By the time we reach Russia in June there’s bound to be thousands of ways to bet on the 2018 World Cup – and some bookies are already offering some interesting markets.
One such market is the Winning Group Market, and it’s a bet that allows you to have all 4 teams from either Group A, Group B, Group C, Group D, Group E, Group F, Group G or Group H running for you. Therefore, instead of backing one or two teams you fancy, if your team or teams get knocked out in the Group Stage, the teams who knocked them still give you a chance of winning.
2018 World Cup Winning Group Betting
Group F 4/1, Group E, 9/2, Group B 5/1, Group C 5/1, Group D 13/2, Group G 7/1, Group A 12/1, Group H 16/1
Group A 12/1
It’s no surprise to see Group A priced-up at 12/1, as it’s definitely one of the weakest groups, comprising Uruguay, Russia, Egypt and Saudi Arabia. Fans of Russia may be tempted in case the hosts fail to progress to the knockout stages, but a saver on Uruguay at the available 33/1 may be a better bet.
Group B 5/1
Morocco and Iran will probably be pleased to win a game at the finals, but there’s a good chance that backing Group B will give you both Spain and Portugal running for you. Spain won the World Cup in 2010, whilst Portugal won the 2016 Euros, so they both have good recent form.
Group C 5/1
France are a best-price 6/1 to win the World Cup, so the choice is whether you think it’s worth taking one-point less to have either Denmark, Peru or Australia on your side in the knockout stages.
Group D 13/2
Argentina are 9/1 to win the World Cup, and you’ll get to cheer on the fantastic Lionel Messi. You could also get one of the two better outsiders in Croatia or Nigeria, whilst even Iceland put-up a decent performance at Euros 2016.
Group E 9/2
Brazil are generally 5/1 to win the World Cup so, for just half-a-point, you could have the dangerous Serbia as back-up, or possible a Swiss side featuring some great young players.
Group F 4/1
Germany are 9/2 with most bookies, and the likes of Mexico and the Korea Republic have respectively made it to the quarter-finals and semi-finals of past world cups. Sweden could equally be a handful if progressing, as they knocked Italy out in the play-offs.
Group G 7/1
England fans may like this bet as, as much as they’d like to make it to the knockout stages, that’s no guarantee on recent form. However, as many of the Belgian side play in the English Premier League, they should at least have plenty of familiar faces if they don’t.
Group H 16/1
There may be no star attraction in Group H, but Colombia, Poland and Senegal all have players who could hurt bigger teams – and, as Meat Loaf once said, 2 out of 3 ain’t bad.
As the first and second in each group should go into the opposite sides of the knockout draw, that means your two runners after the group stage can’t play each other until the final – giving you two genuine runners. However, as Group B looks to have the best two hopes of making the final in Spain and Portugal, Group B has to be the selection.