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World Cup Betting – Top Five Teams To Watch In South Africa

Written by Matt Stevens   
Wednesday, 09 June 2010 20:55

Betting On World CupWorld Cup betting is about to set the online wagering world on fire as the big tournament starts n Friday in South Africa.  Here are the top five teams who you should keep an eye on before making your picks.

Spain (+400): The Euro 2008 champions, Spain has never finished higher than fourth at the World Cup, and that was back in 1950.  No one may have a more skilled midfield than Spain with Xavi, Andres Iniesta and Cesc Fabregas, while Fernando Torres and David Villa can put chances away as well as anyone.  Can they shed their overachiever tag?

Brazil (+450): Brazil leads the way with five World Cup wins, they’re tied with Germany for most appearances in the final with seven, and the Samba is the only team to play in every World Cup.  The omission of Ronaldinho earned some questions for manager Dunga, but Brazil still has plenty of attacking verve led by Kaka and Luis Fabiano, and they’re stronger defensively than usual.  The biggest worry comes in goal, where Julio Cesar was hurt in a friendly, but he should be ready to go.  Those making World Cup predictions should never forget about Brazil.

 

Argentina (+600): The “other” South American giants, Argentina has won the World Cup twice, and the man who led them there in 1986 as the captain, Diego Maradona, is now the manager who has made some strange selections.  First things first, Maradona has to find a way to get the best out of Lionel Messi, the best player in the world and Maradona’s heir for La Albiceleste.  Also, no team has more talented forwards than Argentina with the likes of Messi, Diego Milito, Gonzalo Higuain and Carlos Tevez.  If Maradona can manage to not go crazy, Argentina has the tools to win this thing.

England (+700): England’s World Cup contest against the United States may be the most anticipated of the first round, but the Three Lions have bigger fish to fry if they want to win their second World Cup.  Wayne Rooney is the target man for England after carrying Manchester United on his back all season, but he’ll need support from midfielders Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard and Joe Cole.  Captain Rio Ferdinand’s knee is keeping him out of the lineup, but England has enough defenders in front of Joe Hart, who is making his first serious run in England.  The biggest change is manager Fabio Capello, whose no-nonsense style has whipped England into shape.

Portugal (+2600): Of all the darkhorses, Portugal is the most intriguing one because of Cristiano Ronaldo, who came on for Real Madrid after being injured early in the season, and he’s looking to erase a goalless qualification campaign.  Ronaldo is going to have to carry a bigger load as Nani is out with a collarbone injury, which also puts pressure on Simao.  But Portugal’s defense is better than people think, which will keep them in contention.

Sports Betting Pick: Argentina +600

 
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