World Cup betting players are anxiously awaiting the first kick of the ball when the hosts, South Africa, face Mexico on June 11th, but how will they navigate handicapping a tough field? Here are some tips which should be useful for you on the way to South Africa.
There have been 19 editions of the World Cup. Fourteen of those have gone to Brazil (five), Italy (four), Germany (four) and Argentina (two). Uruguay’s two World Cups came back in 1930 and 1950, when they were a world power. Therefore, World Cup betting players can probably figure that one of those four teams will be around at the end, and it’s probably a good bet that Brazil, Germany or Italy will make the final as they have combined for 20 finals appearances.
You have to pay attention to the top leagues in the world, which are mostly in Europe, to see how players are doing. The Ivory Coast is a good example, as many think they don’t have a chance in the group of death against Brazil and Portugal. However, they’re led by Didier Drogba and Salomon Kalou, who are having good seasons with Chelsea in England, while defenders and brothers Yaya and Kolo Toure are plying their trade with Spain’s Barcelona and England’s Manchester City, respectively. If they’re playing well in their league, chances are they should play well for their country, given the right system.
Of course, we said that the cream rises to the top, and that is true. But don’t be afraid of teams like the Netherlands and Portugal, who have all the talent in the world and if they can put it together at the right time, they would be excellent World Cup betting picks. Any team with odds past, say, +4000, shouldn’t be considered, but take a look at those teams from +1500 to +4000, and they could pay off for World Cup betting players.
Out of the 19 World Cup tournaments, six hosts have gone on to win, most recently France in 1990, and the was the first time in seven tournaments as West Germany and Argentina won at home in 1974 and 1978, respectively (ironically, both wins came against the Netherlands). The hosts have a lot of pressure on them to play well, and that’s not to say that they won’t play well: in three of the last five World Cups, the hosts have played in the third-place game, winning two of them. This year however, World Cup betting players don’t have to worry about South Africa, who will just be happy to win a game.
Only twice has there been back-to-back winners at the World Cup: Italy in 1934 and 1938, and Brazil in 1958 and 1962. In fact, the Brazilians would have won four in a row if not for England’s win at home in 1966. So it’s not looking good for Italy, who won at Germany 2006, as there is much more parity in the world game than there was back in the early days of the World Cup. Even though Italy has decent World Cup betting odds, we suggest you sat away from the defending champs, unless you have a good feeling about it (or know something we don’t).