World Cup Value Bets!
Lowest Scoring Team
Australia are the favourites for this particular bet, and for good reason. They face reigning champions Spain, 2010 runners-up the Netherlands and everybody’s favourite hipster team Chile in the group stage. Chile are coming into the World Cup in good form and their fast-paced attack will have Australia chasing shadows for 90 minutes. Despite the Netherlands’ inexperienced squad, Louis van Gaal will have them well drilled for victory in the second group stage, while Spain, who may have qualification sewn up by game three, have an exceptional squad that is unlikely to ship goals against Australia – regardless of who Vicente del Bosque starts.
Team Top Scorers
There’s plenty of value to be had backing a particular team’s top scorer. If you think Lionel Messi will be shy in front of goal and will struggle to get out of the one-goal record he holds with Robbie Keane, then Sergio Aguero or Gonzalo Higuain to top Argentina’s charts at 7/2 is tremendous value.
Yaya Toure is also 7/2 to be the top scorer for Ivory Coast. Sure, there’s Didier Drogba, but Toure is likely to be on set piece duty and on the back of an incredible goalscoring campaign from midfield.
Finally, Jozy Altidore is 6/1 to be the United States’ top scorer. Now hear me out on this – yes, he only scored one goal for Sunderland last season, but he scored twice against Nigeria in America’s final friendly and now has 23 international goals to his tally, a decent return for a 23-year-old. Plus – it won’t take much to be USA’s top scorer in a group that has Germany, Portugal and Ghana.
It’s Bosnia & Herzegovina’s first World Cup and they’re being tipped by many to be the dark horses in a group that they are more than capable of progressing from. With talented players such as Miralem Pjanic Senad Lulic providing for him, Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko could easily rack up a Golden Ball winning five goals in the group stage alone. The striker has been in a rich vein of form in the friendlies and faces Iran and Nigeria in the group stage, the same Nigeria who shipped two goals to Jozy Altidore. Argentina isn’t known for their defence, either…
A more likely bet would be Karim Benzema. The Frenchman has been in scintillating form in the run up to the World Cup in an exciting, creative young French side. Two fine goals against Jamaica on Sunday will have him hungry for more against Honduras, Switzerland and Ecuador in Group E.
This award goes to the player of the tournament and if his friendlies are anything to go by, Neymar is really up for the World Cup. Really. The Barcelona star is a superstar in his home country and will have every stadium from Sao Paolo to Rio de Janeiro chanting his name. He’s likely going to score a lot of goals and if Brazil goes all the way to the final, will it really be because of anyone else? If you think Brazil will go all the way there’s slightly more value taking Neymar to be player of the tournament.
If you scoff at favourites, then look no further than Andres Iniesta at around 25/1. Along with Xavi, the Barcelona player is still the talisman of this Spanish side which is more or less the one that went all the way in South Africa in 2010. Can lightning strike twice? Iniesta has looked tremendous in friendlies and will be at the heart of any Spanish inquisition in Brazil.
- Dave Cokin
- August 28, 2016 - 4:25 PM
- Offered at:
- pinnacle @ 1 -106 Arizona
Gauge a team's mindset properly in the NFL pre-season and there's a good chance you'll get rewarded with a winner. Here's why I'm taking a stance on this week's Cardinals-Texans Sunday NFLx matchup.
It's "dress rehearsal" week in the NFL with most teams expected tp have their regulars on the field for a good amount of time. That also means more actiual game planning than in the other exhibition games for the majority of NFL teams. But that really doesn't mean a great deal to me from an analytical standpoint, as the games still don't count and they really aren't played as though they do.
That said, I love seeing information that gives me a clue as to a team's mindset for its upcoming game. The games I've done best with this pre-season have been those where there were revealing quotes involved. Here's one that is as plain as day for this week. This one is from Arizona GM Steve Keim.
"We can't just go out there when the season starts and turn the switch on."
The Cardinals first team offense has been really dull in the first two games. It sure sounds like there's a sense of urgency here, and that's coming from the top of the food chain as far as team management is concerned. It might only be a pre-season game that doesn't count. But the last game this team played that did count was brutal and the comments here indicate that there's a feeling that the team needs to get something positive accomplished this week. That might not be so easy against a tough looking Houston defense. But if Arizona is treating this game with what at least sounds like regular season focus, then I am definitely willing to back the Cardinals this weekend.