have a better strike force than Uruguay. And the good news is Luis Suarez will be back at some point in the group stage. 

Portugal (+3000) – Cristiano Ronaldo. 

Chile (+5000) – Chile is in a tough Group B but they should have great fan support and Claudio Bravo is solid in goal. 

Russia (+6000) – This team will depend on its manager to give them a game plan for success as Fabio Capello will be the main man for Russia.

Switzerland (+8000) – The Swiss aren’t going to overwhelm anyone but they are disciplined and very tough to break down.

Ivory Coast (+10000) – Yaya Toure has talked a lot since the end of the season and thinks he is the best midfielder in the world. This is his chance to prove it. 

Japan (+10000) – Japan doesn’t have any stars but they’re disciplined and they pressure teams all over the field. 

Mexico (+10000) – Lots of experience at the back could make Mexico every tough to break down, which will be needed in a rough Group A.

United States (+10000) – When are the States underdogs in anything? They will rally around that. Look for a big tournament from midfielder Michael Bradley.

Ecuador (+12500) – Ecuador is playing with a heavy heart after the sudden death of striker Cristian Benitez last year but that could prove to be an inspiration. 

Bosnia Herzegovina (+15000) – Second place is there for the taking in Group F behind Argentina and then they can build their confidence from there. 

Croatia (+15000) – Croatia has a lot of experience throughout the side, which makes them a legitimate dark horse to make some noise in Brazil. 

Ghana (+15000) – Asamoah Gyan could have put Ghana in the semifinals in 2010 but he missed a penalty against Uruguay. Redemption will be the theme of this World Cup for the striker. 

Greece (+20000) – The Greeks have won European Championships before with their defensive, disciplined style. Why not a World Cup?

Nigeria (+20000) – Nigeria is a very experienced team at the back end of the field, which should hold up until the strikers start firing. 

Algeria (+50000) – If they can get out of Group H, the weakest in the World Cup, momentum can be  game-changer. 

Cameroon (+50000) – Samuel Eto’o can score the most goals in the tournament and play with a chip on his shoulder thanks to Jose Mourinho’s words. 

Costa Rica (+50000) – Alvaro Saborio and Bryan Ruiz will have to score a lot of goals to get Costa Rica even close to the World Cup. 

Honduras (+50000) – Honduras has some experience in midfield and in goal which could cause the opposition a little trouble. 

Iran (+50000) – They could sneak into second place in Group F because it isn’t that tough. 

South Korea (+50000) – This team is similar to Japan in that they want to force you into making mistakes and they play a team game to make up for their lack of star power. 

Australia (+60000) – Tim Cahill could play the way he did for Everton and win every header that comes into the box. 

For more in-depth previews of the 2014 World Cup, check out our group previews here.