There are few matches in the World Cup betting odds that so heavily favor one side over anther but the June 21st match between defending World Cup betting champ Italy versus football New Zealand is almost a cruel soccer betting joke. Granted, both teams are even in the Group standings with 1 point each after both drawing against their respective World Cup odds opponents, but once this game gets underway the class of Italy should shine through brightly and the game should be over by halftime.
Italy won the World Cup odds competition four years ago in Germany and entered this year’s World Cup betting action as one of the early favorites to win this year’s tournament as well. With roughly 15/1 odds entering World Cup play only a handful of teams were seen as having a better chance of grabbing the Balon de Oro. But after a disappointing 1-1 draw to open the 2010 World Cup betting action vs. Paraguay some sports betting fans begin to doubt this team.
But Italy should make up for the lackluster showing against Paraguay by thrashing the inferior Kiwi squad. There aren’t many teams in worse standing in the 2010 World Cup odds than New Zealand. The Kiwis entered the tournament as the worst team in the World Cup betting but saw their soccer betting odds and even a surprise 1-1 draw in their opening round game against Slovakia did little to improve their chances.
There is certainly a possibility of a draw of a draw in this game and perhaps even a surprise New Zealand victory. The Italian side was so flat in its first game of the World Cup betting that its tough to get a feel for this team. Also, the Italians will be playing without starting GK Gianluigi Buffon who was injured against Paraguay. If the Kiwis can somehow generate some kind of pressure on the backup GK they might have a chance to pull off the second biggest upset in 2010 World Cup betting action.
But that seems highly unlikely. The reality of the situation remains that the Italian squad is full of European superstars like Cannavaro, Zambrotta, Pirlo, Gattuso and Rossi. The Kiwis are led by a group of MLS scrubs and the odds of them beating the defending World Cup betting champ is very slim.
Actually, 16/1, to be precise and those are not very good soccer betting odds.