2010 FIFA World Cup Group B Betting and Fixtures
Group B World Cup Betting Preivew: There are similarities here between the tournament in USA ’94, and it makes for some interesting betting opportunities. Why? Argentina, Nigeria and Greece were all in the same group at World Cup ‘94 and so have history and scores to settle. Who topped the group in the USA tournament then? Nigeria, thanks to a 2-0 victory over Greece.
World Cup Teams: Argentina, Greece, Nigeria, South Korea
They had one of the most entertaining qualification processes, but South American side Argentina will start Group B as firm favourites. There is absolutely no doubt or question over the ability of Argentina, epitomised by none other than Lionel Messi, but there is an unpredictability about them. World Cup legend Maradona is in charge of them for starters, and the hope is that he can somehow knit the squad into something of a team, something which they rarely showed signs of during qualification. Even with all of their troubles in securing qualification, they have always maintained their place high in the World Cup 2010 betting odds of being about fourth favourite. That is down to the class of player they have at their disposal. Lionel Messi, Carlos Tevez and Juan Veron to name but a few. The Argentineans should, on paper, walk this relatively easy group, and then what happens is anyone’s guess, but capable of winning the tournament if they get their team act together. Nigeria showed very little of anything during the African cup of Nations back in January. They are a shadow of the former Nigeria which put in some thrilling appearances at World Cup’s past. They just aren’t that good, and along with Algeria, can be counted among the weakest of the African entrants. One thing going in their favour, is that they are in a group in which they may just be able to scrape together points to get out of, although they will need to improve on their early 2010 performances to do so. The European presence in Group B comes from Greece, who got the better of a strong Ukraine team in the play-offs. What can you expect from Greece? A tight defence and the ability to capitalise clinically on chances going forward, with Theofanis Gekas banging in an incredible 10 goals in twelve matches. They open their 2010 World Cup fixtures against South Korea, and a win could give them a great boost of confidence to get through to the first knockout stage. What of South Korea? They may be calling on experience, but they are likely to be fighting off the wooden spoon along with Nigeria in Group B. World Cup fans will remember them reaching the semi finals in 2002, but if they make it out of the group stage, it will be something of a success this time around.
Group B Betting Stats (World Cup History form in brackets)
(Final outcomes of Golden Goal, Extra Time and Penalty Shoot Out results count as wins or losses as applicable)
Argentina: Thumped Greece 4-0 at USA ‘94 in their only World Cup meeting. The South Americans have beaten Nigeria at both times of asking in 1994 and 2002, and beat the Korea Republic 3-1 at Mexico ‘86. All that should solidly confirm them as favourites for Group B. (P65, W36, D9, L20)
Greece: Will want to forget their only meeting against Argentina at the World Cup, which was a 4-0 loss at USA ‘94. Greece also lost to Nigeria at the same tournament 2-0, in a miserable group stage campaign for the Greeks, where they failed to score a single goal in their three group matches. Haven’t played the Korea Republic before at the World Cup. (P3, W0, D0, L3)
Nigeria: Beat the Greeks as mentioned above, and have lost twice to Argentina in their World Cup encounters. They will play South Korea for the first time in World Cup history. (P11, W4, D1, L6)
Korea Republic: Have only played against one of their 2010 World Cup group rivals on the world stage, and that was a defeat in 1986. New territory for them against both Greece and Nigeria in South Africa. (P24, W5, D8, L13)
World Cup Group B - Table
|Rank||Team||Matches / Points|
|1||Argentina||3 Matches / 9 Points|
|2||South Korea||3 Matches / 4 Points|
|3||Greece||3 Matches / 3 Points|
|4||Nigeria||3 Matches / 1 Point|
World Cup Betting at William Hill for Outright Winner of Group B, has Nigeria at 4/1, Greece at 8/1, South Korea at 9/1 and Argentina are favourites at 4/9 (and 9/1 to Win the World Cup Outright).