Tips on how to bet on World Cup

The countdown is on in Brazil, with less than 100 days to go until the start of the 2014 FIFA World Cup. For those looking for World Cup betting tips, the host nation is often the best place to start, as, statistically, a third of those who host the tournament, go on to win it.

Previous tournaments

With Brazil having such a proud World Cup tradition, being the host nation has naturally made them one of the favourites to be in the final on July 13. That has intensified after their recent win in the Confederations Cup, held in Brazil as a prelude to this summer’s competition. The hosts made it through the group stages and beat Uruguay in the semi-finals to set up a final against Spain.

Despite Brazil’s home advantage, many still fancied Spain’s chances and they had a formidable record going into the clash, having gone 29 competitive games unbeaten. However, Brazil produced their best performance of the tournament to win 3-0, with Fred scoring twice and Neymar, with a superb shot, getting the other.

Luiz Felipe Scolari

It was Brazil’s third Confederation Cup win in a row and sets them up perfectly for this summer when expectations of a home World Cup victory will be high, especially after such a comfortable win against the Spanish. Their manager will ensure that expectations are kept in check throughout the squad however. Luiz Felipe Scolari has come back for a second spell with the national team after leading them to their last World Cup triumph in 2002, when they beat Germany 2-0 in Japan.

Since then, he guided Portugal to the 2004 European Championships final, the semi-finals of the 2006 World Cup and the quarter-finals of Euro 2008. Therefore, he has huge experience in this competition and world football generally and will be motivated by the desire to lead his country to a second World Cup success during his time in charge.

Prospects for 2014

The defensive duo of David Luiz and Thiago Silva have formed an excellent partnership while Neymar has been living up to his billing as his country’s star player and is expected to make a huge impact in his first World Cup. Those expectations have heightened since his move to Barcelona, but, while he has the talent to win turn matches in Brazil’s favour, he needs his other team mates to step up to his level occasionally if Brazil are to match the expectations of their many fans.

In the group stages they face Croatia, Mexico and Cameroon and would expect to comfortably qualify and possibly face Spain or the Netherlands in the round of 16. Though fans may have already worked out Brazil’s route to the final on July 13; under the guidance of Scolari, the team will focus on one game at a time as they aim for their sixth World Cup success.

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