Spain Leads Way in Ladbrokes World Cup OddsPublished March 14, 2010 by OCR Editor
Can La Roja overcome the weight of the heavy expectation being placed on them?
The 2010 World Cup is now just three months away from kicking off in South Africa, and European champions Spain lead the Ladbrokes betting odds, with Brazil and England hot on their tail.
The star-studded Spanish team, who breezed through their European qualifying campaign without breaking a sweat, are currently carrying odds of 4/1. Although this is the first time "La Roja" have begun a World Cup as tournament favorites, punters will no doubt be mindful of the team's history of failure under the burden of heavy expectations.
One other team to fail under heavy expectations is England, who have now gone 44 years since achieving World Cup success (or playing off in a final). England are 5/1, level with Brazil, who certainly can't be accused of failing at the top level, having won a record five World Cup trophies.
Argentina and Germany are next in the betting at 9/1, the latter surprisingly popular given that it almost failed to get through qualifying at all under the tutelage of national hero Diego Maradona.
Ivory Coast, the best bet to make sure the trophy stays on the African continent, are the last of the realistic contenders, at 25/1. However, they are in the group of death with Brazil and Portugal (and North Korea), so at least one big name will be missing out on the Round of 16.
The World Cup begins on June 11 and lasts for a month, with the final to be played in Johannesburg on July 11. Sportsbooks are already open for bets.