World-class stars such as Manchester United’s Romelu Lukaku make Belgium a force in Group G, while 2014 quarterfinalist Colombia is a good pick to win Group H.
Belgium is one of the most skillful sides in the world, packed with world-class players performing at the highest level in Europe. Manchester United’s Romelu Lukaku is a top striker and is enjoying a great period with his club, scoring 27 goals in his 1st 48 appearances for the Red Devils. Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne is fighting for the Player of the Year award in the Premier League after a brilliant season with his club, winning the EPL title with Citizens with 5 rounds to go till the end of the season. The list doesn’t end here, Tottenham’s defensive duo of Jan Vertongen and Toby Alderweireld played together in most of the World Cup qualification campaign, looking very strong and being very dynamic. Let’s mention Chelsea’s Eden Hazard who, despite the poor EPL season can always make the difference and decide a match on his own. England boasts Harry Kane, Raheem Sterling, Dele Alli, Marcus Rashford and Jamie Vardy combining experience with young and talented players. Many players for Belgium and England are teammates in the Premier League and they know each other very well. England is always struggling in the big competitions, but they should have enough to qualify in the knockout stages. Panama and Tunisia are likely to have a defensive approach against Belgium and England, which could make this group very exciting as you ponder your soccer picks.
Best pick of Group G: Belgium to win the group at -113 with William Hill.
GROUP H: Colombia, Japan, Poland, Senegal
Poland and Colombia are expected to go further but soccer is always unpredictable, and that’s why we love it so much. This is arguably the most evenly balanced group in the competition with no huge favorites. Senegal has a decent squad with Sadio Mane, Keita Balde and one of the best rock-solid defenders in Europe, Kalidou Kolibaly. Poland is a strong side, relying on Bayern Munich superstar Robert Lewandowski, Dortmund right-back Lukasz Piszczek and Juventus goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny. Colombia is the 10th favorite on the soccer odds board to win the World Cup, priced at +4000 with Unibet, having a solid competitive squad and a well-balanced group with players performing in the top 5 European leagues (Radamel Falcao, James Rodriguez, Juan Cuadrado). Lewandowski and James Rodriguez will go head-to-head in Russia and fight for a top 2 Group H finish. Japan is one of Asia’s best sides, having huge experience in the World Cup qualifying for the 6th World Cup in a row, and they will surely be a tough nut to crack having a winning mentality and fighting spirit. Colombia reached the quarterfinals four years ago in Brazil and they will be hoping to have another deep run.
Best pick of Group H: Colombia to win the group at +137 with Ladbrokes.