World Cup Day 2: Betting Preview
By Joshua Poole.
England v USA
I fully expect England to come out on top in this game but with odds of 8/15 there is little value in the market. I see this as a cagey affair; the two games yesterday showed, if anything, that the teams are determined to sacrifice the possibility of winning the game in order to ensure they do not suffer defeat. I predict that Capello will want his team to keep a clean sheet as a priority and build the win upon that. USA will look to keep the scores level for as long as possible to build pressure and anxiety within the English side. This being so I expect this to be a low scoring game with neither side desperate to push the boundaries in an attacking sense.
England Clean Sheet 5/6 SKYBET – USA won’t be looking to attack in numbers and with England’s strong defence I can’t see them having too much to deal with at the back.
Under 2.5 Goals 4/5 SKYBET – I see this as a low goal scoring affair – USA will look to hold out for as long as possible and England will spend much of the game trying to break down the American layers of defence.
South Korea v Greece
Greece have only appeared in one other World Cup tournament in 1994 in which they lost all three of their group games conceding a record 10 goals and scoring none. South Korea on the other hand famously reached the semi-finals and are the most successful Asian side in the tournament. They are boosted by the return of key player Ji-sung Park and forward Lee Dong-gook where as Greece are missing defender Vangelis Moras who is out with an ankle injury. I believe South Korea are the more dangerous of the two sides and will nick this one.
South Korea draw no bet evens SKYBET – Great odds provided by SKYBET and with the possibility of a draw diminished this is a good value bet.
Greece most booking points 10/11 SKYBET – As we saw yesterday referees are keen to dish out the cards. Greece are a more physical side and will look to bully their opposition. This bet is well worth a stake.
Argentina v Nigeria
Maradona’s Argentina side are as unpredictable as any team in the tournament. What we can be sure of however is that they will look to attack and that, as their qualifying campaign exemplified, they will score and concede their fair share. I envisage both teams scoring in this game and it being rather more open than the other matches so far. Argentina will go with three up top including Messi and an array of other world class talent so goals are to be expected in this game at either end of the pitch. Nigeria are no pushovers and as they are playing on African soil I do not necessarily see them losing the game .
Over 2.5 Goals 5/6 SKYBET – This should be an open game of football and should a goal be scored early in the match, the score could be anything.
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