Belgium’s fancied World Cup soccer odds are underscored by a favourable group, which leads to the obvious question: are they overrated? Find out as we examine Group H and serve up soccer free picks for your consideration.
World Cup 2014 Favourites:
Topping markets across all sportsbooks are Brazil +300, Argentina +450, Germany +550, Spain +700, Belgium +1600 and France +2000.
Teams to spot, quadrennial sports bettors’ favourites and past champions: Uruguay +2500, Italy +2800, Holland +2800, Portugal +3300, and England +3300
GROUP H Betting Odds and Odds to Win Outright:
Belgium -150 to win Group H (+1600 to win outright)
These are the glory days for Belgium on the Word Cup betting stage, given they are tipped not only as the hot favourites at -150 to win Group H but also one of top five favourites (somewhat shockingly, truth be told) for the competition proper. A new generation of players, spearheaded by Kompany, Lukaku , Fellaini and Vertonghen (amongst several others) have carried Belgium into this major international competition. But what this group has to offer in enviable talent, they lack in experience at this level. It’s one thing to dust off European qualification, another to launch a successful campaign at the finals.
That Belgium fall into a winnable group definitely underscores their group odds to win outright but how far does it go towards underscoring their +1600 soccer odds to win the competition outright at Bet365. Granted Russia, South Korea and Algeria aren’t invincible. Nonetheless, neither are the Belgians and that’s something the remaining triplet in Group H will hang their hat on.
Russia +175 to win Group H (+8000 to win outright)
After being cruelly denied a place in 2010 South Africa in the playoffs, Russia made certain to win their European group this time around. Although they managed the feat by a point, the fact that they beat fifth ranked Portugal to top spot is commendable, not to mention it redlines their credentials in Group H at +175 to win outright.
South Korea +900 to win Group H (+30000 to win outright)
South Korea are the dangerous floaters in this group, installed at +900 at Bet365 to win outright. In 2002, South Korea went as far as the penultimate round, so they aren’t a side to take lightly. Their qualification for Brazil was impressive and while sportsbooks don’t fancy their chances – as far as this group is concerned – fact is this is winnable group. Don’t be surprised if they do emerge as the surprise package.
Algeria +3300 to win Group H (+150000 to win outright)
Algeria at +3300 carry the burden of being the hefty underdogs in Group H, which means most sports bettors will most likely choose to overlook them in their soccer picks for this group. But as mentioned above this is a wide-open group, up for grabs. It’s conceivable in such a group for a surprise package to emerge. Just as South Korea, so too can Algeria capitalise. Of course, this is easier said than done.
Soccer Betting Verdict: Arguably, Group H is the most evenly matched group of the lot, although sportsbooks aren’t casting it as such, Instead, heavily backing the tandem of Belgium and Russia to emerge into the knockout stages. This is not to say the sports betting forecast for this group is incorrect. On the contrary, it’s probably the right projection. Still, for those looking for upsets and value soccer picks, South Korea is such could prove rewarding to back. Keep in mind, Belgium’s outfit is young and inexperienced at this level and the occasion, combined with the pressure of expectations, could prove too much.
Soccer Free Picks: Russia to finish first; South Korea to clinch second; Belgium to finish third and Algeria to finish fourth.