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World Cup 2006 Preview - Brazil by David Walker

Outright Odds: 3/1
Group F Winners: 1/4

What else is there to be said about Brazil? They are the only team to have participated in every World Cup finals and are five times winners in 1958, 1962, 1970, 1994 and 2002. They have also finished as runners up twice in 1950 and 1998.

Manager Carlos Alberto Parreira, who won it in 1994 has possibly a better squad of players at his disposal than he did 12 years ago and instead of Bebeto, Romario and Rai he now has Adriano, Ronaldo and Ronaldinho. It is unlikely the man who has lead four different nations to the finals (Kuwait 1982, UAE 1990, Brazil 1994 and Saudi Arabia 1998) will be complaining.

Brazil start as clear favourites for the tournament and have attacking resources to frighten any opposing managers. As well as the trio already described, throw Kaka, Robinho, Roberto Carlos and Juninho into the mix and goals can come from literally anywhere on the pitch.

Qualification wasn't the breeze it should have been, with two defeats and seven draws in 18 matches. It is important to consider though Parreira was forced to shuffle the pack as injuries and European teams demanding their players were kept fit.

In terms of individual talent, Brazil are streets ahead of anyone else participating in the finals, but that is not how a football team should be judged. What we do know, however, is that a fully-fit first-choice team will turn it on when it matters most of all. Brazil, even without Ronaldo, Roberto Carlos and Cafu, hammered Argentina 4-1 in the final of last year's Confederations Cup held in Germany in what could be seen as the warm up" to this year's finals.

The other 31 countries participating in the tournament need some hope that Brazil can be beaten and they do have some weaknesses. Goalkeeper Dida is prone to some dodgy moments, although he is nowhere the liability he was regarded as four years during his calamitous appearances in AC Milan's Champions League campaign. Roque Junior, who had a forgettable loan spell at Leeds United, could also be seen as a weak link at the back.

These minor imperfections could be seen as clutching at straws as overall, as a team and even as a squad, Brazil ooze world class quality with the important players vastly experienced in terms of World Cup finals appearances and success.

While Brazil are the firm bookmaker's favourites, top goal scorer punters may like to try Adriano to win the Golden Boot. Strike partner Ronaldo, who won the coveted title four years ago is only offered at single figures.

Recommended Bet
The 3/1 on offer of a Brazil victory looks decidedly good value before kick-off while Adriano could shine in his first major finals appearance.

Brazil to win the World Cup @ 3/1
E/W Adriano as top goalscorer @ 12/1

David Walker runs a free World Cup bets website and written World Cup previews. 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---Brazil/32892

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World Cup 2006 Preview - Paraguay by David Walker

Outright Odds: 200/1
Group B Winners: 8/1

Paraguay have qualified for their third successive World Cup finals, but like fellow South American qualifiers Ecuador, their route to Germany was an inconsistent one. After leading the group early on, just one win from seven games in 2004 followed. However, this was levelled out overall with eight victories, four draws and six defeats, seeing them finish in fourth position with a round of fixtures to spare.

Viewers will no longer be treated to the talismanic goalkeeper Jose Luis Chilavert, the veteran captain and dead-ball specialist who has now retired. He failed in his attempt to become the first goalkeeper to score in the finals but was superb at commanding his defence in France 1998 which saw them qualify to the second round.

One of Paraguay's main strengths was a water-tight defence marshalled by Chilavert but this is not the case any longer. Veteran centre back Carlos Gamarra, with more than 100 caps to his name, will be 35 by the time the finals kick off and he lacks a commanding stopper alongside him. While goalkeeper Justo Villar has exceeded expectations, he is no Chilavert.

However, Paraguay possesses a resilient team spirit which could see them repeat the heroics of France 1998 and the qualities which saw them into the second round four years ago. At the moment they appear to have found a good blend between the veterans of yesteryear and the next generation of young talent.

With more firepower than recent Paraguayan sides, manager Anibal Ruiz faces a selection dilemma in attack. The established strike partnership of Roque Santa Cruz amd Jose Cardozo is under pressure from Werder Bremen striker Nelson Valdez.

Valdez could replace Santa Cruz who has recently suffered a knee injury and has struggled to make an impact at club Bayern Munich during his six seasons at the Bundesliga side due to the fierce competition for places. Valdez could partner Cardozo, who was Paraguay's leading qualifying goal scorer with seven strikes.

If Santa Cruz is also fit, Paraguay could cause some real problems for their opposition as he is strong in the air and has pace and skill. It is the defence which poses the main problem as it is no longer solid enough as heavy 4-1 qualifying defeats to Brazil and Peru and a 5-2 reverse in Ecuador showed.

Despite qualifying in their last two campaigns, Paraguay could come unstuck this time around with England and Sweden likely to reach the last 16 at their expense.

Recommended Bet:
Despite their attacking prowess, Paraguay could miss out on a place in the second round with England and Sweden favourites to qualify. Check on the odds for the match against Trinidad & Tobago as that could be their best chance of success.

Paraguay to beat Trinidad & Tobago @ 1/2

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---Paraguay/30014

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England World Cup 2010 Odds: how to find the best odds by Jim Peterson

As the football world cup 2010 approaches fans are on the alert; watching, waiting, hoping, praying that their predicted outcomes of the England World Cup Fixtures come true. And the ones with astute knowledge of the sport and its dynamics are looking out for some lucrative benefits. A few well placed bets during the 2010 world cup might bring home some attractive rewards. But the only question burns in everyone’s mind; ’how do you chose your bet?’

It is indeed very difficult to make a choice. Factors range from FIFA ranking to individual face-off, team structuring to individual performance of the day, field and weather profile to even some psychological and historic evaluations. For instance, England squad world cup aspirants have a huge fan following and supporters. But, to the great disappointment of the latter, till date, the fact remains that no European nation has managed to bring home the football world cup trophy whenever the tournament has been held outside the continent. Going by this theory, the England odds at the 2010 world cup seem pretty dim.

But the England world cup experience does not necessarily have to be demoralising. Facing off in Group C against USA, Algeria and Slovenia, England odds at the world cup 2010 preliminary rounds seems pretty decent. England World Cup Fixtures also seem to be siding with her, as she will have to confront Germany, Australia, Serbia or Ghana in the round of sixteen in the 2010 world cup; a boon, from the perspective of global rankings, to prospective pro England bets during the football world cup this year. Hence, the groupings of the various teams will definitely impact the England football betting. England football betting would also be affected, most definitely, by the global rankings. The general favouritism could also help in the decision making process leading up to the final placing of bets.

World cup 2010 will be the first of sorts, in essence, the first football world cup to be contested in Africa. Without any history, it’ll be pretty difficult to envisage the English squad world cup approach, or the approach of any other team for that matter. The chances of obtaining a clear winner, even on paper, dwindle with these factors posing a dilemma. The best monetary rewards would definitely be from the victory of underdog teams, the dark horses of this tournament; a high risk situation. Great news though for the ardent English fans has been the excellent performances and forms of their star players like Rooney, Lampard, Terry, Beckham and so on, increasing the victory odds for the England football betting scenario.

All in all, the best England world cup odds could and would be found with various bookies. With the football world cup around the corner, the best odds can be decided in diverse ways. The world cup 2010 could very well be one of the biggest England football betting events. With consideration of factors ranging from player psychology, FIFA rankings to local weather and even England world cup fixtures, the odds promise to be great!

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Article Source: http://www.earticlesonline.com/Article/England-World-Cup-2010-Odds--how-to-find-the-best-odds/710631

Kirill Skachkov-Ma Lin [World Team Cup]

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