'Germany to Win World Cup' Say Punters; Americans Bet on Europe; Europeans on South America

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World Cup bookies are out of line with football-savvy punters. Betting lines favour Brazil, while the smart soccer bets seem to be going Germany's way.

I'm seeing a huge number of football betting lines coming in now; 38% of those soccer bets are going Germany's way, compared to 25% of bets that favour Brazil.

The latest football betting statistics from leading World Cup betting portal, cup-bet.com, indicate that Germany are the publics choice team to clinch the World Cup. An analysis of the betting search terms serious punters use to find the best odds on their preferred soccer team gives Germany a clear lead.

Even Brazil’s coach Carlos Alberto Parreira believes hosts Germany are favourites; most betting lines disagree, making Brazil a strong favourite @ 3/1 (4.00, + 300.00)

The data highlights differences between the betting perceptions of Europeans and Americans. Betting lines placed from within both North and South America tend to favour a European soccer team; World Cup bets placed in Europe suggest that a South American team will lift the World Cup.

According to Steve Ellis of UK based cup-bet.com, Germany's team has surged ahead in the past few days: "I'm seeing a huge number of football betting lines coming in now; 38% of those soccer bets are going Germany's way, compared to 25% of bets that favour Brazil."

Steve adds: "The problem for the World Cup bookies is that their football betting lines are not in tune with punters' instincts. Bookies make Brazil a strong favourite at 3/1, but I wouldn't bet on them at that price. Against all the evidence, the bookies are running scared of Brazil. The bets being placed by punters who really know the game tell me that a South American team can't win the World Cup. Although a most interesting statistic so far, there seems to be very little support for Italy, perhaps that will change within the next few days"

The odds currently being offered on other key World Cup contenders (Argentina, England, and Germany) are generally available at 8/1. Compare this with cup-bet.com's own World Cup football betting line stats which show the true popularity of the leading soccer teams: England (12%), Holland (10%), Argentina (7%), and Portugal (6%).

http://www.cup-bet.com is ideally placed to give footballing punters a global view of day-to-day soccer betting lines. It draws serious bets from both sides of the Atlantic: 40% of betting visitors are from the UK; 37% are from the United States. Australia, Holland, and Germany also bring in huge numbers of football bets. Cup-bet.com draws punters from almost every country that's competing in the 2006 World Cup.

For more information on World Cup betting, visit http://www.cup-bet.com/

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