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8th October 2009 | World Cup Betting category: World Cup Previews & Predictions
World Cup Previews & Predictions

Argentina shouldn’t have too many problems dispatching what has been a shoddy Peru in qualifying. The fact that Argentina are without a win in qualifying in three matches does spring a minor leek, but not enough to make us think that they won’t shrug off their recent downtime and come good against a side that looks beatable in all forms.



The Argentine’s aren’t glorious odds to comply, at all, but they should regain their goalscoring form of old so taking a punt on either a goalscorer (whether that’s FGS or Anytime) or perhaps a punt on the Over/Under, Argentina team goals or the winning margin market could pay dividends.



Lionel Messi will be looked upon as a possible saviour for Argentina over the course of the week and his odds to embrace the Peru goal aren’t great, but if anyone is going to strike the touchpaper and reignite the Argentina charge then your money is best of on the Barcelona ace. Currently, Lionel Messi is 10/3 with Bet365 & BlueSquare to score the first goal of the game, while he is a best priced 4/5 to score anytime with Bet365. Considering he will remain on the pitch until the victory is confirmed or assured, that looks a fairly good bet.



If you do fancy a punt on the goals then here’s a list of the current best odds available.



Over/Under 2.5 Goals – 4/11 StanJames


Over/Under 3.5 Goals – 10/11 SportingBet


Over/Under 4.5 Goals – 9/4 SportingBet




The odds on goals isn’t attractive nor too appealing, but, considering how Argentina must win this game, with any scares out of the question, they should score a fair few. However, you will need a bit of courage to actually have a punt on the goals as the odds are poor. Under backers will love the odds, not too sure if they will have too much joy though.




Colombia cannot afford to drop any more points but they face stiff opposition in the form of a Chile team on the verge of booking their place in the 32 team tournament next year. However, Chile won’t want to lose this game, either, and they will see a draw as a positive result. Colombia certainly won’t see the point in the same light and the pressure to win will firmly be on those chosen to deliver the victory the country desperately needs to keep their name in the hat.



Chile aren’t a bad price to win (5/2 with Bet365) but they’re playing a Colombia team whose best form has come on home soil, with all five of their victories in qualifying coming in Colombia. The Colombians are on a three match winning streak at home and, although Chile are a very tough team on paper, the omen is on the home side to bring home the bacon.



Providing the Colombian players hold their nerve and put in a big performance, we suppose that is a big ask considering the rarity of their position, then Colombia could register a massive victory. 6/5 on a Colombia win isn’t bad at all, although this is perhaps one for smaller stakes as Chile are no mugs, far from it.



A home win, Colombia, is 6/5 with several firms; Boylesports, PaddyPower, SkyBet.




The remaining three qualifiers don’t produce anything of much value when you weigh up the odds of the sides, their situations etc. Brazil should win, price isn’t too bad, just not too sure about the side that Dunga will put out. Ecuador V Uruguay could literally go either way, with both teams needing all three points to enhance their chances of making the finals, while Venezuela V Paraguay looks a no-go.



A small tickle is Luis Fabiano (Brazil) to score against Bolivia on Sunday. The Sevilla striker has been quoted as being eager as finishing as the leading goalscorer in the qualifiers, so he’ll definitely put his name in the starting equation as Dunga possibly selects a weakened Brazil side, if there is such a thing. Luis Fabiano already has nine goals thus far, with a striker away in Bolivia enough to take him into double figures for the campaign. That looks a very good shout as he’s been on fire for both club and country of late.



Luis Fabiano is the main man at both club & Country and he’s our last main bet to notch up his 10th goal of the campaign away in Bolivia. Fabiano is currently 9/2 with Bet365 to score the first goal, whereas the odds on him scoring within 90 minutes takes our fancy more at 5/4, with the same firm, Bet365.



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