Betting on a World Cup Dark Horse Outright Winner

11th May 2010 | World Cup Betting category: World Cup Previews & Predictions
World Cup Previews & Predictions

After discussing the potential which lies in betting on World Cup dark horses in the group stages, as opposed to the Outright Winner market, there are some teams better positioned to go all of the way. South Africa 2010 will be the nineteenth time that the World Cup has been staged, and there has been just seven different winners. Brazil, Italy, England, Uruguay, France, Germany and Argentina. Looking at World Cup Odds for this year’s tournament, Spain are leading the way as favourites, and there is every chance that there will be a new name on the trophy come the end of the Final on July 11th. But will it be the one which everyone suspects it will be? Is there a hint of a chance that one of the other outsiders, especially from the strong chasing European pack, will grab all of the headlines. Here we take a look at some of the teams who are out in the teens when it comes to World Cup betting.

France
Failed to win their European qualification group, but did squeeze into the finals thanks to a controversial play-off victory against the Republic of Ireland. The players of the team which reached the finals of the last world cup, have largely departed international duty, names like Lilian Thuram and Zinedine Zidane. The ones that are back again to represent Les Blues, are starting to fall into the veteran category, with the likes of Thierry Henry there. What will this do to their chances? Coached by Raymond Domenech, there is a certain air of unpredictability about the French. At times during qualification, and friendly matches, they have looked disjointed and without direction. Domenech is not the most popular choice with fans, but he will again persevere with his own ways of tinkering with things. The plusses for France, is that they have world class goalkeeper in Hugo Lloris, and he falls among some quality youth that they do have at their disposal. Frank Ribery is the stand out star, along with the quality that Real Madrid’s Lassana Diarra is able to bring to the table, along with Gourcuff. They have the ability to present a class midfield, but whether Domenech has the right hand to get them to play together is another thing entirely. Still, they are there in the mix, and they were favoured with a relatively easy draw, against Mexico, Uruguay and hosts South Africa. Could be in line for a Quarter Final showdown with England if things go to plan. That would be winnable, and once you are in the semi finals, perhaps pedigree of a nation does take over.

Holland

Could the orange of Holland be dancing in the streets of Johannesburg at the final whistle of the World Cup final? They have been strong in the FIFA World rankings, and they came through European Qualification without so much as breaking a sweat. They maintained a 100% record in their group, showing dominance and flair, and that carried through in friendly against England’s first opponents, the USA. As with Dutch teams of past tournaments, they have the ability. No-one questions that, and it was visible during qualification. But the question mark which hangs above the Dutch, as always, is one of consistency. Are they consistent enough? They have not really been tested against strong opposition, being drawn in a fairly weak qualification group, which did contain Scotland and Iceland. In a drawn friendly against England last year, they showed the true two sides of their personality. The likes of Wesley Sneijder, Robin Van Perise and Arjen Robben really could elevate them this time around, and they have every chance of backing up the bookmakers odds of winning their group. They have to compete against Cameroon, Denmark and Japan, none of which should strike any fear into a Holland side on top of their game. Should avoid too much trouble in the World Cup fixtures until they get to the quarter finals, where Brazil will probably await them.

Italy

Yes, the defending champions are back in the running when it comes to World Cup odds. Why look at betting on Italy at the World Cup? It is a little inexplicable, and the only explanation is they are perceived to be an aging team, and that Brazil and Spain are so strong, no-one else is really going to be in with any kind of chance whatsoever. However, they are guided by such a strong hand in Marcelo Lippi, that they cannot be discounted. No-one really expected them to win the last tournament due to the strengths of Brazil, but they did, beating the French in the final. They are not essentially and old team, and neither are they really packed full of household names. But any Italian side will go out and do their defensive duties to the best of their abilities. Their defence will come under some scrutiny against the attacking Paraguay side, and could well have their hands full with Slovakia as well. They will come up against some tests in their group, and if successes are gained against those, then it could well set them up for the latter rounds. Italians have strong defence, good technical ability, if lacking a little flair. Very strong on the tactical side, and despite being labelled as old, they have the legs to go all the way in the tournament, and equal Brazil’s record. Lippi has left out the likes of Del Piero and Totti, and that sends something of a statement that they faith in players beyond their big name veterans. They should meet Spain in the Quarter Finals, perhaps the team best suited to quelling the attacking power of the World Cup favourites.




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