World Cup 2010 Bets

While qualification places are still being battled for, it is a good time to get in on some early betting action for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. The fields are a little bit limited at the moment, but that does not mean there are not some good opportunities to get your money down. All the fun, excitement and thrills of picking winners can be done, before the opening match. With qualification going on all across the world, there are plenty of opportunities to get some keen, early action.

Outright Winner
This is the ultimate early bird selection. There will be clear favourites, and it will be no surprise that Brazil is right up there already, and Spain is leading the European charge. Both can be had already at around 5/1 at Coral and PaddyPower, so an each way bet on both would not steer you too far wrong. With a lot of time and a lot of football, both domestic and international matches to be played between now and the opening match, there are a lot of variables to take into consideration. Star players may fall foul of injury, some rising star may crawl from out of the woodwork, and the form of teams will vary greatly as the friendly matches pile up before the tournament, with managers experimenting with their line-ups. The outright winner of the World Cup will be from a select group, ones with a lot of World Cup pedigree. Brazil, Argentina, Spain, Germany, Italy, England and France all have good traditions, and in all likelihood, nothing outside of the six or seven favourites as listed by the bookies will pose a serious threat. Remember that Burkina Faso is listed at 5000/1 for a reason.

Group Qualification
This is where the fun could really be had. With just a handful of matches left for each team in the qualifying stages, the layout of the groups are fairly clear to see, with regards as to who will be finishing in first and second place. This is a good chance to double up some bets and get some accumulators going. Europe is a good stomping ground for group betting, with 9 groups on the market. There is not a lot of point picking clear group leaders like England, Spain and the Netherlands, but a lot of the groups, like Group 2 for example has a close three way race for the lead. If you can gauge the run in of matches, paying close attention to home and away form, you could pick an outsider to pinch top spot.

Group Outright Winners
As above, most Bookmakers will only be targeting the battle going on in Europe for the top place in the group. Fortunately if you did not get any money on your team at the outset of the qualifying stages, then there is still plenty of completion going on, even in these latter stages. Some of the groups are out of commission and are not worth betting on, but there are close races upon which money can be made.

Qualification
If you want to branch out a little further in your pre World Cup 2010 betting stakes, then you can always just ignore the group standings and go for the teams which will just be qualifying. This can involve teams just to qualify for the World Cup, so it is worth studying the format of the group stages in the different zones. The qualifying stages differ a little with regards to how many teams go through from that initial stage. A lot of teams, again, especially in Europe, may have to face a sudden death, two-legged play-off in order to qualify.

Once the tournament places are settled, there will of course be more exciting markets opening for you. You will be able to pick the tournament’s top goal scorer, the winners of the group stages of the World Cup itself, the teams which will qualify from the first round and of course, bets on the outcome of the individual matches. This is where the real action begins. Individual match betting itself opens up a plethora of sub-category bets, from first scorer, to last scorer, to predicting the half time and full time scores, to the number of yellow cards, the number of corners, any time goal scorers, to first scorer and correct score combinations. A lot of the matches will have live betting if you have access to the internet and your favourite betting site, while watching the games and this will add to the whole atmosphere of the World Cup 2010.

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