Sports Betting Spotlight Turns From Pitch to Diamond

The early part of this week will be relatively quiet, with the World Cup now in the books and baseball on its All-Star Break. However, by the time the weekend rolls around the action on the sportsbooks' betting boards will heat back up.

Germany and Argentina Favored in World Cup Semifinals

Germany and Argentina are favorites in World Cup 2014 semifinal action, which gets underway on Tuesday afternoon. Taking part in their seventh semifinal in the last nine World Cups, Germany are favored against hosts Brazil in the first semifinal match. The Germans own odds of -115 at Topbet to advance to the final for the first time since 2002, and are pegged as slim +150 favorites in three-way betting.

Underdogs Look for Wins in World Cup Quarterfinals

The 2014 World Cup quarterfinals get underway this weekend with favorites Germany and Brazil getting the nod from the oddsmakers at Topbet.

Germany are +123 favorites to eliminate the French in three-way betting, with a point spread of -0.5 backed by an EVEN moneyline. France, who have emerged as a dark horse at Brazil 2014, currently sit at +190 in three-way betting.

Brazil, Colombia Favored to Advance in World Cup Wagering

The World Cup's round of 16 kicks off on Saturday with four South American squads in action. Tournament favorites Brazil are -200 moneyline favorites to get past an upstart Chilean squad.

Colombia, who were perfect in the group stage, are -210 favorites to defeat Uruguay and move on to the quarterfinals. Despite their strong play, the Colombians sit below the favorites in World Cup futures wagering at Topbet, with odds of +1800.

Brazil, Germany, Argentina Dominate World Cup Futures

After finishing atop their respective groups in the opening round, Brazil, Germany and Argentina maintain their hold on favorite status in World Cup futures wagering at Bovada. Brazil own odds of 3/1 to claim their sixth World Cup title, followed by Germany and Argentina, who are both 4/1.