Matt’s Ante-Post World Cup 2010 Betting Tips

10th June 2010 | World Cup Betting category: World Cup 2018 Betting Predictions
World Cup 2018 Betting Predictions

Outright: Holland @ 10/1 WilliamHill

 In my opinion, when a discussion arises about which of the favourites you fancy, there’s always a bracket of about eight teams and we’ve opted for a team slap-bang in the middle of this eight team fracas. The Dutch over the years have been heavily criticised for their lacklustre defending and lack of big defensive names. At South Africa 2010, Holland will go about trying to win their first World Cup title – with a large proportion of fans claiming the Netherlands are the best footballing nation never to have won the FIFA World Cup – with a similarly suspect back four. However, the Dutch defence does have more combative qualities and individuals than in previous tournaments with John Heitinga, Joris Mathijsen and Andree Ooijer, while the calm and composed figure of Giovani Van Bronckhorst will marshal the back and ensure the entire Holland defence remains focused throughout 90 minutes and then some. The tournament may well come too soon for right-back Van Der Wiel, who is a serious talent and a player with the potential to catch several prying eyes should he get the chance. What we’re saying though is that Holland now look sturdy and reliable enough at the back to be taking on,as we’re sure all of you are well aware of the array for talent they possess in the final third of the pitch, which will rival the likes of Spain and Brazil in my honest opinion.

Arjen Robben will miss at least one of their games, but they have ready-made replacements should such a dilemma arise, which it has, with Rafael Van Der Vaart, Ryan Babel, Elia and Afellay, the latter especially talented,. There’s an explosive quality about the Dutch which has endeared them to many a punter in the ante-post rings, with Holland’s price of around 16/1 a month ago now a distant memory, with Holland now a general 9/1 shot. Coach Van Marwijk has players which can really make things happen and every single one of their forward thinking players are fearless when it comes to taking possession and running at defenders. In Van Der Vaart, Robben, Afellay and Van Persie, Holland have players which can beat a defender, while all three are lethal at shooting from distance. With Dirk Kuyt they have a predator inside the penalty area and his menacing runs inside the box are so hard to pick up, and in the centre of the park Wesley Sneijder will pull all the strings. There’s so much talent on display that we honestly feel the Dutch can outscore any team on their day, and in Elia and Babel they have two subs with lightening quick pace and the pair will scare the living daylights out of defenders when they make their way onto the pitch after an exhausting 70 minutes have passed by.

We got on them at 14/1 a few weeks ago but can honestly say their price of 10/1 with WilliamHill still screams value. There isn’t a team formidable enough in a forward sense that will scare Holland’s defence enough to concede several cheap goals, while their midfielders/forwards are explosive, creative and will score plenty of goals over the course of the tournament. What’s more, their group, Group E, is arguably the easiest of the lot on paper while the likelihood is they’ll face either Paraguay or Slovakia in the Round of 16 stage – Quarter-Finals should be a doddle and by then, with some impressive and ruthless displays in the bag, Holland’s price will have plummeted further.


Dark Horse: France @ 20/1 Bet365

I’m not too sure what price is needed to necessarily qualify as a ‘Dark Horse’ but you can’t say no fairer than 20/1 on the country which finished runners-up in Germany four years ago. France have seemingly lost their way in recent years, embarrassing when exiting the 2008 EURO’s at just the group stage and then putting in some bizarre displays during their pre-World Cup preparation period – The 1-0 defeat to China the worst of the lot. But France remain a big footballing nation, packed with talented individuals. Granted the team as a whole has recently lost it’s way, while rumours of dressing room disharmony appear to be true, but the French are a proper tournament team in that they only get stronger as the tournament goes on. There group will test their South Africa mettle but should they come through Group A unscathed, it will naturally instil a great deal of confidence and self-belief into the French team.

However, their could be a trend forming with France, as after their 1998 World Cup triumph, Les Bleus followed it up four years later with a bottom of the group finish. They were runners-up to Italy in 2006, so will lightening strike twice? There is evidence to suggest that it could; poor showing at EURO 2008, disappointing friendly results and a disjointed team at present. The group stage is pivotal for me. If they bypass a tricky Group A containing Mexico, Uruguay and hosts South Africa, France will be a big player in the knock-outs, as per usual.



Golden Boot: Wayne Rooney @ 11/1 Boylesports

We know full well that Spain’s duo of Villa and Torres will be there or thereabouts, as should Brazil’s Luis Fabiano because of the amount of games all three should play according to their outright prices, but England’s Wayne Rooney was the only player to briefly contest the ‘best player in Europe’ tag last season before injury blighted his glistening finish. The former Everton hitman racked up 26 goals in 32 Premier League appearances, as well as 5 in 7 during United’s Champions League campaign. He’s arguably the most passionate and determined forward heading to South Africa, although that has often got him into trouble in the past. Confident on the ball, ambitious, can score with his head, from distance, and after enjoying his first proper full season in the striker role with his club, Rooney has tweaked his radar and now knows exactly where the goal is. Against teams such as the United States, Algeria and Slovenia, Rooney could bag a good 4 or 5 before hopefully building on his tally during the knock-outs.


Dark Horse: Dirk Kuyt @ 125/1 bWin

Although the Liverpool winger may not be a prime candidate in the eyes of most punters, there’s no doubting the striking talent of Kuyt and his commitment to the cause. Inside the opposing penalty area he’s a menace, a predator just waiting to pounce on any half-chance that may come his way. Although Kuyt has scored just 15 goals in 62 appearances for the Holland national side, he’s a big time player, one of those individuals that will pop up with a scrappy goal, a two-yard stab home if and when you need it. He’s arguably one of the smartest players we know when it comes to manufacturing scoring opportunities – Always the first to charge in on the keeper when free-kicks and long distance efforts are pummelled in – and more times than not Kuyt find himself with the ball at his feet and an empty net in front of him. Moreover, he’s part of a very talented Dutch squad expected to make some serious inroads in the summer, so Dirk Kuyt should get his fair share of games to score in and at the odds looks a decent each-way punt.


Golden Ball (Best Tournament Performer): Yoann Gourcuff @ 125/1 888Sport

One of the stars of tomorrow for France, although their lack of depth in midfield has resulted in an early call up for Bordeaux’s highly talented play-maker. For 23 years-old, Gourcuff has a wise head on his shoulders and is extremely confident carrying the burden of creating the majority of France’s chances. His set-piece deliveries are scintillating, has been known to strike a few beauties or two from distance and is very composed when under pressure. Gourcuff can pick out those impossible passes and will be the driving force behind France’s forward play. If the French are to emulate their run to the final four years ago, we have little doubt it will be because of an inspiring tournament from a player with a bright future ahead of him.

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