WORLD CUP BETTING: Only 4 days into the World Cup and punters and bookies alike are already getting twitchy about various teams’ chances, especially Germany’s.
Nothing is settled after the 1st game, most people will tell you and agree, but it doesn’t seem to stop the knee-jerk money flowing.
England float out to equal 5th fav at 9/1 with Boylesports after patriotic money had artificially bloated they’re odds to a pre-tournament 7/1. A typically unconvincing display against the USA, a keeper error and another injury to a centre half has the punters in a panic, but they drew the first game in ’66 didn’t they?
Victor Chandler are even quoting 9/4 that England use all 3 keepers at their disposal.
Argentina are 6/1 with Sportingbet, from 7/1, after beating Nigeria. They showed attacking intent with a great wealth of talent and Messi appears to be up for it, he was unfortunate not to net. However, their defence was average at best and another start at right back for Gutierrez will have that 6/1 looking extremely fragile.
Germany are the team that have got everyone is a fluster though. They demolished Australia 4-0 with some attacking football that was, at times, sublime. Pre-tourny odds of 14/1 have been laughed away and Bet365 are best price 10/1, most others going for 9/1. Australia are in a spot of bother and Germany will require sterner tests to see where they stand.
Even South Korea have seen some action, Skybet have slashed their qualifying odds from the group to 5/6 from 2/1.
Expect more of the same market behaviour about the Netherlands and Spain if they record convincing wins also.