Are you American and wondering about 2014 World Cup betting? Considering the large number of scandals and soccer-related website hacks, feelings of reservation are natural. Starting June 12, the 2014 FIFA World Cup will begin in several cities in Brazil. Online, people from around the world are also stressing out about handicapping these games because they may not be experienced fans of each country’s teams. However, during my work developing WCAction.com, a World Cup news and betting tips website, I have found that there are some Twitter users ahead of the 2014 World Cup wagering game.
The problem with 2014 FIFA World Cup Betting
In the middle of February, @Anfi3ldAssassin posted on Twitter, “Just one thread of thousands over the net complaining of handicapping on @EASPORTSFIFA #fifa14 #FUT.” Sadly, over the past week, this problem has expanded due to the website being hacked. At least a few Twitter users posted about losing coins on April 13, 2014, and this makes 2014 FIFA bettors nervous about placing bets on the upcoming games.
This is especially true since the EA Sports website was hacked around mid-March of 2014, as well. Obviously, fans are looking for reliable websites to place bets, and for good advice about which teams to pick. Unfortunately, picking the right teams might also be difficult because at least one team has been accused of gamed fixing.
Scandals with FIFA game fixing
When you want to place a bet on a FIFA soccer team, the idea is that you can look back through their old games to help you make the best decision about how to win the bet. Sadly, this type of handicapping cannot be accomplished if the games are fixed. In particular, one Turkish professional soccer team was embroiled in a scandal like this.
According to Reuters and other news agencies, the Turkish Fenerbahce team’s chairman, Aziz Yildirim, was involved with paying players to win or lose a game to the benefit of betting pools. This type of bad business could mean that fans will be looking for handicapping and picks experts that can help guide their bets since doing their own homework by watching a teams’ old games might be skewed.
An amateur fan’s guide to FIFA
Whether you are worried that the team you decide to bet on might be fixed, or simply want a second opinion; Twitter has plenty of betting tipsters. Ranging from professional gamblers with decades of experience to amateur fans, listed below are some of the most active accounts related to 2014 FIFA soccer betting.
@FIFAUTBET: While the games are still months away, this Twitter user is already posting about all the questions FIFA bettors are interested in from a fan’s point of view.
@redditFIFA: Few are aware that Reddit.com has a /r/FIFA front page. In addition, they are keeping their Twitter page updated.
@fifalad98: Focusing on the videos games aspect of betting and sports watching, the PS3/4 FIFA Betting account includes an open invitation encouraging fans to tweet this account for odds.
@worldsoccertalk: For the past decade, this Twitter account has opinions and analysis of FIFA games around the world from fans.
@TipAccumulator: One of the most active Twitter accounts for FIFA betting tips, this feed also has input from other fans.
@FIFA_andFacts: Plenty of soccer betting tips from independent sources and fans.
@SoccerCapper: This account touts that they have insider’s tips for soccer betting including insights for potentially fixed match soccer games.