World Cup Betting - Germany 2006
The 18th FIFA Football World Cup will begin play June 9th when the top 32 nations battle for World Football supremacy with the Brazilians currently the favorites at most betting shops.
They bring a wealth of scoring power with the likes of Ronoldo, Ronoldinho, Gecho, Kaka and Robinho, but defense wins championships and they are loaded on the backend!
The Brazilians are similar to the talented US Men's basketball teams in that they are loaded with firepower, but can they mesh as a unit?
Early games against Croatia, Austria and Japan should be a breeze, but they must face the host Germany team early in the tournament and remember it has been 44 years since a country last won back to back. Brazil won in 1958 and 1962 and is 3-1 favorites this year.
World Cup Odds
At 6-1 Argentina are on most football betting punters radar screen after a solid runner-up placing at last year's FIFA Confederation Cup to Brazil. The country is still stinging from the first round exit in 2002 in Japan/Korea, so they should be focused.
They must tackle an inspired African team in Cotes d'ivorie that will try and represent its oppressed nation, and they will get a scare, but will join the Netherlands in the round of 16!
England are dealing with the injury bug as Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney is battling a broken bone in his foot. With Rooney to miss opening round matches, the pressure will be squarely on Michael Owen's shoulders and he just recover from yes a broken foot.
An intriguing matchup will occur in Group B when England squares off against Sweden as England's coach Sven-Goran Eriksson faces his homeland with emotions set to run high!
Germany's Chances at the World Cup
It goes without saying that he throws the party, gets his choice of music and Germany is certainly singing a sweet tune with their grouping. Costa Rica, Ecuador and Poland are not exactly world powers, so the home side will get a nice tune-up for the Sweet 16 round.
Michael Ballack who stars for Chelsea will be prominent on the score sheet in this tourney! Holland has pretty good World Cup odds even though their teams very young and is in a testy pool with Argentina, Serbia-Montenegro and the hyped up Ivory Coast squad, who will feature Drogba from Chelsea and Toure from Arsenal.
It is expected that Argentina and Holland will advance, but most experts call for a shocker in this group! South Africa will have to wait until they host the competition in four years time.
Group E gives you the Italians and Americans, but the Czech Republic will make noise in this division. Totti and Toni are talented scorers, but the Italians are famous for underachieving.
The United States has done horrible under coach Bruce Arena is Europe with a pitiful 1-7-2 record and he could get the boot, if they fail to advance. The Czech's like their hockey team can fill the net as Koller, Rosicky and Baros, will give opposing defenses fits!
At 10-1 I like the Frenchmen as they have an easy draw, which will benefit this experienced team. Playing against the likes of Switzerland, South Korea and Togo will be a nice tune-up for round two and their veterans Zidane and Makelele give them a chance for the huge upset!