World Cup Group Winner Odds
In the World Cup 32 teams will battle it out for the title and in the tournament there are eight groups (A-H) with four teams in each one. The top two placing teams in the group will advance to the Round of 16. This is called the knockout stage, as after the group stage it is single elimination for the rest of the way. Betting on the group winner is just what it says, as you are wagering on a team you think will win their specific group.
There are the eight groups (A-H) and at a legitimate sportsbook you will find winner odds for each one of the groups. The odds will change for the teams leading up the tournament and when it is taking place as well depending on how that team is performing. In qualifying for the knockout stage a team has to finish first or second in the group, but for the winners bet you have to pick the team that will win the group to have a winning wager.
2018 World Cup Group Winner Odds
In Group A is host Russia, who have the second-best betting odds to win after Uruguay. Have to take Uruguay to win the group in one of the weaker ones along with Egypt and Saudi Arabia.
Group B is like Group A with a couple of powers in Spain and Portugal with a couple of the lower ranking teams in the tournament with Morocco and Iran. Spain is the clear-cut favorite with the best betting odds, as they look to rebound from a poor last World Cup performance.
France is the team with the best betting odds to win Group C followed by Denmark, Peru, and Australia. The French are the team to beat, but Denmark is a dangerous team that does not have a glaring weakness.
Many are calling Group D the Group of Death with Argentina having the best chances to advance after Croatia, Iceland, and Nigeria. Argentina was the runner-up in 2014 and it would be a surprise if they did not win the group.
Brazil are the major favorites to win Group E along with Switzerland, Costa Rica, and Serbia. The race in this group may be the one for second place.
Germany is the odds-on favorite in Group F, but they are in one of the tougher groups with Sweden, Mexico, and South Korea. Mexico has advanced out of the group stage in the last six World Cup soccer tournaments.
Belgium has the best odds to win Group G followed closely by England. Their latch facing each other should determine the group winner, as Panama and Tunisia are major longshots to advance to the knockout stage.
Columbia made the quarterfinals in the last World Cup and they are only slightly the favorite over Poland to win their group. While Japan and Senegal may make some noise Poland may be the team to beat in this group with their vaunted attack.
Here we will look at the predictions, in terms of percentages, that each team has to win their respective group. In group qualifying Brazil has the best chances to win their group at 97% while Iran and Korea Republic have the lowest odds to win theirs at 0-%. France, Germany, Spain, and Argentina are the tams from groups A-H that have the next highest odds. This algorithm has Group A and Group H as the closest groups and no teams from the group have over 50% chances to win it. Saudi Arabia, Iran, Morocco, Peru, Australia, Iceland, Nigeria, Switzerland, Serbia, Costa Rica, Korea Republic, Tunisia, and Panama all have single digits in terms of chances to win their group.
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Quick Guide to Betting
Find a solid and reputable sportsbook like Bodog and Intertops and they will have betting odds for qualifying out of the group in the form of a group winners bet. All you have to do is make a prediction on what team you think will win their group. If they do you win the bet. It is that easy. Again, no matter how much the odds change after you make your wager you are locked in on the odds you received when you made the bet.
Other World Cup Betting Options
There are many other betting options besides picking the qualifying winner of the groups (A-H). You can bet on matches, teams, and even players. There are betting options for picking the winner, what team will make the finals, semifinals, and quarterfinals. On top of that there are other team bets such as picking a team to come last in the group or picking a team from a region, such as Asia or Africa, to advance the furthers in the tournament. Many proposition bets are also available such as which player will win the Golden Boot as the top scorer or which player will win the Golden Ball as the tournaments best player to name just a couple.