We're fast getting round to the time where squads are being decided, big names suddenly invent new body parts to injure and some 18 year old emerge from nowhere to make it on the plane..
Now that we're getting somewhere. Who are we actually putting money on?.
No comments like.."I fancy the Ivory Coast, but not enough to bet on".
Where is your money???
Me. I've gone for the Italians at 15/1.
I realise this isnt the best Italian side, but you know what they're like...they'll spuff their way into the semi's, benefit from the hilarious Dutch/Spanish/English inability to convert talent into results and be in the final against the Germans almost by default.
£15 at 15/1 on the Italians to win it.
and a random £2.38 punt on Podolski at 80/1 to be top scorer.
Value bets indeed.