World Cup Qualifying Odds: USA vs Panama in Tuesday Betting Action
Spain, England, France, Russia and Portugal are World Cup regulars facing important matches Tuesday as the final huge batch of qualifying takes place around the world.
Poland, a thorn in the side of England over the years, was a 12-1 underdog to England among the key European qualifying. There are nine group winners in Europe with eight second-place finishers heading to a playoff.
Only Germany, Belgium, Switzerland, Holland and Italy are guaranteed spots in the field of Brazil 2014 so far. The Germans are surprisingly solid favorites against Sweden today, despite the fact they can cruise and rest players.
Among the biggest World Cup underdogs tracked by OddsShark.com on Tuesday, Liechtenstein was 40-1 against Greece and Andorra was 50-1 against Hungary.
None was a bigger dog that San Marino, currently a 100-1 shot to beat Ukraine. Portugal was a huge -3300 favorite against Luxembourg as well, while the French were favored big against Finland and were expected to push hard for goals to improve their ranking in the playoff round of qualifying.
The Americans face Panama as slight favorites in Panama City. In other CONCACAF action, favored Mexico (-105 at most sportsbooks) battles Costa Rica and Jamaica hosts Honduras in Kingston.
Uruguay faces Argentina is a crucial battle. Uruguay is favored against an Argentinian side that has already qualified for the tournament. They are likely headed for a playoff, despite making the final four at South Africa 2010.
Chile faces Ecuador in a match where the favored betting position is the draw line. Each team will qualify with at least a draw, so oddsmakers and handicappers expect both to play conservatively and settle for a tie.
African qualifying was marred by an attempted terrorist plot ahead of the Nigeria vs. Ethiopia match on the weekend.
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