Brazil Are Still Favoured in the Outright Market
Brazil went into the 2018 World Cup as narrow favourites ahead of Germany and Spain and despite failing to collect three points in their opening Group E match, they remain popular with punters.
Phillipe Coutinho’s sublime curling effort put his side in the driving seat but they were pegged back in the second half and were unable to break down a stubborn and dogged Switzerland side. Late efforts from Miranda and Firmino were wasted and Tite’s side were forced to settle for a point in Rostov.
They face Costa Rica on June 22nd and have been priced up as 1/4 favourites to return to winning ways. There were plenty of positives to take from Brazil’s opening game and those who backed them pre-tournament are unlikely to be concerned at this moment in time.
It’s been a poor week for the fancied teams, with Argentina dropping points against Iceland, Spain being pegged back by Cristiano Ronaldo’s stunning free-kick and Germany inadvertently slipping up against Mexico in Group F.
Joachim Low’s side went into the tournament as holders and had been priced up as second favourites but they’ve drifted in the outright market and can now be backed at 8/1 with 888Sport. They face a tough-looking match against Sweden on June 23rd and they may find it difficult to break down Janne Andersson’s side.
Can Mexico Progress Beyond the Round of 16?
Mexico possess a remarkable record of having reached the round of 16 in each of their last six World Cups. Juan Carlos Osorio’s side have subsequently been eliminated in each of those knock-out contests and they will fancy their chances of making similar progress once again. 10Bet have priced El Tri at 20/33 to finish top of Group F and with South Korea and Sweden left to play, they will be expected to progress easily.
Hirving Lozano netted the only goal of the game against Germany and the PSV player arrives off the back of a wonderful season in the Eredivisie. He could help fire his side to the quarter-finals for the first time since 1986.