The betting lines for the World Cup’s Round of 16
Now that the “weaklings” (Ecuador, England, Italy, Portugal and Spain) have been removed from the 2014 World Cup field, it is time for the United States and the rest of the big boys to take to the pitch and play for the soccer’s biggest prize. So who are the betting favorites to advance from the first round of elimination games and reach the quarterfinals? And who does Las Vegas think are the favorites to win the four-year bragging rights of a World Cup title? Let’s find out together.
As they did to start the World Cup, the host nation will also play the first Round of 16 matches. Saturday, Brazil will take to the pitch as a heavy favorite against fellow South Americans Chile. You need to be $200 (-200) to win back $100 if you think Brazil will win, while a $100 bet would net you $500 (+500) if you think Chile can pull off the upset. Brazil is a one goal favorite in this match and the over/under for the total number of goals scored is 2.5.
Saturday’s South American theme continues in the afternoon with Colombia squaring off against Uruguay. With the same over/under of 2.5 goals, the Colombians are favored, but now as much as Brazil. You only need to bet $110 to win back $100 on Colombia, while a $100 bet on Uruguay will earn you $300 if they upset their fellow South Americans. The spread on the match is giving Uruguay 0.5 goals in regulation time. (Betting over/under spreads do not consider what happens in shootouts and you can bet on regulation time draws for every match to be played.)
Sunday starts with the Netherlands Oranje returning to the pitch against Mexico. As the only team to score ten goals at this year’s World Cup, the Dutch are currently an even bet on the money line with Mexico at +$275; the over/under is at 2.5 goals. The goal spread is currently even on this match. You will need to wager $200 to win back $100 on the Netherlands, while betting $100 on Mexico will earn you $165 against the final spread.
Surprising Costa Rica enters their match against Greece Sunday afternoon as a favorite. You need to put up $185 to win $100 against whatever the final spread is with Costa Rica while $100 will earn you $155 with the spread and Greece. As a straight favorite, Costa Rican fans will need to wager $135 to win $100 while a $100 bet for the Greeks will see a return of $220 if they can pull off the outright upset in regulation time. The over under on this match is an even 2.0 goals. and as a pick’em goal spread.
Monday pits two teams from Europe against two from Africa with both European teams strong favorites to advance. The first match is France against Nigeria with odd makers continues their French Love Affair. “Le bleus” are running as a one goal favorite in early betting but laying the goal will see fans only need to bet $120 to win back $100 more. Nigeria fans who take the point will get back whatever they bet if their team wins against France. Picking the French to be simple victors in this match will cost you $220 to win $100, if you think Nigeria can pull off the upset each $100 you wager will earn you back $600.
Germany will return to the pitch Sunday afternoon against Algeria as the biggest favorite of the eight in the Round of 16. The 1.5 goal spread will only require German supports to wager $115 to win back $100, supports of Algeria who are taking the 1.5 goals will need to bet $105 to pick up $100. As a straight favorite, fans betting on Germany will need to bet $350 to earn $100 if their team wins; Algerian supports who think the team can pull off the straight upset will see $850 if they bet $100.
Sunday will see Lionel Messi return to the pitch for Argentina against Switzerland. As a one goal favorite, bettors willing to lay the 1.0 goal in support of Argentina will need to wager $115 to earn back $100; those taking the goal and the Swiss will need to wager $105 to win $100 if the underdogs win. An outright victory for the South Americans in this match will cost supports $220 to earn back $100; a $100 bet for Switzerland to win straight will earn supports $600.
The final match in the Round of 16 is Belgium against the United States. After backing into the elimination round thanks to help from Portugal, the United States are not expected to play past this match against their Europeans competitors. A half goal favorite, Belgian supports will need to drop $120 to win $100 if they are willing to give up the half point in regulation time; they will have the same return if they think the team can win outright (the half-goal spread match both scenarios happen if they win without going to a penalty kick shootout). The United States are an even money bet if you take the half goal spread, while if you believe the Red, White and Blue can win outright, a $100 bet will earn you $320.
If you think you already know who will win the 2014 FIFA World Cup, these are the odds you will get for each of the 16 teams who still have a shot to win four matches and do so:
Brazil is 3/1; Argentina and Germany are both 4/1; the Netherlands are 7/1 and France is 8/1.
Colombia is 16/1 with Belgium sitting at 20/1, followed by Mexico at 25/1 and Chile at 33/1.
Costa Rica and Uruguay are both 40/1 with the United States at 50/1.
Greece and Switzerland are both 100/1 betting choices with Algeria and Nigeria each at 200/1.