2014 World Cup Group Stage: Odds to Advance

The 2014 World Cup is underway and in addition to group odds to advance, we also have odds for each country to win their group. Two countries emerge from each group and many skeptical Americans had already written off the possibility that the US could get through Group G. After the first two group games, however, they’re in great position to advance ahead of Portugal and Ghana into the Round of 16.

The tables below show the odds for each country to advance past the group stage at Sportsbook.com from before the tournament started to the current odds.

Updated 6/26/14 at 9:00 am ET

Group A

Country
Current Odds
Odds before World Cup
Brazil Won group -3500
Mexico Finished 2nd +115
Croatia Eliminated +110
Cameroon Eliminated +450

Group B

Country
Current Odds
Odds before World Cup
Netherlands Won group -175
Chile Finished 2nd -120
Spain Eliminated -700
Australia Eliminated +1100

Group C

Country
Current Odds
Odds before World Cup
Colombia Won group -450
Greece Finished 2nd +200
Ivory Coast Eliminated -110
Japan Eliminated +110

Group D

Country
Current Odds
Odds before World Cup
Costa Rica Won group +1000
Uruguay Finished 2nd -225
Italy Eliminated -225
England Eliminated -175

Group E

Country
Current Odds
Odds before World Cup
France Won group -650
Switzerland Finished 2nd -150
Ecuador Eliminated Even
Honduras Eliminated +600

Group F

Country
Current Odds
Odds before World Cup
Argentina Won group -4000
Nigeria Finished 2nd +140
Iran Eliminated +750
Bosnia and Herzegovina Eliminated -140

Group G

Country
Current Odds
Odds before World Cup
Germany Won group -800
USA Finished 2nd +200
Ghana Eliminated +300
Portugal Eliminated -200

Group H

Country
Current Odds
Odds before World Cup
Belgium Won group -700
Algeria Finished 2nd +450
Russia Eliminated -225
Korea Republic Eliminated +180

Picks to advance:

Out of Group B, most people seem certain that Spain and Netherlands will get through, but there’s high value on Chile at -120. Despite making the final in 2010, Holland can be erratic and have a relatively inexperienced squad, which could pave the way for a solid Chilean team to get through. In Group C, Ivory Coast at -110 is a great price as they should be bigger favorites to advance and could actually win the group over Colombia. With star forward Radamel Falcao missing for Colombia, Ivory Coast will easily have the best player in the group in midfielder Yaya Toure, who has won multiple EPL titles with Manchester City in England. The Ivorians have failed to advance beyond the group stage over the last two World Cups in very difficult groups, and this will be the year they finally do some damage.

For a couple bigger underdogs, the long-shot in Group E shouldn’t be counted out with Honduras at +600.  France is a big favorite to advance from the group but neither Switzerland or Ecuador are confident backings for the next round. If France takes care of business and beats both Switzerland and Ecuador, Honduras can find a way into the Round of 16. In Group H, Algeria +450 is a team that very few will be betting on but are a dangerous team. In 2010 they did not score a goal in the group stage, but are good enough defensively to stay in every game. If they can get a win against either Russia or Korea, they’ll put themselves in good position to advance.

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