World Cup winner this, Golden Boot that – punters who have already had their fill of the more generic pre-tournament betting debate are already yearning for more nuanced conundrums.
Step forward the odds-compilers at bwin.com, who have priced up a bumper selection of niche markets for bettors to get their laughing gear around.
Read on for a five-strong selection of preferred wagers from among the 1814 World Cup bets available courtesy of the boys in black and gold.
No first time World Cup winner @ 4/25
Belgium and Colombia are the only nations among the first eight in the betting not to have won the competition since the inaugural 1930 tournament.
In fact, thanks to the more and less dimly remembered exploits of England and Italy, only four of the first 12 in the market are yet to earn the sought-after star above their crest.
No penalty in the World Cup final @1/4
Just four normal time spot kicks have been awarded across the last 19 previous deciders, with two coming in the same game as Germany beat the Netherlands in 1974.
Fred to be Brazil’s top scorer 3/1
Barcelona’s Neymar may be the Selecao poster boy, but it was former Lyon striker and Tottenham transfer target Fred who ended the 2013 Confederations Cup as their leading scorer.
His instinct for pouncing on rebounds and getting on the end of crosses makes him a prime candidate to profit from his colleague’s defence-discombobulating work.
World Cup winner to originate from Group B @ 13/4
Brazil’s Group A, which also includes Croatia, Mexico and Cameroon, leads the betting at 3/1, but at a fraction longer in the betting, the strength in numbers offered by Group B looks far better value.
Reigning champions Spain boast a formidable chance by themselves, but the Netherlands, whom they bested in the 2010 final are also present, along with a Chile side that have proved themselves easily the equals of the hosts and Germany in friendlies across recent campaigns.
Argentina to be eliminated in the second round @7/2
The Albiceleste aren’t the most defensively sound side and while they’re fancied to record more points than Nigeria or Iran in Group F, they could struggle against France or Switzerland after vacating their section.
Alejandro Sabella’s side’s most likely foes in the first knock-out round are two of the tournament’s more underrated protagonists, particularly the Swiss, who are the only side to best Brazil in the 12 matches since the Canarinho hit the ground running at the Confederations Cup.