The 21st edition of the World Cup will take place between June 14 and July 15 in Russia and will be the most important sporting event of the year for the fans and for soccer bettors.
The 21st edition of the World Cup will take place between June 14 and July 15 in Russia and will be the most important sporting event of the year for the fans and for the punters. Which teams are favorites to make it in the knock-out stage, and how does the competition work? What are the best soccer odds for betting? We have it all here. Thirty-two countries are drawn into 8 groups of 4 with the 1st two in the standings qualifying in the knock-out stages at the end of the three group matches. In the same group, each national team face their 3 opponents on the various stadiums of Russia.
Four-time champions Italy, the Netherlands, who finished second in 2010 and third in 2014, the United States, Chile, Ghana and Cameroon will not feature in the World Cup failing to earn bids.
Group A: Russia, Uruguay, Egypt, Saudi Arabia
With star players like PSG’s Edison Cavani and Barcelona’s Luis Suarez in the attack and a rock-solid defense with Atletico Madrid’s Diego Godin and Jose Gimenez, Uruguay should have enough to qualify, further being priced at +100 with BetVictor to win the group. Russia look to be the worst side in Group A, and we are very surprised to see them priced as 2nd favorites to book a knock-out stage spot. They recently lost both friendly matches ago against Brazil and France, and it looks like they will struggle to exit the group stage. The Premier League top scorer Mo Salah and his side Egypt are the team to watch and we expect them to Group A dark horse and make it out of the group stage. Egypt will play Russia on June 19, and it seems like that specific match will decide who will join Uruguay in the knock-out stages. Egypt are priced at +375 with Betfair to win the match, have shown these beautiful things these last months and we really believe they have the power to beat Russia.
Best pick for Group A: Egypt to qualify at +150 with The Greek.
Group B: Portugal, Spain, Iran, Morocco
2010 World Cup winners Spain and 2016 Euro winners Portugal are huge favorites to qualify further. The odds are not very interesting in Group B as all the bookies believe that the 2 European giants, Spain and Portugal, will easily earn their spot in the round of 16. The only question regarding Group B is who will qualify from the 1st place. Spain destroyed Lionel Messi-less Argentina after a brilliant performance and it looks like they are among the favorites for silverware in Russia. They have a highly competitive squad playing the tiki-taka brand of passing and high-pressure soccer. You will probably say that Portugal has Cristiano Ronaldo, perhaps the best player in the world. We totally agree but let’s be honest a team has 11 players. We are sure that Cristiano will help his side to advance in the knock-out stages, but it will be very tough for him and his teammates to pull off the upset and beat Spain.
Best pick for Group B: Spain to beat Portugal at -109 with William Hill.
Group C: France, Peru, Denmark, Australia
Finalist of Euro 2016, France is fully packed with stunning talents, players with incredible skills and firepower like Atletico Madrid’s Antoine Griezmann, who’s enjoying another exceptional season with his club, PSG youngster Kylian Mbappe, a player with great numbers at his age, and Manchester United’s Paul Pogba, the brain from the midfield. Denmark are not walkovers as they have a decent squad and will surely be a tough side to play against. France are given low odds to win the group at -303 with BetVictor so we will skip this market.
Best pick for Group C: France and Denmark both to finish top 2 in group at -117 with Pinnacle.