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World Cup 2006 Preview - Saudi Arabia by David Walker

Outright Odds: 1000/1
Group H Winners: 33/1

Germany will mark Saudi Arabia's fourth successive appearance at the World Cup but they are still trying to emulate the success achieved in the 1994 finals. Their debut in the USA was extraordinary, beating Morocco 2-1 and then Belgium 1-0 to cement a place in the second round. Striker Saeed Owairan also scored that memorable solo goal against the Belgians.

Since then, Saudi Arabia have barely made their mark in the finals, for positive reasons, anyway. The 2002 finals saw them on the receiving end of an 8-0 drubbing against Germany in which Miroslav Klose scored five goals while they also finished bottom of their group in 1998. Since losing to Sweden in the last 16 in the 1994 finals, they have endured five defeats and one draw in six matches.

Perhaps the Saudi Arabian royal family had a point after all as football was banned in the kingdom until as recently as 1951.

Former Argentina international Gabriel Calderon will be keen to make amends after replacing Gerard van der Lem following the Saudi's poor showing at the 2004 Asian Cup. Saudi Arabia qualified unbeaten in 12 matches, including home and away victories over South Korea.

The side conceded just two goals in 12 matches, helped by highly rated goalkeeper Mabrouk Zaid who is regarded the best in Asia. He is a worthy replacement to Mohamed Al Deayea who recorded a World record 173 caps for his country and is keen on a move to Europe. He won't have a better shop window than in Germany.

The World Cup will be one final hurrah for veteran playmaker Sami Al Jaber. This will be his fourth tournament and he has represented his country for half of his 33 years. After netting on his debut in 1990, he became the first Asian player to score goals in two consecutive World Cups scoring the winning goal against Morocco in 1994 to mark Saudi Arabia's first ever finals win and in the 2-2 draw against South Africa in 1998. Al Jaber, came out of retirement to assist with qualification and scored twice in the 3-0 win against Uzbekistan.

What is likely to prevent Saudi Arabia from qualifying from Group H is an overall lack of experience against top class opposition. Only Al Jaber in his short spell at Wolves during the 2000/01 season and Fahd Al Ghashayan during a spell at AZ Alkmaar have experience of European club football in the country's history.

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The tournament will be a grand occasion to loyal servant Sami Al Jaber but it is likely to be an early exit for Saudi Arabia yet again. The most profitable bet could be for them to lose all three matches and finish bottom of the group. Big hitters will not be put off by the odds-on prices for both Spain and Ukraine.

Spain to beat Saudi Arabia @ 1/4
Ukraine to beat Saudi Arabia @ 4/9

David Walker runs a free bets website. You can watch live football online during the World Cup.

Article Source: http://www.earticlesonline.com/Article/World-Cup-2006-Preview---Saudi-Arabia/32923

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World Cup 2006 Preview - Trinidad & Tobago by David Walker

Outright Odds: 1500/1
Group B Winners: 50/1

Trinidad & Tobago will be looking to cause a few upsets after qualifying for the World Cup finals for the very first time at the eleventh attempt. The 'Soca Warriors' beat Bahrain 2-1 across a two-legged play-off to reach Germany but also beat Mexico, ranked seventh in the world, along the way.

Dennis Lawrence headed in the decisive goal in Bahrain but it was the final North, Central American and Caribbean Zone group match against the 40/1 (Bet365) Mexicans that will be best remembered.

Trinidad & Tobago needed a win in order to beat Guatemala to the precious play-off spot but fell a goal behind and even missed a penalty before a Stern John double turned the match around to ensure a fourth-placed finish in the group.

Bustling striker John will play in attack with veteran striker Dwight Yorke. The former Manchester United and Aston Villa striker is nearing the end of his career and will be 35 in Germany. He came out of international retirement in 2005 to give it one last go, and although he is no longer the same player who helped United to complete their magnificent treble in the 1998/99 season, qualification is the final reward for a long and frustrating career for his country.

Yorke was part of the team that almost qualified for the 1990 finals and needed just a point against the USA to book a place in Italy. However, the United States scored a last-gasp winner to qualify themselves at Trinidad & Tobago's expense.

Manager Leo Beenhakker, formerly of Holland, Real Madrid and Ajax has worked wonders for this tiny country with a population of just 1.3 million the smallest competing nation in the finals. He has managed to get the best out of a limited pool of players, many of which play at a low standard for the clubs.

However, there is a strong British contingent" that will make watching Trinidad & Tobago interesting for UK audiences. As well as Yorke and John, the starting XI includes Kelvin Jack (Dundee), Brent Sancho (Gilklingham), Marvin Andrews (Rangers), Dennis Lawrence (Wrexham), Chris Birchall (Port Vale), Kenwyne Jones (Southampton) and Carlos Edwards (Luton).

Being thrust onto the world stage is a big ask for some of the players but they need to look at Jamaica in the 1998 World Cup for inspiration. If they can beat either England, Sweden or Paraguay, that would go down as the country's greatest result in history.

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Trinidad & Tobago's best chance of success could come in the final group game. If Paraguay are out of the reckoning, Trinidad & Tobago could battle their way to a draw at tempting odds.

Paraguay vs Trinidad & Tobago draw @ 13/5

David Walker runs free World Cup bets and World Cup previews websites. A free 45-page World Cup guide is available from the website and features a "free World Cup football shirt" offer.

Article Source: http://www.earticlesonline.com/Article/World-Cup-2006-Preview---Trinidad---Tobago/29984

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World Cup Betting - England vs. USA by anne cano

With the World Cup getting underway June 11th, the first big matchup comes a day later courtesy of the Group C battle USA vs England. Although this may seem like quite the rivalry, history and the English, of course, may have a different opinion. What is your opinion? The place to bet on World Cup football is www.sportsbook.com where everybody bets.

The last time these two countries played in the World Cup was 1950, in a group match won by the United States 1-0. That's right. The Americans won. The British lost. And it was best summed up by American defender Harry Keough when he said, "Boy, I feel sorry for those bastards. How are they ever going to live down the fact that we beat them?" The U.S. then went on to miss the World Cup the next 40 years. England won the World Cup in 1966.

England's squad for 2010 is loaded, as always, with far superior players then that of the American squad. Forward Wayne Rooney (club: Manchester United), Midfielders Frank Lampard (Chelsea) and Steven Gerrard (Liverpool), and Defender John Terry (Chelsea) are undoubtedly the best players on the pitch for England. Their experience playing in previous World Cups and also playing for top club teams in the English Premier League (EPL) give them such a massive advantage over the Americans.

The Yanks will have a roster that will try and match the talent of the English. Forward Landon Donovan is coming off a stint where he played for EPL team Everton, and did a valiant job holding his own in a league many consider the top flight of the world. Another forward, Jozy Altidore (Hull City), and midfielder Clint Dempsey (Fulham), both play in the EPL and hope to use that experience against English opposition to help better the American's chances. The strong point for this team is their Goalkeeping, with Tim Howard (Everton) used to facing England's best players weekly.

Where this game gets interesting is in the injury department. The U.S. has two valuable starters who are coming off of injury. Defender Oguchi Onyewu (AC Milan) and forward Charlie Davies (French club Sochaux) haven't played for their respective clubs in months. Both players, though, are expected to return for the Cup. What impact they both will have greatly determines the success of the Yanks. England's best wing defender, Ashley Cole (Chelsea), is coming off his own injury that has caused him to miss the final three and a half months of league play. He too has said he will be ready for the Cup, but his effectiveness in slowing down quick strikers may be hindered. This is something all World Cup betting will keep a keen eye on.

To think that the Americans are outmatched in a game like this on such a grand stage would be to discount how far U.S. soccer has come from their rare win in that 1950's World Cup. They took huge strides from a quarterfinals appearance in 1994 to even last year's miraculous run in the Confederations Cup, where they beat Spain 2-0 and took Brazil to the limits before losing 3-2 in the finals. Both of those countries are 1 and 2, respectively in the world. A FIFA world ranking of 16 for the Yanks insists that they should get out of group play, but what happens beyond that, well, depends on how much heart the Americans can muster, and a little luck, World Cup bettors are gong to be watching this one closely.

But for England and America, after all is said and done, kicking off this grand expose in fine fashion as one of the first games many will see should bring an extra bounce to their steps, extra strength to their kicks, and eventually a goal to each team as a draw seems likely for these two countries.

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Article Source: http://www.earticlesonline.com/Article/World-Cup-Betting---England-vs--USA/773661

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