World Cup 2010 – Betting on the outright winners
This entry was posted on Monday, June 21st, 2010
From the very outset it was apparent that this World Cup was going to be nothing like those which had gone before it. Never-mind that this is the first time the tournament has been staged in Africa; it was clear the moment the vuvuzelas became one of the biggest talking points in offices and bars throughout the world, that this World Cup was going to be, quite frankly, rather bonkers. And so it has proved, so far. France cannot make it out onto the training pitch, let alone out of Group A and into the last 16, England look a shadow of the team that qualified so magnificently and they may also not qualify for the knockout stages. After looking excellent in their opening game, Germany suffered a shock defeat to Serbia, Italy have only been able to manage two draws out of their opening two games and the pre-tournament favourites, the Spanish, couldn’t beat Switzerland.
However, some of the usual suspects are performing well. Argentina are looking good, even though sometimes it is more entertaining to watch the craziness that is Diego Maradonna jumping up and down in his technical area. Holland and Brazil are also playing well and unlike some of the other teams, they, are scoring goals.
So what are the odds for the big eight now? Well, Argentina and Brazil are currently the joint favourites, with most bookmakers offering around 4/1. Next, despite their opening game defeat is Spain, priced at around 5/1. Germany and Holland are both around 9/1, whilst the odds on England have not lengthened much, and they are 10/1. The odds on Italy retaining the World Cup are an impressive 20/1, possibly some value to be had there. France meanwhile, will almost definitely be following Nicolas Anelka home before the knockout stages, the bookmakers agree and they are currently 125/1.
It is worth bearing in mind though, that if this World Cup continues the way it has started we may well see a pre-tournament rank outsider lift the Jules Rimet trophy. The South American triumvirate of Paraguay, Uruguay and Mexico have been impressive and as such, the odds on these teams have shortened considerably. The bookmakers now have Paraguay on a par with Portugal offering odds of 25/1 for either of those to win the World Cup, whilst Uruguay and Mexico are both 33/1.