The Spoiler Bet of the Day
Back Italy to win next summer’s World Cup at 15.0 on Betfair
The Spoiler is not cruel enough to lie to you and pretend Italy are anything other than crap right now. However, they were just as awful before the 2006 World Cup, and at times during the tournament, but still wound up winning it.
Charlize Theron and friends kindly handed them a bye to the quarter-finals, partnering them with Paraguay, New Zealand and Slovakia in Group F and then offering a choice of Denmark, Cameroon or Japan as second-round victims.
They’ve only once lost a World Cup quarter-final – on penalties in 1998 to eventual winners France, who were on home soil – and can also proudly claim to be the only nation not called Brazil to have retained the World Cup.
If you’re one of those clued-up gambler types then this bet is even more ideal, as you can pile in on Italy now at 15.0 and then trade out for a tidy profit as soon as someone scary creeps up on them, most likely Carles Puyol and Spain.