World Cup props take betting world by storm - NBC Sports

World Cup props take betting world by storm
June 10, 2014, 2:00 pm

Not only is the American soccer team long shots to win the World Cup, they are even underdogs to be the best team from North America at Brazil 2014.

And while Brazil is favored to win the tournament on home turf, they are not favored to be the World Cup 2014’s highest-scoring team.

Prop betting has taken the World Cup by storm, much like the Super Bowl where unique wagers like the coin toss or over-under on the national anthem seem to get more hype than the game itself.

So if the first scenario, it’s Mexico picked by oddsmakers to be the top team from North America and the in the second scenario, it’s Argentina picked to be the highest-scoring team.

While the focus of sports bettors has been on futures wagering and the rapidly changing odds in groups betting, there are a large number of other World Cup specials wagering opportunities to explore at the world’s greatest tournament.

“These wagers sometimes seem gimmicky, but they can actually provide good betting value for savvy fans,” said Jack Randall of

World Cup winner odds

It is currently a toss-up as to which continent will produce this year’s World Cup winning squad, with Europe and South America both having odds of 10/11, while Rest of the World trails as a distant 28/1 long shot.

No team from outside those continents has ever won and none appear in the World Cup futures list of the 13 highest-rated teams. Russia is the first to appear on the list.

The odds of this year’s tournament producing a first-time winner are also slim, at 4/1, while the odds of a previous champion claiming this year’s title are 2/13.

In 2010, a total of 145 goals were scored during the World Cup tournament, with Germany leading the way with 16. Argentina is slightly ahead of Brazil as 3/1 favorites to score the most goals at this year’s tourney, followed by Germany at 9/2 and 2010 World Cup champs Spain at 7/1.

The betting line on total number of goals scored during the entire World Cup is currently 154.5, with both the OVER and UNDER sporting a moneyline of 20/23.

The record for most red cards issued during a World Cup is 28, established at the 2006 World Cup in Germany. In 2010, 17 red cards were shown, and expectations this year remain about the same, as the total number of red cards at World Cup 2014 is set at 17.5, with the moneyline on the OVER and the UNDER both set at 20/23.

The total for yellow cards is set at 275.5, again with the OVER and the UNDER pegged at 20/23.

It was a goal in extra time that won the 2010 World Cup for Spain. The betting line at this year’s tournament on the total goals scored in extra time is set at 3.5, with the OVER holding a slight moneyline edge at 10/13 and the UNDER currently an EVEN moneyline bet.

Perhaps the wager that could prove most dangerous for the passionate soccer fan is the World Cup specials bet on the total number of own goals scored at this year’s World Cup, currently set at 3.5, well short of the World Cup record of 6, set in 1966.

The OVER has a moneyline of 10/13, while the UNDER sports an EVEN moneyline.

The action kicks off Thursday with the opening Brazil vs Croatia matchup where the hosts are huge favorites. 


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