The World Cup of soccer is the most popular international sports betting event in the world with the best in soccer coming together once every four years for a massive tournament. While there is always a ton of talk about the overall talent levels of the countries involved, there are a couple of important factors that usually don’t get the attention they deserve. Here is a look at the impact of weather and travel when it comes to World Cup betting.
While it might not seem like a big deal on the surface, the weather can play a very important role in the outcome of individual games. It’s important to remember that countries come from all over the world to play in this tournament and the climate they play in could be very different then they are familiar with. That was definitely the case with the World Cup in Brazil, which was played in tremendous heat, humidity and in some cases extreme temperatures that rivaled what they might experience in the rainforest. This climate would undoubtedly have a negative impact on some of the European clubs that were not used to playing in that type of environment and ultimately it would hurt their chances to win. On the other hand, the temperatures might have benefited the South American teams that were accustomed to playing in those conditions. While it isn’t talked about enough, the weather at the World Cup can play an important role in the outcome of the games depending on location so it should be taken in to account when betting on the tournament games.
Another factor to consider is travel, especially in terms of game times and what to expect in terms of performance from teams out of their comfort zone. For example, if a team is accustomed to playing in the late afternoon or night in Europe, but they are scheduled to play a night game in South America, then they might not be at their best since they aren’t accustomed to at what would be the morning time in their home country. The time zones can be a major factor in terms of fatigue as the players do their best to perform at a high level despite dealing with adverse conditions. Fitness, conditioning and the overall mindset of the players can be crucial in these games and it’s important to keep in mind the negative impact that travel can have on some teams while others benefit from playing close to home.
While skill is still the most important factor to consider, it shouldn’t be evaluated without any consideration for the types of factors that could take away from skill. There is a lot more that goes in to the outcome of World Cup soccer games then just sheer talent and you need to account for those factors when evaluating probabilities. Weather and travel are two major factors that don’t seem to get enough attention when it comes to betting on the World Cup so make sure you keep those factors in mind when you place your wagers on the event.