There could have been no bigger upset in the first round of the World Cup odds competition than the one that took place Wednesday when the team from tiny Switzerland knocked off the football giants from Spain. The 1-0 score confirmed what nearly of century of World Cup betting failure had already demonstrated: Spain is the master of World Cup choking.
Sports betting fans have seen it all happen before and this year’s World Cup betting action is starting off down the road the that all the others before it have. The Spanish came in as a hugely hyped team, the favorite among all 32 teams (4:1 favorite in the World Cup betting odds). And then they lose. And it’s not as if they make it deep into the World Cup betting competition, the semis or the quarters. The Spanish generally make it out of the Group Stage and then lose the first game of the knock out stages.
But this year is slightly different than all the other failed World Cup attempts. The reason why hopes were so heading into South Africa’s World Cup odds competition was the simple fact that the Spanish had finally gotten the monkey off their back. Not that they had won finally won a World Cup trophy, but the fact that this basically identical squad had won the Euro Cup, the first international tournament that it had claimed in soccer betting history.
As a team that had already won on one of the biggest stages in the sports betting world most World Cup odds exerts didn’t think the pressure would affect this club. And granted, the team only has lost one game so far, 1-0. And the Spanish almost drew even with a screamer that bounced off the cross bar by Xavi Alonso in the second half.
But if you’ve seen any World Cup betting action before and you’ve seen Spain sputter out of the contest, you can’t help but jump –perhaps prematurely- to the conclusion that the 2010 World Cup betting might just turn into the latest in a long line of failures by the Spanish team.