World Cup 2018 betting: Five Underdogs That Might Surprise
Any nation with the world’s most in-form player is going to fancy their chances. Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah has netted 44 goals this season and helped his club reach the Champions League final, so Egypt’s opponents Russia, Uruguay and Saudi Arabia will need to be aware of him. He’s 28/1 with Betfred to be top scorer in Russia.
The Pharaohs benefit from a kind group – but they’ll likely have to face Spain or Portugal in the next stage, even if they top it.
Appearing in all but one of the World Cups since their inaugural participation, Croatia are hardly an unknown on the international scene. But their third place finish in France remains their best performance by far and the Croats have failed to get out of their group since.
Argentina are the seeded team in Group D but they spluttered into the finals and Zlatko Dalic may fancy his chances of finishing above them. A round of 16 tie with Denmark could be next – a great chance for this golden generation to repeat the run of 20 years ago. A trip to the semi-finals is 6/1 with Bet365.
Alongside Croatia in Group D are the smallest nation to ever qualify for a World Cup. Iceland is home to a population of around 350,000, so there was understandably pandemonium when they beat England 2-1 during Euro 2016.
With their group wide open, few would bet against the likes of Gylfi Sigurdsson stunning their more illustrious rivals again in Russia. They’re a sizeable 14/1 to win Group D with William Hill.
Poland stormed through qualification for the tournament, losing just one match. Their reward is another group that’s difficult to call, alongside Colombia, Senegal and Japan.
But again, should Poland qualify, a winnable knockout tie awaits, possibly against Belgium, who they’ve lost just one of their last six fixtures against. Bwin have Adam Nawalka’s side at 7/4 to win Group H.
Another team hoping to benefit from the draw is Senegal, who are in the middle of something of a renaissance. Having stormed onto the international scene with victory over France at the 2002 World Cup, the Lions of Teranga haven’t qualified since.
But with Sadio Mane, Keita Balde and other attacking options, the Senegalese definitely have the potential to surprise again. They’re 11/10 to qualify with 10Bet.