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Despite a 1-0 loss to Germany in their third match of Group Play, the United States is on their way to the Round of 16, where it will be a single elimination format. No more ties where a team earns a point.
It’s all or nothing from here on out.
Group Play was completed on Thursday, as there are 16 teams that remain alive with an opportunity to win the 2014 World Cup. The winners will advance to the quarterfinals, with the Round of 16 games getting underway over the weekend.
The United States will play Belgium, a team that won their group. While Belgium captured their Group, they certainly didn’t play the strength of competition as the United States. But despite how the U.S. has looked, they are still among the biggest underdogs remaining on 2014 World Cup Betting lines found at Bovada Sportsbook.
The U.S. betting odds to win it all have been cut in half though since the start. Entering the 2014 World Cup, odds for the United States to win it were going off at 100/1. That has been trimmed to 50/1 going into the Round of 16. There are four teams with greater odds than the U.S. They are Greece (100/1) Switzerland (100/1), Algeria (150/1), and Nigeria (150/1). The United States played Nigeria in its final World Cup tune up in Jacksonville before making the trip to Brazil.
At the top of the list of favorites is the host-nation Brazil. The natives easily won Group A, and are slated at 3/1 to win the 2014 World Cup on their home soil.
Fellow South American country Argentina is right behind Brazil, going off at 4/1. And then comes Germany, the winners of the U.S. Group. They are installed with the same 4/1 payout as Argentina, matching as the closest perceived contenders. Germany and Brazil are in the same bracket, while the U.S. could potentially face Argentina is they beat Belgium on Tuesday.
Brazil, Argentina, and Germany are definitely considered the favorites at this point, with separation on the betting lines between the next wave of teams, and so on down the line.
The pressure continues to remain squarely on Brazil, knowing that winning the world Cup at home would be a huge achievement. Brazil has done a good job of managing that pressure so far, but at this point there is no room for error.
The United States is almost playing with house money, as not many expected them to advance. But think if the U.S. can manage to win their Round of 16 match and get to the quarters? Or perhaps beyond?
Things should be exciting over the next couple of days. LatestBettingOdds.com has the list of payouts for all 16 teams from Bovada, below!
2014 World Cup Odds!