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Soccer Betting news: Argentina emerges as World Cup favorite
06/29/10 7:02 PM
The two teams that battled it out in the 2006 World Cup final weren't able to escape the first round this time around. Italy and France were among the notable countries that failed to reach the round of 16 at the 2010 World Cup. Defending champion Italy finished in last place in its Group F bracket to mark the biggest surprise of the opening stage of the tourney. Here are how the odds stacked up entering the round of 16:
South Korea 125/1
US unable to get past Ghana
After winning Group C to reach the round of 16, the United States was given a reasonable chance of reaching the quarterfinals heading into last Saturday's matchup against Ghana. However, the US came up short in a 2-1 defeat to end its hopes of a lengthy run at this year's event. In the other contest on Saturday, favored Uruguay took care of South Korea to reach the quarterfinals.
On July 2nd, Uruguay will face off against Ghana for a trip to the semifinals. Uruguay is a -240 favorite in the match. Ghana has never advanced to the semifinals at the World Cup. In contrast, Uruguay has been to the semifinals on four occasions but its last trip was back in 1970.
In the other quarterfinals matchup that is set, Argentina will battle Germany on July 3rd. In this battle, Argentina is a -150 favorite. Germany rolled to a 4-1 victory over England on Sunday while Argentina handled Mexico by a count of 3-1. Germany is looking to reach the semifinals for a third straight World Cup. The country's last World Cup championship was in 1990. Argentina last trip to the semifinals was in 1990.
The Netherlands advanced to the round of eight on Monday as expected with a 2-1 victory over Slovakia. The Netherlands has never won a World Cup. The country's most recent run to the semifinals was in 1998. In the quarterfinals, the Netherlands is expected to face Brazil. In the round of 16, Chile is a significant underdog to a Brazil squad that has won the most World Cups with five. In the last round of 16 matches on Tuesday, Paraguay is favored to get by Japan while Spain is projected to dispatch Portugal.? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?