World Cup Qualifying – World Round Up

7th September 2009 | World Cup Betting category: World Cup Betting & Odds
World Cup Betting & Odds

The World Cup is now in a little danger of not having Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi present, after Brazil downed Argentina 3-1 to clinch qualification in South American qualifying. The result means that Brazil joins a small list of nations which have already booked a place in South Africa 2010, while countless others are left scrapping for the final places. Europe has been well documented as the nine groups of qualification draw to a close. Some famous names such as Portugal and France have not yet guaranteed themselves an automatic place and so there is plenty still to play for. Only the Netherlands have qualified from Europe so far, but the list could grow a little after Wednesday’s round of matches, with the likes of England and Spain hoping to clinch their places.

In South America, Brazil once more will make an appearance at the World Cup. It just wouldn’t be a World Cup without them. Argentina have been left trailing back in fourth place in the qualifying stages with just three games remaining. While they are still in with a chance, as the top four qualify automatically, and the fifth placed team enters a playoff with the fourth placed team from CONCACAF, the point totals are close enough to give Maradona’s struggling team cause for major concern. Argentina have some tough games still remaining against other qualification hopefuls Paraguay and Uruguay.

South American Qualification Table
Brazil 30pts
Paraguay 27pts
Chile 27pts
Argentina 22pts
Colombia 20pts
Ecuador 20pts
Uruguay 18pts
Venezuela 18pts
Bolivia 12pts
Peru 10pts

Joining host South Africa, Brazil and European qualifier Holland, are five other countries who have safely negotiated their rounds of qualification to book themselves a place in the finals. Ghana became the first African team to qualify, after a 2-0 win over the Sudan on Saturday. This means that they topped their group with two matches to go and cannot be caught. Other contenders likely to reach the World Cup from their groups, are the Ivory Coast and Algeria.

Asia lists the most qualifiers at the moment, with all of their running places for the World Cup having been filled. Japan, Australia, South Korea and North Korea will all be making appearances in South Africa in 2010. The Australians and South Koreans had little trouble in their campaigns, but the qualification gets a little complicated for the third placed teams in the two groups, which are Saudi Arabia and Bahrain. These two have to go head to head in a two-leg playoff, and then the winner goes off to play another two-leg qualifier against Oceanic group winners New Zealand.

In the North, Central America and Caribbean, Honduras, USA, Mexico and Costa Rica are engaged in a close, four-way battle for the top three spots. The fourth placed team has to square off against the 5th placed South American team, so this could involve Argentina and be their route to South Africa 2012.

Already Qualified for South Africa 2010: (with current outright World Cup Winner prices)
Australia – 100/1 at Totesport
Brazil  - 5/1 at Coral
Ghana – 80/1 at SkyBet
Japan – 200/1 at SportingBet
Netherlands –  12/1 at Boylesports
North Korea – 1000/1 at SportingBet
South Africa (Hosts) – 150/1 at Coral
South Korea – 300/1 at William Hill

There are still some interesting prices to be taken for the outright winner of the World Cup. Spain and Brazil lead the way, and England are on a par with the struggling Argentina. It could be a good time to jump on an outside Argentina bet. Beyond that, Germany and Holland, who have drifted a little are out at 12/1.

Spain – 5/1 at Ladbrokes
Brazil – 5/1 at Stan James
England – 8/1 at Coral
Argentina – 8/1 at Ladbrokes
Germany – 12/1 at Bet365
Holland – 12/1 at BetFred
Italy – 14/1 at Victor Chandler
France – 22/1 at Totesport




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