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World Cup: Group and Overall Winner

The World Cup starts this Friday so now is the time to make your futures bets on who will win the groups and the whole tournament.

Here are the odds to win each group at Bovada.

Group A 

France is the favorite to win Group A, but they did not look good in qualifying and may have a tough task. Mexico recently beat Italy in a friendly match and they may be a good dark horse pick.

Uruguay has a decent shot to make it out of the group and while South Africa is the major long shot they are the host and will have a home field advantage.

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France +125
Uruguay +300
Mexico +275
South Africa +700
   
Group B    

Argentina is the big favorite to win Group B and with good reason, as they are stacked and have a great offense. Nigeria has a good offense, but their defense is a concern, which is the opposite of Greece since they have a great defense, but not much offense.

Argentina -250
Nigeria +450
Greece +650
South Korea +1000

Group C    

England is the favorite in this group and their big match is the first one on Saturday against USA. Slovenia and Algeria have good squads and they play in the first group match and the loser will likely already be out of the running to make the playoffs.

England -300
USA  +450
Slovenia +1000
Algeria +1600

Group D

Germany lost a couple of defenders and team captain Michael Ballack to injuries, but they still have the squad to go far. Serbia can score and has a good defense and they are the German’s main threat. Ghana recently lost their best player and Australia may be a dark horse even though they lack many world-class players.

Germany  -125
Ghana +500
Serbia +275
Australia +800

Group E    

Holland may be a good dark horse to win it all not only their group, but their defense is a concern. Cameroon and Denmark may battle it out for second in the group while Japan is a long shot to make it to the knockout phase.

Holland -225
Cameroon +500
Denmark +450
Japan  +1200

Group F    

Italy is the defending champion and is the big favorites to win Group F. The winner of the Paraguay vs. Slovakia match will likely come in second in the group. It would be a little bit of a shock if New Zealand even gets a point in group play.

Italy -200
Paraguay +250
Slovakia +550
New Zealand +6000

Group G    

Group G is the Group of Death and Brazil is the favorite to win it, but they will have to get by 2006 semifinalist Portugal and the great offense of Ivory Coast. However, Ivory Coast may have to play without awesome striker Didier Drogba, who recently suffered a fractured arm. FIFA has North Korea as the lowest ranked team playing in South Africa.

Brazil -200
Portugal +300
Ivory Coast +500
North Korea +10000

Group H    

Spain is the heavy favorite in Group H and also has the best odds to win the World Cup. Chile was a surprise second place finisher in South American qualifying, the Swiss play a solid team game, and Honduras may be just happy to be playing in South Africa.

Spain -400
Chile +500
Switzerland +1000
Honduras +3500

World Cup Champion Futures

Spain has the best odds to win it all, but Brazil has never lost on African soil (8-0) and has the second best odds. England is solid, but they have a ton of pressure on them since they have not progressed past the quarterfinals since 1990 and they may be without their best defender in Rio Ferdinand, who injured his knee in a recent training. Argentina does have Lionel Messi and a great offense, but their defense is mediocre and they do not play good team soccer. Holland is a solid team that has a great offense and if they can play some defense they have a shot to win their first World Cup. Germany and Italy are solid, but the Italians will have to rely on their defense to repeat as World Cup champions and the Germans have been hit by the injury bug and will miss a few key players.

Here are the odds to win the World Cup at Bovada.

Spain +400
Brazil +450
England +600
Argentina +700
Holland +1000
Germany +1400
Italy +1400
France +1800
Portugal +2800
Ivory Coast +4000
Serbia +5000
Chile +6600
USA +8000
Ghana +10000
Mexico +10000
Paraguay +10000
Cameroon +12500
Denmark +12500
Uruguay +15000
Nigeria +15000
Australia +15000
South Africa +15000
Greece +20000
Switzerland +25000
South Korea +25000
Slovakia +40000
Slovenia +50000
Japan +60000
Algeria +70000
Honduras +100000
North Korea +200000
New Zealand +250000