England World Cup Fixtures – The Rewards of a Favourable Draw

6th December 2009 | World Cup Betting category: Football World Cup News
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Fabio Capello’s road to lead England to World Cup victory, was made a little easier after coming out of Friday’s draw relatively unscathed. Fearful of being lumbered with a Group of Death, David Beckham, who was an active part of the draw, was smiling as the teams drawn out in Group C, gave England a great chance of progressing past the group stages. The draw itself was full of excitement, and while it was kind to England, it did through up some incredibly interesting match-ups, notably in Groups D and G involving Germany and Brazil. With teams now knowing their fates at South Africa 2010, the countdown is truly underway.

England were drawn out at the head of Group C after being named as one of the seeded teams. Transatlantic foes the USA joined them, followed by Algeria and Slovenia. The importance now for England is to show the right amount of respect to their Group C opponents, and not think that qualification is already a done deal. Fabio Capello, who has really gained the respect and trust of his players with his tactical prowess, will have a lot of confidence that he can guide them to the top of Group C. Algeria was certainly the one team from the African and South American group that was the most favourable team to get, as opposed to teams like Ivory Coast and Ghana. Out of the pot containing the remaining teams from Uefa, Slovenia was also one of the kindest draws, meaning that England got to avoid Portugal.

England’s World Cup 2010 Group fixtures are all laid out now:
Rustenberg, June 12 – England v USA
Cape Town, June 18 – England v Algeria
Nelson Mandela Bay/Port Elizabeth, June 23 – Slovenia v England

2010 FIFA World Cup Draw:

Group A: South Africa, Mexico, Uruguay, France
Group B: Argentina, Nigeria, Korea Republic, Greece
Group C: England, USA, Algeria, Slovenia
Group D: Germany, Australia, Serbia, Ghana,
Group E: Netherlands, Denmark, Japan, Cameroon
Group F: Italy, Paraguay, New Zealand, Slovakia
Group G: Brazil, Korea DPR, Côte d’Ivoire, Portugal
Group H: Spain, Switzerland, Honduras, Chile

The two stand out Groups are D and G with some heavyweight clashes being on the horizon. In Group G, Germany drew the short straw on the African teams by seeing Ghana land in their group. The Black Stars of Ghana are seen as the potential biggest threat from the African continent. Other strong African nations, Didier Drogba’s Ivory Coast got the draw that they would really have wanted to avoid, landing in the Group of Death along with Brazil and Portugal. The Ivory Coast have been drawing a lot of betting attention, with an eye to them being a stronger force than many would give them credit for, and after failing to get out of the group stage on their last appearance, would have been hoping for a kinder draw. But for them now to make an impact, they will have to do it the hard way, and one thing is for certain, is that one big name will be dropped from the knock-out stages.

After controversially battling their way past the Republic of Ireland in the World Cup play-offs, France will be thanking their lucky stars that they landed on their feet with a kind draw. Drawn in Group A along with hosts South Africa, Mexico and Uruguay, by not being able to secure a seeded position, they have fared a lot better than what Portugal have done from the same position. Defending Champions Italy have a negotiable group, but will face the potential dark horses in Paraguay. How strong the Italians will be will be anyone’s guess, as they are often underrated and not seen as so much of a threat because of their defensive minded play.

Spain, joint favourites along with Brazil to win the World Cup, will be happy enough with their draw in Group H, by drawing Switzerland, Honduras and Chile. The positioning of that group looks as it if will simply be a three way race to claim second spot behind the strongly favoured Spaniards. Both the Netherlands and Argentina, being seeded teams will also be happy with their respective draws and will be relatively secure that they will be able to progress to the knockout stages without too much bother or concern.

The whole 2010 FIFA World Cup fun will kick off in Johannesburg on June 11, with the hosts South Africa playing Mexico. The tournament will draw to a conclusion, exactly a month later, when on July 11, the 2010 World Cup Champions will be crowned. The drawing of the groups will now have affected the betting prices on some of the nations, but Spain and Brazil will still head into the tournament as favourites. The Draw for the World Cup can almost make or break some teams’ tournament hopes before even setting foot onto the field of play. Everyone has at least three games to try and prove themselves. For some, those three matches will be a lot tougher than others, and now, over the next six months, managers and players will have to start building their campaigns through form and tactical awareness.

The best price on England lifting the World Cup in South Africa 2010 at the moment, is 6/1 at Coral.

England to win Group C Outright – 4/11 at SkyBet
England to Qualify from Group C – 1/12 at Paddy Power

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