There are now just two rounds left in Olympic soccer so you are running out of time to get your futures bets in. We at OddsShark have once again broken down the trends to see if any value remains in a tournament that has seen underdogs thrive.
Men’s Soccer Futures
Brazil has seemed to figure out whatever was ailing them in the first half of their tournament and moved through Colombia int he quarters quite easily. Honduras is an absolute minnow and should see their magic run to this point of the Olympics end against the Brazilians.
Sportsbook is offering a -185 for Brazil but given their nature of choking on the world stage I think there is some value in betting either Germany or Nigeria to come out on top of the podium.
Brazil will have endless motivation if they meet Germany in the final after their last international meeting in their home country that saw them fall 7-1 to the eventual 2014 World Cup Sportsbook.
Germany at +260 is the best value you’re going to get. They have scored the most goals in the tournament and are coming off a decisive 4-0 win against the Portuguese. Although they drew two of their matches in group play, the Germans have scored 14 goals in their last two matches and will play a Nigerian squad Wednesday that has been vulnerable at the back end.
Women’s Soccer Futures
This women’s soccer tournament has proved one thing – betting on it is a crapshoot. Canada and Sweden both made incredible upsets against France and the U.S. respectively and will have decent opportunities to make it to the final of a bracket that has been extremely volatile.
Canada is +500 in futures' markets on Sportsbook and offer the best value on the board. They match up with a German team in the semis that they overcame 3/1 odds to beat in group play. Team Canada was in line to make the final of the 2012 games in London but were the recipients of one of most controversial calls in recent international soccer history.
On paper, Sweden should be no match for Brazil but based on their upset of the United States, they should have a good shot. Sweden played the counter game against the U.S. to perfection, taking advantage of the few mistakes made by the American juggernauts. At +700, a sprinkle on the Swedes can if nothing else, liven up a game that will probably be a tough watch.
Everything has gone perfectly for the two dark horse teams so far, so why bet on that to change.
The preliminary rounds for both men's and women's soccer are complete and with elimination footy on the horizon, OddsShark has broken down the bracket to find any potential value for bettors. Check out the analysis below and for all Olympic betting odds and trends check out the Olympic tab in the menu.
Men’s Soccer Futures
The men’s side is down to eight teams and the Brazilians are still the minus money favorites to win the whole thing. The host nation sputtered through its first two games but is coming off a dominant performance against a Danish team it was chasing in Group A.
Brazil has not proved that they can succeed on the world stage when playing at home and the -110 odds given to them by online shop Sportsbook are not nearly valuable enough to entice a bet from me. They are facing a Colombian team in the quarterfinals that will have a ton of motivation to upset their South American rivals and that have recent winning experience. Colombia's senior squad was crowned champion of the 2016 Copa America tournament.
Behind Brazil sit Portugal at +550 and Germany at +500, two teams that received an unfortunate draw and will have to play each other in the round of eight. This game will eliminate one of the two teams I feel have the best chance of taking down the Brazilians so you may want to wait one more round to place a bet on either the Germans or Portuguese.
South Korea has looked excellent through group play and managed to eliminate the defending champion Mexican team with a 1-0 victory in their last match. Son Heung-min, a reserve midfielder for Tottenham of the Premier League, has been the clear leader of this South Korean squad that has very favorable +1100 odds to take gold at Rio.
Before the tournament started, the South Koreans had +650 odds to win their group and +4000 to win gold so they are no strangers to overcoming long odds.
Women's Soccer Futures
The preliminary round has come to an end and with some surprising results through group play, there are some very interesting bets in the futures market.
To no one’s surprise, the Americans are still the favorites to take their fourth consecutive gold medal and have moved their line from +150 to +120. They will play Sweden in the quarterfinals Friday but are not my favorite bet on the board after narrowly slipping by France in group play.
After a shocking loss to the Canadians in Group F action, the Germans placed second and drew China in the quarterfinals. Germany is third on the futures board at +395 and will avoid the U.S. until the gold medal match, assuming they make it far.
Team Canada (+950) has once again made some noise at the Olympics and placed first in their group after a surprising upset of the Germans. Canada challenged the U.S. at the London Olympics in 2012 but had their dreams shattered when they lost their lead in the dying minutes of their semifinal against the American women. Canada is on track to face the U.S. in the gold medal game and if that happens, there should be fireworks.
France at +500 is a good bet. They played the Americans very hard and have drawn one of the most favorable paths to the final. For a team that is ranked second in the world, the French are receiving little respect.
Brazil is just two years removed as hosts of the 2014 FIFA World Cup and set to yet again host a major international soccer tournament. Although teams are restricted to sending only three players who are over the age of 23, there should still be plenty of star power with the likes of Neymar, Mario Gotze and Sergio Aguero all expected to suit up for their countries.
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Brazil has unsurprisingly been tagged as the favorite to take home gold as hosts of the Rio Olympic Soccer Tournament and will be pretty motivated to do so after their embarrassing exit from the 2014 World Cup. The Brazilians finished runners-up to Mexico at the 2012 Games in a 2-1 penalty shot loss. Despite being the favorites, Brazil has never won soccer gold at the Olympics.
Germany and Argentina will both give Brazil a run for their money as they have quality programs that boast a wealth of young talent. +575 seems like decent value for a German side that could draw inspiration from their 7-1 semifinal defeat of Brazil en route to their 2014 World Cup victory.
The men's soccer tournament is always unpredictable so it may pay off to sprinkle a couple dark horse teams like Mexico (+1400), and Nigeria (+2000). Mexico came away Sportsbooks in 2012 so +1400 seems like serious value for a team with gold medal experience.
Olympics Soccer Men: Sportsbook
Here's a breakdown of the groups on the men's side of things:
Since women's soccer was introduced to the Olympics back in 1996, the U.S. Women's team has won gold all but once. They will head into Rio this year as plus money favorites and based on their history, +150 might offer some serious value.
The Americans' toughest game in London came in their semifinal against the Canadians in which they moved on with a 4-3 win after extra time. USA tied the game late when they earned a free kick after a controversial call. Team Canada is +1200 this year after a poor showing as hosts at the Women's World Cup last year.
Germany is right behind the US in the FIFA Women's World Rankings at number two and has been tagged with a +320 line to take gold. It's not quite enough value for me in a tournament like this with a team that didn't even qualify in 2012 and has never finished higher than third.
Olympics Soccer Women: Sportsbook
Here's a breakdown of the groups on the women's side of things: