RYAN NOEL - Monday, February 8, 2010
If you're a betting man, a Vegas man, a CentSports.com addict, or just your run-of-the-mill degenerate gambler - I've got a little something for you to start the week.

Betting odds for the World Cup.

Admit it, you're just a tiny bit excited by that. Aren't you?

World-Cup2010odds.com has compiled odds from the major betting websites, ranking the countries from most likely winner to least likely. Obviously, the top of the list is Spain, Brazil, England, and Argentina (in that order). New Zealand, not surprisingly, brings up the rear with a payout as high as 15001 on one site (hint: don't place that bet).

Interestingly, the United States comes in smack dab in the middle, alongside the likes of Mexico, Ghana, Serbia, and Greece. The lowest odds for the Red, White, and Blue are 50-1 on two sites, with the highest being 80-1 on three sites.

So who would I take (that is, if CentSports would let me put my $0.10 on something this far in advance)? Holland (at 12-1) seems like a decent value, and my longshot pick would be Ghana, Cameroon, or Nigeria (all greater than 80-1).


Also, it was just announced that DirecTV and Dish will be airing the first HD games on Fox Soccer Channel this Wednesday.

Cable providers still won't be doing this, but satellite subscribers are in luck!
Wednesday February 24, 2010 4:03 pm
total football, england is not a club, it's a national team. it bugs the eff out of me when people (especially nabil karim on FSR) call national teams clubs. they are national teams. not clubs.
Wednesday February 17, 2010 3:52 pm
Love the Centsports.com reference!! I am addicted to that site. Great place to get your "degenerate on" yet not lose real money.

US will make it to the round of 8.
paul rosenberg
Tuesday February 16, 2010 4:43 pm
Ramario, you're my kind of guy. I say USA 3 - England 2.
Thursday February 11, 2010 10:38 pm
England has no chance, the most overrated club in history. Theyll get to the quarters and lose. The world cup is about strikers and spain have the best striker in the world in David Villa, King of goals. And Xavi, and Ineista the two best mids along with SIlva wont hurt either. My outside shot is Serbia, they have so much talent, and Incredible, defense, maybe the 2nd best group of midifelders in the tournament. So much depth defnsively the only problem is strikers but maybe Lancovi will come outta his slump and zigic can use his height to score goals, in a short tournament. Chile with their 3 forward line up and Biesla also will be a surprise team.
Wednesday February 10, 2010 10:45 am
i know one team that will not win the world cup, actually several. you can pretty much count out every european team from contention. nothing against euros, but they have never won this event away from their home continent.
Tuesday February 9, 2010 11:11 am
I think it will be either Brazil or England.... The problem with the mid level teams (ala USA) is that there is no depth. The top teams are looking for at least getting to the final 4 while the mid level teams had a successfull WC if they advance out of their group.. Playing tough for 2 or 3 matches takes a lot out of them. It becomes more of a mind game at that point.

As for Fax on HD. I contacted my Direct TV and told them I would change my service to the first company that televised FSC in high def. I am assuming a lot of others did the same...Maybe we do have a say!

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