Top 5 World Cup Bets for Best Value on Group G

7th June 2010 | World Cup Betting category: World Cup Qualification Previews & Predictions
World Cup Qualification Previews & Predictions

Group G Teams: Brazil, Ivory Coast, Portugal, North Korea. The mighty Brazil will dominate all of the headlines in this group, as their methodical approach to the greatest football tournament on Earth, continues ominously. They are the top ranked FIFA team in the World, they have been one of the strong front runners in World Cup Odds, and are going in search of their record sixth World Cup triumph. Online bookmakers are taking a lot of money on Brazil, and rightly so. Their record is second to none, and they have been the most prepared team ahead of the finals. With an interesting passage to the final, the eyes of the world will be on Brazil, to see if they can deliver. The pressure is on them, but is there a nation better equipped to deal with it? The time is now to get your early bets down on Brazil to win the touranment outright, as well as any other outright bets. Once they start progressing, their odds will get shorter and shorter. Here our guide to the best value bets in each World Cup group, continues with Group G.

Outright Market: Brazil 8/13 at Ladbrokes
Little surprise here. When this group was drawn at the World Cup draw, it was immediately dubbed the group of death, with the looks on paper that it would be a close run thing. However, with the Ivory Coast showing their usual problems of looking like a team of superstars instead of looking like a superstar team at the African Cup of Nations, and with Portugal having struggled through European qualification, suddenly the group looks a lot clearer. Brazil coach Dunga should be one of the most confident coaches at South Africa 2010. He has not played any games with the press, and since taking over has done things his way, which may have meant that Brazil compromise a little on style, but they are a much stronger team for what Dunga has done. There is a strong defensive aura about the South American legends at the moment, and they have the ability to catch teams on the break. This will unquestionably put a lot of fear in not only the other group rivals, but the rest of the genuine challengers for the World Cup. If things progress through the tournament as expected, then Brazil should run into England in the semi finals. The five time world champions look a lot stronger right now than any of their group rivals. They open with the easiest task of playing North Korea, and with the Ivory Coast and Portugal taking points off each other in their opening fixture, Brazil should be in pole position after the first round of games. It is difficult to see them losing grip of that, and that is why, although at lower odds obviously, this does represent a fairly safe bet.

Not To Qualify: Ivory Coast Evens at Blue Square
The Ivory Coast are a bet worth taking in this, whether or not Didier Drogba plays. Their iconic striker fractured his arm in a pre-tournament warm up, and while his operation has gone well, coach Sven Goran Eriksson is still unsure of what type of role the Chelsea man will be able to play in the tournament. One thing is for certain, and that the Ivory Coast need him. Going into the tournament, the Ivory Coast are seen as the strongest of the African Nations, and rightly so, as it is a team which has been together for a very long time, and is the African nation packed with superstars. However, they have never shown much of an ability to play as a team, and that has been their downfall, as displayed again at the African Cup of Nations this year. Howeve,r they now have ex England coach Sven Goran Eriksson leading them, and while the Swede has not had a lot of time to prepare the Elephants for the World Cup, there is also doubt over whether his style of management is right for the Ivorians. There is a bit of a dichotomy over this one, as Eriksson may have to cede some of his style, and let the players dominate how the Ivory Coast turn out. Eriksson may not have at his disposal, the type of players which he likes to work into his conservative tactics. Because of these reasons, amplified if Drogba does not play a full role, this bet represents some good value in seeing the Ivory Coast fall short again. Given a different group, they may have had more of a chance, but this is a very tricky one, as explained in the next best value bet below.

To Finish Second: Portugal 13/10 at Boylesports
As much as they struggled to get to the World Cup, Portugal also bring with them some good World Cup Odds. This is largely down to the fact that they did struggle, however, out of all the doom and gloom surrounding them, and their grey clouds of uncertainty, there is in air about them. An air that they will do much better when the tournament starts. They have good players in their squad, that is without question, and one thing which should give them a lot of confidence, is that they dug so deep in recovering from poor form during qualification, to actually get to South Africa 2010, that they must be feeling somewhat unbreakable. They are not one of the strongest challengers in the tournament, that is for sure, but if you are looking for a mysterious dark horse that is probably getting overlooked right now, then you probably should not look much further than Portugal. Yes, they have Cristiano Ronaldo, and as much as he does not want to admit it, he will probably have to carry the nation on his shoulders. There is not the same amount of all round quality and ability in the Portugal side as say Brazil, Holland and Spain, but if they can put that aside and turn out as a team, the few world stars they carry could elevate them. This is an outside bet, but at the price, the value makes sense to have a nice punt on it.

Group Stage Most Goals Scored: Portugal 9/4 at Bwin
As Brazil are expected to win the group, the natural tendency for your betting strategy would be to think that they would win it in style, scoring freely and running riot. You may not see that type of Brazil at South Africa 2010, but judging by the problems the other teams in the running have, they are probably still worth a safe bet in this market. But if you want to push the boat out a little bit, then looking at Portugal again, may serve you a little better in terms of odds. They have the ability to score, even though it fell short in qualification at times. Again, this bet is backing Portugal to come good, where they have not showed a great deal of promise so far. It will all be down to how well they get off the mark against the Ivory Coast. Portugal have the ability to creatively break other teams down, and they can get behind teams down the flanks, so if it comes together for them, then there could be plenty of goals in the World Cup for them.

To Finish Bottom: North Korea 1/5 at Coral
This is the safe bet of the group, just as it is for Brazil winning the group. Therefore there are no great odds on offer here, but if you want to back up the likes of the above bet, which is a more borderline one, with a cert in making up a multiple bet, then it can make a good building block in your betting strategy. If the North Koreans pick up a point in this group they will do well. They look well short of what South Korea can bring to the World Cup stage, and having landed in the worst group possible, it will be something if they can make any kind of impact.



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