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.
- March 6, 2015 - 8:00 PM
- Matt Fargo
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The Rockets have lost two straight games and will be out to snap that tonight as they host the fading Pistons. Houston lost at Atlanta without James Harden in the lineup because of his suspension and it followed that up with a home loss on Wednesday against Memphis. It was a rare second straight loss as the Rockets have been an outstanding bounce back team this season, going 14-5 straight up and against the number following a loss. They have dropped back-to-back games only four times and avoided a three-game skid each time by winning those follow up games by an average of 14.8 ppg. The Pistons are riding a four-game losing streak and going back, they are 6-11 over their last 17 games to fall three and half games back in the Eastern Conference playoff picture. After winning seven straight games on the road starting late December, the Pistons have dropped seven of their last eight on the highway. They were able to cover the first two of this roadtrip but they head to Houston at a bad time as the Rockets will also be out for revenge following a 13-point loss in Detroit just over a month ago. Play (816) Houston Rockets