An expert guide to betting on the football World Cup
The World Cup comes around every four years, with betting records being smashed as the biggest tournament in the sport of football captures everyone’s imagination.
The 2014 World Cup should be no different, with fans in Europe likely to stay up late to watch the action as thirty-two teams compete in the finals for the ultimate honour of being crowned champions of the planet.
The thirty-two teams will be drawn in eight groups of four, with the top two from each section going through to the last sixteen where the tournament will then be a knockout competition all the way to the finals.
In total, there will be 64 games of football and each match will be televised across the globe which means that In-Play turnover is likely to surpass pre-match turnover on each occasion, with punters enjoying the live markets like never before.
Bet on the World Cup winner
Millions of people enjoy a football bet on which country will win the World Cup, with the antepost market opening years in advance and there is often value to be had in advance of the finals. For example, in the summer of 2012, Belgium could be backed at 150/1 to win the 2014 World Cup, yet their price was just 20/1 a year later when it emerged that the team were fast-improving and likely to qualify for the finals with ease.
Many patriotic punters like to have a bet on England winning the World Cup despite their infamous record in major tournaments since 1966 which has seen the Three Lions go empty-handed. There is the opportunity to bet each-way on this market which will see you enjoy a return if your team reaches the final.
What other antepost markets are available?
After we know all the teams that have qualified for the World Cup and the draw has been made, the bookmakers will then create a huge number of markets on this major tournament, with operators trying to outdo each other when it comes to the creation of betting opportunities.
Some of the most popular markets include Top Goalscorer, Group Winners and Name the Finalists, while England fans will be able to bet on their own team’s top scorer and what stage the Three Lions will reach before bowing out of the competition. You can even bet on which side will knock England out!
When it comes to Top Goalscorer betting, you should think about which teams will reach the furthest stage of the competition as the players will naturally have more games to score more goals. However, the matches during the knockout stages tend to be more low-scoring so it also pays to see who Brazil, Spain and Germany are facing during the group phase.
Place big World Cup accumulators for huge returns
Accumulator betting is available for the eight group winners at the World Cup or instead go for a match multiple where you can try and pick the winner of each game. The bookmakers will price up every group match before the tournament even starts, so you can feasibly have a 48-match accumulator which would see you win £1million from a £1 stake.
How to bet In-Play on the World Cup
More and more betting customers are waiting until kick-off to place their wagers and its little surprise considering this is an exciting form of betting. It also gives punters a great chance to assess a match before wading in with their bets so that you aren’t caught short by backing a high number of Total Goals when both teams are content to sit back and defend in the first-half.