World Cup Odds

The 2010 FIFA World Cup gets under way on Friday, June 11 from South Africa. Here is a look at which countries are favored to win the title this year.

Bet The 2010 World Cup

In the World Cup, 32 teams are divided into eight groups of four. Each group plays a round robin format of three games where a win gets a team two points, a tie gets a team one point, and a loss gets a team no points. Following the round robin, the top two teams from each group advance to a 16-team single elimination tournament until a champion is crowned.

For this year’s tournament, Spain is favored to win it all.

Spain has been given 4/1 odds win according to the online sports book Other short odds to win are Brazil (9/2), England (6/1), and Argentina (13/2).

Spain has never won the World Cup, and their best finish in the tournament was fourth place back in 1950. In 2006, they reached the round of 16 before losing to runner-up, France, 3-1. Spain has won 15 of its last 16 games in preparation for the World Cup, with the lone loss a 2-0 decision to the United States on June 24, 2009.

Brazil has been a power in the World Cup, having won five titles, with the last coming in 2002. In 2006, Brazil reached the quarterfinals before losing to France 1-0. 2006 was the First World Cup since 1990 where Brazil didn’t reach the finals. During World Cup qualifying, Brazil lost just two games while having a goal differential of +22.

England has won one World Cup in history, which came in 1966. England has reached the Round of 16 in the last three World Cups. During World Cup qualifying England went 9-0-1 and has a goal differential of +28.

Argentina has won two World Cups, taking the 1978 and 1986 titles. They also finished second in 1990 and 1930. In 2006, Argentina reached the quarterfinals before losing to Germany on penalty kicks. Argentina has won the last two Olympic gold medals in soccer. During qualifying for the 2010 World Cup, Argentina went 8-4-6, finishing behind Brazil, Chile, and Paraguay. Argentina had a goal differential of +3.

For complete odds to win the 2010 FIFA World Cup from South Africa, see below.
Odds To Win the 2010 FIFA World Cup – June 11-July 11 – South Africa

Spain 4/1    

Brazil 9/2    

England 6/1    

Argentina 13/2    

Holland 10/1    

Germany 14/1    

Italy 14/1    

France 20/1    

Portugal 25/1    

Serbia 50/1    

Ivory Coast 50/1    

Chile 66/1    

USA 80/1    

Ghana 100/1    

Mexico 100/1    

Paraguay 100/1    

Cameroon 125/1    

Denmark 125/1    

Uruguay 150/1    

Nigeria 150/1    

Australia 150/1     

South Africa 150/1    

Greece 200/1    

Switzerland 250/1    

South Korea 250/1    

Slovakia 400/1    

Slovenia 500/1    

Japan 600/1    

Algeria 700/1    

Honduras 1000/1    

North Korea 2000/1    

New Zealand 2500/1   

Bet The 2010 World Cup
Posted: 6/4/10 8:40PM ET


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