Online Sportsbooks Warm up to the World CupPublished June 11, 2010 by OCR Editor
Sportsbooks have this World Cup covered.
The sportsbooks are all waiting with baited breath for the commencement of the 2010 FIFA World Cup. We took a look at some top online sportsbooks to see what odds were on offer and to find out the range of bets on the table.Top World Cup Scorer
One of the most popular football bets is for the highest tournament scorer. There seems to be a consensus on the order but the odds do vary so it is definitely worth shopping around. At the time of writing, Spain's Villa is the favorite, coming in at 8/1 at William Hill, followed by Argentina's Messi at 9/1 and England's Rooney at 10/1. Ladbrokes also has Villa at 8/1 followed by Rooney and Messi both at 9/1.
If goals are your main area of interest then check out Betfair's World Cup striker list and place a wager on how many goals you predict any of them might score across the tournament.World Cup Bets: Group Results
England seems favorite to top Group C but there are a range of odds on the teams reaching the top two positions in the group that might spice things up a bit. William Hill's favorites are the USA tagging on to England's shirt tails. Other sportsbooks all offer similar options.Overall World Cup Winner
The online bookies all seem to agree on the top four but odds do vary slightly. Spain is the bookies favorite to lift the World Cup with Brazil, Argentina and England being the next biggest bets.Game Stats Galore
All the big sportsbooks have World Cup Stats on hand to help you track all the group results and collate fixtures and team information. Will Hill, always having a keen eye on the detail, goes so far as providing a lowdown on referees!
Betfair shows the recent match form of both teams to help punters decide on their betting options. Their thoughts are also with the referee, although their main concern is over who will be refereeing the final - they provide odds on each ref so that you can place your bets.
World Cup Specials
The online sportsbooks all have a mixture of positive and negative bets. Bet Fred Sportsbook offers bets on the teams not qualifying from their group or the stage of elimination for particular teams. Quite a few sportsbooks, not surprisingly based on past form, also offer odds for England to win or lose on penalties.
On the positive side, you can bet on the tournament total or the number of games that will be 'goals galore'.
Aside from all the usual bets, Bodog offers punters not just the chance to bet on group winners but for the team that will finish in 2nd, 3rd and 4th positions within each group.World Cup Promos
Bwin have a nice touch - they show how other punters are betting as well as a 'top bets' chart to give visitors a feel for the biggest and best bets.
bwin also have a great World Cup comp. Bet on both who will be the World Cup Champions and the top goal scorer - all those entering the promo who win both of these two bets will share the title of bwin Champion 2010 as well as their portion of a massive jackpot! Depending on the result it could even go to one lucky individual.
€1 will be placed into to the pot by bwin for every player who takes part, with the winner or winners taking the lot! They promise a minimum jackpot of EUR 10,000 and a max of a Massive €Million!
Not to be outdone, William Hill has a World Cup Blockbuster offering a 10% bonus - place an accumulator bet on which teams will win the eight World Cup groups and receive an extra 10% bonus on your winnings. According to WillHill, if you were to bet on the favorites this would pick you up an extra £72 Blockbuster Bonus, should they all reign supreme in their groups.
There's plenty to get excited about the World Cup and already the sportsbooks are lining up some great betting options to hot things up even more.