World Cup Betting
The market to win the World Cup features the cream of Europe and South America - who's name will be on it this time?
This summer sees the 19th edition of the FIFA World Cup and there promises to be more World Cup betting than ever before. South Africa are the hosts this time round, and as ever, World Cup bookmaker Ladbrokes will be offering World Cup online betting.
The pre-tournament prices sees Spain and five-time winners Brazil the favourites, Argentina in third with Fabio Capello’s England not far behind in the World Cup 2010 betting. The 1966 World Cup winners enjoyed a successful qualifying campaign and many fans will no doubt pick them as their bet on the 2010 football world cup.
Argentina only just scraped through to the finals but with arguably the world’s best player, Lionel Messi, in their ranks, they could yet feature heavily in the World Cup match betting, as they play Nigeria, South Korea and Greece in Group B.
Elsewhere for potential winning picks, Raymond Domenech’s France team reached the World Cup final in 2006, but their indifferent qualifying form means they’re not priced among the favourites in the World Cup football betting, and they’ve also been dogged by divisions in the squad over whether Thierry Henry should start.
It is also hard to ignore Joachim Low’s Germany side, given that they are a football nation renowned for excellent tournament performances. Striker Miroslav Klose will be looking to repeat his goalscoring form at the 2006 World Cup, when he finished as top scorer, making him an interesting bet to do so again this time around in the FIFA World Cup betting. His compatriot Lukas Podolski is just behind him in the world cup top goalscorer betting, although neither have had career seasons.
And for those who fancy a bold punt, there are plenty of strong outsiders who could produce a shock in the World Cup football betting. Sven-Goran Eriksson’s Ivory Coast are the dark horses in many pundits’ World Cup betting tips, with a squad full of players plying their trade at some of the best teams in the world. Didier Drogba of Chelsea is one of these, and assuming he can overcome his elbow injury he’ll no doubt feature heavily in the running to finish with the FIFA Golden Shoe.
Much will depend on whether Ivory Coast can qualify from a tricky group, where they’ve been drawn alongside Brazil, Portugal and North Korea, with the Koreans, along with New Zealand, the biggest outsider in the 2010 World Cup betting odds.
Whoever lifts the trophy in Johannesburg on July 11, the tournament is likely to provide the world with a month of thrilling football action, and you can catch all the best World Cup betting offers with Ladbrokes.