2010 World Cup: Group F Betting

We are less than a week away from the 2010 World Cup, which means we better continue to pump out the rest of our group analysis. Group F, you're next. Here are your odds to win the group:

Italy... -225
Paraguay... +300
Slovakia... +700
New Zealand... +4000

The 2006 World Cup champs figure to have one of the easiest roads to a group win. We like the Italians to win all three of their matchups in Group F play, with or without key Italian stars Mario and Luigi.

As for the rest of the group, we think it's pretty much a crap shoot, possibly without the "shoot." Paraguay will probably rebound from their last World Cup performance and advance by default, because Slovakia and New Zealand don't pose much of a threat.

Our final standings:

1. Italy
2. Paraguay
3. Slovakia
4. New Zealand

Once again, not much on the upset front, as we have these teams finishing in order of their odds to win the group. Either way, feel good about betting Italy--hard--to win this group.