Gambling in sports concerns are growing, however, for German chances in this year’s FIFA World Cup as injuries may dampen their sports book gambling prospects.
While Germany will be one of the traditional favorites with the World Cup betting odds they are off on the worst possible footing as they have lost their captain, Michael Ballack, to injury.
Germany has won three past World Cup titles, however, and they are known throughout the gambling in sports world as a team that rises to the occasion on the world stage and as a team that plays its best soccer when facing adversity.
Since the 1982 finals in Spain the Germans have been one of the most successful teams with the World Cup betting odds as they have reached the quarter finals in each of the previous seven tournaments. They finished third in 2006 and second in 2002.
Germany has developed the sports book gambling reputation for being cool under pressure and a tough team to bet against when involved in a knockout match. The winning tradition and greatness of the German team is similar to that of the New York Yankees in baseball or Team Canada in international hockey competition.
The one weakness with the Germans through the years is that they often get off to slow starts. With the team injury list growing they cannot afford such a slow start this year with the World Cup betting line.
In addition to the loss of the captain Ballack, Germany will also be without the services of midfielder Christian Traesch and defender Heiko Westermann. The Traesh injury is a particularly tough gambling in sports blow as Ballack was also a mid fielder and that leaves a gaping hole in that area.
“It is often the case that others step forward when a leading player drops out and this could also be the chance for other players,” said coach Joachim Low.
Low’s remaining mid fielders have no more than 10 caps and will bring a lack of experience to the World Cup gambling stage.
Low also warned German fans that they could lose in the preliminary round to any team.
“We have set ourselves the goal of playing a good World Cup and there is no point in building up the pressure by setting targets,” said the coach.