For many football fans, betting for the 2018 World Cup may revolve around whether to have a bet on their own team in the hope of profiting from a long and enjoyable run to lifting football’s most coveted trophy.
However, some bookmakers are already offering many interesting alternative markets, and the Top African Team Betting Market looks to offer a great opportunity.
The Top African Team Betting Market consists of just 5 teams, Senegal, Nigeria, Egypt, Morocco and Tunisia, and the winner is simply the team who make it furthest in the competition.
2018 World Cup Top African Team Betting: Senegal 2/1, Nigeria 9/4, Egypt 11/4, Morocco 7/1, Tunisia 7/1
Senegal make their first World Cup appearance since making the quarter-finals in 2002, and the Captain of that side Aliou Cisse is now coach. The pace of Liverpool striker Sadio Mane could be a highly-effective weapon for them, but they are only third-favourites for Group H behind Colombia and Poland, who may prove tough to beat.
Nigeria breezed through qualifying, and were the first African team to book their place in Russia, meaning they have made the finals of 5 of the last 6 World Cups. Amazingly, coach Gernot Rohr is the eighth coach Nigeria have employed since the last World Cup, but he seems to be able to get the best out of Nigerian Captain Mikel, and the attacking trio of Victor Moses, Kelechi Iheanacho and Alex Iwobi. Third favourites for Group D, which contains Argentina, Croatia and Iceland, however they did beat Argentina in a recent friendly.
Argentinean Coach Hector Cuper has not pleased everyone in Egypt with his defensive counter-attacking strategy, but this is the first time Egypt have qualified for the World Cup Finals since 1990. They’re also the perfect tactics when you’ve got a forward with the pace of Mohamed Salah. Group A also looks the weakest of the groups as, though Uruguay are expected to win the group, Russia and Saudia Arabia are two of the poorer teams in the competition on paper.
This will be Morocco’s first appearance in the World Cup Finals for 20-years but, whilst the Moroccan Team has been a joy to watch in qualifying with an abundance of young talent headed by Monaco midfielder Nabil Dirar, they look to have been unlucky to have been drawn in Group B alongside Spain and Portugal.
It’s 12-years since Tunisia last played in the World Cup Finals, but they’ll arrive in Russia in a confident frame of mind having gone unbeaten in qualifying. However, they’ve yet to qualify from the Group Stages on any of their previous visits to the finals and, though Belgium, England and Panama don’t make up the strongest of the 8 qualifying Groups, they may buckle under the pressure.
All 5 African Teams are third favourites in their groups, so there is a possibility that none of them will make it to the knockout stages. However, Egypt deserve to be second-favourites for Group A according to the FIFA World Rankings, as they’re ranked 31 in comparison to Saudia Arabia (63) and Russia (65), whilst Uruguay are only ranked 21 – and Egypt look worth a bet to be the Top African Team at the 2018 World Cup.
Top African Team At The 2018 World Cup: Egypt @ 11/4 BetVictor