Top 5 World Cup Bets for Best Value in Group D

5th June 2010 | World Cup Betting category: World Cup Previews & Predictions
World Cup Previews & Predictions

World Cup Group D Teams: Germany, Australia, Ghana, Serbia. This is a fascinating group, and well worth following as you plan your World Cup Betting. Germany have had their problems during their build up, and this group contains one of the strong dark horse bets of the 2010 FIFA World Cup. The big kick off is nearing, and punters across the world should be finalizing their betting strategies. The World Cup brings together 32 teams, 736 players all for the chance to play in the World Cup final at Soccer City Stadium in Johannesburg on July 11th, 7.30 pm GMT. Here we continue our World Cup betting guide to help you find the best value bets in Group D.

Win Market: Germany 10/11 at Blue Square
They have had so many problems during their build up with injury to players, most noticeably Chelsea midfielder Michael Ballack, that some shadows were being cast over their progress in the competition. With Philipp Lahm instilled as captain, the Germans are showing a great deal of resilience and have being looking unfazed through their international friendlies being played as tournament warm ups. Coach Joachim Low is certain that his team is almost there, and remember when planning your betting strategies that adversity can usually pull teams together. Their confident 3-1 win over Bosnia showed that the Germans, who already have a great World Cup history, should not face too many problems in playing their way to the top of Group D. While they are back in World Cup Odds there is no reason why Germany cannot easily play their way to at least the semi finals of the competition. Consider that Germany have been at the quarter final stage of their last seven World Cups and that is a record which they should continue. One thing about the Germans in early betting, is that while they are famed for their consistency in tournament football, they are also famous for being slow out of the blocks. Their first match is against Australia, the weakest team in the group, and that could work in their favour, as they build up momentum to face the tougher tasks of Ghana and Serbia. They are well worth a strong bet, and this is good value for a seeded team.

Not To Qualify: Australia 4/11 at Coral
The Socceroos are looking at their enthusiasm and hard, physical play to come good. They will be hoping to catch Germany cold in their opening fixture, but in all honesty, it looks as if they have an uphill task before a ball is even kicked in anger. They did beat World Cup side Denmark in a recent international friendly, but it was a Denmark without their main strikers in action. Granted, the Aussies did dig in to grab themselves a relatively late winner, but were playing an unfamiliar 4-5-1 as they await the fitness of Harry Kewell. They are not going to be short on confidence, and will probably give a decent account of themselves. It is hard to see them having the technical ability though, to beat any of their group opposition. They need to fly out of the blocks against Germany, who, as mentioned are slow starters. However, the Germans are experts at tournament football, and the odds will be stacked against the Aussies picking up any points there. Australia switched to the Asian qualification zone to help them improve their status against better teams. They topped that ahead of Japan, but face some seriously tough opposition in Group D.

To Finish Second: Serbia 2/1 at Boylesports
Serbia have drawn all of the attention of punters looking on a real dark horse bet. They looked an extremely strong technical side through the European qualification zone, in which they topped their group ahead of France. They showed a keen eye for goal, and the ability to keep things tight at the back, scoring 22 goals during qualification, and conceding just 8. How you can weigh this bet up, and look to double your money with the above odds, is that Australia look the rank outsiders in the group, and the Ghana side are missing their key man, Michael Essien, and were thumped 4-1 by Holland in an international friendly. Betting on Serbia at the World Cup is something that should bring returns. If they can get the better of Ghana in their opening fixture, then there should be no reason why they can’t press on and even challenge Germany for top spot in the group. The Germany v Serbia fixture is one of the mouth-watering group fixtures to watch out for. Still, at odds of 2/1 for the Serbians to finish second, really is excellent value.

Most Group Goals Scored: Serbia 3/1 at Bwin
It will be a close call between Germany and Serbia for this one. Germany hit an average of 2.60 goals per match in qualification, while Serbia hit 2.20. Naturally they faced different opposition, so it is something of parity really when it comes to their World Cup group. So why plump for Serbia then? Well, we are looking at the best value odds here and Serbia to fire is pretty well priced at 3/1, with only one team likely to beat them in this field. That makes the 3/1 odds as given above, even more attractive when you sum it up that way. Germany, with their problems, may play a little more conservatively, as they know that they will have a long tournament ahead, whereas Serbia’s chances of progressing will from taking their game to opponents and putting sides under pressure. They will probably have that extra spark and take a few more chances. They have a good balanced side with good attack, so there is no reason why they cannot sneak this one.

To Finish Bottom: Australia 11/8 at Blue Square
Landed themselves in a tough group, and start with the toughest of their World Cup Fixtures. What can the Australians bring to the table? They were lauded as having made a great impression at the 2006 World Cup, but they only won one match out of their four played. They finished second in their group behind Brazil there, and then lost in something of a cruel fashion to Italy in the second round. They are seen as having a better, stronger presence at the World Cup this time, but it is even quite difficult to see where their best chance of winning a game is. Germany are looking strong, and defeat there, would leave the Aussies reeling, because picking up points against Serbia and Ghana is not going to be easy.




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