The World Cup Qualifiers are now over and it is about time to have a look at the different teams that will compete in Brazil and see if there are opportunities to take advantage of some early prices in the outright market.
So the guest list at the next tournament has now been finalised and it is the right time to look at who are the favourites and possible surprises next summer. There are 31 countries and not many new faces as we were thinking a couple of weeks ago as Iceland, Jordan and Burkina Faso have all felt at the last hurdle. The only debutant are Bosnia and Herzegovina. England will be there and the same will be for all the other big teams who have all made it to the finals: the only one who had a huge risk of not taking part to the Brazilian tournament was France who managed a brave comeback in the second leg of the playoff qualifiers and jump at the last minute aboard of the plane to South America.
We have asked John Pentin, head of content at leading football betting tips BettingTips4you.com, who is going to win the 2014 World Cup. ‘As for the qualifiers I don’t think we going to have huge surprises in Brazil and the winning side will be one of the big four. Spain are like Barcelona nowadays in the sense that they are not as strong as they used to be but still have what it takes to get at least to the semifinals. Germany have been very fragile in the latter stages of recent competitions however most of their team have now reached a very mature level and they look stronger and more experienced to make it all the way. I can see them in the final as they are stronger than Argentina who remain a top team but there are still some inconsistencies at the back.
My suggestion is for a final Germany against Brazil. As we have seen in the Confederations Cup the home advantage will make the hosts nearly unbeatable and currently I can only see the Germans able to cause them serious issues. If you back them both now you are going to beat the queue and likely to get a very good early price.’