The World Cup is coming – place your bets, people!
Fancy turning £20 into £20,000,000?
Not long now until everyone goes completely World Cup bananas, and for the keen gambler, it could turn out to be the event of the year. For the 2010 competition in South Africa, bookmakers are offering a wider range of betting opportunities than ever before – chances are, if you can think of a bet, it probably exists.
As for ‘Outright Winners’ of the tournament – 2010 finds bookmakers installing European Champions Spain as the most likely winners. William Hill has Spain at 9/2 – fairly short odds. Perhaps their odds of 11/2 for multiple winners Brazil provides better value for money (If they overcome their tricky first round group, they have a huge chance of lifting the trophy). Lots of UK bookmakers tend to favour England in football tournaments, with very short odds (perhaps 9/2) at many domestic bookmakers. Coral, therefore, offer the best odds on England winning, at a respectable 6/1.
As for the best odds currently available, look no further than Expekt for a great price of 13/1 that current holders Italy can return to win successive World Cups. Many bookmakers and experts alike are writing them off, but reigning champions rarely lie down, and they will be hugely reluctant to give away cheaply the accolade they fought so fiercely for in 2006.
A favourite bet amongst seasoned gamblers is the ever intriguing ‘Top Goalscorer’, or ‘Golden Boot’ as it is known in World Cup circles. World cup odds to look out for this year are Bet365.com’s 11/1 offering that Spain’s David Villa top the charts, and also Wayne Rooney at 16/1 at Victor Chandler.