There’s not much joy to be had wagering down the board in the World Cup (although we would like to see a prop bet on “countries that start with ‘s’” ... ) But in accordance with the logic of looking to previous winners, go with Uruguay.
Once wrien off for having won their World Cups back in antiquity (1930, 1950), the Uruguayans have had a great decade, save the odd atrocity from Luis Suarez. He’s still there, and with fellow striker Edinson Cavani and defensive stalwart Diego Godin, there’s plenty of star power. But to reach the last four, like they did in 2010, Oscar Tabarez’s team will need a breakout showing from promising midfielders Francisco Valverde and Rodrigo Bentancur. Drawn favourably in Group A, La Celeste could surprise again (its top-three price of $10 is enticing), if the whole South American-team-in-Europe thing doesn’t tilt the odds against them.