World Cup 2010 – South Africa: Participants – Updated!

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Confirmed 2010 World Cup Participants

 

Australia

Brazil

Ghana

Japan

Netherlands

North Korea

South Africa

South Korea

 

 

Teams on verge of qualification

 

England

Ivory Coast

Denmark

Spain

Bahrain/Saudi Arabia/New Zealand

 

 

 

Brazil and Ghana became the newest members to join the 2010 World Cup club. Brazil's 3-1 romp in Argentina on Saturday night was enough to earn them a spot in South Africa and become the first South American nation to qualify for South Africa.

 

Ghana became the very first South African country to confirm it's appearance in the forthcoming finals, apart from the hosts themselves - South Africa. Ghana, accompanied by captain Michael Essien, beat Sudan 2-0 on Sunday to confirm their status as winners of Group D in the African qualifying zone.

 

Asian qualifying has all but been finalised although there is still a few matches before we fully know if a fifth Asian country will make the fold. Bahrain & Saudi Arabia (Both Asian contingents) have yet to finish their two-legged play-off with the reward being another play-off showdown with New Zealand (Oceania contingent) with the prize for being victorious over two-legs a ticket to South Africa.

 

The Netherlands, for the time being, are the only nation to have qualified for the 2010 World Cup after strolling to qualification in the smallest of nine groups, Group 9, which has just five countries competing. However, they could soon be joined by both England & Spain who, with victories in midweek, will earn their rightful place in South Africa by topping their respective groups.

 

Ivory Coast routed Burkina Faso on Sunday, a result which leaves them on the cusp of securing a place in South Africa. A single point from their remaining two games is all that's needed for them to confirm their spot in the World Cup finals.

 

 

 

2010 World Cup South Africa – Updated Outright Odds

 

Brazil – 5/1 StanJames

Spain – 5/1 Ladbrokes

England – 8/1 WilliamHill

Argentina – 8/1 SkyBet

Germany – 12/1 Bet365

Netherlands – 12/1 BetFred

Italy – 14/1 VictorChandler

France – 22/1 totesport

Russia – 33/1 SkyBet

40/1 Bar the rest

 

 

Early qualification for Brazil has seen them share favouritism with European champions – Spain. England's impressive run in Group 6 (European Sector) hasn't gone unnoticed with The Three Lions now a best price of 8/1. Despite a disastrous result at the weekend, Argentina remain a frontrunner, according to the bookies anyway, with Diego Maradona's side still an 8/1 shot to qualify and go all the way in South Africa.

 

The consistent German's look a very good E/W bet at 12/1 although they do still face a two-way tussle for supremacy in Group 4 (European Sector) with 33/1 shots, Russia. Two nations who are always there or thereabouts; Netherlands & Italy, are both double-figure prices with the Dutch at 12/1 via early qualification and the Italians at 14/1.

 

France are struggling to even make the cut in Group 7 (European Sector) and this shows in the bookies evaluation of their chances of winning the crown in South Africa by pricing Henry & Co up at a huge 22/1.

 

As you can see, Europe dominates the market with just two nations breaking into equation as far as the bookies are concerned. Going by their performances in qualifying, England look the team to be on right now. They're playing out of their skin at the moment and are just a solitary victory away from confirming their spot in South Africa.

 

As far as value goes, Germany look a stunning price at 12/1. They are very inconsistent and even if they were to lose out on a top spot finish in their group, which is still unlikely, you would still fancy their chances against any of the potential play-off candidates.

 



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