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Books fear the USA in World Cup futures

There will be tens of millions of Americans cheering on Team USA as World Cup 2014 kicks off this week, but sportsbook operators have tens of millions of reasons to cheer against them.

A USA victory in Brazil as a 100-1 longshot would be the worst imaginable result for sportsbooks, according to one manager.

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Soccer Betting: 2014 World Cup Groups

After falling to the Netherlands in their opening game of the 2014 World Cup Spain has dropped from a -150 favorite to a +1200 underdog on the odds to win Group B at the tournament, with the Dutch taking over as the -450 favorites on that odds list at Bovada. Meanwhile, Italy has improved from a +160 favorite to a -275 favorite on the Group D odds after beating England in their opener.

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World Cup Picks: Bet Patterns Tell Story

If almost all the public betting action on the Group B winner is on Spain and Netherlands, what does that tell you about third betting choice Chile?

What if you looked at the stats and saw that most of the ‘smart’ money – wagers from veteran or professional bettors – was on Chile?

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World Cup Bets are Expected to Double

The World Cup is strengthening its grip on the unofficial title of most-watched sports event and also that of most-bet sports event.

Sportsbook projections point to World Cup 2014 betting more than doubling the amount wagered four years ago.

“We expect this to be biggest World Cup ever from a wagering perspective,” said Kevin Bradley, sportsbook manager at Bovada.lv. “In terms of how much we will take in, we are projecting will be more than double World Cup 2010.”

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Brazil: World Cup 2014 Upset Predictions

If they played the game on paper, we’d just hand Brazil the World Cup 2014 trophy now and skip all this action on the field.

But there is plenty of World Cup upset intrigue that will keep fans enthralled and bettors making repeated trips to the sportsbook payout window.

See the latest group odds and future lines at Bovada and see World Cup odds for every matchup here at Odds Shark.

Chile in Group B

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World Cup Betting: Belgium is slipping

Belgium's odds to win the World Cup fell to 14/1 a few weeks ago when star striker Christian Benteke was ruled out of tournament play with an Achilles injury.

The team will be hoping for a spark from 19-year-old attacking midfielder Adnan Januzaj, who was added to the preliminary World Cup team this week.

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Soccer: England Premier League Odds

English Premiership future odds began the 2013-2014 year with Man U atop the list and with Liverpool nowhere to be seen.

But with the season nearing its conclusion, it's Manchester City and Liverpool with the only legitimate odds to win the league title.

Chelsea has slipped in recent weeks and now sit as 13/2 bets and Arsenal, league leaders much of the year, are now 100/1 longshots, according to Bovada.

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EPL Betting: Southampton vs Liverpool

Liverpool is in fourth place in the Premier League table and there is a lot of pressure on them in their match against Southampton.

The reason is first and second place squads Chelsea and Arsenal face a couple of the weaker teams in the league and third place side Manchester City does not play this upcoming weekend. [ Matchup Report ]

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EPL Betting Odds: Arsenal Back On Top

After a draw at the end of the month Arsenal dipped to second in the league table.

However, Manchester City had their long unbeaten streak snapped with their first home loss of the season at the beginning of February, so the Gunners are back on top of the league table.

Arsenal faces a tough test in their next match facing fourth place side Liverpool. At home the Reds are the favorite at [custom:Bet365-link] at -110 with Arsenal at +220 and a draw line of +260.

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Juventus vs. AS Roma betting odds, pick

Juventus is five points clear of second place AS Roma and can really take control of Serie A with a home win over them this weekend.

The Turin squad is on fire with nine straight wins and is a big betting favorite facing Roma.

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