The first two days of the 2010 World Cup Odds action are packed with great soccer betting matchups. Day One will see host country South Africa square off against Mexico to kick off the World Cup betting action in what should be an interesting game considering the huge support the South African squad will enjoy.
But the biggest name in World Cup betting action this weekend is Argentina. The Albiceleste are not only favored in their game against Nigeria on Saturday but the Argentine squad is also among the favorites to win the World Cup. The team enters the 2010 World Cup odds completion at 7:1, trailing only Spain and Brazil in the soccer betting lines.
The first game of the World Cup betting action could be a very rude awakening for the Argentine squad and they have to be careful not to overlook a very good Nigerian team. On paper the Argentine squad is arguably the most talented in the world with the likes of Tevez, Milito, Higueyen, Aguero and FIFA World Player of the Year Lionel Messi. But the Achilles heel of this squad is its lunatic coach, Diego Maradona. No knows how his stint as a World Cup coach will turn out, but if it’s anything like his turn as player in the World Cup odds action this team will do just fine.
Argentina is heavily favored in this match at 1:2, while Nigeria is bit of a long shot in this match at 15/2 in the World Cup odds.
But this game could be a trap for the Argentine squad and it could set the tone for great World Cup betting success or great World Cup betting failure. The first game of the tournament is generally always a bit sloppy and that tends to favor the underdog. Nigeria has long been a powerhouse in African soccer and has several prominent players on its squad staring in Europe. They will be a huge fan favorite in this game and that could tip things in their favor.
There is no doubt that Argentina is the better squad but stranger things have happened in the World Cup betting. If Argentina fails to win this game it could set the table for a very disappointing World Cup and another early exit.