We’ve picked out our World Cup 2018 group predictions and are hoping to land a 125/1 accumulator by selecting the winner of all eight sections.
As always, some pools seem set to be dominated by perennial powerhouses, but there are also more open markets to play on.
Here’s our World Cup 2018 group betting tips and their odds:
GROUP A – URUGUAY @ 19/20
La Celeste had to settle for second place behind Costa Rica in their pool at Brazil 2014 and that led to a 2-0 loss to Colombia in the first knockout round, so they will be fully focused on enjoying an easier passage as a result of topping the table this time. Edinson Cavani and Luis Suarez can fire Uruguay past hosts Russia, Egypt and Saudi Arabia.
GROUP B – SPAIN @ 1/2
La Roja, who disappointed in Brazil four years ago and at Euro 2016, have to overcome the dramatic late departure of head coach Julen Lopetegui but are experienced enough in key areas to cope. The 2010 champions dropped just two points from 10 games in qualifying, racking up 36 goals, whilst conceding only three times. Portugal will provide stiff opposition but Spain can overcome them, Iran and Morocco.
GROUP C – FRANCE @ 3/10
Les Bleus have been building a powerful squad in recent years, showing promise when only losing to Germany in the quarter-finals of the last World Cup and then going close to claiming Euro 2016 glory on home turf. Didier Deschamps’ side has an abundance of attacking talent and creative flair, so should be too hot for Australia, Denmark and Peru.
GROUP D – ARGENTINA @ 29/50
La Albiceleste made hard work of qualifying but can hopefully now rediscover the form which saw them finish as runners-up four years ago. The 1978 and 1986 champions secured three hard-fought wins during the Brazil 2014 pool stage and, with five-time Ballon d’Or winner Lionel Messi still going strong, they can see off Croatia, Iceland and Nigeria.
GROUP E – BRAZIL @ 7/25
We’re tipping the Selecao to lift the trophy in our look at the World Cup 2018 outright winner odds and expect them to cruise through a section which includes solid, but unspectacular opponents in Serbia, Switzerland and Costa Rica. Tite led Brazil to nine straight victories after taking charge and they finished 10 points clear in the South American qualifying pool.
GROUP F – GERMANY @ 9/25
There are no apologies for sticking with the favourites again here, as the defending champions qualified in typically clinical fashion, with 43 goals scored in 10 straight wins. Die Mannschaft have reached eight finals and made 13 semi-final appearances, so opposing them at this stage with Mexico, Sweden or South Korea would be a reckless move in our book.
GROUP G – ENGLAND @ 6/5
Belgium are slight favourites for this section, but this much-vaunted squad has flattered to deceive at major tournaments too often for our liking. England must also improve on recent exploits at this level, but Gareth Southgate has assembled a side which is very hard to break down and can grind out wins over the Red Devils, Tunisia and Panama.
GROUP H – SENEGAL @ 9/2
We’ve saved our best value until last, with the Lions of Teranga tipped to edge out more fancied rivals in Colombia and Poland, as well as Japan. Senegal made it all the way through to the last eight in their only other World Cup appearance in 2002 and are back with an exciting team, spearheaded by Liverpool star Sadio Mane.
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