World Cup Odds (06/10/14)

By John Ewing
What can the latest betting odds tell us about the World Cup? Odds courtesy of

The World Cup is just days away. As soccer fans around the world wait with bated breath for the biggest sporting event on the planet, we preview the 2014 World Cup through the latest betting odds.

Host country Brazil is a 3/1 favorite to win it all. The odds imply that the third team in the FIFA World Rankings has a 21 percent chance to win a record sixth World Cup.

The USA is a long shot at 100/1. The Yanks got a tough draw being placed in the Group of Death with Germany, Portugal and World Cup nemesis Ghana.

Brazilian striker and Barcelona star, Neymar, is a 7/1 favorite to win the Golden Ball – best player in the tournament.

Lionel Messi is a 7/1 favorite to be the top goal scorer in the World Cup. Reigning World Player of the Year, Cristiano Ronaldo is 12/1.

There is a clear group of top contenders: Brazil (3/1), Argentina (4/1), Germany (11/2) and Spain (6/1). The odds imply that the top four teams combined have a 63 percent chance of winning the World Cup.

Odds to win the World Cup

Team Odds
Brazil 3/1
Argentina 4/1
Germany 11/2
Spain 6/1
Belgium 18/1
England 22/1
Italy 22/1
France 25/1
Netherlands 25/1
Portugal 25/1
Uruguay 25/1
Colombia 33/1
Chile 40/1
Russia 100/1
USA 100/1
Ivory Coast 125/1
Mexico 125/1
Switzerland 125/1
Bosnia-Herzegovina 150/1
Croatia 150/1
Ecuador 150/1
Japan 150/1
Ghana 200/1
Greece 200/1
Nigeria 250/1
South Korea 300/1
Australia 500/1
Cameroon 500/1
Algeria 1000/1
Costa Rica 1000/1
Honduras 1500/1
Iran 1500/1