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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.

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World Cup Adidas Ball Controversy

Over the last couple of weeks the ball that will be used in the World Cup has been criticized, but will the ball have any affect on the odds?

For the last couple of weeks the Adidas “Jabulani” ball that will be used in the World Cup has been complained about by several players. Adidas came out and was shocked at the criticism, as the company had unveiled the ball months ago in several leagues and all the feedback had been positive.

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World Cup Injuries: Are the Odds Affected?

Injuries are nothing new to soccer, but as the World Cup is near several teams have big players that will miss some matches in the tournament and some that will not be able to play this summer.

Germany’s odds to win the World Cup have gone down, as they were at +1200 a month and a half ago and now Bovada has them at +1400. The big news for the Germans is that their best player will not play, as Michael Ballack was injured at the end of the English Premier League season and will not be playing in South Africa.

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World Cup Friendlies Roundup

A week before the World Cup begins teams are playing in friendlies to tune up and three of the teams that have the good odds to win in South Africa played yesterday and none of the teams looked that great even though two of the three won.

Mexico 2 Italy 1

Italy are the defending champions, but looked a bit sluggish in a 2-1 loss to a Mexico squad that has looked impressive as of late and may be a good dark horse pick to go far this summer.

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World Cup Betting Contest Listings

The World Cup is not only the biggest sporting event in the world, except for the Olympics, but it is also a bettors’ paradise with all the contests available.

Sportsbook.com has the $1 Million World Cup Predictor contest that can get you a huge payday, as you can win 1 cool million and a slice of the $10,000 in guaranteed prize money. In the $1 Million World Cup Predictor contest you have to predict the finishing order for each of the eight groups in the World Cup.

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Italy Sharp Pick for World Cup - Sportsbetting.com

The biggest sports betting event in the world is about to kick-off, as South Africa host the 2010 World Cup of football (or soccer, if you will).

[ Article courtesy of SportsBetting.ag, check out their HUGE World Cup contest ]

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USA World Cup Betting Props

England is favored to win Group C, with the Americans a distant second on the World Cup odds list at +400. Algeria and Slovenia are distant longshots (+1000 and +2500 respectively). But what about some of the unique prop bets available on Team USA? Who will score the most goals? How far will they advance? Will they be the CONCACAF team to advance furthest in the tournament (ahead of Mexico and Honduras)?

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World Cup: Group Stage Upset Possibilities

There are obvious favorites in each group, but there are some teams that may pull off some upsets since they match up well with the supposed favorite.

Group Stage Upset Picks

England vs. USA – Group C

Bovada has a moneyline for this match already and has England as the big favorite at -188 with USA at +500 and a draw at +280.

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World Cup: Honduras Preview

Honduras is the long shot to win Group H and are the lowest ranked team in the group, but they have a good defense and with the solid offenses that the teams in the group have they have a shot to make it to the playoffs, albeit a small one.

Honduras is in Group H with Spain, Chile, and Switzerland.

Bovada has Honduras at +50000 to win the World Cup and at +2000 to win Group H.

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World Cup: Switzerland Preview

Switzerland won their qualifying group and they play a great team game, but getting out of Group H with the likes of Spain and Chile will not be easy.

Switzerland is in Group H with Spain, Chile, and Honduras.

Bovada has Switzerland at +20000 to win the World Cup and at +900 to win Group H.

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