World Cup 2010 is fast approaching, teams are starting to get ready with pre-Cup rosters and World Cup betting odds are hitting sportsbook menus daily.
World Cup preliminary rosters (30 players) have to be submitted by May 11th and the final 23-man roster has to be finalized by June 1.
Italy won the World Cup in 2006 in Germany in a shootout with France and while neither team is the favorite to win in South Africa this summer, they both have decent World Cup 2010 odds.
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Brazil leads all countries with five World Cup trophies and only other countries that have won the tournament multiple times are Italy (4), Germany (3), Argentina (2), and Uruguay (2).
Spain is currently top-ranked team according to FIFA and they have a stacked team both on offense and defense. Spain used to have the moniker of “can’t win the big one” and while they have not won a World Cup they did win the European Championships in 2008, which is the second biggest soccer tournament after the World Cup.
Brazil is at +500 and they have the second best odds to win their sixth World Cup. The Brazilians do not have the ultra star-studded squad that they have had in years’ past, but there are still many world-class players on the team led by Real Madrid MF Kaka. Interesting fact that Brazil not only has the most World Cup titles, but as a national team they have never lost on African soil (8-0).
Other teams that have good shots to do well this summer are England (+600), Argentina (+750), Germany (+1200), Italy (+1200), Holland (+1200), and France (+1600).
If you check out some of the leading online sportsbooks, such as Sportsbook you can find out the many types of World Cup bets that you can make. You can not only bet on the individual matches, but also on group stage Sportsbooks, overall Sportsbook (the odds are below), winning confederation (continent Sportsbook will be from), teams to reach the final, and top goal-scorer to name just a few. You can even make group stage bets on the points each group team will get and order of finish for each group. There are also tons of World Cup prop bets that you can make such as Will a player score 2 or more goals in the final or Will there be a red card shown in the World Cup 2010 final, to just name a couple.
Here are the odds to win the World Cup as of May 3rd at Sportsbook.
Ivory Coast +2800
South Africa +12500
South Korea +20000
North Korea +100000
New Zealand +200000