In the absence of Brazil’s premiere, Argentina loses momentum and Spain and England gain whole numbers
Argentina’s historic defeat against Saudi Arabia last Tuesday has shaken the bets. Leo Messi’s team lose many points as favorites to win the World Cup on December 18. According to the country’s leading bookmakers, the Albiceleste would now be the fifth favourite, whereas before it was second or third.
Ahead of Argentina are Spain and England who, after their two wins, win whole numbers and are presented together with France as the alternatives to Brazil. The French team has also lost strength due to the plague of injuries, including that of Ballon d’Or winner Karim Benzema.
Top favorite is Brazil, and now with more distance than a week ago. The gamblers are clear: ‘la Canarinha’ does not miss the sixth star.
The last time South America took the cup to the continent was in 2002. That team led by Ronaldo Nazario fell in love in South Korea and won its fifth championship. Twenty years later, he is looking for the sixth in a generation of young footballers led by Neymar. The other big hope for Latinos is Argentina. Messi faces his last chance. They arrive as current champions of the Copa América and already defeated the European champions in June last year.
Source: La Verdad