World Cup 2014 Group A Betting
World Cup 2014 Group A Betting is heading towards little surprise as to who the top two will be. Who will claim the all important automatic qualification spot for Brazil 2014 though, does remain up in the air. The exciting young and talented Belgian side, along with the organised technical qualities of Croatia, both made very strong starts to the Group A qualification. Both were undefeated after four matches played and shared a point each when they met. So there looks to be little to split the two strong forces in the group, although Belgium, with their inherent talent epitomised in Chelsea’s Eden Hazard, have shaded things most of the way as favourites to take the group.
But the challenge of Croatia is unlikely to fade away too quickly. The Croats failed to get out of their group at Euro 2012 behind Spain and Italy, but gave good accounts of themselves and looked to have built on that experience. Qualification for the 2014 World Cup will be a big step forward after failing to make it to South Africa 2010. Belgium likewise missed out on the 2010 World Cup, so a chance to appear on the world stage again is a big lure for both of them. Showing strong hands over the early stages of the group, it is going to take a very strong turnaround in form from any of the chasing pack to have an influence in the qualification race.
Serbia perhaps, who finished bottom of their group at the 2010 FIFA World Cup, poses the biggest threat. They have an excellent work rate through their side and great technical ability. However, a weakened defence could ultimately be their downfall in the race to book a spot at Brazil 2014. With just one win from their first four games, it will be crucial for them to take points off Belgium and Croatia. With both of the big two to come on home soil, there could be a decent outside chance for Serbia.
Sitting in the same boat as Belgium is Macedonia, who need a rapid upward swing in form. Macedonia, a relatively young side in world football, have never been able to make it through to a major final, failing in all of their previous attempts at the European Championships and the World Cup. Can they make history for themselves this time around? If the do so then it will be an outside shot given their start and the power of Belgium and Croatia. British duo Wales and Scotland, both with very poor starts to qualifying, look as if they will struggle to get anywhere in the picture.