World Cup 2014 Betting Preview, Group F Odds, Predictions

Buda Mendes

The biggest group betting favorite is Argentina and they rank second in odds to win World Cup 2014 outright. Can Bosnia, Iran or Nigeria challenge them?

Argentina boasts a loaded offense that gives them the best betting odds to win Group F and also second-best odds to win the World Cup.

Bosnia and Herzegovina is making their first World Cup appearance and Nigeria has high hopes after their win in the 2013 African Cup of Nations.

Iran is the long shot, but they do boast a solid defense, which will definitely be tested in this group.

ARGENTINA

Odds to win Group F: -450

Odds to finish bottom of group: +5000

Odds to win World Cup: +450

Argentina only lost one match in South American qualifying and they have a loaded attack that is led by the duo of Lionel Messi and Sergio Aguero, who each have solid betting odds to win the top goal scorer this summer.

The midfield is also good, but the one weakness of the team is the defense. It's not enough to threaten their spot in the Round of 16 and they are a huge favorite in group betting.

Another concern for Argentina is that they have so much individual talent up front that they sometimes do not play a team game. This hurts them playing some of the better teams in the world and is the main reason they have not advanced past the quarterfinals since the 1990 World Cup.

BOSNIA and HERZEGOVINA

Odds to win group: +600

Odds to finish bottom of group: +450

Odds to win World Cup: +15000

This is Bosnia and Herzegovina's first World Cup appearance and they have a good chance to make the round of 16. Their offense is the strength of the squad with Edin Dzeko and Vedad Ibisevic and they have an up and coming star in AS Roma's Miralem Pjanic. In European WC qualifying Bosnia and Herzegovina had the fourth most goals.

While the offense is solid, the same cannot be said about the defense. Can their offense balance out the defensive issues facing the attacking teams of Argentina and Nigeria in group play?

That is the big question for Bosnia and Herzegovina.

NIGERIA

Odds to win group: +900

Odds to finish bottom of group: +300

Odds to win World Cup: +25000

Nigeria was the CAF Third Round Winner in World Cup African qualifying and they won the 2013 African Cup of Nations. The squad went undefeated in qualifying and boast a solid attack, but concerns on the defensive side of the pitch keep them at 9/1 odds to win Group F.

MF John Obi Mikel and FW Victor Moses are a couple of big name players and FW Victor Obinna from Lokomotiv Moscow has 11 goals in 44 national matches. They showed they could play with the big boys with a solid draw facing Italy in a WC tune up.

IRAN

Odds to win group: +3300

Odds to finish bottom of group: -175

Odds to win World Cup: 150000

Iran is not only the odd team out in this group with their lack of world-class talent, but they are led by their defense with a less than dynamic offense. Reza Ghoochannejhad is the main striker and captain Javad Nekounam leads the midfield.

The team will be hard pressed to get any points this summer and even their solid defense is outmatched by the offensive threats all the other group teams have.

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