Traditional powerhouses Brazil, Argentina, and Germany are atop the World Cup contenders and favorites for 2014 according to top sports picks website OffshoreInsiders.com. Brazil is the host country.
Brazil, the only five-time winner, is +300 as the top favorite, followed by two-time champs Argentina at +400. Lionel Messi generally considered to be the best footballer in the world leads the Argentines. Seven-time finalist and three-time champion Germany is third at +500. Another powerhouse Spain is next at +650.
A big drop-off separates the next group of 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil
contenders with Belgium at +1300. Columbia, 20 years ago considered the next world power, has not fulfilled such lofty expectations showing up at +2000. As pointed out by many a sports betting expert, several long-time powers are not long shots with France at +2200, with England, Italy, Uruguay, and the Netherlands at +2500.
Holland is widely considered to be the world’s top brides mate making three finals but yet to bring home the crown. Italy is a four-time winner, most recently in 2006.
Strangely enough, Europe is the favorite by a -110 to -115 margin over South America in the proposition bet for which continent the winner will come from.
The tournament kicks off on Thursday, June 12 and commences Sunday, July 13.