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Three betting lessons from the World Cup’s first round

| 18.06.2014

Despite a couple of unwelcome recent 0-0 draws, it is fair to say the World Cup has been far from short of excitement so far, with 49 goals netted in the first round of group games.

That’s the most that have been scored in the first round of games since Sweden 1958 and although there’s some way to go to match France 1998’s record 171, it is currently on track to be the highest scoring World Cup ever.

A sky high goals count is the first of our betting lessons from the first round of games, as the current per match average of 2.88 is the highest ever in a 32-team World Cup.

Brazil and Mexico dragged that tally down with their 0-0 draw, but Spain and Chile are two sides likely to pull it back up after their first matches saw 10 goals in total.

Over 2.5 goals in Spain v Chile can be backed at 8/13.

It has also been a good tournament for star strikers, with the likes of Neymar, Lionel Messi and Robin van Persie amongst those who have already hit the target.

It would be quicker to list the few hotshots yet to make their mark and Diego Costa is the first of those likely to get off the mark in round two, with the Chelsea target 6/5 to net anytime against Chile.

As if the surfeit of goals was not enough to keep neutrals on side, the World Cup has already featured more than its fair share of thrilling comebacks.

The first round of 16 group games contained six comeback victories, with the Netherlands 5-1 turnaround against Spain the pick of the bunch.

This time around, it is La Furia Roja who are more likely to be performing mid-game heroics, as they have come from behind to draw and win the two friendlies they have played against Chile since World Cup 2010.

Spain are 7/2 to come from behind and win or draw against Jorge Sampaoli’s side.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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Alex Fortune