Gambling in sports anticipation continues to build for what truly is a world class sports book gambling event that features the top 32 soccer teams on the globe.
Italy will be a prohibitive favorite with the World Cup betting odds to win Group F as they are the defending FIFA World Cup champions and a team that is a perennial contender for the title. Italy has won a total of 4 FIFA World Cup titles and has two second place finishes along with a third place showing.
Paraguay and Slovakia look to be the top gambling in sports contenders for the second spot in Group F with New Zealand something of a long shot as the fourth choice.
Gianluigi Buffon will return as the Italy keeper with the World Cup betting odds which will bring something of a comfort level to their backers and fans. Veteran center back Fabio Cannavaro is also returning to action along with midfielders Andrea Pirlo and Gennaro Gattuso with the ever dangerous Alberto Gilardino in attack mode.
This will be Italy’s second chance to beat the sports book gambling board and win a second consecutive FIFA World Cup.
Paraguay did not have much success with the World Cup betting line in the 2006 event held in Germany as they had just 1 win in 3 games. They have never advanced beyond the round of 16 but had a fine qualifying run that included a win over Argentina last September.
Slovakia will compete in their first FIFA World Cup as an independent nation after being listed in the past on the gambling in sports board as part of Czechoslovakia where they were runners up in 1934 and 1962. They are ranked 34th in the world and were a surprise team that emerged from their European Group.
New Zealand was highly successful in their Oceania qualifying run but they have little appeal with World Cup gambling fans as one of the biggest long shots on the board. New Zealand is scrappy, however, and lost an earlier friendly to Italy 3-4 to prove that they can hang with the best.