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Five great bets to consider for this summer's World Cup.

by AshTJ
Feb 12, 2014 2:08 AM GMT



With the World Cup exactly four months away, we fast approach that time of the year in which the gamblers amongst us look to see where the value lies on the betting market. Here are five decent bets that could turn a decent profit come July:

1) Holland to win the World Cup - 28/1

The Dutch reached the final of the competition last time around, and although there is no denying they are not as good as four years ago, there is still enough about them to suggest they will be a tough test for any team on their day. The trio of Arjen Robben, Wesley Sneijder and Robin Van Persie all still possess World-class abilities that will unsettle any defence they should come up against, and at 28/1, they're certainly worth backing with a few quid.

2) Ivory Coast to be the top African team - 7/5

After the injury to Colombia's Falcao, the Elephants will now probably head into the tournament as favourites to advance from their group, meaning they look good value at 7/5 to be the top African team. They may face a last sixteen tie against one of England, Italy or Uruguay, but there is still little to suggest that many of their continental rivals will even advance to the knockout stage.

3) Argentina NOT to win the World Cup - 1/7

Considering the market, it's not exactly a surprise that the odds for this aren't huge, but there's still money to be made for those who have the balls (or wallet) to back it with a high stake. The threats amongst the Argentinian squad are obvious, but they have a reputation for bottling it on the big stage, and whilst there's some obvious weaknesses in their defence, you have to assume they will eventually submit to a more complete side like Spain or Brazil.

4) Fred to win the Golden Boot - 40/1

Whilst the likes of Rooney, Ronaldo and Messi are likely to be the subjects of most attention within this market, logic (and history) dictates that the winner is likely to be a finalist, and it's hard to say any of the aforementioned trio will be involved in that. Brazil, on the other hand, are pretty much a shoe in to at least make the final come July, and Fred, the winner of last summer's Confederations Cup Golden Shoe is extraordinary value at 40/1 to take the crown again this year.

5) Neymar to win Play of the Tournament - 10/1

Don't get me wrong, Neymar won't be the best player of this summer's tournament, I almost guarantee it. But as most football fans know, there's a certain amount of politics involved in such awards, and as hosts, should they win the tournament, or even just reach the final, you could almost guarantee that this one will be awarded to a Brazilian. And who better than the country's own playboy, Neymar? Back it at 10/1.