Friday, May 21, 2010

2010 World Cup: Group A Betting

The World Cup is right around the corner, and you'd be wise to fill your cup of soccer knowledge right here at Stock Lemon. Leading up to arguably the biggest single sport event in the world, we will deliver a group-by-group betting breakdown for 2010 World Cup Soccer Betting in South Africa. And we begin, naturally, with Group A.

Here are the odds:

France... EVEN
Uruguay... +400
Mexico... +350
South Africa... +600

Now, it's tempting to take South Africa with the home field advantage. We get that. Those 6/1 odds like mighty good if you think the African applause will be that overpowering, but let's use our heads here. Tempting as the home country might be, the smart money to win this group is on the 2006 runner-up, France. Though the odds are for even money, much less enticing than the others, it's actually a fairly decent bet for a perennial powerhouse such as France to headbutt their way through the group.

If you're in a situation where you can bet for the second place finisher, go with Mexico. They aren't what they used to be, sure, but the 2010 World Cup will feature the future of Mexican soccer. The performance of the young squad will serve as a building block for years to come in Mexican soccer.

For the record, we do predict that the home field advantage will be enough for South Africa to finish third, with a disappointing last place for the Uruguay squad. Our main reason for Uruguay's struggles? Consider the following evidence, in whichever language you speak.

This puts our final Group A standings at:

1. France
2. Mexico
3. South Africa
4. Uruguay

So, there you have it. We like the favorite France, at even money, to come out on top of Group A. Not big on the French? Fear not, there are seven more groups for as to cover, as well as the overall World Cup winner. Stay tuned and remember to get your kicks at Stock Lemon all summer long.


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