World Cup Betting: Examining The Futures Before The Quarterfinals



The World Cup is down to its final eight teams and hopefully, the action doesn’t slow down in what has been absolutely brilliant tournament to watch. Here is a look at the futures for the remaining teams. 

Favorites

Brazil (+260) was always going to be the favorites as the hosts, but they haven’t played nearly their best. Neymar has been incredible, but even he seemed slowed as Brazil needed penalties to beat Chile, and the Brazilians have to find someone to support Neymar, because he won’t be able to do it by himself against a very dangerous Colombian side.

The same goes for Argentina (+405), who have been carried to the quarterfinals by Lionel Messi, who is finally bringing his Barcelona level of play to the national side (ironically, it comes after his worst Barca season in years). Angel Di Maria stepped up in the round of 16 to score the winner as Argentina edged Switzerland, but Messi was the architect of that goal and he’ll get lots of attention in the next match against Belgium.

Germany (+405) also has another gear to reach, but they are doing what they do: going about their business, being efficient and winning games. Thomas Muller has been quiet since scoring a hat trick in the opener against Portugal, but Mesut Ozil has improved as the tournament has gone on and Toni Kroos has been quietly very good. However, their defense has been decent at best, awful at worst. 

The Netherlands (+505) rode some controversy to a late win over Mexico, but they deserved to win and if Wesley Sneijder plays the way he did against Mexico, they could end up winning the whole thing. Arjen Robben and Robin van Persie are game-changers and Memphis Depay has been a strong presence off the bench, but Sneijder is the key against Costa Rica. 

Teams With A Chance

France (+750) came into this tournament quietly because of the injury to Franck Ribery, but they have played extremely well and Paul Pogba should now be a household name after his performance against Nigeria. However, Pogba and Mathieu Valbuena have to continue their strong play against a German midfield that could be the best in the tournament among all 32 teams. Karim Benzema and Olivier Giroud have the talent to run rings around the German defense. 

Belgium (+1095) was a darkhorse that received so much attention they became overhyped, and they struggled with those expectations in the group stage. Their tight win over the United States might have been the game they needed as they handled the pressure very well, and now they’re underdogs against Argentina.

Colombia (+1215) will have their hands full with Brazil, but they have James Rodriguez, who is the star of the tournament so far with five goals. Colombia has the attacking verve to beat Brazil in the quarterfinals; don’t be surprised if they pull it off. 

Unlikely Longshots 

Costa Rica (+6550) has been a great story, winning Group D with three former World Cup winners and overcoming a one-man deficit and allowing a late equalizer to beat Greece on penalties. However, they’ll need the effort of their lives just to beat the Netherlands this weekend. 

World Cup Betting: Odds To Win

Brazil +260

Argentina +405

Germany +405

Holland +505

France +750

Belgium +1095

Colombia +1215

Costa Rica +6550