The Argentine squad entered the 2010 World Cup betting action with plenty of questions hanging over its head. The team had barely even qualified for the World Cup odds competition, grabbing spot only in its last qualifying match of the competition. And as if the questionable play of the team wasn’t enough to get soccer betting fans nervous, the antics of the teams coach Diego Maradona through serious doubt over this team’s chances in the World Cup betting action.
Maradona, the same player who won the World Cup odds competition for Argentina as a player in 1986 and is revered as a deity in soccer-mad Argentina, had used over 100 players in the handful of games he coached in the qualifying rounds of the World Cup betting competition and all his player combinations had failed spectacularly.
But all of that is ancient history now as Argentina has dominated in the 2010 World Cup betting action and looks unstoppable as it heads into its quarterfinal match with Germany this Saturday. It has yet to lose a game in South Africa and ran up a perfect 3-0 record and 9 nine point total in the group stages. It’s knocked in 10 goals through 4 games and allowed just 2 for a tournament best goal differential of +8.
But Germany will be the best team that Argentina has seen in the World Cup betting action so far and it will need to be at its best. The offense, led by FIFA World Player of the Year Lionel Messi, has been running at full throttle since the first whistle of the tournament. They have played 90 minutes of attack and kept the other team’s defense under fire for of the World Cup betting action.
But Germany has plenty of speed up the middle and may be able to slow the speedy forwards of Argentina. Argentina will need to try and work the outside a bit better than it has in recent matches but it will be tough to improve on this unit’s performance as it’s been so good.
The Argentine defense, though, is a very different story. Playing with so many players forward the Argentine side is always in constant danger of being beat by the counter attack. As we saw against Mexico (and even against Nigeria in its World Cup betting opener) with a bit of patience and speed it’s not hard to get shots on Argentina’s goal.