BetUS Sportsbook has a host of props up in 2010 World Cup betting action. Today, we’re going to analyze some of those props and prognosticate how well Brazil will do in 2010 in South Africa.
Top South American Team (-125) – It’s really hard to argue this prop at this point. South America seems to be a continent that is down coming into this year’s World Cup, as we’re not convinced that anyone outside of Argentina will even make it to the second round of this tournament, and even if others do, advancement beyond that seems to be unlikely at best. The Argentines, to their credit, do have a very strong team. However, manager Diego Maradona has come under a ton of criticism, and the truth of the matter is that this team could collapse under the weight of speculation and media pressure in South Africa if it isn’t careful.
To Win Group G (-175) – The ping pong balls didn’t do the Brazilians any favors this year at all! The top South American side in qualifying was placed in the “Group of Death” with both Portugal and Ivory Coast. The thing that Brazil really has going for it is that it will be the first side that will get to face North Korea, which should provide an easy three points and potentially even up to a +5 goal differential right off the bat. With that being the case, pressure is going to be heaped on its second foe, Ivory Coast, particularly if Les Elephants don’t take three points against the Portuguese on match day #1 in this group. A draw for Brazil in the last match against Portugal would almost certainly sew up the group, and odds have it, the Portuguese would be accepting of one point against the Brazilians because that would most likely be the ticket into the knockout round that they desire.
To Win the World Cup (+450) – We have a lot of issues with the Brazilian team right now, and a lot of it is absolutely not their fault whatsoever. They are fielding a team without stars such as Ronaldo and Ronaldinho this year, which could prove to bite them in the end. However, it is the draw that has us concerned. Though it’s inconceivable for Spain to not come out of a very weak Group H as the winners, Brazil finishing second in Group G is a possibility, though unlikely. Regardless, the possibility is there to ultimately end up facing off with Spain, Italy, and Argentina just to reach the World Cup Final, where goodness knows who could await! The only good news for Brazil is that that draw would be just as difficult for fellow favorites, the Spanish. Unless a slip up occurs that pits Brazil and Spain against each other in Round 2, there’s little way that we can see the Brazilians not at least hanging around in the quarterfinals, and if that’s the case, the odds to win the World Cup at that point are certainly solid.
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