World Cup Betting – Latest Prices and England Specials

6th December 2009 | World Cup Betting category: World Cup 2018 Betting Predictions
World Cup 2018 Betting Predictions

With the Draw for the 2010 FIFA World Cup now having been completed, the world of football has a better picture of who will be likely to progress through the groups. This is clearly an important factor in the arena of World Cup betting, as teams being drawn in tougher groups, will obviously have their odds stretched just a little bit. Brazil, Portugal, Germany, Ivory Coast, Serbia and Ghana are the main factors in play after the draw, simply because of how much harder it will be to get out of their respective groups. A look at the draw for the 2010 World Cup will help draw a bigger picture of how betting across the board at online bookmakers will take shape.

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

With the draw finalised, the vast array of online bookmakers have released options for full coverage of the World Cup 2010, even down to the prices on the individual group matches. Here we take a look at some of the early bets that keen punters will be able to get. With these being long range forecasts they are prices which are likely to be cut once we are on the threshold of the tournament which begins on June 11, 2010. This is because teams will continue their preparations through friendlies, and as domestic seasons progress, key players could suffer injuries, weakening the national squad. So this is a great time and a good opportunity to pick up some good prices on the 2010 FIFA World Cup if you are bold with your betting. First of all, let’s look at the draw, group by group, along with the prices for winning the group, qualifying from the group and the all important outright winners markets:

Group A To Win Group To Qualify Outright World Cup Winner
France 6/5 at Ladbrokes 1/3 at SkyBet 16/1 at Bet365
Mexico 4/1 at Bet365 10/11 at Victor Chandler 125/1 at Bet365
Uruguay 9/2 at Coral 11/10 at Paddy Power 100/1 at William Hill
South Africa 8/1 at 888Sport 5/2 at Victor Chandler 150/1 at 888Sport


Group B To Win Group To Qualify Outright World Cup Winner
Argentina 8/15 at Totesport 1/9 at Victor Chandler 10/1 at Coral
Nigeria 5/1 at BetFred 6/5 at Paddy Power 100/1 at BetFred
Greece 8/1 at Victor Chandler 5/4 at Victor Chandler 150/1 at Boylesports
South Korea 12/1 at SkyBet 9/2 at SkyBet 300/1 at Expekt


Group C To Win Group To Qualify Outright World Cup Winner
England 4/11 at SkyBet 1/12 at Boylesports 6/1 at Coral
USA 5/1 at Bet365 4/6 at SkyBet 100/1 at ExtraBet
Slovenia 12/1 at Blue Square 7/4 at Victor Chandler 250/1 at Coral
Algeria 25/1 at BetFred 4/1 at Boylesports 500/1 at BetFred


Group D To Win Group To Qualify Outright World Cup Winner
Germany 10/11 at Victor Chandler 2/11 at SkyBet 14/1 at Victor Chandler
Serbia 9/2 at Bet365 5/4 at Victor Chandler 80/1 at Bet365
Ghana 5/1 at Paddy Power 5/4 at Paddy Power 80/1 at Totesport
Australia 9/1 at Stan James 5/2 at SkyBet 150/1 at Victor Chandler


Group E To Win Group To Qualify Outright World Cup Winner
Holland 4/5 at Paddy Power 1/4 at Victor Chandler 14/1 at Paddy Power
Denmark 5/1 at Expekt 6/5 at Paddy Power 150/1 at Expekt
Cameroon 5/1 at SkyBet 5/4 at SkyBet 125/1 at SkyBet
Japan 16/1 at Coral 11/4 at SkyBet 300/1 at Expekt


Group F To Win Group To Qualify Outright World Cup Winner
Italy 1/2 at Ladbrokes 1/10 at Paddy Power 13/1 at Expekt
Paraguay 4/1 at SkyBet 1/2 at SkyBet 80/1 at Expekt
Slovakia 9/1 at Coral 7/4 at Victor Chandler 250/1 at William Hill
New Zealand 80/1 at 888Sport 12/1 at Victor Chandler 3000/1 at Expekt


Group G To Win Group To Qualify Outright World Cup Winner
Brazil 8/11 at Paddy Power 1/5 at SkyBet 11/2 Ladbrokes
Portugal 4/1 at Totesport 4/5 at Victor Chandler 28/1 at William Hill
Ivory Coast 4/1 at SportingBet 6/5 at Paddy Power 33/1 at BetFred
North Korea 200/1 at Coral 10/1 at SkyBet 2000/1 at Blue Square


Group H To Win Group To Qualify World Cup Outright Winner
Spain 4/11 at Paddy Power 1/14 at Paddy Power 9/2 at SportingBet
Chile 5/1 at BetFred 4/6 at Paddy Power 50/1 at Paddy Power
Switzerland 11/1 at Coral 13/8 at Victor Chandler 200/1 at William Hill
Honduras 50/1 at Coral 11/2 at SkyBet 1000/1 at Ladbrokes

It will be incredibly difficult for an unknown quantity to come along and win the World Cup, that is why it is very hard to look beyond four of five potential winners, however much an underdog tale would be nice. The strongest nations are those with great World Cup history, pedigree and consistency on the biggest stage. In that respect, Brazil and Italy lead the way, and the other factor to take into consideration, is of course, form. For that you look to the likes of Spain, England, Germany and Holland who are in the chasing pack of the two-front runners. Beyond that the prices will stretch out, proving how difficult it will for anyone else to come in and take the tournament. Argentina, France and Portugal all made it into the tournament by the skin of their teeth and therefore their form and quality aren’t as good as the top teams, although Argentina has consistently been seen at around fourth favourites despite all of their problems. Both Portugal and Ivory Coast’s prices have drifted a little because of being drawn in the Group of Death with Brazil.

The rest of the FIFA 2010 World Cup, is therefore filled up with emerging nations and teams who will be struggling to cope with the quality of the cream of Europe in footballing terms. Spain’s odds have shortened a little, as have England’s, thanks to their favourable draws in their groups. But while for a handful of teams, negotiating their way out of their groups will be tougher than hoped for, in order to win the World Cup, you are likely going to have to come up a very strong team in the knockouts. That is why the prices even for the likes of Holland and Frances stand in the mid-teens.

So what of England’s realistic chances of Fabio Capello leading them to the World Cup Finals? Many fans believe that a man with incredible tactical knowledge is at the helm of the good ship England, and performances during qualification have shown that they can also find the back of the net with some consistency. The familiar faces will be there, but for once there is a lot of competition for places up front, and that should give Capello good options and put England in good stead. Goalkeeping and defensive cover look to be England’s problems at the moment, highlighted in the friendly defeat against Brazil recently. Capello has about six months to fine tune his team ahead of the tournament, and coming at the end of a long domestic season, Capello will be hoping his star players like Frank Lampard and Wayne Rooney stay injury free. Here are some of the more interesting World Cup Betting England Specials that can be taken on England’s apperance during the 2010 World Cup.

England’s Top Goalscorer:
Wayne Rooney: 11/4 at Boylesports
Frank Lampard: 6/1 at Bet365
Steven Gerrard: 13/2 at Bet365
Jermain Defoe: 7/1 at Victor Chandler
Peter Crouch: 14/1 at William Hill

Any England player to be sent off during the tournament11/10 at William Hill
-Chances: With Rooney on the pitch, it’s always a possibility.

England To Win All Three Group Games
7/4 at Coral
-Chances: Good. Why not?

Any England player to score a hat-trick7/2 at 888Sport
-Chances: Difficult. Even playing weaker opposition in the Group stages, it will still take something special for a World Cup hat trick to happen.

England To Be Top Goalscorers In The World Cup4/1 at William Hill
-Chances: Fair. The good side of Rooney will help this. England scored heavily during qualification.

England to be knocked out on penalties6/1 at Blue Square
-Chances: Fair. It usually boils down to this cruel end.

David Beckham To Score Against USA10/1 at William Hill
-Chances: Unlikely. No guarantees he’ll even play against his adopted home.

John Terry to miss a penalty20/1 at 888Sport
-Fair: Unlikely to be taking one during regular games, if it comes to a shoot-out he wouldn’t shy away from responsibility.

David Beckham To Score The Winning Goal For England In The World Cup Final 201033/1 at Coral
-Chances: It would be very fitting in a way, but unlikely.

England Stage of Elimination:
Group Stage8/1 at SkyBet
Second Round7/2 at SkyBet
Quarter Final4/1 at Paddy Power
Semi Final 9/2 at Coral
Runner Up6/1 at BetFred
Winner 6/1 at Victor Chandler

Outside of picking the winner and the teams who will win, or qualify from the Group stages, there are plenty of other early World Cup bets to jump on right now.

Top Goalscorer: (general rule of thumb, look for teams who will stay in the competition the longest).
David Villa (Spain) – 11/1 at Bet365
Fernando Torres (Spain) – 12/1 at Victor Chandler
Luis Fabiano (Brazil) – 16/1 at William Hill
Wayne Rooney (England) – 16/1 at Victor Chandler
Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) – 16/1 at Bet365
Lionel Messi (Argentina) – 20/1 at Ladbrokes

Winning Continent:

Europe: 4/9 at Bet365
South America: 9/4 at Boylesports
Africa: 16/1 at BetFred

Those are just a selection of the kinds of bets that can be made right now, with the draw for the 2010 FIFA World cup having been done, and the fixtures released. Everyone knows who they are playing, where they are playing and when. In the build up to the World Cup in South Africa, we will take the opportunity to explore more of these bets in detail as part of the countdown to the big kick off on June 11, 2010. Betting and the World Cup are as synonymous as England and heart break at the major tournaments, but is as exciting as the matches themselves. Make sure you’re on board with a good online bookmaker and start your World Cup Betting now!


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