2010 FIFA World Cup Group G Betting and Fixtures

10th April 2010 | World Cup Betting category: World Cup Betting & Odds
World Cup Betting & Odds

Group F World Cup Betting Preview: It has been dubbed the Group of Death, and it’s not hard to see why. While all the fun an anticipation of the World Cup 2010 Draw was about which groups France and Portugal, two of the dangerous floaters in the draw, would land in, it was Cristiano Ronaldo’s nation which drew the short straw.

World Cup Teams: Brazil, Korea DPR, Ivory Coast, Portugal

One of the two favourites for the 2010 FIFA World Cup are the great Brazilians, the nation with the most World Cup history and prestige about them. The mighty Brazilians have gotten their hands on the trophy five times, and they are always somewhere at the head of the prices when it comes to World Cup Betting. They won their qualification group in South America, but were pushed very hard by Paraguay and Chile. Brazil, managed by Dunga have been playing with AC Milan’s Ronaldinho, and that is a mark of the quality which they have. They have so much quality in their squad with the likes of Luis Fabiano, Nilmar, Kaka and Robinho that it is no surprise that they will be one of the strongest nations in South Africa. This is largely down to their style of play, and the inherent technical ability which seems to course through their individuals players. The current side legend Dunga has at his disposal, may not be one of out and out flair that the Brazils of the past may have been, but maybe this is playing up to new strengths. The current Brazil is efficient and strong in defence and has plenty of strength in depth as well. They are, and probably will always be the team to beat, and betting on Brazil at the World Cup will continue to be plentiful. Are they in a position to win the 2010 FIFA World cup in South Africa? The undeniable answer to that, is yes. Fabiano hit 9 goals in qualification, keeping up his incredible goal scoring record for his country, but Brazil did suffer two defeats along the way, once to Bolivia and once to World Cup dark horses Paraguay. That didn’t halt their progress though, as they finished as group top scorers, and the team with the best defence. Uncharacteristically, it could be the defensive side of the current Brazilian game which leads them to glory in South Africa. They open their World Cup 2010 account against Korea DPR, which set them on a good path. The Ivory Coast landed themselves a tough draw for the second World Cup running. After being lumped in with Germany and Argentina at the last tournament, they now have to deal with Portugal and Brazil. They had a disappointing African Cup of Nations, which resulted in them sacking their manager. They have now drafted in former England boss Sven Goran Eriksson, in the hope that the Swede’s experience can gel the team together and get them out of the group. Looking at the World Cup Fixtures for this group though, it won’t be easy, and their opening match against Portugal is something of a crucial decider. Whoever wins that would put themselves in pole position to grab an expected second place behind Brazil. The Ivory Coast have star players in the likes of the Toure brothers and their talisman Didier Drogba. The current side has been together for a long time, and it is a little surprise that they were so individualised at the African Cup of Nations. Whether Sven Goran Eriksson’s defensive and economic style will suit them remains to be seen, but he could bring the kind of qualities to the team that were successful in getting England through tricky qualification groups. The third factor in Group G is Portugal, who only qualified for the tournament by the skin of their teeth. For some reason they struggled badly through their European Group, and stumbled over the line behind Denmark. This put them out of the seeding and landed them an unfavourable draw. Like the Ivory Coast they have their stars in Deco and Cristiano Ronaldo, but whether the quality throughout the team is there, is another question entirely. There are two sides to look at when betting on Portugal. Yes, they had a hard time qualifying, but they showed quite a lot of resilience in actually managing to qualify under some considerable pressure. They do perhaps have the edge of the Ivory Coast, and that first World Cup Fixture will be crucial for them. Quite what the Korea DPR will be able to bring to the table in this Group other than being the whipping boys, is hard to determine. They performed above and beyond expectations in reaching the 2010 FIFA World Cup Finals, in a group where the Korea Republic and Saudi Arabia were favourites, but they do hold one of the most remarkable pieces of World Cup history, as they famously beat Italy in 1966. The stand out name for Korea DPR is Jong Tae-Se, who is their star striker, and their speed could cause defences problems, but overall ability will fall short in this incredibly tough group. The draw could have been kinder to them, but if they go home with a point it will be a surprise. This is the toughest group because there are three genuine contenders, but only two tickets available for safe passage through to the last sixteen of the tournament.

Group F Betting Stats (World Cup History form in brackets)

(Final outcomes of Golden Goal, Extra Time and Penalty Shoot Out results count as wins or losses)

The nation which has made the World Cup their own. They have encountered Portugal once before in the World Cup, back in 1996, with unhappy memories. In Liverpool, the Portuguese ran out 3-1 winners. No history against Korea DPR or the Ivory Coast in the World Cup. (P92, W66, D11, L15)

Ivory Coast: Still waiting to make their impact on the World Stage, and again they have been dealt a rough hand. Didier Drogba will need to shine, and need to get off to a strong start. No history against the other nations. (P3, W1, D0, L2)

Korea DPR:  Famously made it the Quarter Finals in 1966, beating Italy along their way, which was their crowning glory in their brief World Cup history. Who beat them in those Quarter Finals? Group rivals Portugal 5-3. (P4, W1, D1, L2)

Portugal: Just the one triumph over Brazil in the group stages of the 1966 World Cup, which was the last time Brazil failed to get past the first stage. (P19, W12, D0, L7)


World Cup Group G - Table

Rank Team Matches / Points
1 Brazil 3 Matches / 7 Points
2 Portugal 3 Matches / 5 Points
3 Ivory Coast 3 Matches / 4 Points
4 North Korea 3 Matches / 0 Points

Group Stage Fixture List


World Cup Betting at SportingBet for Outright Winner of Group G, has Portugal at 7/2, Ivory Coast at 4/1, North Korea 100/1 and Brazil are favourites at 9/20 (and 5/1 to Win the World Cup Outright).


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