Betting on the Top European team at the World Cup is an interesting market. In this article we’ll preview the leading contenders, as well as highlighting the best odds for each nation.
Odds to be top European team at World Cup 2014
Germany are the favourites to be the Top European nation at the 2014 World Cup, ahead of current holders Spain. This may come as a surprise to many, as the Germans haven’t progressed past the semi’s of a major tournament for a number of years. However, with a star studded squad the are the bookies favourites. Best odds 5/2 with Bet 365.
The current World Cup champions will appeal to many at odds of 10/3. Despite their ageing squad, they are still packed with quality, and with an in-form Diego Costa likely to solve the problematic striker position, Spain are bound to go close. Bets odds 10/3 with Bet Victor.
Many people are tipping Belgium as dark horses for the World Cup, but in our opinion they don’t have the togetherness or big tournament experience to be the top European team. For us, odds of 15/2 are too short, despite having world class players such as Hazard and Kompany. Best odds 15/2 with Paddy Power.
There is no doubt France have underperformed at recent tournaments, but their squad contains a lot of quality in the likes of Pogba, Benzema and Ribbery. Although there are question marks over the unity of the squad, an easy group draw means France should be considered as an outsider bet at best odds of 9/1 with Bet 365.
Italy proved at Euro 2012 they have the ability to do well in tournaments, and odds of 12/1 may appeal to those who think they are capable of repeating their performance from the Euro’s. However, their best players are ageing (Buffon and Pirlo) and there will always be question marks around the attitude of Balotelli. Failing to win a tough group (drawn with England and Uruguay) would likely mean they face Brazil in the second round, which probably justifies best odds of 12/1 with Bet 365.
For punters looking for a patriotic bet then England at best odds 18/1 could be it. For the first time in many years at a World Cup the pressure is off, yet England still have a number of quality players in the likes of Rooney and Gerrard, combined with exciting youngsters such as Barclay and Sterling. Whilst we think it would be huge achievement for England to be the top European team, odds of 18/1 from Betway do seem tempting.
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