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.

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9 Responses to World Cup 2010 – Betting on the outright winners

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  2. Argentina is crushing their opponents in the world cup. Argentina is in all probability going to win it all, I sympathize with whoever they’re playing next!

  3. Yes, Netherlands won over Brazil! Astonishing! Who will be the champion? Do yo think Spain?

    No , Germany

  4. Now, Netherlands won against Uruguay and Spain win over Germany. Wow! But who will be the champion? I think Spain.

  5. I think the world cup final will be a big battle in the midfield. The problem here is that if Spain win that battle, I don’t think the Dutch defense can stop Villa, Iniesta, Xabi, Ramos and Pedro. On the other hand, I do think that the Spanish defense can stop the dutch offense, but if Sneidjer, Robben or even Van Bronckhorst shoot from 40 metres on target, there is not really much the Spanish defense can do!I don’t think either team has been tested to its maximum potential yet and both are thirsty for a first World Cup title.As I said, they still need to be fully tested: Germany really didn’t play their usual football (Muller was missed) and the Dutch quite simply dominated the Uruguayans, although the result doesn’t show that.My bet would be on Spain, because they have a better defense than the dutch and I don’t expect the Oranges to win every single battle in the midfield thus creating large opportunities for Villa’s creativity, Pedro’s skill and Iniesta’s great football vision.

  6. Viva Espana! Unbelieveable win by Spain. They deserve the win.

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