Spain dislodged as World Cup Favourites

19th June 2010 | World Cup Betting category: World Cup Betting & Odds
World Cup Betting & Odds

World Cup Betting Odds Now Favour Argentina

There is a new kid at the top of World Cup Odds. After sitting pretty at the top of the outright market for so long, Spain, following their collapse against the dogged Swiss in their opening 2010 FIFA World Cup match, not only lost three points, but also their ranking as favourite for the tournament. How quickly things can change. Iniesta and company simply could not find a way through the rugged and stubborn Switzerland defence, and now they have been surpassed in outright odds. In fact, Brazil are now level in World Cup betting with the Spaniards, the first time there has not been a gap between them for over 12 months of World Cup Odds. No, Argentina are now leading the pack, as no other team has of yet, managed to stamp such an authority over proceedings at South Africa 2010.

Hinted at by many to be a dark horse, but not fully backed because of the unpredictability of coach Maradona, the South Americans have always been behind Spain and Brazil in the outright World Cup market. That has all changed now though, as they exploded into life in their second Group B match, putting South Korea to the sword in a domineering 4-1 victory. That backed up the three points gained in their first match, a victory over African representatives, Nigeria. Those six points saw the Argentineans as the first side to book their place in the second round of South Africa 2010, and the convincing displays by them, has meant that their odds have been slashed. This is a hugely significant move, made stronger by the fact that their second round opponents will be from Group A and will be either Mexico, Uruguay or France, neither of which should trouble them. Argentina have been fearless in attack, shown some crisp passing and some incredible movement off the ball, all instigated largely by Lionel Messi.

While Lionel Messi is yet to open his account (although he leads the way with 15 shots on goal), his team mate Gonzalo Higuain did with great aplomb. Higuain hit a hat trick and now leads the way in the odds to finish as the tournament’s top scorer. If you want to jump on Higuain now, you will be pushed to find odds better than 9/4 at Ladbrokes. Higuain’s closest challenger in the odds now is David Villa out at 11/1 at Totesport. Six goals is usually enough to win the Golden Boot, and Higuain is now half way there after just two games. The odds on him and on Argentina to win the World Cup, perfectly illustrate and highlight the importance of getting your bets down early. Higuain was out at around 10/1 to finish as top scorer, and look at his odds now. Similarly, with the outright World Cup Odds on Argentina who were around 7/1.

Argentina seem to have left all of their qualification problems behind them, and are looking a very accomplished side. In the build up to South Africa 2010, Maradona had projected nothing but confusion about what his best team was, but he seems to be pulling the strings perfectly so far. His selections and team set up have been ideal, and the hammering of South Korea has fired warning shots across the hull of the good ships Brazil and Spain. Whatever magic fairy dust Maradona has sprinkled his team with, it would be nice if he could lend Fabio Capello some.

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