May 03, 2010
Group B has Argentina involved and they will carry the hopes of a nation, while the rest of the group is made up of Nigeria, South Korea and Greece.
The group winner will meet the team placed second in Group A and the runner-up in this group has to face the winner of Group A.
Argentina has taken the trophy twice, in 1978 and 1986, but they almost made a mess of qualifying for the 2010 World Cup.
The Argentinians managed to get through after beating Uruguay by a goal at the final hurdle and football legend Diego Maradona will have much to prove at this tournament as he leads Argentina in their quest for the trophy.
Argentina has beaten lower performing nations Haiti (4-0) and Canada (5-0) in their latest warm up matches for the World Cup with Facundo Bertoglio and Maximiliano Rodriguez scoring two goals each.
All eyes will be on class players Lionel Messi, Carlos Tevez and Javier Mascherano to lead the way and Argentina are at a short quote to get through to the next round.
Nigeria are led by Shaibu Amodu and their best efforts to date has been making the second round in 1994 and 1998.
The Nigerians are an attacking outfit with players such as Nwanko Kanu, John Obi Mikel, Danny Shittu and Yakubu Aiyegbeni that all have plenty of Premier league experience.
Nigeria recent warm up games include draws with Saudi Arabia (0-0) and Columbia (1-1) before they scored a comfortable win over South Korea (3-1) on June 6th.
They are exciting to watch and capable of scoring goals, which make them a dangerous side to play. Nigeria appear quite capable of finishing first or second in this group.
South Korea under the guidance of Huh Jung-Moo will be making their seventh successive World Cup finals and they scaled great heights in 2002 when they finished fourth in the tournament.
Captain of the team is Manchester United’s Park Ji-Sung and much will depend on his influence as to how far the Koreans make it through the tournament.
The South Koreans have beaten Ecuador (2-0) and Japan (2-0) before losing their two most recent friendly games to to Belarus (1-0) and Spain (1-0) with goal scorers Seungyoul Lee, Lee Chung-Yong, Park Ji-Sung and Chu-young Park.
Bookmakers have South Korea as outsiders in the group and don’t expect them make it past the first round.
Greece were good enough to be champions of Europe in 2004 but they failed to flatter in the last World Cup and coach Otto Rehhagel will be endeavouring to make it further this time round.
The Greeks have players of the ilk of Theofanis Gekas, Giorgos Karagounis, Sotirios Kyrgiakos and Sotiris Ninis who have the ability get them through to the next round.
Greece has drawn with North Korea (2-2) and lost to Paraguay (2-0) in warm up friendlies with Kostas Katsouranis and Angelos Charisteas finding the net.
World Cup Group B Predictions
1. Nigeria 2. Argentina 3. South Korea 4. Greece
Nigeria appear good value at just under $6 to win this group. They have plenty of attacking options and all with the potential to find the back of the net. The Nigerians have the capability to win all three games or at worst two wins and a draw.
Argentina are tight odds to win this group but with Maradona at the helm it is hard to know what they are going to perform like in the group stage. They are ranked seventh in the world with high expectations to win this group. The Argentinians should fill one of the top two spots but Nigeria is much better value to win the group at current odds.
South Korea are a more than handy outfit who could sneak a top 2 spot but they look destined for third with Greece doomed to exit at this stage.
World Cup Group B Betting
World Cup Group B First Match
Argentina meet Nigeria in the first match Group B and it will take place in Johannesburg.
|Jun 13th||South Korea||v||Greece||Mandela Bay||12:00am||Odds|
|Jun 17th||Argentina||v||South Korea||Johannesburg||9:30pm||Odds|
|Jun 23rd||Nigeria||v||South Korea||Durban||4:30am||Odds|
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