World Cup Odds
As Africa's first ever World Cup gets under way, here are the tournament front runners
With the nineteenth instalment of the FIFA World Cup upon us, the best world cup odds are on offer at Ladbrokes, with European Champions Spain and five-time winners Brazil currently heading the list of favourites in the World Cup betting odds.
Vicente del Bosque and Dunga might not be football’s most charismatic coaches, but they certainly know how to coach footballers as Spain and Brazil are in fine form heading into the tournament, which is why many football pundits are backing one of the two to win.
As for the rest of the world cup football betting odds, Argentina are now third favourites, with a terrifying array of attacking options, including Messi, Aguero, Higuain, Tevez and Inter Milan’s Champions league hero Diego Milito.
England are next in the favourites’ queue, despite recent injury concerns and a change in captaincy – with Steven Gerrard taking over from the crocked Rio Ferdinand – somewhat dampening the high spirits of the fans following a promising qualifying campaign that resulted in their short 2010 Fifa World Cup betting odds.
But if Fabio Capello manages to revitalise his squad and keep main man Wayne Rooney fit, England certainly have it in them to justify their Fifa World Cup odds.
Next up in the 2010 Fifa World Cup odds are Germany, Holland and Italy, with the three all more than capable of putting together a run that could see them go all the way. Germany and Italy have seven World Cup wins between them, which explains why many will fancy their World Cup football betting odds, but Holland are yet to do better than their consecutive World Cup final appearances in 1974 and 1978, where they lost to West Germany and then Argentina.
Their football World Cup odds reflects more their current form rather than their past history though, given that they had a 100% record in qualifying, conceding just two goals in eight games, and haven’t lost an international game since September 2008 – so their World Cup odds, as sixth favourites, could tempt punters. Striker Robin Van Persie is also back on top form, as was Arjen Robben, until a recent injury reminded everyone of his fragility.
The list of World Cup 2010 betting odds wouldn’t be complete without a couple of outsider shouts, however, and the good 2010 World Cup odds on Portugal, Ivory Coast and even England’s opponents USA shouldn’t be sniffed at. Carlos Queiroz’s side boast one Cristiano Ronaldo, Sven-Goran Eriksson has many Premier League stars at his disposal, although doubts linger over Didier Drogba’s fitness, and the USA defeated Spain on the way to the Confederations Cup final last year – making their long World Cup betting prices appealing.