One of the longshots getting some attention in World Cup odds is Serbia.
They play in Group D along with Germany, Ghana and Australia. Germany is the favorite in the group but they have been hit by injuries as has Ghana. Serbia is now the second choice in World Cup betting behind Germany to win Group D.
World Cup odds overall lists Serbia at 50-1 to win the 2010 World Cup. Serbia does have some talent and they could be a surprise team. They are led by captain Nemanja Vidic who plays for Manchester United. Serbia lost in a warm-up 1-0 to New Zealand but the game meant nothing and many of the friendlies leading up to the World Cup have had no meaning. Serbia was strong in qualifying and they actually finished ahead of France. It is more important to consider qualifying than these warm-ups leading up to the World Cup.
Serbia is an excellent team on defense and they are going to be tough to score against. In the qualifiers they gave up only one goal in five home matches. With Vidic and Branislav Ivanovic from Chelsea, Serbia has a talented duo who can impact World Cup odds. Vidic played in just 24 matches this season for United due to injuries but he is healthy for the World Cup. Serbia is led in goal by Vladimir Stojkovic. Leading the team in the middle is captain Dejan Stankovic who plays for Inter Milan. Milan Jovanovic and Milos Krasic are also in the midfield. Jovanovic led Serbia with five goals in qualifying, while Krasic had two. Nikola Zigic is the top scorer along with Marko Pantelic. Other players on the team are Zeljko Brkic, Bojan Isailovic, Andjelko Djuricic, Antonio Rukavina , Neven Subotic, Aleksandar Lukovic, Ivan Obradovic, Aleksandar Kolarov,, Gojko Kacar, Nenad Milijas, Zdravko Kuzmanovic, Radosav Petrovic, Zoran Tosic, Milos Ninkovic, Milan Jovanovic, Danko Lazovic and Dragan Mrdja.
Serbia opens up World Cup odds against Ghana on June 13th. The three-way soccer line on that match lists Serbia at even, Ghana at +230 and the draw at +220 with a total of 2. If Serbia can win that match they would be in a prime position to advance in World Cup betting.