2018 World Cup Group Winner Betting
There are many different betting markets that have been priced up ahead of the World Cup 2018 which gets underway on June 14th. UK betting sites have compiled the odds for a variety of different outcomes and one of our favourites is the group winner market. There are a number of short-prices available and it could be the ideal opportunity for a tournament accumulator. We take a look at how it works.
2018 World Cup Group Winner Odds
Most UK online bookmakers have now priced the 2018 World Cup group winner market up. The draw was made on the 1st December 2017 and each team has been assigned to one of eight sections (A-H). Our table below takes a look at the latest prices on each side to finish at the summit of their group.
2018 World Cup Group Winners Predictions
We have taken a look at the chance of each side finishing top of their group. There are always a few shocks along the way however these predictions are based on a variety of factors and provide a realistic picture of how each section will look on June 28th.
This looks a straight shoot-out between Uruguay and Russia with the South American side narrowly favoured. Uruguay have the best chance of finishing top of the group A and look a strong side. The hosts have already lost a number of players to injury and could struggle to keep up with the likes of Luis Suarez and Edison Cavani. Saudi Arabia have the least chance of topping the standings and are likely to finish bottom of the group.
Spain and Portugal were always likely to be the top two in Group B and 2010 champions, Spain have been given the edge here. Portugal have a decent chance of finishing top but will need to beat their near-neighbours in the opening fixture. Morocco are considered extremely unlikely to finish top of the pile with Iran, likely to struggle too.
France are predicted to be dominant in Group C with have the best chance of finishing top. Denmark, who equipped themselves well during qualifying are the next best side with the unpredictable duo of Peru and Australia considered outsiders to usurp Les Bleus.
Argentina’s chances of finishing top of Group D are obvious but they’ve been dealt a tough group with Croatia likely to push them all the way according to the statistics. Iceland will be hoping for another memorable tournament and could potentially crash the party.
Brazil are going to take all the beating and are expected to finish top of Group E. Switzerland have been given a small chance and will be hoping to capitalise on any complacency from the South American side. Serbia have just a small chance of upsetting the odds.
As expected, holders Germany are rated highly and expected to finish top of their group. Joachim Low’s side are followed by Sweden who knocked out Italy en-route to this competition and could prove competitive here. Mexico are in a battle for second place whilst Korea Republic are expected to crash out of the tournament at the first hurdle.
Group G looks an intriguing betting prospect with Belgium and England doing battle at the head of the market. Belgium have been rated above England but the Three Lions will be hoping to finish top of their section. The remaining pair Tunisia and Panama are not expected to challenge.
The final group looks an open field with Colombia and Poland both rated as possibilities to finish top of the group. The South American side are narrow favourites whilst the Poles are expected to run them close. Japan have an small chance and Senegal shouldn’t be written off.
How Betting on the World Cup 2018 Group Winners Works
The 2018 World Cup Group Winners market is one of the few areas which will be settled by the end of June 28th. It provides a nice early pay-out for World Cup punters who are getting involved in this market. You do not need to select an outright winner, just merely select a side to top their group.
In order for this wager to land, you would need your chosen side to win at least one of their group games. There are four teams vying for qualification and they would be required to finish above each of their three rivals. If two sides finish on the same points, it will go down to goals scored.
The results from the group stage can be found here at BettingTop10 so you can follow the progress of your bets through the early part of the tournament.
Things to Take into Consideration
It’s always advised to look at the fixtures for the round of 16 before placing any bets in the 2018 World Cup Group Winners market. If a team are likely to have already sealed their qualification with a game to spare, they may rest players for the final group match and this could hinder their chances of finishing top.
Competitive groups like A, B, G and H will provide much better odds on teams to finish top of their respective standings and this is definitely something to consider.
Always check key injury news and team mentality going into the tournament.
This market can be found in the World Cup 2018 section of any UK betting site’s football pages. Simply find the group winner market and choose one of the four selections available.
Other Possible World Cup 2018 Bets
There are a number of other betting markets which are offered by most UK betting sites and here at BettingTop10, we have compiled information on some of the more enticing possibilities.
Outright Betting – This is the most popular market and simply requires punters to choose which team will win the tournament. There are some big prices available.
Top Goalscorer – There are likely to be some star performers on show in Russia and this is predicting which player will score the most goals throughout the tournament.
To Reach the…. – This is a bet which is available on a variety of different stages of the competition. This can be narrowed down to the quarter-finals, semi-finals and final. You don’t need a side to win the tournament, just simply reach the final eight, four or two (depending on the bet).