As you may or may not know by now, the World Cup 2018 kicks off very soon and it all begins with the group stages. The 32 national teams travelling to Russia are divided up into eight World Cup groups of four teams, and these groups will all play each other and the top two teams will advance into the knockout stages.
The groups were randomly drawn back in December, yet as the competition draws closer, placing bets on World Cup teams odds to advance seems more appealing than ever before.
When we use the phrase ‘odds to advance world cup’, we are referring to the likelihood of a team getting out of the group stages. In some groups, like Group E which includes Brazil who are the current favourites to win the World Cup outright, the results almost seem like a foregone conclusion, however in others there’s everything to play for, and this is where the World Cup 2018 odds to advance get interesting.
In every Word Cup there always seems to be a ‘Group of Death’, in which three or four really strong teams are pitted against each other. In this year’s tournament that looks likely to be Group D, which is made up Argentina, Croatia, Nigeria and Iceland. This means that the World Cup D betting could be the most interesting of all the groups.
By looking at the World Cup group odds to advance and considering their current form and history, you can make smart decisions on which teams are best to back. What’s more, looking at the World Cup odds by group can give you a better understanding of who is likely to win the World Cup 2018 outright too.
Luckily for you, we’ve already done the hard work for you, so read on to learn more about the World Cup team odds and how the countries stack up against each other.
World Cup Odds to Advance: Group A
- Saudi Arabia
Group A has been deemed one of the weakest groups of the tournament, and therefore your World Cup Group A betting options may be limited.
Uruguay are favourites to advance in this group, yet because of this their World Cup Group A odds are almost not worth wagering on. Instead, you should be focussing on which team is likely to be the second to advance.
Saudi Arabia are the least likely of this group, however picking between Russia and Egypt is a tough decision. Russia, the hosts of the World Cup 2018, have won their group in each World Cup since 1998 with the exception of South Africa in 2010 which gives them good Russia World Cup odds this year.
That being said, Egypt are in a good position this year, especially with the formidable Mo Salah on their team. This means that the Egypt world cup odds could go either way, making for a very exciting bet.
World Cup Odds to Advance: Group B
The World Cup B odds are shaping up to be very predictable. Naturally, Spain and Portugal are the favourites to advance out of this group and so there’s not really any value in either of them.
However, Iran put on a good performance in the 2014 World Cup and therefore we’d be very cautious to count them out of your World Cup b betting options. Morocco, on the other hand, are a massive unknown and therefore you should expect very long Group B odds on them to advance.
World Cup Odds to Advance: Group C
This is a very interesting group to watch and there’s definitely some value in backing the Danes or Peru. Of course, France are the favourites here to advance and with a team full of young stars such as Antoine Greizmann and Kylian Mbappé they should cruise through.
Denmark World Cup odds are the second favourites to advance thanks, in part, to their excellent midfielder Christian Eriksen. Australia are the weakest team in this group, but we would suggest if you’re feeling really risky to take a punt on Peru to advance.
The South American team put on an impressive performance in the qualifying rounds and under the current management of Ricardo Gareca they also managed to come third in the 2015 Copa América.
World Cup Odds to Advance: Group D
As we mentioned earlier, this is the group that pundits are now referring to as the ‘Group of Death’. All of teams in this group have a good chance of advancing, and so not only is there a lot of value in backing any one of them, but it means there’s very competitive World Cup Group D odds available.
Argentina are arguably one of the best teams in the world at the moment and are the favourites of the group, however they did struggle in their qualifying campaign. This however doesn’t seem to have affected their World Cup D odds, and they’re still a very safe bet.
Aside from the Argentina World Cup odds, there is also stiff competition between the other three teams of the group; Iceland had a fantastic run in the 2016 Euros and Croatia were set to win the whole competition for a while. On the other hand, Nigeria recently beat Argentina in a friendly and so the Nigeria World Cup odds to get out of group should not be underestimated.
All in all, Group D betting may be hard work, so look out for any clues or hints which may help you beat the bookies!
World Cup Odds to Advance: Group E
- Costa Rica
In this group everyone is expecting Brazil to advance and with a team full of superb players such as Neymar, Jesus and Coutinho, it’s very unlikely they won’t. In fact, Brazil are the current favourites to win World Cup 2018 outright, and therefore both their Group E odds and their odds on winning the competition are very appealing.
That being said, the interesting wagers in this group, therefore, are on who will go through with them.
Both Serbia and Switzerland have been displaying great ability, and therefore the betting tips Serbia v Switzerland are looking a bit confused at the moment! Both teams are made up of players who have been performing well at League level and therefore both the Switzerland and Serbia World Cup odds look promising.
Costa Rica, on the other hand, enjoyed a very good run in the last competition, beating all of their 2014 World Cup odds.
This is a tricky group to predict and we’d advise waiting until closer to the competition to get the best World Cup E odds.
World Cup Odds to Advance: Group F
- South Korea
Germany are the World Cup defending champions and we can’t see any reason why they would struggle to advance in this group. Neither can the bookies apparently, as their Group F odds are looking very short at the moment.
As for who will go through with them, placing a wager on Mexico or Sweden is a good decision. Mexico have some young talent in their squad and should finish second. That being said, it’d be foolish to rule out Sweden who beat a competent Italy squad to qualify.
World Cup Odds to Advance: Group G
If you can stomach backing England in the World Cup G odds it could be a wise decision. Although our last World Cup journey was far from successful, this time around we’re looking strong with players such as Harry Kane, Marcus Rashford and Dele Alli.
Belgium are also very likely to advance and they currently have the best Group G odds. They’ll be taking a squad full of stars to Russia and are considered to be one of the strongest squads in the tournament. This however, means that the Belgium World Cup odds may not be as appealing as you’d hope, as they’re pretty short at the moment.
The wild card here is betting on Tunisia to advance, it’s risky to contemplate them as a Group G betting option, but we do think they could surprise us.
Overall the World Cup G betting isn’t looking the easiest, so we’d advice waiting until after the group stages begin if you want to remain profitable.
World Cup Odds to Advance: Group H
This is another tight group to take a punt on and so Group H betting is quite lucrative at the moment. Colombia have the best World Cup chances to advance, having performed very well in the 2014 tournament.
Poland should be expected to survive this group, however we cannot count out Japan or Senegal at the moment. Japan failed to advance in 2014, but they remain unpredictable especially under the new management of Akira Nishino.
Similarly, the Senegal Group H odds should not be undervalued either, particularly as they’ll be taking the likes of Sadio Mané and Keita Baldé to Russia with them.
Over all, the World Cup H odds (with the exception of Colombia) are looking very close to call!
World Cup Odds To Win: Which Team Is Most Likely To Win the World Cup 2018?
One of the best things about reading about the World Cup group stage odds is that they can help give you some insight into which is the most likely team to win World Cup 2018 too. If we look at all the favourites for World Cup 2018 group stages, then we can also consider how far each team may progress.
For example, if a team has great World Cup 2018 group odds, then this means they’re very likely to get through to the knock-out round of sixteen. This likelihood is sure to affect if they are considered to be one of the teams who’s most likely to win the World Cup.
Whilst, as we’ve just mentioned, the World Cup 2018 group betting is important to consider if you want to back World Cup outright winner odds, it’s also important to consider ‘Stage of Elimination Odds’. These are odds that bookmakers will offer, and which suggest at which point a team will leave the competition.
So, for instance, a team may have good World Cup odds qualify from group, but if they’re then expected to leave in the Round of 16, their World Cup outright odds are obviously not worth backing.
So, what team is most likely to win the World Cup? Well, from our extensive research, we quite fancy the odds on either Brazil or Germany. Both of these teams are the clear favourites World Cup 2018, and therefore they have very appealing odds on World Cup 2018.
That being said, if you want to play it a bit more risky, you may not want to back a team who is most likely to win the World Cup. Of course for the teams who are considered World Cup 2018 most likely to win, the odds are relatively short. Instead, you could place a small bet on a team with very long odds on World Cup 2018, and take the chance that if it did pay off, you’d make a fortune!
Read on to find out how you can place an odds World Cup 2018 outright winner bet, and start World Cup 2018 group betting too.
How to Bet On the World Cup Winners Odds
If you have read this guide and are now wanting to check out the FIFA World Cup odds 2018 and start betting, then we’re happy to report that it couldn’t be easier. Hundreds of different UK bookmakers are now offering great football odds World Cup, making placing a bet on World Cup 2018 straight-forward and quick.
To start placing bets on this year’s competition, we’d recommend finding a bookmaker which suits your needs first. This is easily done with a little research, but you can also check out some of the bookmakers we’ve listed at the start of this article too.
After that, you’ll need to find out whether the bookmaker offers the right soccer World Cup odds for you. You can do this by navigating your way to the World Cup markets and taking a browse. Some sites ma like all the World Cup teams and odds in one place, whilst others may split them up into different categories.
Here are some of the most popular odds to look out for at your chosen bookmaker:
- World Cup Odds Group Stage Team to Advance
- Odds on World Cup Team to Win Competition Outright
- World Cup Group Winners Odds
What Further World Cup Group Stage Research Can You Do?
Whilst we’ve tried to be as comprehensive as possible in our World Cup 2018 Odds to Advance guide, to really beat the bookies you may want to do some further research of your own. This is particularly useful if you want to bet on a team who aren’t very likely to advance, as you may be able to find your own clues by digging deeper.
For instance, you may want to take a look at how the teams performed in the Euros 2016. Some teams had a tough journey in this competition and so looking at previous records could be quite interesting. Here are some examples of previous Euro 2016 odds which may be useful to look at:
- Croatia Spain Euro 2016 Qualifying Odds
- Croatia Spain qualifying odds
- Belgium Italy Euro Qualifying Odds
- Belgium Italy Euro Cup odds
- Belgium Italy qualifying odds
Alternatively, if you want to back a team who haven’t really got a past World Cup record, looking at some of their records in other tournaments may be useful too.
This is especially important if you’re thinking of backing Iceland (who have made it to the World Cup for the first time this year), or a team like Costa Rica, who were relatively unknown until the 2014 tournament. Here are some suggestions of further research to do in this area:
- Iceland League Cup B Odds
- Iceland League Cup C Odds
- Costa Rica 2014 World Cup Schedule
- Betting Tips Nigeria v Iceland
- World Cup Odds Iceland
Last, but by no means least, you could also research some of the World’s other international tournaments.
Whilst most UK readers will be aware of big European competitions, like the 2016 Euros, you may be a little clueless as to which tournaments are played in other continents. Here are some good places to start in this department:
- South Africa Cup Bets
- Japan New Year Cup Betting Odds
- Argentina Cup Odds
- Copa América Odds
- Africa Cup of Nations Odds