Value Bets: A 1st time World Cup winner, David Villa to dominate the group stage & England to exit on penalties

With so many choices of bets during the 2010 World Cup, here are a few tips to help try and fill those coffers this summer.

1. First Time Winner – Yes: 2.50, No 1.50

Given Spain’s red hot form going to South Africa, the chances of a new nation lifting the World Cup looks like a real possibility. Aside from the Spanish, perennial underachievers Holland have a squad that, on paper at least, looks capable of going far. And stretching things a bit further, the memory of Greece 2004 and Denmark in 1992 still stands as proof that anything can happen at a major tournament.

2. David Villa to score in every group game – 6.50

Barcelona’s new signing, who bagged three goals in the 2006 World Cup, is undoubtedly one of the most feared strikers in world football and, with Fernando Torres heading to Africa coming back from injury, Villa’s importance to Spain’s attack seem even more important. Villa scored goals for fun during the qualifying campaign, so rattling a few past Switzerland, Honduras and Chile isn’t a great deal to ask for. Is it?

3. England to exit on penalties – 5.00

The oldies are often the goodies.

1990, 1996, 1998, 2004, 2006. The list of penalty shame hurts every England fan equally, and many in Blighty can conceive that the dreaded shoot-out can yet foil the Three Lions should such a scenario arise. With a potential clash with Germany in the second round should England come second in their group, the scene could be set for yet another disappointing World Cup.