Spain the new favourites to win world cup

The South American big guns have departed, gone are the ill fitting suits of Maradona and the awfully dressed Dunga, presumably to face the fashion police on their return home.

In the absence of Brazil and Argentina, Spain now head the betting again to lift the world cup.

The Spanish started the tournament as favourites, but after some encouraging performances by the two South American giants, and a defeat to unfancied Switzerland for the Spanish, they lost the favourites tag.

I must admit I didn’t see the Holland and Germany results coming. I thought Brazil would win a tight affair 1-0 against the Dutch, with Holland putting in a decent performance, but ultimately going home as galent losers.

And as for the Germans, well, who seen a 4-0 thrashing coming? I certainly didn’t, the result almost makes England’s 4-1 defeat look not so bad! Ok, maybe not.

It would appear the bookies see the winner of Germany V Spain as the eventual world cup winner. They only just favour Spain at the moment, but the winner will almost certainly be odds on for the final. The fact that the Dutch are third favourites behind Spain and the Germans all but confirms that.

Uruguay carry the hopes of South America now, according to the bookies they can forget it though with prices of 10,11, and 12/1 available on them. They are as long as 6/1 just to beat Holland on Tuesday.

World Cup Outright Winner Betting

Spain are 2/1 with William Hill, Stan James, Blue Sq and 888 Sport.
Germany are 21/10 with Paddy Power, Stan James, Sportingbet and Coral.
Holland are 9/4 with VC Bet.
Uruguay are 12/1 with Skybet and William Hill.

Brazil favourites to win world cup again

Only the eight teams left now after Tuesday’s final two 2nd Round matches saw Spain and Paraguay both progress to the quarter finals. After a brief spell for Argentina at the top of the betting, Brazil now find themselves back as the outright favourites at 5/2.

Of the 8 teams left, you would have to say that only Brazil, Spain, Argentina, Germany or Holland have a realistic chance of lifting the cup.

The Brazilians would appear to be in the easier side of the draw, if they can get past the Dutch on Friday, they would then face the winner of Ghana and Uruguay for a place in yet another final.

For Ghana and the continent of Africa, what a chance they now have to reach the semi-finals of the world cup. Of the other seven teams still left, only Paraguay would have looked on paper to be a better match for Ghana to get.

Argentina are a rather large looking 9/2 with William Hill, I can only imagine that is because they have a tricky looking clash with Germany in the last 8, and if they win that they could then face Spain in the semi-finals. This is by far the harder looking side of the draw.

If they can get past the Germans, and assumimg that Spain beat Paraguay, I would imagine the bookies would still have the Spanish as 2nd favourites, although I don’t think the gap in the price will be as big as it currently is.

Spain look to have the beating of Paraguay after looking good against Portugal on Tuesday, and they have still to see Fernando Torres anywhere near his best. If he can finally get going the Spanish will really fancy their chances in a potential semi-final against the Germans or an Argentina team who leave the back door wide open at times.

World Cup Winner Betting

Brazil are 5/2 with William Hill, Stan James, Paddy Power, VC Bet, Sportingbet, Totesport and Skybet.
Spain are 3/1 with Skybet, Ladbrokes and Coral.
Argentina are 9/2 with William Hill and Sportingbet.
Germany are 15/2 with Skybet.
Holland are 15/2 with Sportingbet and VC Bet.
Uruguay are 18/1 with Boylesport and Sportingbet.
Ghana are 40/1 with VC Bet and William Hill.
Paraguay are 50/1 with William Hill and Sportingbet,

England favourites to beat the Germans

Ahead of today’s clash in the last 16 of the world cup the bookies have England (rightly in my opinion) as favourites to progress to the last 8 at the expense of old rivals Germany.

England are a best price of 7/4 with Ladbrokes, Paddy Power, VC Bet and Skybet to win in 90 minutes. The Germans are 2/1 with Betfred, while the draw is 11/5 with Stan James, Totesport and Bet365.

To qualify for the quarter-finals England are 9/10 woth Paddy Power, while Germany are Evens with Ladbrokes, Coral, VC Bet and William Hill.

To win on the dreaded penalty shootout (for England anyway), the bookmakers don’t seem to be able to split the two teams. Have they not read the history books? Or do they know something I don’t? Paddy Power have both sides at 17/2, Sportingbet 9/1, Totesport 9/1 and Skybet 10/1.

Only VC Bet and Boylesports make Germany favourites in this market. VC Bet make Germany 8/1 and Eng 9/1. And the gap is larger at Boylesports, with Germany at 15/2 favourites and England at 9/1.

Paddy Power are doing there usual high profile cashback offer by refunding all losing 1st/last goalscorer, correct score and scorecast singles on this match if it ends 0-0, up to a maximum bet of £/€100.

In the outright world cup winner betting, England are 11/1, while the Germans are 14/1.

Other bets that caught my eye are Stan James quoting 2/1 that Germany manager Joachim Loew wears a scarf, and also a massive 50/1 that Capello does a Steve McLaren, and uses an umbrella during the match.