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World Cup 2014 Betting

The reigning champions are looking to remarkably win their fourth major international tournament on the bounce. They finally stopped being the underachievers of World football four years ago when they beat Holland in the final of World Cup 2010. Pretty much the same set up and the same players are going to be back in action for the Red Fury at Brazil 2014 and Spain to win World Cup 2014 odds have still been trading strongly around a price of 7/1 with online betting site Betfair.

So punters shouldn’t forget that this is a bunch of proven winners, they have the mentality and they have handled the pressure of a title defence back at Euro 2012. Will they be able to do it at the World Cup? The fact that even though they are not perceived to be as strong as they were four years ago when this golden generation were in their absolute prime, they have still been trading as one of the strongest four options in World Cup 2014 betting alongside Brazil, Argentina and Germany.

So it says a lot about their enduring qualities. They may not be as quick as they were four years ago, but that brilliant passing style of theirs is still there and they are still going to keep the ball away from opposition, and grind down and eat away at the patience and discipline of those which they come up against. Trading at the 7/1 mark they make for a pretty decent each way shot to get their hands on the title again.

This time around they could have a fantastic new addition to their ranks in Diego Costa, the Brazilian born Atletico Madrid striker who took Citizenship in Spain through residency. He is a goal-getter, a genuine hungry number nine and if he is fit, he could add a thrilling new dimension to the Spanish attack, but of course he is untested at competitive international level. That hasn’t stopped the bookmaker pricing up the prolific striker at 25/1 in the World Cup 2014 Top Goalscorer market.

Would it be foolish to write of the Spanish at this point? It probably would be because anything less than a final four spot would be a huge disappointment for them and a huge surprise for many punters. But it is all going to be about getting off to a strong start for them.

Group Stage
The Spanish will come up against a tricky challenger in World Cup Group B as they were drawn there alongside Holland. The two will square off in the group opener on Friday, June 13th and it could, straight out of the blocks be a group decider. Also occupying the group are Chile and rank outsiders Australia. Despite the hovering menace of the Netherlands, Spain are trading as strong 4/5 favourites with Betfair to win World Cup Group B and at 2/9 just to qualify.

There looks to be a huge necessity to win the group as well. Why? Because the runner up of Group B is probably going to have to face up to host nation Brazil in the round of sixteen and of course, no-one wants that. Spain were blown away in the final of the 2013 Confederations Cup by Brazil at the Maracana in Rio and will certainly want to avoid the outright favourites until as late as possible.

Key Players
Having lost Victor Valdes, their number one keeper, it should throw Iker Casillas back into the limelight. He’s been a bit of a forgotten man at Real Madrid this season, so will Vicente del Bosque turn to him or throw the uncapped David De Gea into action? Remember that opener against the Netherlands is going to be crucial and it will likely be Casillas who is handed the starting spot and they will need him to be at his brilliant best.

Forget about Spain’s midfield getting old, there are some brilliant talents like Thiago Alcantara and Koke (aka the new Xavi) coming through the ranks. Barcelona’s Sergio Busquets is going to have to play an even bigger role this time because Xavi doesn’t have the legs and is going to need extra coverage from Busquets, the glue of the whole midfield which makes the likes of Iniesta, Alonso and Xavi tick.

Diego Costa. He is a wild card, because the 25 year old has not had a competitive international match under his belt. But if he can get integrated into the Spanish set up, and if he can do what he has done brilliantly for Atletico Madrid this season, his goals could be pivotal. You won’t find a harder working, hungrier striker at the World Cup than him.

Their patient style should carry them far. They don’t need to run around chasing shadows because that is what they make opponents do. That is going to be their strengths under the Brazilian sun. Wouldn’t count Spain out of the picture and they are very decent 6/4 shot to make the semi finals with Betfair.

April 7th, 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category: World Cup 2014 Betting

Del Bosque (Spain)

Spain v Italy Betting Preview
England fans will probably wanting to have a look at this one, as they have to face up to Italy in their opening World Cup 2014 match. This should be a great game out in Spain against two European giants, and it’ll be just as interesting to see how Spain’s World Cup title defence preparations are going.

Spain v Italy Betting Odds at online bookmaker William Hill
Spain 8/15, Draw 3/1, Italy 5/1

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Spain v Italy Betting Tips:
The reigning World Champions had a pretty easy time of things in their Brazil 2014 qualification group. They topped the group with six wins and two draws in their group. Their nearest challenger was France, but a composed 1-0 win in Paris by Spain gave them the edge in the group. Spain’s ball retention does more than just grind down opposition, it also allows them to have a great defensive record, conceding just three goals throughout qualification. They weren’t particularly prolific in front of goal though, but that could all change with Brazilian-born Diego Costa choosing to play for Spain. Spain will likely have a very good look at the Atletico Madrid scoring sensation in the build up to the World Cup.

If they can get Costa scoring like he is in La Liga, then Spain will be an even stronger side, having a genuine number nine in their ranks. Costa is priced up at Even Money in the anytime goalscorer market for this one, his full international debut. Spain did lose their last match out, going down 1-0 in Johannesburg against South Africa back in November. That snapped a seven match unbeaten streak. That is just two defeats in their last 34 international matches, from back in November 2011. They met Italy last year in the Confederations Cup, taking a 7-6 penalty shoot out win in the semi finals after a 0-0 draw. Spain thumped Italy 4-0 of course in the Euro 2012 final.

Italy cruised their qualification group for the 2014 World Cup, with six wins and four draws in their ten games. They did have an easy group though, but they did put in some pretty efficient displays which should give some concern to England in the WOrld Cup. Italy are on a six match unbeaten run and have lost just two of their last ten (against Brazil and Argentina). However, they have taken six draws in those ten games, so not a prolific winning team. It could hint that they are backable for a draw and Both Teams To Score on Wednesday is priced at Even money. Mario Balotelli isn’t around for this one which leaves Pablo Daniel Osvaldo as a good 3/1 shot in the Anytime Goalscorer market.

Italy are a pretty bold side and they are tough to beat, plus they generally try and take the game to Spain. Spain at home though are tough, and so would look over 2.5 goals for a price of 4/5 with William Hill.

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Form (all competitions)

Head To Head
There have been 28 matches played between these two sides and the tally stands at 8 wins each. That last meeting was out in Brazil for the Confederations Cup last year, and Italy were the better side in it. The Italians won the last international friendly between the two, in Bari in 2011.

March 5th, 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category: World Cup 2014 Betting

Hulk (Brasil)

There has naturally been some reaction at the bookmakers after Brazil powered their way to the 2013 Confederations Cup title in their own back yard.

In a tremendously up-tempo and spirited performance against the reigning world champions Spain at the Maracana in Rio, the young Brazilian side came of age and blew the Spaniards away 3-0 in the final. It was a night of dreams for Brazil and one of real nightmares for the World Cup holders who missed a penalty and had a player sent off.

So what does this mean for future World Cup 2014 betting? Well, after their sheer show of strength in Rio, Brazil are now firm favourites to be crowned the next World Cup winners at odds of 10/3 with online bookmaker Ladbrokes.


2014 Football World Cup Odds in Brazil:
The current World Cup 2014 Odds


Punters were quickly jumping on the Brazilians after beating Spain so convincingly in Rio as they dispelled concerns about their ability. It is true that Brazil haven’t been at their best for a while, and were lacking competitive play. But when it came to a tournament, they found their wings and they soared to success.

This is still a young Brazilian side, and their star attraction, Neymar really showed up at the event. There is some growing still to do by the side, but they have come along way in a short time under Luiz Felipe Scolari. They have grown out of the mire of a disappointing draw with England at the Maracana to lifting the Confederations Cup title at the very same venue. They have now stamped their authority over World Cup 2014 betting.

However, it does mean that there is value elsewhere, and one big stat is that no side who has won the Confederations Cup has gone on to lift the following World Cup. After their Confederations Cup win, Brazil will now have even more expectation on their shoulders next summer, will that be too much?

Spain are as far out as 6/1 with Ladbrokes to retain their title, but surely they can’t play as badly as they did in the final of the Confederations Cup? The maybe now have an air of not being unbeatable, but it is probably far too early to be writing them off as potential winners in 2014 World Cup betting.

Now, with Brazil having been given such strong ascendancy in the Outright Winner market, even the threats from Argentina and Germany are around 5/1 shots and that will naturally mean that the rest of the world are playing catch up in the betting. Brazil, Spain, Argentina and Germany. Is there anyone else in the world likely to stop one of those four nations winning?

Are there likely to be any genuine dark horses? People will normally look to the Netherlands, but they really are an outside shot this time around, as far out as 16/1 alongside Cesare Prandelli’s Italy, who impressed many at the Confederations Cup. The Azzurri look as if they have more growth potential in their ranks to cause an upset to the big four, and they will be an even bigger threat if they can find a backup for Andrea Pirlo as well.

What about England? After a less than impressive qualification campaign, the Three Lions are further back at 18/1, and France out at 20/1.

2014 World Cup Betting Outright Winner Odd at online bookmaker Ladbrokes
Brazil 10/3, Argentina 9/2, Germany 5/1, Spain 6/1, Holland 16/1, Italy 16/1, England 18/1, France 20/1

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July 2nd, 2013 / Lee A Jackson - Category: World Cup 2014 Betting

Confederations Cup 2013

Brazil v Spain Betting Preview
It is the final that most were projecting from the very start of the 2013 Confederations Cup, and the final that most neutrals wanted to see. The current European and World Champions get to have a crack at the mighty South Americans, who are trying to get into top gear ahead of next summer’s World Cup in their own back yard. With Spain’s winning habit in full flow, will the Brazilians be stop them?

Brazil v Spain Betting Odds at online bookmaker Ladbrokes
Brazil 6/4, Spain 7/4, Draw 23/10

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Brazil v Spain Recommended Bet:
It should be an incredible atmosphere at the Maracana on Sunday, as the dream final kicks off. Even before kick off, Brazil have some big advantages. They will have had an extra days rest, they are in their own back yard and will have the majority of the support behind them. Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari has the nation going in the right direction after a miserable draw against England earlier in the year. They have the next big world star in the shape of Neymar and he has been carrying the creative burden up front. His strike partners aren’t living up to his standard though. Fred is largely immobile and Hulk has been anonymous, not scoring in his last nine international matches. However, as a unit, Brazil have scored 22 goals in their last eight matches.

They have scored at least twice in each of their last eight matches as well. They are not a world beating side yet, but they are a young side and showing promise of growth. The Brazilian flair is not all there yet, certainly not through the middle of the park, and there are defensive issues which need to be improved upon. But their biggest asset is pouring forward and not worrying about what is going on at the back. They are lining up a shot at their third Confederations Cup title in a row, and should they achieve it, they will be the first ever nation to do so. That has put them on a streak of 11 wins in their last 12 Confederations Cup matches. Will the advantages that they have translate into claiming the big scalp of the World Champions?

Vicente del Bosque’s men were pushed to the limit by Italy in their semi final, winning an incredible penalty shoot out 7-6. Spain have beaten all before them over the last five years and they go into the final on 29 competitive match unbeaten streak, with victories in 24 of them. The last time they lost was back at the 2010 World Cup in their opening group match against Spain. They have a massive winning mentality and they have looked the most composed team throughout the tournament. Even though tactically Italy were brilliant, the Spaniards still adapted to counter everything which was thrown at them. They will get stronger too, with Cesc Fabregas and Roberto Soldado back fit after missing the Italy match. Will the draining semi final have taken an edge off them? They may be able to control midfield, but Brazil do have the bigger firepower. But then Spain haven’t conceded in their last eight international knockout matches.

A fascinating match in prospect, but Spain’s versatility and adaptability may just win out on this one. Brazil don’t really have a plan B. The Spaniards can take the sting out of Brazil’s quick game and exploit the hosts. Worth backing Spain at 7/4 with online betting site Ladbrokes.

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In the Spain v Brazil head to head, it is Brazil who hold a 4-2 lead from eight meetings. They have only met once in the last twenty three years though, that being back in 1999 with a goalless friendly. Brazil haven’t lost a competitive home match since 1975.

Stat Attack
Brazil have won four of eight previous matches against Spain (W4, d2, L2)
Spain are unbeaten in their last 29 competitive matches
Spain haven’t conceded a goal in their last eight knockout matches
Brazil have scored at least two goals in each of their last eight matches
Spain have won their last three penalty shoot outs, scoring 15 of 17 attempts


June 29th, 2013 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Football Betting

Silva - Fabregas (Spain)

Spain v Italy Betting Preview
There is an all-South American match up in the first semi final of the 2013 Confederations Cup, and here is an all-Europe clash in the second. This is being played on Thursday, the day after Brazil have met with Uruguay. Spain are looking pretty majestic and strong at the moment, but Italy really gave Brazil a great run for their money in their group clash. However, the loss of Mario Balotelli through injury may just hamper their chance of pulling off an upset here.

Spain v Italy Betting Odds at online bookmaker BetFred
Spain 4/11, Draw 7/2, Italy 7/1

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Spain v Italy Recommended Bet:
There doesn’t look to be any stopping Spain at the moment. Granted they perhaps haven’t been as all powerful in possession as they usually are, but they have found the goals and have been ruthless and clinical when questions have been asked of them. Vicente del Bosque’s men opened the competition with a 2-1 win over Uruguay, before Fernando Torres and David Villa led their second strength side to a 10-1 win over Tahiti. It meant that they just had to see off Nigeria in their final group match to guarantee themselves top spot, and they did that with a 3-0 win. The African representatives did have their chances to make the 90 minutes more interesting, but Spain clearly had the edge overall and probably had more levels to go up as well. So now they will be tested against by Italy, who they beat in the final of Euro 2012 of course, convincingly too, 4-0. Are we all being set up for a massive Spain v Brazil clash in the final here?

Spain have tremendous options on the bench, great depth in their squad which they can interchange without missing a heartbeat. They have been helped by Fernando Torres bringing his shooting boots to the party as well, and without Xabi Alonso in the middle of the park, they actually look a bit more expansive. They can hold on to the ball and knock it around, but will come under pressure from Italy. Spain like to press high up the pitch, but then so do the Italians. Italy will be hoping that they can get Andrea Pirlo back fit as they missed him against Brazil. Italy battled supremely well, never giving up in the match, ending up on the losing end of a 4-2 scoreline after hammering the crossbar with a chance to make it 3-3. Cesare Prandelli has a superb system at his disposal, a good young front line, even though Mario Balotelli has been ruled out of the rest of the competition because of injury.

Even though they lost against Brazil, Italy can actually take heart from the defeat. They never stopped pushing and did find some control in the middle of the park as well. However, Spain are far better than Brazil in midfield, and so Italy may need to adapt. Prandelli has already said that he needs his side to get more compact and that the absence of lone striker Balotelli may force a tactical change. Missing Balotelli and Pirlo would be rough for the Azzurri. Italy are a tremendously spirited side and they are quick on the break and good in the air as well, so they will carry their threats. However, betting still has to lean towards Spain at the end of the day, when they get to the business end of things, they just get better.

The Spain v Italy head to head is evenly split at eight wins apiece from 27 encounters. They met twice last year at Euro 2012, producing a 1-1 draw in the group stage and then the Spaniards running out 4-0 winners when they met in the final again. In actual competitive tournament matches, Italy have won three of eight meetings at the European Championships and World Cup. Half of those eight matches ended in draws though, which means that Italy have the upper hand 3-2 in tournament matches.

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June 25th, 2013 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Football Betting

Iniesta (Spain)

Spain v Nigeria Betting Preview
The Spaniards just need a point to confirm their place as Group B winners, but mathematically, even if they lose they’ll likely still finish top because of their goal difference. The stakes are a lot higher for Nigeria who start in second place for Sunday’s game. Their destiny is not in their own hands (unless they beat the World Champions). They are level on points with Uruguay who have the easy task of facing Tahiti in their final match. So the African representatives really have to push for an upset here.

Spain v Nigeria Betting Odds at online bookmaker Bet Victor
Spain 2/9, Draw 19/4, Nigeria 11/1

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Spain v Nigeria Recommended Bet:
A second string Spanish side thumped Tahiti 10-0 in their second group match, following up a comfortable opening win over Uruguay. It means that Spain have a massive goal difference over Nigeria going into this, and should be at the top of the pile when the group is finally settled. Technically all four sides could still make it through to the semi finals, coming down to goal difference at the end of the day. However, for Spain not to make it through, they would have to lose by four goals or more. That is just not going to happen. Spain haven’t really missed a heartbeat and were in superb control in what could have been a tough opener against South American side Uruguay. They can just slip into their fluent top gear with ease and their tournament winning experience should get them past Nigeria. Spain will call back the services of some of their main players for this one too after giving the likes of Iniesta and Xavi a rest.

Vicente Del Bosque’s men are going to be tough to keep off the scoresheet. Despite David Villa and Fernando Torres scoring seven goals between them against Tahiti, they’ll probably both be missing from the starting line up in favour of Roberto Soldado. The Spaniards are now on a 27 match unbeaten streak. Impressive. As for Nigeria, the Super Eagles really need to beat the World Champions to have a realistic chance of getting through. Uruguay will probably hammer Tahiti, so that will mean the Africa Cup Of Nations winners will have to do something most sides in the world will struggle to do, beat Spain. The Super Eagles had an 18 match unbeaten streak snapped when they lost to Uruguay in their second match. They had been unbeaten for over a year and it was also their first loss in Confederations Cup history, exiting the 2005 edition unbeaten, losing in penalty shoot out to Mexico in the third place play off.

After beating Tahiti 6-1 in their opener, Nigeria really needed to get a victory against the South Americans. But in a scrappy game, they couldn’t find the goals. Nigeria, who didn’t send a full squad to the competition, played some spirited stuff against Uruguay, stroking the ball around nicely and looking comfortable. There was a lack of bite in the final third though and they will be further hampered with forward Nnamdi Odaumadi possibly out with injury. It doesn’t really look all that promising for Stephen Keshi’s men and they haven’t beaten an European side since 2009 when they edged past France in a friendly.

Everything will be pointing to a Spain win and hard to look past that. Spain are just on a different level at the moment and it could be worth looking at a Spain/Spain Half Time/Full Time bet for an extra bit of value at a price of 3/4 with online bookmaker Bet Victor.

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Spain DWWWWW, Nigeria DDWDWL

In the Spain v Nigeria head to head, there has only been one previous meeting. That actually went in favour of the African side, and was a costly defeat for Spain as it helped to get them knocked them out of the 1998 World Cup group stage.


June 22nd, 2013 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Football Betting

Diego Forlan (Uruguay)

Spain v Uruguay Betting Preview
The Spanish kick off their 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup campaign with a matchup against a Uruguayan side who are struggling to define themselves. Spain have already beaten Uruguay once this year in an international friendly back in February and they are favourites to get the win in this match. The South Americans have great talent in their side,  but they have lost their way after winning the Copa America back in 2011 and even a return next summer to Brazil for the World Cup is no certainty for La Celeste.

Spain v Uruguay Betting Odds at online bookmaker Bet365
Spain 4/7, Draw 14/5, Uruguay 5/1

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Brazil seek form in World Cup warm up
Brazil v Japan Preview and Predictions


Spain v Uruguay Recommended Bet:
Four years ago, Spain’s 35 match unbeaten record came tumbling down, as they suffered  massive shock defeat in the semi finals against the USA. That was after winning all of their group matches without conceding a single goal. They head into this year’s edition of the FIFA Confederations Cup on a 25 match unbeaten streak and there is big consistency in the squad with nineteen of the players being from their successful Euro 2012 campaign. The Spaniards really have it all, well almost. There is no questioning the natural talent they have in the side and they will dominate possession in games, even if they are a bit below par. The only question about Spain is perhaps their lack of real world class, true number nine. Coach Vicente del Bosque has tinkered with his formation before, even playing with no striker and using the false number nine. Truthfully, if Spain had a finisher of Edinson Cavani, the Uruguayan striker they will be facing on Sunday, then they would be even more dangerous.

Spain are well in control of their destiny now in their qualification group for the 2014 World Cup, so this will be a great experience for the squad. This is only Spain’s second crack at the Confederations Cup and should Del Bosque lead his men to victory, then it will complete a prestigious set of the world’s biggest international titles for him. Some achievement. A hugely talented squad and they know each other so well, the consistency and fluidity should be there for them to get close to fulfilling their role as favourite. A win against Uruguay would set them on course very nicely. When the Uruguayans won the 2011 Copa America, they truly looked a world beating side, but things have gone wrong since then. The squad is looking a bit older and less convincing, and the great new wave of young Uruguayan talent failed to impress at the 2012 London Olympics, so they are in a bit of limbo.

They have talent in their side (Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani for example) and they have a tremendous coach in Oscar Tabarez, but even he can’t seem to put his finger on the problems with the international set up. They are struggling to book qualification for the 2014 World Cup but may welcome this distraction as an opportunity to pull themselves together. They are still a hard working side, but they have been struggling very badly on the road. It doesn’t look like Tabarez really knows what do with what he has at the moment, and he has adopted more of an attacking philosophy, shaking off his prefered counter attacking set ups. The future for them may be alright, because they played well in February’s defeat against Spain, looking to be more fluid and cohesive despite the defeat.

Still they weren’t able to build on it, struggling for results until they beat France in a friendly. A transitional period it may be, but if their strikers perform, then you can’t totally write off their chances of getting into the match. Spain though will be favoured and Uruguay have never beaten the Spanish. In the Spain v Uruguay head to head, the record stands at five draws and four wins for Spain. The friendly in Doha back in February was their most recent victory. In the nine previous meetings, Spain have scored 14 goals to Uruguay’s seven.

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Spain DWWDWW, Uruguay LWLDLW

June 12th, 2013 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Football Betting

Gianluigi Buffon (Italy)

The Continental Champions from around the world will all be heading to Brazil to contest the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup in June. That means that there should be some highly quality action for international football betting heading your way, to fill the void before the next domestic season kicks off. The tournaments runs over two weeks from June 15th to the 30th and it is Brazil who are the defending Champions.

The Brazilians are the most successful side in the competition as it heads to its ninth edition, the Selecao having won it three times before. Spain, Uruguay and Italy could be become just the third team (after Argentina and France) to have captured FIFA’s big three tournaments, the World Cup, Confederations Cup and the Olympic Gold.

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Confederations Cup Nations
The Confederations Cup will see eight nations go head to head for the title, starting with a group stage before the knockouts. Brazil get their place at the tournament because they are the 2014 FIFA World Cup hosts, and they will be joined by Spain (the current World Cup holders), Japan (Asian Cup winners), Mexico (CONCACAF Gold Cup winners), Uruguay (Copa America holders), Tahiti (OFC Nations Cup winners), Nigeria (ACON winners) and joined by Italy who take part because of finishing runners up at Euro 2012. The winners of the European Championship and the World Cup both get spots at the Confederation Cup, but both titles are held by Spain, offering up a spot for Italy.

Confederations Cup Group Stage Betting
The initial stage is split into two groups of four, with Brazil, Japan, Mexico and Italy going in Group A, and Spain, Uruguay, Tahiti and Nigeria squaring up in Group B. The top two from each go forward to the semi final knockouts. Brazil have been trading as strong odds on favourites to win Group A at a price of 4/7 with Boylesports, ahead of Italy at 11/4. In Group B, there is little surprise that the Spaniards are taking full supremacy there at odds of 4/9 ahead of Uruguay at 11/4 in 2013 Confederations Cup Betting.

Confederations Cup Outright Winner Betting Odds at online bookmaker Boylesports
Brazil 11/8, Spain 13/8, Italy 7/1, Uruguay 10/1, Mexico 12/1, Nigeria 25/1, japan 33/1, Tahiti 1500/1

Confederations Cup Betting Tip
Ahead of next summer’s World Cup, Brazil really have to come out and prove themselves. Coach Luiz Felipe Scolari has a big task on his hands because Brazil haven’t re-discovered that winning touch. They have been muddling through games a little bit, including the recent home draw against England in an international friendly, perhaps a lack of competitive action hurting them. Still, this is in their own back yard and they are worth a punt. But perhaps it is Spain who are actually making better value for things, as more pressure will be on Brazil and Spain have something that the Selecao don’t at the moment, a winning mentality. The Spaniards are still as strong as ever and will dominate games.

Sadly Uruguay seem to be in a bit of decline at the moment after winning the Copa America in 2011. They are far short of their best despite some great talent. Italy meanwhile have the ability to frustrate and grind their way through competitions. The Azzurri are perhaps a little unpredictable, and will go as underdogs against Brazil and Spain, but they have some great experience in their squad and could be the dark horse pick of the tournament.

June 3rd, 2013 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Football Betting

Silva - Fabregas (Spain)

France v Spain Betting Preview
This second encounter between the top two sides in Group I got a whole lot more interesting after the Spaniards were held to a surprising 1-1 draw against Finland on Friday night. With France cruising to a 3-1 win over Georgia, it is Les Bleus who hold a two point lead at the top of the group. It pretty much means that a second draw in the group against Spain would likely be enough to see them win the group and send Spain to the play offs.

France v Spain Betting Odds at online bookmaker Bet365
Spain 6/5, Draw 9/4, France 23/10

France v Spain Recommended Bet:
The French now have the power, as long as they don’t throw it away in this home match against the Spaniards. Because the rest of the group is pretty weak, France could cruise to the finish line if they take a draw against Spain. They would only have remaining matches against bottom side Finland, Belarus and then Georgia. Having beaten all three already, it should be straight forward. So this is a massive game, easily the pick of the next round of international matches. Can the Spaniards battle their way past the French? So far France have netted eight goals and have conceded just three on their way to ten points in the group. They look a confident enough side at the moment, definitely going in the right direction and after earning a 1-1 draw in Spain, they may not be too fearful of  the Spaniards coming back hard at them.

Even though the Spaniards were camped in the Finland half for pretty much all of Friday night’s game, they struggled to break down the lowly Finns. When Sergio Ramos netted the opening goal of the game after the break, only one result was expected. A draw certainly was not, as Finland struck in the 79th minute, totally against the run of play. Despite all their power, Spain have struggled for goals during qualification. They have now drawn both of their home matches 1-1 so far, they only beat Georgia 1-0 away from home, and their biggest return was a 4-0 win away at Belarus. The free flowing goals have certainly dried up, even though their wonderful passing game is still the same. Do they have enough in them to crack what will be tough French unit? This is a must win game for Spain to put them top of the group by one point.

This is the group decider, really no other way to look at it. You will expect the Spaniards to put in a strong showing, but a draw looks a big prospect. However, because of the talent they have and being in a must win situation, a Draw/Spain Half Time/Full Time bet for a price of 4/1 at online bookmaker Bet365 may be worth considering.

France v Spain Head To Head
There have 32 previous meetings between these two and Spain have a slight edge in the head to head, having taken 14 wins to 11 by France. Spain have scored 60 goals in the meetings compared to 36 by France. They drew 1-1 out in France back in October of 2012, and that was the second meeting of last year, Spain winning 2-0 at Euro 2012. This is the first time that they have met in a World Cup qualification campaign, and the last time they met in Paris was in a 2010 International friendly which Spain won 2-0.

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If the game ends goalless on Tuesday night, it would suit France very nicely, although a win would pretty much seal the deal for them. It could be worth taking some 0-0 Bore Draw coverage at online bookmaker Bet365. That would certainly suit France if they can blank out the Spaniards. If its ends 0-0, then online bookmaker will refund all losing stakes on the Correct Score, Half Time/Full Time and Scorecast bets placed on the match. This is great coverage which applies to all matches listed at the popular bookie. New customers registering an account can get up to a free £200 bet when registering a new account, as the bookie will match the value of your initial deposit with a free bet.


March 24th, 2013 / Lee A Jackson - Category: World Cup 2014 Betting


There is a massive European clash on Tuesday night in the 2014 World Cup qualifiers as France head to Spain to face the reigning European and World Champions. Both have started things off with two wins from two in Group I. This will be Spain’s first home match in the group after beating Georgia and Belarus on the road. France meanwhile have taken an away victory over Finland and comfortably eased past Belarus 3-1 in Saint-Denis. Now the two strong sides in the group go head to head in the first battle for supremacy. Both sides are expected to fill the top two spots in the group, so this will be the first strike in the race for first place.

Spain v France Betting Odds at online betting site BetFair
Spain 4/9, Draw 16/5, France 13/2

Spain will take home advantage for this mouth watering 2014 World Cup qualifying match and BetFair customers can see the game thanks to the betting site’s live streaming service. Account holders at BetFair can get their hands on a Spain v France live stream on Tuesday night in this heavyweight clash. This live streaming service by BetFair is one of the great features that enhance customer’s betting experiences at the site. It is a great partner to live in play betting as you can get close to the action to make your in-running betting calls.

Online betting exchange BetFair offer a risk free £20 bet for new customers registering an account with them. There is also the chance to get your hands on up to £1000 worth of cash back as well. For the big Spain v France betting clash, the Spaniards are trading as 4/9 favourites, with a draw at 16/5 and France at 13/2. The last time the two sides came together was at Euro 2012 when Spain ran out 2-0 winners in the second round of the tournament.



October 14th, 2012 / Lee A Jackson - Category: World Cup 2014 Betting

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