World Cup 2018 Groups

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How Does It Work?

For absolute newbies, here is how the World Cup 2018 line up works. There are a total of 32 nations vying for the 2018 World Cup title. These nations have been drawn into eight groups of four teams each. Each team will then face the other three teams in their group on a round-robin basis.

The rankings of each teams are determined by the points obtained in all group matches, goal difference and number of goals scored. The top two teams in each group will advance to the round of 16.

Group Stage Betting

Browse through bookmakers’ websites now and you will find hundreds, if not thousands of different markets you can bet on.

After all, it is arguably the biggest sporting event in the world and the largest sports betting event. At Group Stage alone, there are various betting options for punters:

  • Group Winner — Which team will rise to the top?
  • Group Qualifier — Which of the two teams in each group will move onto World Cup quarter finals? Likewise, you can bet on which teams will not qualify.
  • To Finish Bottom — Similarly, you can bet on which teams finish 2nd and 3rd
  • Match Bets within each group — What are the outcomes of each match? Bet on win/draw/lose, and even the number of goals!

World Cup 2018 Group Odds

Before you dive into the numbers, here are a few most popular predictions about the group stage.

  • Group A is considered the easiest group with Uruguay as faves and good betting value for money.
  • Group C is for the risk-taking punters. Would you bet on the young and talented French, or the Danes’ midfielder-maestro, Christian Eriksen, who made his mark during the  qualifying rounds?
  • As pundits call it, Group D is this World Cup’s Group of Death. Messi and the Argentinians had a poor qualifying campaign. They face Iceland, who had a magical run at Euro 2016, Nigeria that recently beat Argentina in a friendly and Croatia who would definitely serve stiff competition.
  • Group E definitely belongs to the Brazilians.
  • Group F’s excitement lies in who will take second place. Mexico or Sweden?
  • Group G sees two heavyweights, Belgium and England, who should most definitely advance.
  • Group H offers a good bet in Poland, which is currently ranked in No. 7 in the FIFA rankings.

Here are the latest odds on the winner of each group as offered by a few of our favourite World Cup 2018 bookmakers. Do note that these odds are constantly changing based on the latest sporting news and will continue to change as the matches play out.

The following are the different 2018 World Cup groups and their respective betting odds, including the highly anticipated teams of the 2018 World Cup Qualifying Groups Europe.

2018 Fifa World Cup Qualification – UEFA Group A

Group Team Odds by Bet365 Odds by Skybet Odds by Ladbrokes
Group A Uruguay 10/11 1 10/11
Russia 6/4 3/2 7/4
Egypt 11/2 5 4
Saudi Arabia 40 25 25

 

2018 Fifa World Cup Qualification – UEFA Group B

Group B Spain 1/2 1/2 8/15
Portugal 2 2 15/8
Morocco 16 14 16
Iran 33 18 20

 

2018 Fifa World Cup Qualification – UEFA Group C

Group C France 2/7 1/3 3/10
Denmark 9/2 4 9/2
Peru 10 9 9
Australia 20 16 16

2018 Fifa World Cup Qualification – UEFA Group D

Group D Argentina 8/13 8/13 4/7
Croatia 9/4 9/4 5/2
Nigeria 10 8 10
Iceland 12 10 10

 

2018 Fifa World Cup Qualification – UEFA Group E

Group E Brazil 2/7 2/7 1/4
Switzerland 6 11/2 13/2
Serbia 8 15/2 7
Costa Rica 18 16 20

 

2018 Fifa World Cup Qualification – UEFA Group F

Group F Germany 1/3 2/5 2/5
Mexico 5 5 5
Sweden 13/2 6 6
Korea Republic 16 12 12

 

2018 Fifa World Cup Qualification – UEFA Group G

Group G Belgium 5/6 4/5 4/5
England 6/5 11/10 5/4
Tunisia 14 18 14
Panama 40 33 28

 

2018 Fifa World Cup Qualification – UEFA Group H

Group H Colombia 5/4 11/8 11/8
Poland 7/4 2 7/4
Senegal 5 4 4
Japan 7 5 7

 

Head over to your favourite bookmaker’s site to view their full list of markets and odds. The four-year wait for the World Cup is coming to an end.

You should hurry on and sign-up for an account at your favourite bookmaker, shop for deals (both in terms of free bets and good odds) and place your bets. These opportunities only come once every four years, so better make the most of this long-awaited action!