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World Cup Group B Betting – Argentina Should Roll In Group B

Posted by Todd Shale on 5/20/2010 1:58:40 PM
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Online betting players have watched Argentina play below their lofty standards during the qualifying stages, but they have more than enough talent to win their third World Cup.  Who will join them from Group B in the second round?

Key Match

There are two matches for sportsbook players to check out, both involving Nigeria: first, they’ll play Greece on June 17th at 10:00 AM ET, and then on June 22nd, they’ll face South Korea.  The match with South Korea should decide second place in the group.

Argentina - World Cup Group B Betting
  • History: 15th appearance; Quarterfinals in 2006
  • Best finish: Champions (1978, 1986)
  • World Cup Group B Betting Odds: -250

Why they can win: Argentina has enough talent to loan players out to the other players in their group.  Lionel Messi has yet to transfer his Barcelona form over to the national team, but right now, you’d have to put the precocious striker in the top three players in the world.  Sergio Aguero is also emerging as a world-class player, but Argentina is going to have to find a way to replace Juan Roman Riquelme in midfield.

Why they can’t win: Manager Diego Maradona has made some strange squad decisions since taking over the reins with the national team, which he captained to victory in 1986.  First, he left Riquelme off the team due to a personal issue between the two, and he’s never been able to get the best out of Messi.  This will be the key if you’re going to bet on Argentina, because they have more than enough talent to go all the way.

Nigeria - World Cup Group B Betting
  • History: 4th appearance; didn’t qualify in 2006
  • Best finish: Second round (1994, 1998)
  • World Cup Group B Betting Odds: +450

Why they can win: Nigeria has a solid group of players that World Cup betting players may be familiar with as Kanu, Victor Anichebe, Yakubu, Joseph Yobo and Jon Obi Mikel will all go to South Africa now that their Premiership seasons are over.  Nigeria can also trot out Obafemi Martins up front, and all the players are very familiar with one another.

Why they can’t win: Outside of Mikel, the Nigerians don’t have much talent in midfield, and even Mikel is a worry because of a knee injury he suffered at Chelsea.  This could really hurt their chances because of the possession game that Argentina plays. 

Greece - World Cup Group B Betting
  • History: 2nd appearance; didn’t qualify in 2006
  • Best finish: First round (1994)
  • World Cup Group B Betting Odds: +700

Why they can win: The Greeks pulled off one of the great upsets in international soccer with their win in Euro 2008, and to do it again, they would need to play the same style as they did at home two years ago: defense, defense and more defense.  The Greeks will essentially set up 9-10 players behind the ball, and try to hit on the counterattack, due to their inability to score. However, Theofanis Gekas is emerging as a threat up front.

Why they can’t win: Unless Gekas goes wild, the Greeks will struggle to score goals, and in a group with Argentina and Nigeria, that will be a huge problem.

South Korea - World Cup Group B Betting
  • History: 8th appearance; First round in 2006
  • Best finish: Fourth place (2002)
  • World Cup Group B Betting Odds: +900

Why they can win: The South Koreans don’t have many big names, but they play as a team and they come at you for 90 minutes, although the skill doesn’t always match the effort.  Ji-sung Park scored some big goals for Manchester United this year, and South Korea will aim for him in the penalty area.

Why they can’t win: Like Greece, there is a lack of goals in the South Korean team.  This could lead to a very boring match when these two teams play.


World Cup Group B Betting Prediction & Outlook

If Argentina doesn’t win the group, Maradona’s coaching will be called into question even more than it already is.  Even if he does a terrible job, they should still top the group.  Nigeria’s experience and balance should land them in the second round, as South Korea and Greece just don’t score enough for a sports betting player to place a bet on them.

Bet World Cup: Argentina -250

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