The black and yellow boys at bwin.com have been working day and night to come up with a range of cracking World Cup offers, so we’ve had a butchers and identified the five best price boosts with less than three weeks left in the countdown to Brazil:
Argentina to win the World Cup – Boosted from 5/1 to 11/2
The Albiceleste have underperformed since finishing runners-up to Germany 24 years ago, with three quarter-final appearances the best they’ve been able to muster in five tournaments following Italia ’90.
However, the omens look good for Alejandro Sabella’s men, who won the last World Cup staged in South America on their own turf back in 1978.
Argentina have been handed a decent group assignment in some of Brazil’s cooler climes, so expect a vastly-improved showing from them in the neighbours’ backyard.
Sergio Aguero to win the Golden Boot – 14/1 to 16/1
Lionel Messi takes a lot out of this market and has been price-boosted to 17/2 from 15/2, but the Barcelona man cannot be relied upon at favourite odds, after scoring just once over the last two World Cups.
Man City striker Aguero’s Argentina goal record is a mite better than his teammate’s, with 21 in 47 games compared to 37 in 83, and the man faithful fans call ‘Kun’ will be under far less pressure to perform in Brazil, despite an immense tally of 28 strikes in 34 club outings this term.
England to qualify from Group D – 3/5 to 7/10
Uruguay’s chances of making it out of the Three Lions’ mini-league have clearly been damaged by news of Luis Suarez’s gammy knee, so if England can beat Italy in their Manaus opening fixture this price-boost would start to look very generous indeed.
France to top Group E – 13/20 to 4/5
After only just qualifying for Brazil thanks to a come-from-behind play-off win against Ukraine, Les Bleus lucked out when drawing Ecuador, Honduras and Switzerland.
With by far the most talented bunch of Group E individuals available to coach Didier Deschamps, France will only have themselves to blame if they slip up again.
Belgium to top Group H – 61/100 to 7/10
Marc Wilmots’ men have been backed into 16/1 to win at their first major tournament appearance since 2002, which seems a little short to say the least.
However, the likes of Vincent Kompany, Eden Hazard and Romelu Lukaku should have plenty in reserve to prove their superiority over Algeria, Russia and South Korea.