2018 FIFA World Cup Group Odds
2018 FIFA World Cup Group Odds
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With the 2018 FIFA World Cup draw taking place a couple weeks ago, we finally know exactly who each of the 32 qualified teams will be facing off against in the group stage.
Now that all 8 groups and initial 16 matchups have been determined, hardcore football fans are truly in full World Cup frenzy mode, going over all the different possibilities as to who their team might run into in the Round of 16, and all the way to the tournament’s grand Final.
Punters have also started putting their money on the line with all the big Sportsbooks releasing their futures odds to determine which teams will top their group. Even online casinos are also looking to get in on the action, introducing several football themed slots such as Football Star, Football Champions Cup and Golden Goal for eager football bettors.
But while we cannot help you out with winning in casino games, we can certainly help you in your WC group stage betting. With that in mind, let’s take a quick look at each of the groups and analyze what the might be the best betting options from each.
Quite possibly the easiest group the Uruguay could have hoped for, Group A is one of the two weakest groups in the entire competition. It is not expected that Saudi Arabia or Egypt post much threat for the star-studded Charrua team or the competition’s hosts, Russia.
While Russia have won their group in 4 out of 5 of their last World Cups, expect Uruguay to come out victorious.
The moment Spain was drawn out as the first rival to face the current European Champions, everyone expected this to be “The Group of Death”. That did not last long, however, as lightweight teams Morocco and Iran closed out the group, leaving Spain and Portugal as resounding favourites.
While Morocco might have an outside chance for an upset, count on both Iberian teams to go through. As to which team will top the group, Spain might have the upper hand, but Portugal offers really good value for your money – mostly considering they are the reigning champions in Europe.
Another group expected to be dominated by two European teams, Group C features European Runners Up and force to be reckoned with France, and a hungry Danish team that has many dreaming. Captained by Tottenham star and midfield maestro Christian Eriksen, who scored a hat trick against Ireland to earn them the ticket, Denmark is one of the most promising teams in the cup.
Speaking of captains, Peru recently had their captain and highest ever scorer Paolo Guerrero suspended for a year for testing positive for a banned substance and is set to miss the cup. This will come as a big knock to the Peruvian side.
While it seems very unlikely the France’s young team of superstars will not cruise their way to the top of the group, a small bet on Denmark at +450 might be worth a punt.
Branded by many as the “Group of Death”, Group D will not be as easy as the odds would have you think. While normally Messi’s Argentina would be a huge favourite to run away with it, they struggled greatly through the qualifying stages and have yet to appear a dominant side.
Croatia boasts a solid side that includes players of the caliber of Luka Modric, Mario Mandzukic, and Ivan Rakitic, while Nigeria is by far the toughest opponent in Africa and even managed to beat Argentina in a friendly only a month back.
Finally, Iceland had an epic run at the Euro 2016 and qualified top of their group, and therefore cannot really be discounted. While Argentina doesn’t offer great value, taking a punt at any other side could be argued to have great value.
Another difficult group to predict, Group E does feature a clear favourite to win the group in Brazil. Not only do they possess one of their best squads in years, but they also ran riot in the South American qualifiers.
However don’t say that too loudly to Costa Rica, who against all odds topped 2014’s “Group of Death” featuring 3 former WC champions. While Switzerland and Serbia also have squads to put up a strong fight, in the end this is Brazil’s group through and through.
Another group featuring a huge favorite to win both the group and the competition, Group F will be one of the most interesting to watch in the cup.
Expect the all dominant Germany to top the group with little problem, with second place being a toss-up between a hugely talented Mexican side and a scrappy Swedish side that managed to keep Italy home for the first time in 70 years.
Group G will also see two European heavyweights face off, with Belgium and England clear favorites to go through. Both teams boast countless stars in their ranks, from Kevin De Bruyne to Harry Kane, but who will come out on top?
Given England’s propensity to underperform in the biggest stage, we’ll have to go with Belgium.
Poland and Colombia are favorites to qualify in one of the easiest groups in the tournament. While the Colombians that impressed in the 2014 edition are favorites to win the group, a perky Polish team featuring goal scoring machine Lewandowski are sure to give them a run for their money. Back Poland on this one for the best value.