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World Cup Betting – Interesting Group Of Darkhorses In South Africa

Written by Charlie Jimenez   
Wednesday, 26 May 2010 19:56

World Cup Betting Odds and NewsWhen preparing to bet soccer online for the World Cup in the next couple of weeks, you shouldn’t be afraid to ride a darkhorse to a sports betting win, and in the 2010 edition of the World Cup, the list of darkhorses includes three teams that have won the tournament before, and two very intriguing possibilities.

Germany (+1400): The Germans are always going to be a factor: the three-time champions haven’t finished lower than the quarterfinals since 1978, and haven’t been eliminated in the first round since 1938.  However, they have a host of injuries, namely to captain Michael Ballack and No.1 keeper Rene Adler.  The onus is on Lukas Podolski and Bastian Schweinsteiger to carry the team forward.

Italy (+1425): The defending champions are here to attempt to repeat for the second time in their history, and they’re going with the nucleus of the 2006 team: captain Fabio Cannavaro, keeper Gianluigi Buffon, Gianluca Zambrotta, Gennaro Gattuso, Andrea Pirlo and Albert Gilardino.  Do we call it aging, or is it experienced?  One thing we do know, is that the Italians are going to counterattack, and defend as if their lives depend on it (see Serie A on a weekly basis).

 

France (+1800): They shouldn’t even be here, but they are thanks to Thierry Henry’s handball, there are injuries in the squad (namely William Gallas), and Raymond Domenech is heading into this tournament known he’ll be replaced by Laurent Blanc at the conclusion.  It doesn’t sound like a recipe for winning, but if there is one that World Cup betting players know, it’s that you can’t count out an experienced side like the French.

Portugal (+2600): Portugal’s 2010 World Cup contest against the Ivorians to open up Group G’s “Group of Death” could be the most anticipated of the group stages, and if Portugal is going to go through, they’ll need captain Cristiano Ronaldo to recreate his form from Real Madrid.  He’ll have help from Simao and Nani, but Portugal has to figure out a way to get their offense going as they struggled in qualification.  The defense, surprisingly, hasn’t been a problem.

Ivory Coast (+3000): The Ivorians have no luck at all.  In 2006, they made their World Cup debut, and they were in the “Group of Death” with Argentina and the Netherlands.  Now it’s 2010, and they draw Brazil and Portugal?  It’s a good thing they have one of the world’s top strikers in captain Didier Drogba, but word is he has decided to put off a hernia operation until after the World Cup, so we’re not sure how healthy he is.  It’s a shame for the Ivorians, who like to play an open game, but with Drogba at less than 100%, how far can they go?

Sports betting pick: Portugal (+2600)

 
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