There has been more than a few surprises in the opening round of pool matches at the FIFA World Cup and that has seen a number of changes to the winner market for the tournament.
Germany have been the biggest drifters after their shock 1-0 loss to Mexico and have gone from $5.50 out to $9 (with bet365 and TAB). Their next match is on Sunday against Sweden in what shapes as a must-win clash.
Another team on the drift, albeit slightly, is Argentina after their 1-1 draw with Iceland. Most corporates had them at around $10 to lift the trophy but are now $12 across most of the marketplace.
Brazil tightened in to as much as $4.50 without playing a game following Germany’s loss, however, are now back out to their starting price of $5.75 (@ Unibet) after they too drew 1-1 in their game with Switzerland.
Focusing on some of the shorteners now and Belgium are still $12 @ Unibet despite their impressive 3-0 triumph over Panama. Some bookies have tightened them up into single figures but it appears the team at Unibet are happy enough to lay them at the price.
Mexico, who were at least $251 at the start of the tournament, are still $51 @ TAB after their surprising win over the world champions and face off against South Korea in their next match on the weekend. Hot favourites in that, a victory for the Mexicans would all but lock up top spot in Group F and a showdown for whoever finishes runner-up in Group E which contains Brazil, Switzerland, Serbia and Costa Rica.
Portugal were $26 prior to the start of the tournament and are still $23 with Unibet to win their first World Cup. Attacking isn’t an issue for the European champions as we saw in their 3-3 draw with Spain, however, they need to tighten up their defence if they are to make a deep run here.
Spain are on the second line of betting at $8 and haven’t really firmed in betting but are likely to after they face, and potentially beat, Iran.
We of course can’t forget Russia which are destined to qualify for the Round of 16 following wins of Saudia Arabia and Egypt. One of the best prices available for the host nation was $81, however, they are now half that.
Cristiano Ronaldo is the new favourite to take honours as the tournament’s top scorer.
William Hill had the Portuguese at $21 prior to his hat-trick against Spain with that price well and truly gone – the best price available now is at Sportsbet ($3.30).
Harry Kane was always going to be a popular player is $7.50 on the second line of betting after bagging a double in England’s 2-1 win over Tunisia. Prior to a ball being kicked in anger, he was $18.
Diego Costa was one of the biggest shorterners in this market, going $21-$7.50 with TAB after bagging a double for Spain against Portugal. Russia’s Denis Cheryshev wasn’t even in most markets but after getting two goals in the opening game of the tournament, is now $21 to take out the Golden Boot.
Neymar, $10 prior to the start of the Cup, is now out to $17 after failing to register in his first match while Lionel Messi ($26) and Antoine Greizmann ($17) have also gone cold with most corporates.