Sports betting is all about finding value. As is the case with any type of investment, nobody wants to leave money on the table. With the stage set for the final matches in Groups A and B, though, a small bit of value is very easy to find if you know where to look.
On Monday, Chile will face Netherlands to determine who wins Group B, while Mexico and Croatia will battle for a spot in the round of 16 from Group A. Both Chile and Croatia need wins to accomplish their respective goals in these matches.
As with every group in this World Cup, action is being offered on the outcomes of the games themselves, as well as who will win, and who will advance from the group. But slight discrepancies in these betting lines could result in you leaving money on the table by not pursuing the best possible odds.
Over at Bet365, for example, Croatia currently sits at +150 to win outright against Mexico. With a win ensuring them a spot in the next round, though, they are at just +138 to advance. On a $100 bet, that's 12 fewer dollars in your bankroll if you bet on them to advance instead of to win the match.
In the same book, Chile is +188 to win Group B over Netherlands, but are +190 to defeat them outright on Monday. While this is only a difference of $2 per every $100 bet, any bettor worth a damn knows that these things add up.
Chances are that if you're betting on sports, you're looking to make as much money as possible with as little risk on your end as possible. The finales in World Cup Groups A and B are as good a reminder as any to take a look around, so as to avoid missing out on chances to do so.