Despite all the difficulties that the Argentine national team had in qualifying for the 2010 World Cup betting tournament and despite all the flak that Maradona and his craziness has generated, there is plenty of reason to believe that Argentina will lay claim to its third World Cup odds title in 2010.
Obviously the sports betting world knows about the talent this team has. It boasts some of the best players in the world like Carlos Tevez, Javier Macherano, Diego Milito and arguably the best player in soccer betting Lionel Messi. But this squad is always loaded with talent and yet for the past two decades have continually disappointed in the World Cup betting action.
However, this year could be different. This could be the year that Argentina, once again led by Maradonna (as coach, coach not player) climbs to the top of the World Cup odds action and hoists the Balon de Oro for the third time in the country’s history.
The reason for this is the fact that Argentina has the easiest path to the World Cup odds title game of any legitimate contender. The top competition on Argentina’s side of the World Cup betting bracket is England. As soccer betting fans saw in its opening game draw to a mediocre US squad England, so far does not look the part of a legitimate World Cup betting contender. Germany also lurks on Argentina’s side of the bracket and despite its impressive opening 4-0 thrashing of Australia, this team simply doesn’t match up with Argentina, at least on paper.
Argentina does have its weaknesses and none is more pronounced than in its defense. But Maradona has made a very smart tactical decision and gone with a 4-4-3 lineup that allows the team to put its best foot forward and by having its best players on the field. This obviously leaves the team susceptible to counter-attacks and allows plenty of space for opponents strikers but Maradonna’s hope is that the Albiceleste will be able out score any opponent with its attacking offense.
As crazy as Maradona is, it’s hard to challenge that logic. And it’s quite possible that that scheme could take Argentina all the way to the World Cup betting final.