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World Cup betting fever breaks

There is still two years before World Cup 2010 betting starts for real, but the qualifying stages have soccer bettors the world over paying attention already.

This past weekend saw many 2010 World Cup qualifying games in Europe and while there were some predictable results there were also some surprises.

There are some solid teams that need to start winning now, as even though it is the beginning of qualifying every single game is important.

The predictable results this past weekend were England over Kazakhstan, Spain over Estonia, Germany over Russia, and Holland over Iceland. A few of the bigger games ended in draws such as Romania versus France, Ukraine versus Croatia, and Sweden versus Portugal. Bet international soccer games and World Cup odds by {URL=}clicking here.{/URL}

Italy and Bulgaria played to a 0-0 draw, which would seem like an upset since the Italians are the defending World Cup champions but Italy was shorthanded in the match and Bulgaria is an up-and-coming side.

The biggest shock of the weekend was the Faroe Islands and Austria playing to a 1-1 draw. The Faroe Islands had not earned a point in 18 consecutive World Cup qualifying matches dating back to 2004 when they played to a draw in Cyprus.

A win for the Austrians would have put them in a tie for 1st place in Group 7.

After 3 games the strong teams that are not doing well in their groups are Croatia (4 points), Portugal (4 points), Czech Republic (1 point), Russia (3 points), and France (4 points). Some surprising teams that are doing well in the World Cup qualifying are Denmark (7 points), Lithuania (6 points), Serbia (6 points), Greece (9 points), Poland (7 points), Slovakia (6 points), and Wales (6 points).

The Qualifying round for the 2010 World Cup goes to the end of October of next year and the playoff for the final tournament takes place November 14-18 2009.

It seems teams are not afraid of the big boys any more, as many of the matches with the top tier teams have been relatively close. France made the finals of the last World Cup, but have struggled since with poor showings in these qualifying matches and not qualifying for the playoffs in this summer’s Euro 2008.

One big game of note was last round saw England school Croatia in Zagreb, 4-1, as the Croats have been a thorn in the side of the English for some time and even beat them in London last year, which kept the English team out of the Euro 2008.

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