Betfair offers lowest overrounds for pre-match World Cup markets

Betfair offers lowest overrounds for pre-match World Cup markets

Monday, July 2, 2018 Posted by Joseph Streeter
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Oddschecker has broken down the data from the World Cup group stage

As the business end of the Russian World Cup commences, Oddschecker has crunched the numbers and analysed the enthralling last fortnight of football.

Throughout the group stage, fans were treated to 122 goals over 48 games, with 2.54 goals averaged per game, a 4.9 per cent decrease from the 2014 tournament in Brazil.

The introduction of VAR has led to a staggering 24 penalties being awarded through the group stage of the tournament, with six being missed including one from Argentina captain Lionel Messi.

With regards to upsets, South Korea’s breathtaking 2-0 win over defending champions Germany eclipses Switzerland’s 16/1 upset of Spain eight years ago, with Betfair sportsbook offering 20/1 on the outcome at kick off.

Betfair has been praised for having “offered the lowest overrounds (1×2) on average on pre-match match odds markets since the start of the tournament”, with Marathonbet also receiving a special mention for being “the tightest priced 1×2 sportsbook of all of Oddschecker’s partners”, continuing its Premier League form.

Guy Harding, Head of Commercial at Oddschecker, told TotallyGaming.com: “As the UK’s number one odds comparison site, the review takes an in depth look at how top bookmakers are operating within the confinement of the World Cup.

“Last week was a record week for Bet Hub and we expect tomorrow’s England game to be the most staked match ever via Oddschecker.”

Oddschecker also detailed that in spite of  bookies enjoying “a relatively favourable tournament”, operators are taking a more aggressive approach to pricing for this World Cup.

Thus far 58 per cent of games have been won by the favourite, and 15 per cent a draw, with the Oddschecker roundup concluding with an analysis of English hopes: “Bookies will be hoping England progress through the tournament, but are likely to be reluctant to cheer us all the way home.

“After all, England have been the second most popular bet on Oddschecker and without doubt represent the biggest liability for bookies up and down the country.”

Totally Gaming says: The insight from Oddschecker reveals that although the group stages were filled with goals, a host of dramatic upsets meant the opening of the tournament has proved profitable for bookies, that would have been cautious after a punter friendly opening to the 2014 tournament.

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