Greece look to upset odds at 2010 World Cup

24th May 2010 | World Cup Betting category: World Cup Previews & Predictions
World Cup Previews & Predictions

Greece, who have been at a training camp in Switzerland, take on World Cup bound Korea DPR on Tuesday evening. Betting on the World Cup at Bet365 has Greece as one of the outsider bets of the European teams, but the Greeks themselves are out to upset the odds. The 2004 European Champions are making only their second appearance at the World Cup, after successfully coming through a tough qualification play off against the favoured Ukraine. At their only previous showing on the World stage at USA 94, Greece failed to pick up a victory in their three group matches, conceding 10 goals and not managing to find the back of the net themselves. They start their campaign in South Africa with an opener against the Korea Republic on June 12th before moving on to face Nigeria and then rounding off their group fixtures against Argentina.

Coached by Otto Rehhagel, the 2010 side are perceived to be a lot stronger, and the Greeks will go to South Africa with a game plan which will see them be stubborn and difficult to break down. It is unlikely that a lot of expansive football is going to be seen from the Greeks in their group, but their recent record is putting them in good stead to make a run at qualifying from Group B which contains Argentina, Korea Republic and Nigeria. There is an element of history at play in Group B, as Greece faced Argentina and Nigeria at USA 94 in the group stages. With the Argentineans favourite in World Cup odds to win the group, Greece are in a position in which they could pose a serious challenge for the second spot. German Rehhagel is known for his tactical savvy and has instilled a visible steel and grit in the Greek national side. This could serve them well in their group, which is likely to be a tight and unpredictable affair.

After another failure at Euro 2008 in which they failed to get out the group stage, it is only natural that Greece are way back in the odds in World Cup betting. But that is exactly the position they were in when they beat the odds at Euro 2004. Greece qualified for South Africa 2010 behind Switzerland, with Theo Gekas hitting 10 goals in 12 qualifying matches. Other stand out players in the Greece World Cup squad, which is at a count of 25 players at the moment, are Angelos Charisteas, captain Georgios Karagounis and Celtic striker Georgios Samaras. Greece are definitely a team, with great work ethics and the ability to close out opposition and sneak winners of their own, as shown against the Ukraine in the play-offs. They have just two international friendly matches as part of their World Cup warm ups, as they take on two South Africa competitors in North Korea and Paraguay.

Greece Pre World Cup Schedule

May 25th: Greece v North Korea
June 2nd: Greece v Paraguay

International Friendly Match Prices

Greece to win: 3/5 at SportingBet
Draw: 3/1 at Ladbrokes
North Korea to win: 5/1 at SkyBet

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