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Best bets and future West Ham signings at the 2014 World Cup

Filed: Monday, 19th May 2014
By: Staff Writer

The World Cup squads are in and excitement for this summerís tournament is building...

With less than a month to go until the first game kicks off more and more bets are being placed on the 2014 World Cup odds. Hereís some clues to finding the best punts.

Most bets are going to go on the outright winner market and Brazil may not be the most original selection but they are extremely solid at 3/1. Only one team other than Brazil has ever won a World Cup outside their own continent and no European team has ever won the World Cup in any American continent.

With six of the last seven World Cups going to a team rated just 7/1 or less by the bookies it seems we are looking for a well fancied South American team and that only really leaves Brazil or Argentina.

Home advantage will be huge for Brazil who beat world champions Spain 3-0 in the final of last yearís Confederations Cup which was also held in Brazil so 3/1 looks a more than fair price.

Andy Carroll will be hoping to get amongst the goals at the World Cup but heís only on the standby squad at the moment. Pablo Armero was on loan at the Hammers from Napoli last season and it will be interesting to see how he gets on for Colombia.

For many fans though this World Cup isnít going to be a chance to watch current players, but hopefully it will be an opportunity to look at some future stars of the West Ham team.

There seems to be no chance of Gonzalo Higuain being seen in a West Ham shirt, but he can reward punters who back him to be the tournamentís top scorer.

Teams that reach the semi final of the World Cup have a big advantage in producing Golden Boot winners because theyíll play for the full seven matches, eventually going on to either the final or the third place playoff. Teams that donít reach the semi finals can only play five matches.

Argentina have probably the easiest run to the semi final with group games against Bosnia-Herzegovina, Iran and Nigeria and then likely knockout round games against Switzerland and then Portugal or Belgium.

There are plenty of goals to be had in those games and many will fancy Lionel Messi to score the lionís share but he scored only one more than Higuain in qualifying and was outscored by Higuain at the last World Cup (4 goals to nil). With Higuain twice the price of Messi at 25/1 he looks the value pick.

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