The countdown to the most highly anticipated sporting event around the globe is underway with the 2010 FIFA World Cup kicking off on the 11th of June.
This year’s tournament will be the 19th and will be held in South Africa – the first time the competition will be held by an African nation since its inception.
The first match of the illustrious tournament will take place at the Soccer City Stadium in Johannesburg on the 11th of June, at 4pm local time, and will see the host nation open the tournaments proceedings against Mexico.
There are 32 teams to have made it to the finals, which have been divided into eight groups, and will compete in a round robin phase with the top two from each group progressing. The top 16 sides begins the knock out phase, which is followed by the quarters and semis, with the final taking place on the 11th of July back at the Soccer City Stadium.
While it may still seem a while away, the 2010 World Cup will bring the world to a halt for the month it spans, so Sportsbet is giving you – the loyal soccer fanatic, the opportunity to take advantage of a range of markets available, and there are a lot to choose from.
With a tournament of this calibre, and high pressure, what punters must remember is that this is the competition where truely anything can happen – and more likely than not, upsets do happen!
Obviously, for the generic punter, there are the outright winner odds with Spain topping the list at $5. Leading the FIFA World Rankings at the moment, the Spanish side’s toughest competition in the Group stage will be Chile, although will most likely top their Group with no surprises.
Ranked second in the world, and coming second in the odds, are the five-time World Cup Champions Brazil at $5.50.
Ranked second in the world, and coming second in the odds, are the five-time World Cup Champions Brazil at $5.50. Always a strong contender for the World Cup, the South American side have one of the strongest squads, with the fantastic Luis Fabiano one of the best strikers in the tournament up front.
Rounding out the top three coming into the World Cup is England at $6.50. Ranked down as eighth in the world, the cooler temperature should suit the side in comparison to some opposition, and with Wayne Rooney coming into the tournament on fantastic form may well be the side to beat.
However with Sportsbet the options do not end there!
There are plenty of other markets on offer to all types of punters, so for those loyal to their home nation or to their ancestry, or who just believe they know who will win – it is all at the click of a button.
Punters can put a dollar or two behind which side they believe will top a Group, for each of the eight Groups, with Spain the most likely to top theirs at $1.31. The top two to qualify for the second round can also be selected with Italy and Paraguay of Group F at $1.07 and $1.50 respectively.
Sportsbet is offering odds on how far Australia will get in the 2010 FIFA World Cup, with not progressing past the Group stage at $1.45, in comparison to $67 for the tournament runner up.
Topping the odds in the market for top Australian goal scorer is Tim Cahill at $4.35. Cahill was the top scorer for the Aussies in the qualification campaign, however scored the same number as Brett Emerton – 4, who is at $6 and could be a good payout.
There are also special markets to bet on, including $1.10 for if New Zealand score more than one goal, whether New Zealand will win a match or score a point, and incredibly long odds for New Zealand to win the 2010 World Cup at $751.
So to bet on who you think will win the incredibly exciting 2010 World Cup, or just to have a look at the markets on offer, head to Ladbrokes.com.au now!