Picking the winner of the 2018 World Cup is what all football fans who like a bet will be trying to do this summer but, if that sounds that too tough, how about trying to pick which team will top Group E. Group E is made up of Brazil, Switzerland, Serbia and Costa Rica.
2018 World Cup Group E Betting
Brazil 1/3, Switzerland 7/1, Serbia 9/1, Costa Rica 20/1
Rio 2014 was a nightmare for all Brazilian fans and players as they limped out at the semi-finals stage after beating humiliated 7-1 by Germany, but they’ve bounced back with an easy qualification this time around. Their record in the World Cup is also outstanding as a whole, as they’ve lifted the trophy 5-times, finished runner-up twice, and made the semi-final on four other occasions. They’ve exited at the Group Stage just twice, however the statistic that makes the most interesting reading is the last time they failed to top their World Cup Finals Group was way back in 1978. That means they’ve topped their group 9 times in succession.
The Swiss have a pretty decent record at the World Cup, but their best exploits came between 1934 and 1954 when they reached the quarter-finals 3 times. They have qualified for the knockout stages on 3 of their last 4 visits to the World Cup Finals though, winning their group in 2006 when they were drawn with France, South Korea and Togo. They also look to have assembled their best team for a while and could give Brazil something to think about.
Yugoslavia had a decent record in the early years of the World Cup, making two semi-finals and three more quarter-finals. However, they only made it as far as the last-16 when becoming Serbia and Montenegro, and have yet to make it to the knockout stages as Serbia. However, they arrive on the back of an easy qualifying campaign, though it wasn’t a group anywhere near as tough as this one.
The first time Costa Rica played in the World Cup Finals they finished second in their group to Brazil to qualify for the last-16, but then exited at the group stage on their next two appearances. However, they proved the surprise package of the 2014 World Cup having topped a group that consisted of Uruguay, England and Italy, and they did it in style with 7 points. That performance was in South America though, and their players may well not be as suited to a trip to Russia.
Those looking to oppose Brazil may well point to the fact that Brazil have only won 1 of their 5 World Cup Titles in Europe, but they have topped groups at World Cups held in Spain, Italy, France and Germany since. 1/3 isn’t that exciting but could be one to add to your World Cup accas.