World Cup hosts South Africa not favoured in World Cup Betting

28th April 2010 | World Cup Betting category: Football World Cup News
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There has not been a lot of optimism surrounding hosts South Africa and their chances of making a great impression in the historic tournament. For the first time in the World Cup’s history, the tournament is being held on the African continent, but the hosts have had their problems with form ahead of the tournament. World Cup 2010 warm up matches for the Bofana Bofana have included drawn matches against Paraguay and a recent 0-0 tie against World Cup entrants Korea DPR. A lot of the problems surrounding the build up of the South Africans, is that they have not played enough competitive matches, and that they are struggling to find goals from anywhere. The recent draw against the lowest ranked team in the 2010 FIFA World Cup, highlighted the problems which they have, although they were missing some of their top players.

The FIFA World Cup hosts had the better of the early exchanges of the match in Germany, while Korea DPR could have easily won the match with some better finishing on their chances. Although just a friendly, the match showed how much both teams will likely struggle when it comes to the main tournament in South Africa which starts on June 11th. Bofana Bofana coach Carlos Alberto Parreira insisted after the match that there were enough positives to take from the friendly encounter however, citing the North Koreans as difficult opponents. Any match at this stage is good for building momentum, as the home nation looks to impress in front of their home crowd. World Cup betting on South Africa however will tell a stark tale, in that they will likely struggle to pick up a point at the tournament.

The warm ups do not stop there for South Africa, as they were due to take on China in another friendly, as they prepare for the tournament in their German camp. But with travel plans disrupted across Europe because of the fallout from the Icelandic volcano, China withdrew, but Jamaica promptly stepped in to fill the void. The nation is doing all it can to get prepared, as two more friendlies will follow for them ahead of the World Cup, against Colombia and Denmark, which will not be easy matches for them. World Cup winning coach Parreira has been unhappy about the level of opposition for their friendly matches, as the South African FA left things very late in organising matches in their build up, where other countries had enacted a bit more forward planning. In the history of the World Cup, the host nation has never failed to make it to the second round. That record is in jeopardy now, with South Africa being rank outsiders at the Best World Cup Bookmakers to even make it out of Group A, where France, Mexico and Uruguay reside.



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