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2014 World Cup betting tips

Posted on 20/05 by G Waldorf

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2014 World Cup betting tips

We've put together our 5 top tips for increasing your profit on 2014 World Cup betting.


1. Compare the best odds

Whether you're staking $1 or $100, any punter wishing to maximise profits on World Cup betting must take the best prices available. One big punter recently placed a bet of $30,000 on Brazil to win the World Cup with the TAB at odds of $3.30, a potential profit of $69,000. Had this punter just had a look at the World Cup prices at Sportsbet.com.au he would have been able to back Brazil at odds of $4.00, a potential profit of $90,000. So, by simply refusing to spend a few minutes comparing odds, this big punter is already looking winning $21,000 less on his Brazil bet.

Obviously not all punters betting on the World Cup are staking thousands of dollars, but anyone betting consistently throughout the tournament can expect to increase betting profits by over 10% simply by checking the best odds at Sportsbet.com.au, Sportsbet, Ladbrokes.com.au and Luxbet.



2. Expand your range of betting markets - it's not just about who wins the game

The large majority of bets placed on 2014 World Cup matches will be on the Win-Draw-Win market, and that's the way the bookies like it. Bookmakers are happy to take bets on this market at a pretty much guaranteed 6% profit margin due to the sheer volume of bets and amounts placed. But if you take a look at other markets then this gives you more options to back your judgement without necessarily picking the winning team. For example, let's take a look at the opening match of the tournament, Brazil v Croatia:

Brazil v Croatia head to head odds
Team Odds
Brazil $1.28 Bet Now
Draw $4.80 Bet Now
Croatia $10.00 Bet Now

Brazil are the very likely winners, but what about if you think Croatia will score and do well in this game, without actually winning it? There are a number of options.

a) Back "Yes" in the both teams to score market with Sportsbet at odds of $2.35
b) Back Croatia with a 2.0 goal start in the handicap betting market at Sportsbet.com.au at odds of $2.00
c) Take a look at the half time/full time betting with Sportsbet.com.au where Croatia/Draw is $23.00


3. Bet with the bookies money - not your own

Most online bookmakers in Australia will offer you a free bet incentive when opening a new account. It's no different than a bank offering you 0% on credit card balance transfers, or cashback offers when you buy a new car. Bookmakers are prepared to pay to recruit new accounts so you may as well make the most of it and bet with the bookies money. Here's our Top 5 World Cup free bets - ranked by amount, simplicity of offer, standard of bookmaker and best World cup odds;

a) $250 free bet at Sportsbet.com.au
b) $250 free bet at Sportsbet
c) $500 matched bet at Betezy
d) $250 free bet at Luxbet
e) $250 free bet at Ladbrokes.com.au

For a full list then check out our free bets comparison table


4. Take advantage of money back specials

Australia seems to be the home of the sports betting money back specials, across racing, NRL and AFL, but soccer has always seemed to be neglected. That will change for World Cup 2014. Already at Sportsbet.com.au you'll get your money back on all correct score bets if the game finishes 0-0 and that's just the start. Keep an eye on all our featured bookmakers in the weeks prior to the World Cup which is when the best World Cup cashback offers will be on site.

In 2010 a leading European bookmaker, Stan James, led with an offer of Money back on all World Cup outright bets if Spain win the tournament. And sure enough Spain (who were the $5.00 favourites) duly won the trophy, leaving all their punters very happy.


5. Bet on the worst World Cup teams and still make money

Forget Brazil, Argentina, Spain and Germany - there's just as much money to be made betting on Algeria, Honduras, Costa Rica and (dare we say) Australia.

If you're looking to make money on the World Cup also-rans then take a look at the odds to finish bottom of the World Cup groups:

Group A odds to finish bottom: Cameroon at $1.67
Group B odds to finish bottom: Australia at $1.25
Group C odds to finish bottom: Greece at $2.40
Group D odds to finish bottom: Costa Rica at $1.14
Group E odds to finish bottom: Honduras at $1.30
Group F odds to finish bottom: Iran at $1.50
Group G odds to finish bottom: USA at $2.00
Group H odds to finish bottom: Algeria at $1.57

A $10 Multi-bet on the bottom of the group favourites above pays $350 with Sportsbet.com.au


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