World Cup Day 5: Betting Preview
By Joshua Poole.
New Zealand v Slovakia
Under 2.5 Goals 4/5 Skybet – Skybet are offering very generous odds for a competition that has so far produced only 1 game in 11 with more than 2.5 goals. Neither of these teams has remarkable attacking talent and particularly the earlier day-time games have been lacking goals and high paced action. New Zealand will set themselves out defensively and with the limited talent Slovakia possess they will struggle to break them down. To lose this bet would be highly unexpected based on the 11 games the World Cup has so far produced.
Ivory Coast v Portugal
Under 2.5 goals 4/7 Skybet – For the same reason I am selecting this market for this game. With Brazil expecting to qualify from the group these two will be slugging it out for the second spot. I believe neither team will want to give away any cheap goals or advantage to their opposition so I expect this one to be cagey and lacking of goals, once again.
– Should Drogba start, which he may well not, the Draw No Bet market for an Ivory Coast win looks a decent bet with the odds bookies are offering. Check the team news and pick the best odds out there if Drogba, who is essential to Ivory Coast, starts the game.
Brazil V North Korea
Brazil to win both halves 5/6 BET365 – Brazil are obvious favourites at 1/10 with the bookies and for good reason. I simply cannot see Korea getting anything from this one, not even a goal. And for this reason this bet is essentially for Brazil to score in both halves which is itself at the less appealing odds of 4/7. It is the latest of all the games and these are the matches that seem to be played at a higher tempo in the cooler conditions which will suit Brazil. I expect them to win by 3 or 4 and they should certainly be able to get at least a goal either side of half-time against a distinctively weak North Korean side. When you consider the odds on Brazil for this match; Fabiano to score 8/11, Brazil to score both halves 4/7, over 2.5 goals 4/9, the bookies are clearly taking the value away from Brazil. This bet however represents great value and the only market I see viable for an expected Brazil thrashing.
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