England to play Germany in the 2010 World Cup first knockout stage
The bookmakers reacted to England’s 1-0 win over Slovenia by cutting their odds on World Cup success from 11/1 to 8/1 (bet365), although the Three Lions were on the drift just hours later after Germany beat Ghana to win Group D. It means that the two old foes meet each other at the Free State Stadium in Bloemfontein and this must be the most captivating last sixteen tie of the competition.
Both teams have drifted on the outright market, especially as they are also in the same quarter as Argentina, following La Albiceleste winning Group B. England are available at a best price 11/1 with Sporting Bet to win their second ever World Cup and the consensus is that the bookies could be a bit more generous when it comes to pricing up Fabio Capello’s team. After all, Slovenia are not a footballing powerhouse and England were guilty of not finishing them off in the second half.
Germany are available at odds of around 12/1 on betfair, with Joachim Low’s men having gone as short as 7/1 on the outright market following a 4-0 demolition of Australia in their first game. However, the team have looked a lot less convincing in games against Serbia and Ghana, although they did manage to win the latter to top the section.
Writing on Wednesday evening, it’s Brazil who are favourites to win the 2010 World Cup with the majority of firms. Paddy Power and bet365 are prepared to offer 4/1 about the Selecao and it’s worth noting that if you back any team on the outright market with the latter and they lose on a penalty shoot-out, you will get stakes refunded.
It’s a South American 1-2 at the top of most bookmaker’s market, with Argentina trading at no bigger than 5/1, with some bookies giving Diego Maradona’s team a bigger price now that they have to play Germany or England should they reach the quarter final – not that Mexico will be an easy game on Sunday night.
The one team who might be worth backing are Uruguay, another south American team who have flown under the radar to win Group A and now look as though they have a fairly clean passage through to the semi-finals. La Celeste are no bigger than 18/1 (Bet Fred) on the outright market, having been 25/1 earlier on Wednesday before England’s second place and Germany’s top spot meant that the two teams featured on the opposite half of the draw. Oscar Tabarez’s team will face South Korea and would then face either USA or Ghana – we could be seeing them in the final four.
There are still issues to be decided, with Spain and Brazil not guaranteed top spot in Group H and G respectively. Vicente Del Bosque’s team are available at 11/2 (Sporting Bet) to win the World Cup and will be hoping to face Portugal on Tuesday night, rather than Brazil on Monday night.