Before the World Cup quarter-finals kick off tomorrow, punters have a lot of betting offers to choose from.
Eight teams left in the World Cup are taking a well-deserved rest before the quarter-finals kick off tomorrow. This tournament has already surpassed all expectations in terms of excitement, surprises, goals and of course betting under British gambling laws.
The fight for FIFA World Cup crown continues tomorrow. After pretty eventful and very hard-fought last 16 matches, online sportsbooks in the United Kingdom are having trouble with picking the winners in the upcoming quarter-finals.
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• Online sportsbooks in the United Kingdom offer a long list of betting lines
• Top 3 favorites to win the World Cup are unchanged
• Lionel Messi is still leading the Top Goalscorer market
This World Cup have helped lots of punters to win big despite unpredicted results and fall of big-name teams at early stages. Some of the favorites managed to collect maximum points, moreover, they did so in high-scoring matches. All this helped those who bet on sports in the United Kingdom collect decent winnings.
Despite having to fight hard including extra time and penalty shootouts in some cases, all eight group winners have made it to the quarter-finals, setting up great battles for us to watch and bet on. Some smart bettors have actually taken advantage of betting on this event early at what was a 13.00 odds multiple wager.
Considering the upcoming matches, they may be tough to call, but the outright favorites remain unchanged. The hosts Brazil are top with 3.60 odds from Bovada, while Argentina are still second with 5.00 and Germany are third in line with 5.50 odds.
The Netherlands have moved closer to the top three and now enjoy 6.00 odds to lift the trophy, while France are next with a line of 8.50. Colombia and Belgium are now equal in terms of odds to win the World Cup – 13.00 each. And of course Costa Rica are the outsiders with massive 67.00 odds, however, their form is extremely good, and they could go all the way providing someone with a hefty payout.
Betting on the quarter-finals
Friday will kick off with a highly-anticipated France v Germany clash. The bookies are still undecided on the favorite here, although giving a slight edge to the Germans with 2.50 odds compared to a line of 3.10 for the French. A draw after 90 minutes is less likely in their opinion and will pay at 3.30.
Later on tomorrow it’s Brazil against Colombia. And although the hosts needed penalty shootouts to beat Chile, they are the huge favorites to beat their South American neighbors with 1.85 odds against 4.75 for Colombians. The draw in normal time pays at 3.70, so we might see another extra time or even penalties again.
The Albiceleste performed unconvincingly against Switzerland, and once again needed help from Lionel Messi to set up Di Maria for a winning goal, deep into the extra time. On the other hand Belgium also barely managed to come through in the match against team USA, with two late goals in extra time against one for the Americans.
Argentina may be favored by online bookies with 2.20 odds, but it’s really anyone’s game if you ask me, and the line of 3.75 for Belgian success looks like a pretty good value at this point. 3.30 for the draw after 90 minutes suggests extra time is also highly likely on Saturday.
The last quarter-final of the tournament will be fought between the Netherlands and Costa Rica. Louis van Gaal’s men performed a miracle beating Mexico 2-1 after being down one goal for most of the second half. And although the penalty in the added time on Arjen Robben is still full of controversy, we can’t deny that the Dutch are a very strong team.
Costa Rica beat Luis Suarez-less Uruguay pretty easily, but they are of course the underdogs in their clash against Holland and when it comes to winning the World Cup as well. The Netherlands are given 1.50 odds to progress to the semis, while Costa Rica had to settle for a line of 8.00 and the draw after 90 minutes is paying at 4.33 odds.
Other interesting betting offers
Naturally the winner of the Golden Boot award betting still remains one of the most popular markets at the World Cup. Lionel Messi is leading the way with 3.50 odds, despite not scoring against Switzerland. Columbian James Rodriguez is now second with 3.75 odds thanks to hit bracket against Uruguay. And Neymar is back to top 3 with 4.50.
Thomas Muller moved down a couple of places after missing good chances against Algeria, and now enjoys 5.50 odds to become the top goalscorer. The rest of the field is way behind with Robin van Persie getting 13.00 odds, his teammate Arjen Robben and French Karim Benzema priced at 19.00 odds to win the prestigious award.
Guessing the final pair is pretty interesting at this point, and making the right choice could end up in a great payout. Brazil/Argentina are everyone’s favorite with 4.50 odds, while Brazil/Holland is next with 6.00 and Argentina/Germany pays at 7.50.
Germany/Holland delivers a line of 8.50, while Argentina/France final will pay at 13.00 odds. The same 13.00 odds are given for Brazil/Belgium match-up, and for France/Holland final. Argentina/Colombia and Colombia/Holland final will reward punters with 17.00 payout for guessing right.