Germany and Argentina will face off in a rematch of the 2006 quarterfinals. And there is still some bad blood between the teams. Four years ago in Germany, the match was tied 1-1 after 90 minutes and went into extra time and penalties.
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Eight teams are left in the 2010 World Cup, and the South American nations have been dominating so far. While (usual) European powerhouses France and Italy made their exits in the group stage, four South American teams are still in the competition: Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, and Paraguay.
Everything at the World Cup up to this point has just been just been a warmup – an appetizer for the great meal we are about to enjoy. Round robin play is now over, and the elimination rounds in the World Cup are about to get underway. Every game will have a winner, and every loser will be going home. Things are about to get really, really good.
We now know all 16 teams that will be competing in the elimination rounds of the World Cup. It only seems logical, then, that we would rank those teams in order of their quality, form, and likelihood of going all the way. Without further ado, the World Cup Knockout Stage Power Rankings:
Arrivederci Italia! Bye-bye defending champions! Italy completed a disappointing World Cup run with a 3-2 loss to Slovakia. They used to have one of the best defenses in the world, but they looked shaky at best this year.
The US needed 91 minutes to score one that counted. They had another good goal disallowed, but never gave up. They showed heart and fought till the end to beat Algeria 1-0. The Yanks won a group at the World Cup for the first time.
The Netherlands got their second win, but still haven’t shown the offensive firepower they are known for. They barely beat Japan 1-0. Cameroon is the first team to be eliminated from the World Cup after its loss to Denmark.
The US almost turned a 2-0 deficit into a 3-2 win. Almost. Referee Koman Couilibaly disallowed Maurice Edu’s apparent game-winner for no obvious reason, and the US drew with Slovenia. The Yanks now have two points after two matches.
With one match in the books for groups A through D, here is a look at the updated odds to win and advance from the groups.
South Africa surprised in the opener and played solid soccer. They drew with Mexico and looked great in every aspect of the game. Bafana Bafana goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune made a couple of key saves and looked in control for the entire 90 minutes.
The World Cup is just around the corner, and momentum is definitely building among the betting public. I expect that betting volume is going to be very high for this tournament because North American exposure and anticipation is as high as it has ever been, and betting options will be available in more places and in more shapes and sizes than ever before. While people are looking at futures and the first game odds, they likely aren’t looking at the huge number of prop bets that are available yet. That means that now is a very good time to look at these props because the value hasn’t yet been bet out of them. Here are five types of bets that are worth looking at right now (these props are taken from Bodog, but most books have a range of similar options):