2010 World Cup Betting being influenced by spate of injuries

5th June 2010 | World Cup Betting category: World Cup Qualification Previews & Predictions
World Cup Qualification Previews & Predictions

The 2010 FIFA World Cup is being hit by a spate of injuries which could have major repurcussions on your World Cup football betting. The biggest casualty of recent days so far, has undoubtedly been England captain Rio Ferdinand. The centre half, who has had a stop-start season with his English Premier League club Manchester United due to injuries and suspensions, picked up an injury in training. The England curse, which has robbed the nation of some of their most important players during World Cups down the years, has struck again, with Tottenham’s Michael Dawson being called out to South Africa as a replacement. United’s Ferdinand partnering Chelsea’s John Terry have been the cornerstone of the England defence, and his loss will be a major blow. With England putting out less than impressive performances in their international friendly warm up matches, there are hints that England’s chances of repeating their success of 1966, is starting to slip through their fingers a bit, and now they are out at 8/1 at ExtraBet to win the World Cup. England’s path to the final will likely be blocked by both Brazil and Spain, and the one big question over them has been the quality of depth in the squad. Without Ferdinand, Capello needs to find a solid, consistent replacement.

Now one of the most in form players of the year, Bayern Munich and Holland’s Arjen Robben, is a doubt for the World Cup, after picking up a hamstring problem in an international friendly warm up match against Hungary. Robben came on as a sub and found the back of the net twice in Holland’s 6-1 win, but had to leave the field of play with an injury. Now he is a serious doubt to take part, which will be a great shame, as the ex-Chelsea man has been in startling form this season. Holland have slowly been closing the gap on the favourites in terms of 2010 World Cup Odds and that has been down to their impressive quality and confidence. They are probably the strongest dark horse bet in the 2010 FIFA World Cup, if you consider anyone outside of Brazil and Spain as dark horses. The Dutch have shortened their odds to 11/1 at Blue Square to win the World Cup. Arjen Robben is one of the key talented forwards, but Holland have been confident of their chances, naming their 23 man squad early. They are still packed with quality, but will have lost a great source of goals to back up Robin Van Persie.

Ivory Coast supporters are still waiting on the news of talismanic striker Didider Drogba, who fractured his arm in a tackle in a warm up win against Japan. The Ivory Coast are still waiting on news of whether he could still appear at the World Cup, as they will need his presence and goals to help get them out of a tough group. They are stuck in Group G alongside Brazil, Portugal and North Korea, and losing their main source of power and goals, will be a huge blow to their hopes. Ivory Coast coach Sven Goran Eriksson has not had the ideal preparation ahead of his campaign, being brought in late, and having to work with the players as opposed to having time to stamp his authority over style and tactics. Now his task in their World Cup Fixtures will be made all that much harder without Chelsea’s Drogba, who could be one of four key Chelsea players missing from the World Cup. The Ivory Coast are currently 50/1 at SkyBet to win the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

Germany suffered one of the earliest blows with injury, after they lost captain and Chelsea midfielder Michael Ballack. The one thing that will have cushioned the blow for the Germans a little bit, is that the injury happened with enough time to make alterations to their plans, and seeing how they can adjust and cope without their captain. Philipp Lahm is now the new captain in Germany squad which has been hit with more injuries than other nations. Still, the Germans are looking a strong and organized team under Joachim Low, and are well worth considering in your World Cup betting strategy. Ghana also suffered a major setback, one that will hurt them more than Ballack’s loss to Germany, as Michael Essien was ruled out after failing to recover from an injury picked up at the African Cup of Nations. The Black Stars should be a strong force at the World Cup, paired with Germany, Serbia and Australia. But Essien is a class act, arguably one of the best holding midfielders in the world, and the gap he will leave behind is massive. Ghana were thumped 4-1 by an in form Holland recently in a friendly. Germany are currently a nice price of 14/1 at Bet365 to win the World Cup, while Ghana are out at 100/1 with Sporting Bet.

Another Chelsea man to miss the World Cup, is Nigeria’s John Mikel Obi. Mikel was Michael Essien’s replacement at Chelsea after the German got injured, and then suffered an injury which kept him out of the end of the season as well. The knee injury, for which he received treatment back in May, has not healed sufficiently in order for him to get through the World Cup unscathed. After missing some of Nigeria’s International friendly warm up matches, he has been partaking in limited training after being the last player to join up with the squad, but his knee will not carry him through the tournament. Nigeria are not as strong as they have been in the past, and are expected to put up some kind of challenge for second spot in Group B, in which Argentina, Greece and South Korea also play. Nigeria are 150/1 at Bet365 to win the 2010 World Cup, while defending champions Italy are 16/1 at Stan James. With worrying injuries picked up by Italy’s Alessandro Pirlo and Brazil’s full back Michel Bastos, the historic World Cup tournament in South Africa, could be cruelly robbed of some of the World’s biggest stars. This is something to consider when looking at your World Cup betting. While the likes of Spain and Brazil can probably afford to lose a major star because they have so much talent in depth to choose from, when it comes to the chasing pack, it is a different story. This is evident in the loss of Michael Essien and Pirlo too, if the Italian midfielder doesn’t pull through. Losing a key influential player for any team will have an impact, but when you are more reliant on that star, then it will probably see you drift out in World Cup Odds.
 



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