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Euro 2020 qualifying – Groups Draw & Betting Odds

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The draw for Euro 2020 was made in Dublin on Sunday, December 2nd and England came out with a pretty favourable draw. All of the qualification matches for Euro 2020 will happen between March and November 2019 in a condensed version of the process. That is because of the Nations League action which has a backdoor-bearing influence on qualification for the tournament. France are the 4/1 outright favourites to win Euro 2010* (betting odds taken from December 2nd, 2018 at 1:17 pm)

Euro 2020 Winner Odds*

France 4/1 Spain 9/2 Belgium 7/1 England 7/1 Germany 8/1 Portugal 10/1 Netherlands 12/1 Italy 16/1 Croatia 25/1 Switzerland 50/1 Russia 66/1 Wales 66/1 Denmark 66/1 Bar 100/1 * (betting odds taken from December 2nd, 2018 at 1:17 pm) [bbutton bookmaker="bet365"] [toc heading_levels="2"]

Nations League Semi-Finalists

The four teams who made it through to the Nations League semi-finals, England, Switzerland, Portugal and the Netherlands were all together in a special pot for the draw. They will each play in a group (separate) of just five teams, which ensures that their calendars are left open for next year’s Nations League semi-finals. The rest of the groups in Euro 2020 qualification have six teams in each.

Location Logistics

Euro 2020 is going to be spread far and wide across the continent (twelve nations). England, Scotland, the Republic of Ireland, Germany, Spain, Italy, the Netherlands, Azerbaijan, Denmark, Hungary, Romania and Russia are all staging Euro 2020 games. No more than two of those could be paired together in a group.

Euro 2020 Group Qualifiers

The top two from each of the Euro 2020 qualification groups will automatically qualify for the tournament.

Euro 2020 Qualification Play-Offs

This is where the Nations League comes back into play. Group winners from the current Nations League are automatically guaranteed a Euro 2020 qualification play-off place. That is, if they don’t earn an automatic Euro 2020 qualification spot. If a team who has won their Nations League group automatically qualifies for Euro 2020 as well, the next best team in their Nations League group goes to the play offs instead. The play offs will be held at the end of March 2020.

Euro 2020 Draw

Group A: England, Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Montenegro, Kosovo. Group B: Portugal, Ukraine, Serbia, Lithuania, Luxembourg. Group C: Netherlands, Germany, Northern Ireland, Estonia, Belarus. Group D: Switzerland, Denmark, Republic of Ireland, Georgia, Gibraltar. Group E: Croatia, Wales, Slovakia, Hungary, Azerbaijan. Group F: Spain, Sweden, Norway, Romania, Faroe Islands, Malta. Group G: Poland, Austria, Israel, Slovenia, Macedonia, Latvia. Group H: France, Iceland, Turkey, Albania, Moldova, Andorra. Group I: Belgium, Russia, Scotland, Cyprus, Kazakhstan, San Marino. Group J: Italy, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Finland, Greece, Armenia, Liechtenstein.

England - Group A

It has been a pretty strong draw for England really who have what appears to be an easy qualification process ahead of them. The next highest seeded team in the world that they will meet is the Czech Republic who are 42nd in the world. Bulgaria, Montenegro and Kosovo make up the group. England’s last game against the Czech Republic ended in a 2-2 draw back in 2008. The two nations haven’t met competitively. England hold a W6 D4 L0 record against Bulgaria, last beating them comfortably to nil twice in Euro 2012 qualification. The Three Lions have a W1 D3 L0 record against Montenegro, the win coming in their last meeting in World Cup 2014 qualifying. The Three Lions have not met Kosovo before. Prediction: England win, Czech Republic qualify

Northern Ireland - Group C

It has been a tough draw for Northern Ireland who are going to have a battle on their hands to book an automatic qualification spot. They have drawn not only Germany, who the Irish finished second to in World Cup 2018 qualification, but the Netherlands too. The Netherlands showed a new lease of life during the Nations League as they beat France and Germany to top spot in their group against the odds. Northern Ireland didn’t win their Nations League group (finishing bottom behind Bosnia and Austria) so don’t have the cushion of an immediate backdoor route to the playoffs. Estonia and Belarus make up the numbers in Group C. Prediction: Germany to win, Netherlands qualify

Ireland - Group D

Ireland will look to enter a fresh new era after a managerial change. Martin O’Neill has gone and it was needed after the Irish finished bottom of their Nations League group behind Denmark and Wales. So that puts them under pressure in not having an immediate backdoor route to the Euro 2020 playoffs. They will meet up with Denmark yet again, the side who knocked them out of World Cup 2018 qualification playoffs and who, as mentioned, won their Nations League group above them. That gives the Danes the first shot from that particular Nations League group of a playoff spot in Euro 2020 qualifying. Switzerland were the surprise winners of their nations League group after stunning Belgium so they will be a threat. Georgia and Gibraltar make up the numbers. Prediction: Denmark to win, Switzerland to qualify

Wales - Group E

Wales won’t be too unhappy with their Euro 2020 draw you would feel. Yes, they have to take on World Cup 2018 runners-up Croatia, but other than that, there is a decent chance for the Welsh in this one. Slovakia could be their biggest threat to shake off for the second qualification place, but the Slovakians finished bottom of their Nations League group behind Ukraine and the Czech Republic. Azerbaijan are naturally going to be the big underdog outsiders for the group, while Hungary could only finish second to Finland in their Nations League group. Some rousing home performances and you can see the Welsh making a strong automatic qualification challenge. Prediction: Croatia to win, Wales to qualify

Scotland - Group I

There are couple of stiff challenges ahead for Scotland in their Euro 2020 qualification campaign. First of all the favourites to win the group will be Belgium and it would be a shock if the Red Devils indeed didn't get an automatic qualification place out of this. Russia surprised everyone at the World cup 2018 of course and they finished level on points (beaten on head to head) with Sweden in their Nations League group. So those are the ones Scotland are most likely going to have to duel the hardest against. But the Scots, because they won their Nations League group have the cushion of a Euro 2020 qualification play-off place. Filling out the rest of the group are Cyprus, Kazakhstan and San Marino. Prediction: Belgium to win, Russia to qualify

Germany v Netherlands Predictions & Betting Odds – November 19th 2018

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Germany v Netherlands Betting Tips - Nations League, November 19th 7.45pm It is done. Probably the greatest surprise in the Nations League is that Germany have been relegated from the top tier. With a game to spare. With the Netherlands beating France on the weekend, the Germans are down and out. However, there is a lot at stake here as the Netherlands win the group with at least a draw. Read our predictions for Germany v Netherlands.

Germany v Netherlands Betting Odds*

Germany 17/20 Draw 14/5 Netherlands 7/2 * (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on November 16th, 2018 at 10:24 p.m.) [bbutton bookmaker="bet365"] [toc heading_levels="2"]

Germany News and Form

Germany remain without a win in the group, having collected only one point from their three games played. The point was in their only home game so far, a 0-0 draw against France. Germany have already been relegated from A1 Germany have scored just the one goal in their three group stage games, a penalty from Toni Kroos in their 2-1 loss in France. Both teams to score is at 4/6 odds* (betting odds taken on November 18th, 2018 at 1:17 pm) Germany’s form in their last six games is W2 D1 L3 Both wins in that sequence were both at home, international friendly wins over Peru and Russia. There have been over 2.5 goals in each of Germany’s last four games. Germany have taken a clean sheet in two of their last four games against the Netherlands. In the correct score market the shortest priced option is a 1-1 draw at 6/1 odds* (betting odds taken on November 18th, 2018 at 1:17 pm) Germany have taken four wins in their last fourteen games D4 L6

Germany v Netherlands Head to Head

The Netherlands won the first Nations League meeting 3-0 The Dutch are W9 D10 L7 overall against the Germans The Netherlands have won just one of their last six against Germany (D3 L2) Germany took a 3-0 win in their last home game against Holland in 2011

Netherlands News and Form

The Netherlands are on a real revival at the moment having beaten World Cup winners France 2-0 on Friday. That leaves them with a W3 D1 L1 in their last five games, the lone defeat against France in the Nations League. After their losing start in the group, they turned around to beat Germany 3-0 and then France 2-0. The Netherlands to win to nil is a big 13/2 odds option* (betting odds taken on November 18th, 2018 at 1:17 pm) as they are away from home for this fixutre. The Dutch have lost just two of their last fourteen games now. A draw will be enough for the Netherlands to win the group and reach the semi-finals. Memphis Depay has scored in both of the last two competitive games for the Netherlands. The Dutch were outsiders to win the group before the start of the campaign In each of their last three wins, the Netherlands have scored at least two goals Over 2.5 goals is at 4/5 odds* (betting odds taken on November 18th, 2018 at 1:17 pm).

Germany v Netherlands Predictions

Draw: The Netherlands put in a huge effort against France on Friday while Germany were playing out an easy friendly. Germany would love nothing more than to spoil the ambitions of the Dutch in this one. But the Dutch are playing some very good stuff at the moment and the 1-1 correct score appeals nicely.

France v Germany Predictions & Betting Odds – 16th October 2018

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France v Germany Betting Tips - UEFA Nations League, 16th October 7.45pm France have a chance to take a giant stride towards winning Nations League A1 with three points against Germany on Tuesday. They are top of the pile on four points after two games. Germany are in a spot of trouble at the foot of the group and need three points against the World Champions to ease relegation concerns. Read our predictions for France v Germany.

France v Germany Betting Odds*

France 5/6 Draw 11/4 Germany 3/1 * (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on October 14th, 2018 at 5:28 p.m.)
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France News and Form

France looked as if they were heading to a home friendly defeat against Iceland recently before they got two late goals for a 2-2 draw. That leaves them a W1 D2 in their last three games. They opened the Nations League with the 0-0 away draw in Germany and then took down the Netherlands 2-1 back in Paris. The French are top of the group and a win here would leave them four points clear of the second-placed Netherlands with one game to play. Their heads were not in that game against Iceland and will be sharper here. Both teams NOT to score is at 11/10 odds* (betting odds taken on October 14th, 2018 at 5:54 pm). That’s based on recent head to head. France are unbeaten now since a friendly defeat against Colombia back in March. It is a sequence of fourteen games since then with France winning ten of those. Kylian Mbappe, who got the equaliser against Iceland in midweek, looks to be raising his status all the time and he is at 6/4 in the anytime goalscorer market with only Antoine Griezmann a shorter price* (betting odds taken on October 14th, 2018 at 5:54 pm). France have the scoring form with at least two goals now in five of their last seven games. We may see them open up a little bit more than they did away in Germany.

Germany News and Form

Things are not going right for the Germans at the moment. Their fortunes have not changed since their miserable World Cup 2018 campaign. They earned that point at home against the French in their Nations League opener and then after a narrow friendly win over Peru, they suffered a big 3-0 defeat against rivals Netherlands on the weekend. Against France and the Netherlands, they have created chances but no-one is finishing them. They are badly lacking there at the moment. Germany have scored in just one of their last three games now, so France to win to nil may not be too bold of a punt at 2/1 odds* (betting odds taken on October 14th, 2018 at 5:54 pm). Germany have only won three games in their last elven played. Just one of those three games was a competitive win as well. They are not in a good place here, but if they could take maximum points here things would look so much better. If they suffer a loss then immense pressure is going to be on boss Joachim Loew. Not only are Germany not scoring they are not picking up clean sheets either as they have just one in their last eleven games. They certainly look a bit second best to the French at the moment and because of that a France 1-0 option is at 13/2 odds* (betting odds taken on October 14th, 2018 at 5:54 pm).

France v Germany Head to Head

The two played out a 0-0 draw in that first Nations League meeting and that is back to back draws these two have played out. France are undefeated in their last four fixtures against Die Mannschaft, winning two and drawing two. Both teams have scored in just one of their last five meetings.

France v Germany Predictions

France to win: France didn’t have their heads in their friendly game against Iceland in midweek. Expect them to be more tuned in here. Germany are all out of shape at the moment and nothing is going for them up front. Home win.

Netherlands v Germany Predictions & Betting Odds – 13th October 2018

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Netherlands v Germany Betting Tips - UEFA Nations League, 13th October 7.45pm Both of these have already met France in the Nations League group. Germany were held at home by the World champions, while the Netherlands suffered a defeat against them. The second meeting between Germany and France will happen on October 16th in what is likely to be a group-winning decider. A win for Germany draws in this one them level with Les Bleus but this may not be an easy ride. Read our predictions for Netherlands v Germany.

Netherlands v Germany Betting Odds*

Germany 21/20 Netherlands 12/5 Draw 5/2 * (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on October 8th, 2018 at 5:08 p.m.)
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Netherlands News and Form

There are just signs of a bit of improvement in the play of the Netherlands under Ronald Koeman. They lost their Nations League opener though which leaves them with a W2 D2 L2 record in their last six. So they are still searching for a bit of renewed consistency. They suffered a 2-1 loss out in France, tying the game up at 1-1 in the second half but they were unable to hold out. They are having defensive problems as they have taken just the one clean sheet in their last seven games now. But they have been scoring so we will back both teams to score at 8/13 odds* (betting odds taken on October 9th, 2018 at 3:39 pm). In having to face both Germany and France, this Nations League campaign was always going to be tough for them. It is about them trying to rediscover a bit form to get to a higher level after missing Euro 2016 and the 2018 World Cup. The Dutch are W3 L1 in their last four home games, their most recent being a narrow success over Peru in a friendly during the last international break. They have won five of their last six on home soil (L1) so that is a marked improvement. Can they take down Germany?

Germany News and Form

Germany are on a five-match undefeated streak of form against the Dutch, winning two of those. So there have been tight scraps between them and in fact, in the overall head to head Germany are 7-8 down with ten drawn matches. We can see this being tight and Netherlands 2-1 correct score option is at 11/1 odds* (betting odds taken on October 9th, 2018 at 3:39 pm). That not unappealing to back the home side to pull off an upset. Both teams have scored in six of the last eight meetings between the two neighbours. Germany held their own against France in a 0-0 draw to start their Nations League campaign. They followed that with a 2-1 friendly win over Peru. That's the same scoreline as the Dutch beat the South Americans by in the last international break. Germany are not quite as sharp as we would be expect them to be and have won just three of their last eleven games remarkably (W3 D4 L4). So they haven’t been clicking. If you take out their failed World Cup campaign in Russia, the Germans are just W1 D1 L1 in their last three away games. They are not as prolific in front of goal as you would expect them to be, failing to score in three of their last five now.

Netherlands v Germany Predictions

Netherlands to win: There is a great opportunity for the Netherlands to cause an upset and pounce on the Germans on home soil. Germany are a bit of out sorts, in a transition period and they are there for the taking at the moment. Home win.

Germany v France Predictions & Betting Odds – 6th September 2018

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Germany v France Betting Tips - UEFA Nations League, 6th September 7.45pm This is exactly what the Nations League was designed for. High-profile competitive games between top sides instead of meaningless friendlies. Germany will be looking to prove a point that their miserable summer at the World Cup was just a blip. France were crowned World Champions at the 2018 World Cup and will be keen to avoid a hangover after that. Read our predictions for Germany v France.

Germany News and Form

Germany looked fine and they looked their usual strong selves through World Cup 2018 qualification. However, it just fell away for them after that. They are only W2 L3 in their last five games which just isn’t like them. They were embarrassed at the World Cup, finishing bottom of their group, losing games against Mexico and South Korea. So boss Joachim Low does have a bit of a challenge on his hards here. They didn’t hit the back of the net in either of their World Cup 2018 defeats. They earned plenty of possession in their games, their passing accuracy was high and they created an average of 24 shots per game. There was no end product. We do see a weakness in the Germany back line which could be problematic against France. But Germany have home advantage and this should be a tight tussle regardless. Over 2.5 goals at 19/20 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on September 2nd, 2018 at 10:20 p.m.) as Germany will be keen to put that summer of misery behind them. They have a point to prove and on the individual level, striker Timo Werner who was so heavily hyped up ahead of the World Cup, disappointed there. He has a good strike record for his country regardless and basically, the Germans don't have anyone else to lean on.

France News and Form

The French have to come down to earth again to get back to the usual grind after their success at Russia 2018. Things are pretty much as they were from them. The same powerfully, talented and a deeply rich squad is still in place. Just a quick scan of the two squads and you can see that the French totally dominate Germany when it comes to attacking talent available. Then in the midfield area, they have big key players like Paul Pogba and N’Golo Kante who can boss things. France have taken four clean sheets in their last six games as well, so they just shape up well all over the pitch. They have taken three wins in their last four friendly matches (D1). Even though for this opening Nations League matches they are away from home, they will still be fancying their chances. The other team in this group is the Netherlands. This could be all about how France handle themselves after what is bound to be a World Cup come down. It's not easy once all that pressure is off. Germany to win by a one-goal margin is at 3/1 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on September 2nd, 2018 at 10:20 p.m.).

Germany v France Head to Head

In the last six meetings, France have collected a W3 D1 L2 record against Germany. The last time they met was in a friendly just back in November 2017 and that ended in a 2-2 draw. Germany are winless in their last three games against France (D2 L1) and Die Mannschaft have conceded exactly two goals in each of those three games.

Germany v France Betting Odds*

Germany 29/20 France 19/10 Draw 23/10 * (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on September 2nd, 2018 at 10:20 p.m.)

Germany v France Predictions

Germany to win: You have to imagine that Germany will be fired up to try and prove themselves in this contest against the World Champions. Die Mannschaft were well out of sorts at the World Cup, but with home advantage and the bit between their teeth, they could sneak this one.

European Big 5 Leagues – Betting Odds & Predictions

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We are going to look at the pre-season odds on the most likely outcomes of the top leagues around Europe and find ways to search for some value beyond outright singles. Last season across Europe ended up somewhat predictable really with strong pre-season favourites sweeping the titles in England, France, Spain, Germany and Italy. Those are the league which we are going to be looking at again and for the ante-post markets on each of those, we are seeing the same pattern again. Namely that the bookmakers are not expecting any major upsets anywhere and that the only one of those leagues which is likely to produce a tight battle would be over in Spain between Real Madrid and Barcelona


Manchester City are the 8/13 favourites* (betting odds taken from July 19th, 2018 at 6:23 pm) to go and land the Premier League title in the 2018/19 season. Pep Guardiola’s men made pretty light work of things last season as everything came together so well for them. They swooped early in the summer to bring in Riyad Mahrez from Leicester which looks as if it could be a terrific addition to the squad, but it would put some pressure on Raheem Sterling probably. City won the league last season by 19 points over their rivals Manchester United and that is a huge gap to try and close. That is the kind of thing that takes time and the dominance that the Citizens had last season is likely to spill over into this season. Manchester United may again be hampered by the tactics of Jose Mourinho, while Tottenham are lacking something to make them truly competitive in a Premier League title race. Chelsea and Arsenal have rebuilding to do under new managers, so it is Liverpool who makes for the interesting main contenders therefore. That is because of an improvement in the goalkeeping department through Alisson Becker which they have made over the summer as well as bolstering their squad with the arrival of Naby Keita, Fabinho and a bargain in Xherdan Shaqiri. Depth is being added but still, we don’t see them toppling City. Man City 8/13, Liverpool 9/2, Man Utd 13/2. Chelsea 14/1, Tottenham 16/1, Arsenal 20/1, bar 250/1 * (betting odds taken from July 19th, 2018 at 6:23 pm)


You can’t of course look past the big two of Barcelona and Real Madrid. Barcelona powered their way to the league title last year and they almost did it with an unbeaten season as well. That went south as they surprisingly lost their penultimate game 5-4 against Levante. Still, the Catalans won all but ten of their games last season and they are looking pretty stable. They seem to be well settled and boss Ernesto Valverde probably isn’t going to spend too big in the summer, not in comparison to what their rivals Real Madrid are going to do. Madrid clearly needs a shake-up after finishing third in the Spanish top flight last season and a massive seventeen points back of Barcelona. There was just too much instability from them at the back through the early part of the season and when it came down to them recognising that they had no chance of overhauling Barcelona, they fully switched their focus to the serious business of winning the UEFA Champions League again. They are entering a new era with Cristiano Ronaldo having been sold off, expect them to spend heavily, but if they do would it all come together immediately for new boss Julen Lopetegui? Maybe not. We like the more stable Barcelona. Barcelona 8/11, Real Madrid 11/8, Atletico Madrid 14/1, Valencia 100/1, bar 150/1


Bayern Munich topped the Bundesliga once again last season and that was by a margin of a ridiculous 21 points over Schalke. They have a new manager in Niko Kovac and really they are so strong compared to the rest of the league it’s hard to not back them for more domestic success. As long as they keep a hold of their scoring threat of Robert Lewandowski, who has been linked with Chelsea, then the Bavarians aren’t likely to let their crown slip. That is without doing a great deal of business in the summer transfer market. We do like the direction in which Lucien Favre is taking Borussia Dortmund and they have some great young players there like Max Philipp, Jadon Sancho and Christian Pulisic and you blend that in with the spattering of experience that they have then they are set up pretty well. It is likely to be enough to get the better of Bayern Munich though? Probably not. The same can be said of RB Leipzig who would need a couple of real marquee signings to step it up. Bayern Munich 1/6, Borussia Dortmund 11/2, RB Leipzig 33/1, Schalke 40/1, Bayer Leverkusen 66/1, Hoffenheim 100/1, bar 200/1 * (betting odds taken from July 19th, 2018 at 6:23 pm)


This is the most straightforward of all the big five leagues in Europe to call. It is PSG all the way and they aren’t going to fall from grace anytime soon. They have a ridiculously good squad and the rest of the Ligue 1 just isn’t up to scratch at all. There have been a lot of rumours that Real Madrid are going to come in and try to pry Neymar away from them, but even if that happens PSG wouldn't exactly be short of talent. They would also have more than enough to go and spend to fill any holes that they may have floating around. They will be holding on to Kylian Mbappe and Edinson Cavani and they are going to be dominant again for new boss Thomas Tuchel. Monaco have been sellers this summer while Lyon look the better bet to at least of some kind of challenge to PSG. PSG 1/10, Lyon 12/1, Monaco 14/1, Marseille 14/1, Bordeaux 250/1, Montpellier 350/1, bar 500/1 * (betting odds taken from July 19th, 2018 at 6:23 pm)


For the first time in a long time, Juventus were under pressure last season in the Serie A title race. That pressure was from Maurizio Sarri Napoli. With Sarri having moved over to Chelsea the club have brought in Carlo Ancelotti. But there could be something of an exodus happening with Sarri gone with it starting with midfielder Jorginho who went to Chelsea and Dries Mertens could be following him there. So Napoli may have some trouble sustaining their status of last season. Juventus showed their quality and class last season to get over the finish line and wrestle the title back into their grasp, despite losing against Napoli with five games to go. They held on, didn’t crumble and they are keeping Massimiliano Allegri around as manager and made what will likely be the biggest signing of the summer in Europe (unless Neymar moves to Real Madrid) as they captured Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid. If they can keep the bulk of their squad together from last season, and there’s no reason why they shouldn’t, throw Ronaldo in there and despite his ageing legs, that’s a huge boon for Juventus’s title defence. Juventus 2/5, Napoli 6/1, Roma 13/2, Inter Milan 7/1, AC Milan 20/1, Lazio 50/1, Atalanta 200/1, bar 250/1 * (betting odds taken from July 19th, 2018 at 6:23 pm)

Euro Big 5 Multiples

So there are the odds for the forthcoming seasons across Europe. Let’s just list the favourites Man City 8/13 Barcelona 8/11 Bayern Munich 1/6 PSG 1/10 Juventus 2/5 * (betting odds taken from July 19th, 2018 at 6:23 pm) So you have some pretty strong odds-on prices there and there really isn’t going to be a lot of value in backing them as singles. Imagine having to wait a whole season for a £10 bet on Man City at 8/13 for a profit return of £6.15 at the end of the season. It is hardly worth the wait at all for that return. That is one of the better-priced options among the league winners in the big five league as well too.

Big Five Accumulator

So this is an occasion where you might want to think about creating some multiple bets. Remember though because you are looking at such short odds you are not talking about huge margins here. If you were to throw together a five-fold accumulator then you would be looking at a ÂŁ40.13 profit from the five selections with a 10 stake. So that is much better than backing them all as win singles. But of course, you are increasing your risk with needing all five selections to win and nothing less.

So how about coverage?

In dropping PSG at such terrible odds you could look at the options of a Yankee or Lucky 15 on the other four short priced options. These are forms of Full Cover Bets. They are both built off four selections as well, the difference between them being that single bets are covered in a Lucky 15 and not included in a Yankee. Frankly, because the odds on the single bets aren’t great it’s worth passing them and looking at the Yankee. Remember a Yankee is 11 separate bets created from those four selections 6 doubles, 4 trebles and a fourfold accumulator. So whatever you base stake is, in this case, £1 for our example, that would be £11 played and you would be looking at almost doubling your money with a profit of £19.18 coming back if all four of those wins. The difference between that and the acca is if say just Bayern Munich at 1/6 odds lost, you would still get a little bit of profit back (albeit £0.38) however if you had done the acca then you would be out of pocket. So the bit of coverage through a Full Cover Bet like a Yankee on four of the five big coming through offers a little extra insurance and less risk against the stake. You could, of course, look at a Canadian or a Lucky 31 if you wanted to get all five of the selections in one multiple bet. Just remember the stake will increase and here is an example. A Canadian (also known as a Super Yankee) is 26 separate bets: 10 doubles, 10 trebles, 5 fourfolds and a fivefold accumulator. So your stake goes up significantly but the coverage of your stake is there should only one of the selections lose. It is that which makes it more appealing than just throwing those unappealing odds-on selections of league winners from across Europe into one big bet accumulator bet. It is always wise to keep your options open.

South Korea v Germany Predictions & Betting Odds – World Cup 2018

South Korea v Germany- World Cup 2018
South Korea v Germany Betting Preview - World Cup 2018 27th June - 3.00 p.m With South Korea on the brink of being eliminated not having picked up a point in any of their first two games, this is all about Germany. This group has been a massive struggle for the Germans and they had to fight their way back from behind against Sweden in their second match, a stoppage-time strike getting them a crucial three points in the game. Now in order to get through to the next round, they have to win by two goals or more or better Sweden’s results against Mexico. Our South Korea v Germany predictions sees a positive result coming for the Europeans.

South Korea News and Form

Despite losing their two games at the 2018 World Cup so far South Korea do actually have a chance of getting through to the knockout stage of the competition. Granted that is a very slim chance. In order for the Asians to progress they would have to win this game and Sweden would have to lose by a bigger margin than what South Korea win by. That looks pretty much out of the picture here and South Korea are heavy underdogs for this game and we can't see them producing anything against Germany. South Korea lost 1-0 against Sweden in their opening match and then went down 2-1 against Mexico, the Koreans getting their goal deep into stoppage time when it was all too late. South Korea does not look much of a force going forward and because of that we are considering Germany to win to nil at 5/6 odds with bet365 for our South Korea v Germany prediction* (Betting Odds were taken from June 25th, 2018 at 4:02 a.m.). South Korea are now on a five-match winless streak of form in World Cup fixtures losing each of their last four. They will know course be facing a Germany side who need a performance to secure qualification. [bbutton bookmaker="bet365"]

Germany News and Form

Germany just about recovered from their opening defeat against Mexico, which is still the biggest shock of the whole tournament so far. The reigning world champions found themselves trailing against Sweden in their second fixture and at that point, they were heading home. But they grabbed a lifeline in the second half as deep into stoppage time Toni Kroos curled in a brilliant winner for them. That was some drama and covered up another weak defensive display by Germany as they struggled to handle the long balls that Sweden was throwing at them. So now in order for Germany to get through to the next stage they have to better whatever Sweden manage against Mexico and that includes the goal difference factor because they are level with the Swedes on that at the moment. A Germany 2-0 option in the bet365 correct score market has been appeal just because of how non-threatening South Korea look. So Germany still have some work to do and they have won just two of their last eight games, losing three of their last five. If ever they needed an efficient win now is the time.

South Korea v Germany Head to Head

This will be the fourth game between these two nations the first two of which were both World Cup games and Germany took a win in both of those fixtures. Their most recent meeting was a 2004 friendly which South Korea produced a 3-1 victory in. South Korea v Germany World Cup 2018 Infographic

South Korea v Germany Betting Odds*

Germany 1/5 Draw 13/2 South Korean 16/1 * (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on June 25th, 2018 at 4:02 a.m.)

South Korea v Germany Predictions

Somehow Germany have managed to survive despite not looking their usual confident and fluent selves. They should be fine in delivering a victory in this one against an already eliminated South Korea and we are looking at the Germany 2-0 in favour of the reigning world champions.  

Germany v Sweden Predictions & Betting Odds – World Cup 2018

Germany v Sweden- World Cup 2018
Germany v Sweden Betting Preview - World Cup 2018 23rd June - 7.00 p.m (Full time: 2:1 - goals: Reus 48', Kroos 95' - Toivonen 32'') Original Quotation: Gary Lineker, interviewed, July 4th 1990: "Football is a simple game; 22 men chase a ball for 90 minutes and at the end, the Germans win."

New quotation, Gary Lineker via twitter, June 23rd 2018: "Football is a simple game, 22 men chase the ball for 82 minutes and the Germans get a player sent off so 21 men chase the ball for 13 minutes and at the end the Germans somehow fucking win." Not many punters would have expected to see Germany in this situation. They lost their Group F opener against Mexico as the reigning World Champions had a bad day at the office with trouble in coping with the pace and directness of the Central Americans. Now they need to produce three points to get themselves back into the race and that may not be too easy against a Sweden side who would be happy to collect a point out of this.

Germany News and Form

Germany are under a bit of pressure at the moment. They are only W1 D2 L3 in their last six games now after losing against Mexico in their World Cup 2018 opener. That was the biggest shock of the first round of group stage matches. The lone win they have posted in their last six games was a hard fought 2-1 success over Saudi Arabia. Things aren’t quite there for Germany at the moment, they just don't look quite as sharp as you would expect them to be.

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That’s three losses in their last four games now and the reigning World Champions have to sort this out pronto. They saw plenty of the ball against Mexico but they were pretty poor in the final third of the pitch and in none of their last five games have they managed more than one goal in a game. Both teams to score at bet365 is at 21/20 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from June 21st, 2018 at 00:21 a.m.) and for our Germany v Sweden predictions that looks like a very solid option. Germany have their threats going forward, they have tremendous creativity in their ranks as well. Timo Werner is the 15/4 first goalscorer favourite* (Betting Odds were taken from June 21st, 2018 at 00:21 a.m.) for this one and they need to get him better service. While the goals haven’t been flowing for them, they have also been struggling at the back as they have conceded in each of their last seven games. So they are feeling the heat at the moment and in the bet365 correct score market you have a 5/1 option on a Germany 1-0. However if you are backing the Germans then a 2-1 option at 15/2* (Betting Odds were taken from June 21st, 2018 at 00:21 a.m.) offers more appeal in our Germany v Sweden predictions. They are one of the best sides in the world still, they cruised through qualification, but it’s just gone wrong in the last few months for them. Can they survive this test? [bbutton bookmaker="bet365"]

Sweden News and Form

Sweden will have a bit of wind in their sails as they have three points from beating South Korea. They did need a penalty kick to secure their 1-0 victory though but they won’t care about that at the end of the day and they didn’t have a shot on target against them the entire match. Through their World Cup qualification campaign Sweden were scoring for fun, but things have quieted down since knocking Italy out of the play offs. Sweden have scored in just one of their last four games and in none on their last nine matches have they produced more than one goal in a game (W2 D4 L3). Their converted penalty against South Korea is their only goal in their last four games but they will have looked at the recent weaknesses that have been showing up in the Germany defence and be thinking that they can produce. A draw in the game means that they will finish above the Germans no matter what, while a win for them would see them secure a place in the round of sixteen. A Sweden-Draw Double Chance is at 2/1 odds with bet365* (Betting Odds were taken from June 21st, 2018 at 00:21 a.m.).

Germany v Sweden Head to Head

The last two games between these two have produced sixteen goals in total. Those were World Cup 2014 qualifiers with the first game-ending 4-4 after Germany had been 4-0 ahead and then out in Sweden there was a 5-3 win for Die Mannschaft. It would be great to see another game like either of those. Germany have never lost to Sweden, winning five and drawing two of their previous seven meetings.

Germany v Sweden Betting Odds*

Germany 2/5 Draw 4/1 Sweden 8/1 * (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on June 21st, 2018 at 00:21 a.m.)

Germany v Sweden Predictions

Sweden may be good enough to dig in there and defend and battle their way to a share of the spoils in this one. Germany have been struggling for clean sheets and they were far from their usual clinical selves against Mexico. The Swedes are not a side in great form but they may be able to avoid defeat here and so our main option in Germany v Sweden predictions is a Sweden-Draw Double Chance.  

Germany v Mexico Predictions & Betting Odds – World Cup 2018

Germany v Mexico- World Cup 2018
Germany v Mexico Betting Preview - World Cup 2018 17th June - 4.00 p.m (Full time: 0:1 - goals: Lozano 35') Reigning world champions Germany kick-off their title defence on Sunday as they go up against Mexico in Group F. Germany have actually not been in great form during their warm-up sequence of matches, so will that allow Mexico to get their noses into this game? Germany v Mexico predictions will have the Europeans as firm favourites to get all three points from the game regardless, but they may get a stiff workout from El Tri.

Germany News and Form

It is not too often that you question the form of Germany, but that has to be done at the moment as they have only recorded a W1 D3 L2 record in their last six fixtures. How concerned will they be about that lack of winning ahead of their World Cup title defence? More often than not Germany just slips effortlessly into tournament mode and given that they have reached at least the semi finals in each of their last six major tournaments, it’s hard not to expect or back them to come good. They have been the top scoring side at each of the last three World Cups and so you would expect goals to start flowing and in the bet365 correct score market a Germany 2-1 option is at 7/1 odds* (betting odds taken on June 13, 2018 at 11:35 PM) to start of our Germany v Mexico predictions. But you notice we have them conceding and that is because their defence has been struggling for clean sheets. Germany have collected only one clean sheet in their last eight games, conceding in that sequence against the likes of Saudi Arabia, Azerbaijan and Northern Ireland. So even though Mexico are are not a prolific side, still in our Germany v Mexico predictions, it is worth a look at both teams to score at even money odds with bet365* (betting odds taken on June 13, 2018 at 11:35 PM). Germany will be looking to Thomas Muller and Timo Werner further goals at this tournament and it is the latter who is beating his compatriot at a shorter price in the World Cup 2018 Golden Boot market action. While the wins have not been flowing for Germany, they have only lost two games since Euro 2016, but both defeats were inside their last three games suffering reverses against Brazil and Austria, both by a one-goal margin. So it has not been the greatest of preparations but this is Germany and they excel at tournament football. [bbutton bookmaker="bet365"]

Mexico News and Form

So are Mexico in the kind of shape to potentially cause an upset in this game? Probably not but still our predictions are sending the game over 2.5 goals which is are 9/10 odds with bet365* (betting odds taken on June 13, 2018 at 11:35 PM) and we do fancy the Mexicans getting on the scoresheet. Mexico won their CONCACAF qualification group, and it was pretty easy for them to do that. Their current form is not great with only two wins in their last five games and their big concern will be a lack of scoring. Mexico have scored in just one of their last four games (W1 D1 L2) which has been a highly disappointing output. But still, their current lack of scoring surely lends a bit of extra value to backing them to find a way through the Germany defence. Another way you can look at it is by considering the both teams to score option at 10/11 odds* (betting odds taken on June 13, 2018, at 11:35 PM). A loss will not put them out of the qualification picture as they will go on to face Sweden and South Korea to try and continue their positive streak of qualifying for the round of 16 at World Cups.

Germany v Mexico Head to Head

This will be the fourth game between Germany and Mexico in the previous three were all competitive matches. Their first ever meeting was in the 1988 World Cup with Germany collecting a 2-1 victory. The other two meetings between them both in the Confederations Cup with Germany taking a 4-3 victory in 2005 clash, and then hammering the Mexicans 4-1 last summer out in Russia.

Germany v Mexico Betting Odds*

Germany 1/2 Draw 7/2 Mexico 13/2 * (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on June 13th, 2018 at 4:27 p.m.)

Germany v Mexico Predictions

Mexico appear to be carrying the kind of form that would suggest that there are going to come out and cause an upset in this fixture. But they may be able to get the Germans rattled regardless. But looking at everything together a Germany to win & both teams to score option looks good for Germany v Mexico predictions.    

World Cup 2018 Group F betting preview and prediction

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Germany look a fearsome team in World Cup Group F, although Mexico are capable of chasing them home in second Many World Cup groups feature a particularly strong team and then three other sides who can play to similar levels.

Germany to dominate Group F

One such section is Group F, with Germany arriving in Russia as world champions and they had a little warm-up last summer in the same country when winning the Confederations Cup with a weakened squad. Germany are 4/0 odds on favourites to win Group F* (betting odds taken from bet365 on June 9th at 00:57 AM). Die Mannschaft have to be respected after powering their way through qualification and Joachim Low was able to leave several high-class performers out of his 23-man squad as he bids to make history with this German side. Timo Werner is the big notable addition to the squad, with the Leipzig striker currently boasting eight goals in fourteen international appearances (at the time of writing).

Group F Winner Odds*

Germany 4/9 Mexico 13/2 Sweden 13/2 Korea Republic 16/1 * (betting odds taken from bet365 on June 9th at 00:57 AM) [bbutton bookmaker="bet365"] Meanwhile, there is also Joshua Kimmich who is another superstar in the making and these young energetic players should make the Germans tough to beat. They should certainly finish top of a group featuring a defensive Swedish side, a defensively-profligate Mexico team and a South Korea outfit who rely too heavily on Son Heung-Min.

Sweden to struggle?

The Swedes were the notable qualifiers from the UEFA Play-Offs, with few given the Scandinavian side a prayer of even finishing in the top two of their group although they finished ahead of Netherlands and then beat Italy over two games. Zlatan Ibrahimovic is nowhere to be seen these days and they are likely to be short of goals in this World Cup, with South Korea up first and that doesn’t look like a straightforward victory. The South Koreans are one of five Asian teams in the World Cup and continue their proud tradition of qualifying for every tournament since 1986 although they generally bow out at the group stage after making the finals. The Taeguk Warriors finished well behind Iran in their final qualifying group and scored just eleven goals in ten matches which suggests that other teams are going to find it easy to stop them in Russia.

Group F To Qualify Odds*

Germany 1/12 Mexico 10/11 Sweden 11/8 South Korea 3/1 * (betting odds taken from bet365 on June 9th at 00:57 AM)

El Tri to continue qualification streak?

Mexico boast a better calibre of player than Sweden or South Korea and that is why our main bet on Group F involves backing Los Tri to finish second, presumably behind Germany! Mexcio are 10/11 odds to qualify* (betting odds taken from bet365 on June 9th at 00:57 AM). The Mexicans were easily the best team in CONCACAF qualification, with six wins and three draws coming in their ten games and Juan Carlos Osorio boasts a squad packed with experienced players who are used to making it through the group. While they also have a track record at exiting at the last sixteen stage, it’s a situation where Mexico are comfortable and they are likely to be taking a pot shot at Brazil this time around.

World Cup 2018 outright winner odds at bet365*

Brazil 4/1 Germany 9/2 Spain 6/1 France 13/2 Argentina 9/1 Belgium 11/1 England 16/1 Portugal 25/1 Uruguay 28/1 Croatia 33/1 Columbia 40/1 Russia 40/1 Poland 66/1 Denmark 100/1 Mexico 100/1 Switzerland 100/1 Sweden 150/1 Bar 200/1 * (betting odds taken on June 6, 2018, at 4:03 a.m.) [bbutton bookmaker="bet365"]

Group F Betting Tips

Mexico to finish second @ 9/5* (betting odds taken from bet365 on June 9th at 00:57 AM)

Austria v Germany Predictions & Betting Odds – 2nd June 2018

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Austria v Germany Betting Preview - 2nd June 2018 Austria produced a disappointing World Cup 2018 qualification campaign in what was a competitive group. They are running in a nice streak of positive form at the moment though so this could be a good work out against their neighbours. Germany will be heading to the 2018 World Cup to launch a title defence but they will go into this one without having won a match for a while.

Austria v Germany Betting Tips

Austria couldn’t do enough to get themselves to the 2018 World Cup, as they were beaten out in their group by Serbia and Ireland who took the top two spots respectively. A bit more was expected of Austria after their solid Euro 2016 qualification campaign. It all just fell a bit flat for them, but with that said at the end of the March international break, they recorded a big win over Luxembourg which left Austria with five straight wins. During the sequence of wins they got one against their World Cup qualification group winners Serbia and then beat Uruguay in an international friendly. So there are some positives which Austria could take looking forward to their Euro 2020 qualification campaign. So they could make Germany work hard on the night, however Austria are underdogs and that is because they have a poor head to head against their neighbours. Two of the last four meetings between Austria and Germany has seen the Germans run out 2-1 winners and in the bet365 correct score market, a repeat 2-1 scoreline for Germany is 7/1 odds* (Betting Odds taken at 11:37 p.m. on May 28th, 2018). Germany have won the last nine meetings between themselves and Austria so that’s pretty hot form they have going, and that is from both competitive and friendly fixtures. They were together in the World Cup 2014 qualification and Germany took wins in both of the matches against the Austrians. In eight of their last nine games against Austria, Germany have produced at least two goals and so it is worth considering over 2.5 goals which is at 3/4 odds with bet365* (Betting Odds taken at 11:37 p.m. on May 28th, 2018). There is a trend as each of the last four between Germany and Austria have ended up over the goal line. Germany are actually going into the game without a win in any of their last four fixtures D3 L1, but they have certainly been giving themselves tests because those four fixtures were against England, France, Spain and Brazil. The loss was against the Selecao in their last outing and that was Germany’s first defeat since their Euro 2016 exit. Germany will be wanting to get a little bit of momentum going ahead of their title defence at Russia 2018.

Austria v Germany Betting Odds*

Germany 1/2, Draw 10/3, Austria 5/1* (Betting Odds taken from bet365 at 9:21 p.m. on May 28th, 2018)

Austria v Germany Predictions

This should be a good contest as the Germans need to find a way to get a bit of momentum going having not won in four games. Austria may pose a threat as they have produced some positive results recently, but this is where Germany need to step things up so back the visitors to win by a one goal margin.

World Cup 2018 group betting – predictions & winner odds

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After the outright winner market, one of the most popular areas that punters will be looking at for their World Cup 2018 betting is the group stage. World Cup 2018 group betting comes in many varied forms. You have the obvious outright winner and the "to qualify" market" which will draw a lot of appeal and the nice thing about group betting at the 2018 World Cup, is that you will know your outcome pretty quickly compared to the overall tournament winner selection, which you have to wait a whole month for. The bulk of all of the matches at the 2018 World Cup will be played in the group stage as in total there are a 48 matches played in the first round action. That’s a lot of individual match betting to be done, but here we are going to take a look at the best betting options for World Cup 2018 group betting.

World Cup 2018 Outright Winner Odds*

Brazil 4/1, Germany 9/2, Spain 6/1, France 13/2, Argentina 9/1, Belgium 11/1, England 18/1, Portugal 25/1, Croatia 33/1, Uruguay 33/1, Colombia 40/1, Russia 40/1, Poland 50/1, bar 100/1* (betting odds taken from Bet365 at 00:13 a.m. on May 29th, 2018) [bbutton bookmaker="bet365"]

World Cup 2018 Group A betting - predictions & winner odds

Group A at the 2018 World Cup is fascinating. Host nation Russia must be sweating a bit as they look at what they have to deal with. They are likely to come under considerable threat from South American nation Uruguay in the race for top spot. But given how poor Russia have been for some while now, there is the bubbling threat of Egypt who may come to the tournament and pose the big upset threat to the Russians. Russia opens the World Cup as hosts against Saudi Arabia on Thursday, June 14 and they are odds-on favourites to get the win in the match. Frankly, if they don’t, then they are going to be in for a rough ride. Russia’s second game is against Egypt, and the entire country of Egypt will be waiting on the fitness of their superstar Mo Salah who was injured in the UEFA Champions League final for Liverpool against Real Madrid. Egypt are underdogs for their games against Uruguay and Russia, but you just wonder if Salah is there and fit, with they be able to frustrate the hosts? Overall Uruguay certainly look the strongest nation in the group and at 11/10 odds to win group a with bet365* (betting odds taken at 00:13 a.m. on May 29th, 2018), that looks a reasonable place to start. In the Group A to qualify market, Russia are at 4/11 odds but their current form is pretty much in the gutter. During 2017 they lost matches against the Ivory Coast and Mexico, while they played out a draw against Iran and didn’t make an impact on home soil during the 2017 Confederations Cup. So really the exciting question the group raises is whether or not Egypt, who so nearly held Portugal to draw in a March friendly, can upset Russia. Egypt are 8/15 odds to qualify* (betting odds taken at 00:13 a.m. on May 29th, 2018). prediction group win world cup 2018Prediction: Uruguay should top the group, and while Russia will be made to sweat they should just do enough to squeeze through.

World Cup 2018 Group B betting - predictions & winner odds

Group B at the 2018 World Cup looks one of the more cut and dry groups. That is because there are two strong European nations in there with Portugal and Spain taking on Morocco and Iran. So it’s not too difficult to predict the outcome of that. Spain and Portugal go head-to-head in the group opener which is one to look forward to on Friday, June 15, and the Spaniards are 20/21 odds favourites* (betting odds taken at 00:13 a.m. on May 29th, 2018) to get the victory in that match. Realistically that’s going to be the group decider. Neither Iran or Morocco are likely to do anywhere near enough to muscle their way into upsetting one of European nations to take a qualification spot away from them. This is a group where it’s probably worth looking for a straight forecast and you can take 11/10 odds on Spain* (betting odds taken at 00:13 a.m. on May 29th, 2018) to finish in first place and Portugal finishing second. prediction group win world cup 2018Prediction: There should be a straightforward outcome in this one and as Spain looking far better shape than Portugal do, Spain are likely to top the group with Portugal qualifying behind them.

World Cup 2018 Group C betting - predictions & winner odds

Group C at the 2018 World Cup hosts France, Denmark, Peru and Australia. The clear favourites there are France who are 4/9 odds-on favourites* (betting odds taken at 00:13 a.m. on May 29th, 2018) to win the group. Given their current standing in the world game and their great tournament showing at Euro 2016, it will be surprising if France didn’t win the group and they have to be pretty happy with the draw that they have received. So who is worth backing behind them to also qualify? This is a pretty straightforward answer as well as far as we can see as Denmark are 4/6 odds to qualify at bet365* (betting odds taken at 00:13 a.m. on May 29th, 2018). The Danes put together pretty solid qualification campaign and its been many a year since we have seen a Denmark side as good as this current one is. They have flashes of brilliance in their squad, notably through Tottenham’s Christian Eriksen, and looking at them, and the way that they handled themselves in the World Cup qualifying play-offs against Ireland, they should hold off Peru and Australia comfortably enough. prediction group win world cup 2018Prediction: A straight 1-2 for Europe in this one with France topping the group and Denmark comfortably following them through.

World Cup 2018 Group D betting - predictions & winner odds

Group D at the 2018 World Cup should be fiercely competitive and it is one of the ones where qualification isn’t quite as cut and dry. You have Argentina who are the odds-on favourites to actually win the group, but certainly, with some bad chinks in their armour exposed during World Cup 2018 qualifying, the other teams in the group will really fancy having a go at them. Yes Argentina have in Lionel Messi, Sergio Aguero and co, but they haven’t played all that well as a team, certainly not as an offensive force. You have Nigeria and Iceland in the group as well both of which will bring their own unique qualities. The Super Eagles were quite enterprising and solid enough through the qualification campaign. They look stronger than they were four years ago when they did go up against Argentina in the group stage and nearly scored an upset over the Albiceleste. Iceland were one of the stars of Euro 2016 after their fantastic run against the odds, and they beat Croatia in their World Cup qualification group to top spot. So it will be interesting to see how they handle themselves in their first ever World Cup. Iceland are 4/1 odds underdogs in the group to qualify with Nigeria at 14/5* (betting odds taken at 00:13 a.m. on May 29th, 2018). It’s the presence of Croatia, one of the more notable dark horses for Russia 2018 that makes the group so fascinating. They have the squad to really put together a strong challenge to Argentina in winning the group. There are technically very sound and going to be a very difficult side for anybody to have to go up against. prediction group win world cup 2018Prediction: Group D looks as if each of the teams are capable of taking points off the others. So this should be pretty tight. It may just be worth backing underdogs Croatia at 13/5 odds to beat Argentina* (betting odds taken at 00:13 a.m. on May 29th, 2018) to win the group. You would still have the back Argentina to qualify through though, but the presence of Nigeria make really cause them to sweat. [bbutton bookmaker="bet365"]

World Cup 2018 Group E betting - predictions & winner odds

Group E should be a straightforward betting affair for punters. Brazil other 2/5 odds favourites* (betting odds taken at 00:13 a.m. on May 29th, 2018) to top that pool. We get a great Brazil versus Switzerland group opener as well to look for to. Brazil just look fantastic at the moment, and with or without Neymar they should be able to qualify here comfortably enough as group winners. Switzerland had a good qualification campaign, only falling short at the very last hurdle in failing to get the draw against Portugal which they needed to win the group. Still, Switzerland look enterprising at the moment and have been playing some positive stuff. Perhaps only questionable thing in this group is whether or not Serbia can have an impact. Because of the fixtures, if Serbia win their opener over Costa Rica and Switzerland lose their opener against Brazil, Serbia will have a bit of a foothold in the group. Because then if they could go out and get a result against the Swiss in their second group stage match that would put them through to the next round. So the game between Serbia and Switzerland on June 22 should be a tense one. Serbia after all did battle their way through a tough group containing Ireland, Wales and Austria in World Cup qualification and could just make things interesting in the race to qualify behind Brazil. prediction group win world cup 2018Prediction: Brazil should stroll their way to winning the group, and we don’t think that is in much doubt. But just because the way the fixtures are set up in group B, we can see a window of opportunity to back Serbia at 11/8 odds to qualify* (betting odds taken at 00:13 a.m. on May 29th, 2018).

World Cup 2018 Group F betting - predictions & winner odds

Group F has the reigning world champions Germany as the 4/9 odds on favourites* (betting odds taken at 00:13 a.m. on May 29th, 2018) to win it. It’s hard to picture a scenario where that doesn’t actually happen. In the group, Germany will be taking on Mexico, Sweden and South Korea. Considering how strong Germany have looked since their Euro 2016 exit and being bolstered by a new young scoring sensation in the form of Timo Werner, they should be just fine. With South Korea not expected to really be in the picture for any qualification hope, it leaves a tussle between Mexico and Sweden to join Germany in the next round. So which way to swing on that one? It’s worth going against the bookmaker’s on this one. Of the two Mexico are 11/10 odds to qualify with Sweden at 6/4 odds* (betting odds taken at 00:13 a.m. on May 29th, 2018). The longer value on the Europeans looks a great option to take because of what they achieved during qualification not only in holding off the Netherlands but also landing a convincing win over the French. There appears to be some value on a Germany and Sweden dual forecast at 7/4 odds* (betting odds taken at 00:13 a.m. on May 29th, 2018). prediction group win world cup 2018Prediction: There should be no stopping Germany landing the group win. Because of how good Sweden have looked in the last year or so it’s worth backing them to make it a European 1-2 in the group.

World Cup 2018 Group G betting - predictions & winner odds

This is another one of the groups where it’s not too difficult to predict the top two teams. Predicting the order of those top two teams is a little trickier. Belgium and England are the clear front runners in Group H for World Cup 2018 betting. Of those two European challengers it is Belgium who are the 5/6 odds-on favourites* (betting odds taken at 00:13 a.m. on May 29th, 2018) to win the group with England coming in at 11/8 odds with bet365* (betting odds taken at 00:13 a.m. on May 29th, 2018). The rest of the group is made up by Panama who are making their World Cup debut and African nation Tunisia. The set up of the group stage matches means that when England and Belgium meet on June 28 in the final round of group stage matches, there is a strong probability that they will both be sat on six points and this will be the expected group decider. At this point, one of them could have a goal difference over the other which means that they would be happy enough to settle for a draw. Also because both Belgium and England would have qualified in that scenario, both nations may also take the chance to rest some players ahead of the knockout phase. The early price on the game has Belgium as 7/5 odds favourites with England at 2/1* (betting odds taken at 00:13 a.m. on May 29th, 2018). England actually do have a very strong head-to-head against the Red Devils. prediction group win world cup 2018Prediction: It is going to be interesting who does come out on top in this group because Belgium and England look very evenly matched. The one difference between them perhaps is that Belgium may be able to come up with enough goals just to edge out the three Lions and a Belgium/England straight forecast is at 11/10* (betting odds taken at 00:13 a.m. on May 29th, 2018).

World Cup 2018 Group H betting - predictions & winner odds

There should be a competitive group battle between Poland, Senegal, Columbia and Japan in Group H. Of those four, Japan look the least likely to get themselves into the qualification frame. But it leaves a tight three-way scrap between Columbia, Poland and Senegal and each have their strengths. The bookmakers have sided with Columbia being the strongest of those three and the South Americans are 7/4 odds to win Group H* (betting odds taken at 00:13 a.m. on May 29th, 2018). However there looks to be better value on Poland 2/1 odds* (betting odds taken at 00:13 a.m. on May 29th, 2018), as they were untroubled through qualification, and they produced some great tournament football at Euro 2016 where they were not overawed by the occasion. Poland also look strong up front for the sheer presence of Robert Lewandowski alone and they actually do appeal to win this tight group. Columbia's World Cup qualification campaign wasn’t anything special, and after their highs of four years ago in Brazil it could fall flat for them this time around. The challenge of Senegal, who have a lot of English Premier League players in their ranks is going to be interesting. They are going to turn up with pace and power and that’s something that could really trouble Columbia when they to go head-to-head. Looking at the three contenders for the qualification spots from group H, it's not hard to imagine the more taking points off each other. This should be the tightest group of all of them. prediction group win world cup 2018Prediction: Who is better suited to win out in a tight battle question mark? For us Poland as the most appeal, as they are likely to produce more going forward than the other two contenders. Just because Columbia have not looked anything special for the last couple of years, we would even go as far to seriously consider the 13/8 odds on Senegal to qualify* (betting odds taken at 00:13 a.m. on May 29th, 2018) ahead of them.

World Cup 2018 Group Stage Predictions

  • Group A: Uruguay, Russia
  • Group B: Spain, Portugal
  • Group C: France, Denmark
  • Group D: Croatia, Argentina
  • Group E: Brazil, Serbia
  • Group F: Germany, Sweden
  • Group G: Belgium, England
  • Group H: Poland, Senegal

World Cup 2018 Winner predictions – favourites & odds

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Each of the nations turning up at the 2018 World Cup will be bringing their own unique qualities and strengths to the table. Some nations will be turning up knowing that they aren’t going to win the tournament outright and where even getting out of the group stage would be deemed a success for them. Other nations will be arriving in Russia with huge expectations of winning the event. Here we preview the main contenders for the 2018 World Cup title and will assess the chances of a couple of the strongest outsiders with the most potential to defy larger odds and pull off an upset.

Brazil - will they succeed again?

Brazil are the most successful nation ever in the history of the World Cup having won the title five times and having lost in two other finals. Four years ago on home soil, they were looking like the ones to beat but their campaign came crashing down in heavy loss against eventual champions Germany at the semi-final stage. Four years on Brazil are looking stronger than ever and could take some stopping in the tournament. Even though on their fitness concerns over star striker Neymar, Brazil look to have a more well-rounded squad and better options than they did four years ago. The Selecao have now world-class goalkeeper in Roma’s Alisson and they have a bit of steel in the middle of the park with the likes of Manchester City’s Fernandinho and Real Madrid’s Casemiro. Then there is the usual Brazilian flair and they have great options in the likes of William, Philippe Coutinho, Fred, Neymar, Roberto Firmino and Gabriel Jesus. If Neymar, who has scored 53 goals in just 83 caps for his country, is fit following his broken foot injury picked up in early 2018, Brazil’s chances of getting their hands on the title will increase. They have a good back up in Gabriel Jesus who is the 3/1 second favouirte* (betting odds taken from bet365 at 4:25 p.m. on May 25, 2018) to finish as their top scorer at the tournament. Perhaps the one area where Brazil may fall short is in defence. They have an experienced backline with the likes of Thiago Silva and Marcelo, but it’s most certainly not the youngest defence with their main core all over the age of 30. They are justifiably one of the front runners to win the 2018 World Cup, and they pretty much cruised their way through qualification. Anything less than a place in the final four for Brazil would be a huge disappointment for the country, most likely for the neutrals and it would also be a huge surprise given how good their squad looks. Brazil are odds-on favourites to win each of their group stage matches which are against Switzerland, Costa Rica and then Serbia and Brazil are 9/4 odds to reach the final at bet365* (betting odds taken from bet365 at 4:25 p.m. on May 25, 2018).

Outright Odds* for the World Cup 2018

Brazil 4/1, Germany 9/2, Spain 6/1, France 13/2, Argentina 9/1, Belgium 11/1, England 18/1, Portugal 25/1, Uruguay 33/1, Croatia 33/1, Colombia 40/1, Russia 40/1, Poland 50/1, bar 100/1* (betting odds taken from bet365 at 4:25 p.m. on May 25, 2018) [bbutton bookmaker="bet365"]

Germany - will they defend their title?

The Germans were efficiently superior to everyone else four years ago in Brazil as they won their fourth World Cup title. After winning their group they needed extra time in the round of 16 to get past Algeria, but then marched their way past France, Brazil and then Argentina in the final to earn their success. Four years later Germany are once again one of the front-runners to come out on top in the latest edition of the tournament. Germany looks to have a well-rounded squad again, with good options between the sticks in Manuel Neuer and Marc-Andre ter Stegen, and you know they are going to be tough to break down at the back. Unlike most of the defences of the front-running teams at the tournament, Germany’s defence is young in comparison. They have wonderful experience in the middle of the park boosted by great creativity in the likes of Leroy Sane, Ilkay Gundogan and Mesut Ozil. Up front they look to be a little bit more balanced than they were four years ago actually with their star man Thomas Muller being supported by not only veteran Mario Gomez but young star Timo Werner who has seven international goals in just 12 caps for Germany at the time of writing. He has the potential to be a huge star at the 2018 World Cup and is the 11/4 favouirte* (betting odds taken from bet365 at 4:25 p.m. on May 25, 2018) to be Germany's top scorer. So, as usual, there are strengths throughout the squad for Germany and they have landed in a manageable group in the first round of action as they will be facing Mexico, Sweden and South Korea. Germany are 4/9 odds favourites* (betting odds taken from bet365 at 4:25 p.m. on May 25, 2018) to win Group F. If the draw pans out with Germany winning their group it may be all European opponents that they face during the knockout stages on their route to the final and they are so strong among their continental rivals. Germany are 9/4 odds joint favourites* (betting odds taken from bet365 at 4:25 p.m. on May 25, 2018) alongside Brazil at bet365 to reach the final. Looking at their squad and their form in recent World Cups, where they have finished in the top three in each of the last four editions of the tournament, then it makes sense to expect them to get back there. Given the way the draw that is lined up if they and Brazil win their groups and progress through the knockout stages, then they would meet in the showcase match.

Spain - will they continue their unbeaten streak?

Four years ago Spain had a disastrous World Cup title defence. The Spaniards crashed out in the group stage of the competition after back-to-back opening defeats against the Netherlands and then Chile. But the Red Fury looks to have settled themselves down well after that setback, and they went unbeaten right from their Euro 2016 exit through to the March internationals in 2018. During those March friendly games, Spain played out a 1-1 draw with Germany before producing a stunning 6-1 victory over Argentina. Spain have a manager in Julen Lopetegui who looks to have gotten them back to the top of their game again. There is a strong main core running through the Spanish squad, with the likes of Sergio Ramos, Gerard Pique, David Silva and Andres Iniesta, but there is a lot of younger quality now which has fully been established at this level, like Koke, Isco, Thiago and Marco Asensio. So they have nice blend about them and although overall their squad is perhaps lacking that true world-class striker, they have in Diego Costa a man who’s not afraid to mix it up with opposing defenders, and he is always up for the fight. But once again the main strengths of Spain are going to be in the midfield area where they liked control so much possession and finer inch-perfect pass to carve open a defence. Even though Spain have to face Portugal in the group stage of the tournament, the Spaniards are favourites to win their group and roll their way through the competition. The path that they could take to the final is actually not quite as bad as some of the other main contenders and they have every chance of landing themselves in the final four. Spain are 10/3 odds to make it* (betting odds taken from bet365 at 4:25 p.m. on May 25, 2018) to the 2018 World Cup final.

France - will the young team make the grade?

France may well be a bit of a puzzle for punters looking at World Cup 2018 betting. They are certainly among the front-runners to launch a successful title campaign, and on the back of their near miss at Euro 2016 they clearly have the squad assembled which can handle tournament football. However their path through the knockout stage of this summer’s competition could be fraught with danger. France kick off in Group C where they will face Australia, Peru and Denmark and it will be a major shock if the French didn’t get out of the group and pose a threat in the knockout stages. France most likely won’t get an easy round of 16 tie because they can be facing somebody like Argentina or Croatia and that would be a tough entrance into the knockout stage of the competition. So things will ramp up quickly for France. Other prospective opponents through the knockout stages on the way to the final would be Uruguay or Portugal in the quarter finals then potentially Brazil in the semi finals. So the French are certainly going to have their work cut out for them. But even with all of that said France are 11/4 odds favourites* (betting odds taken from bet365 at 4:25 p.m. on May 25, 2018) to reach the final. They certainly have a tremendous squad that should be able to handle the task ahead of them at the tournament. They have strong goalkeeping in Tottenham Hugo Lloris, powerful and versatile defenders, a nice balance of strength and creativity (as well as pace) in the midfield and they can rely on the goals of Antoine Griezmann too. So they are set up well, and the bonus as well about France is that they are a relatively young they are. Their provisional squad had just five players over the age of 30 in it.

Argentina - will Messi impress again?

Argentina can boast one of the best players in the history of the game in Lionel Messi and what will give them a boost is that he was in tremendous form for Barcelona across the course of the season. Can he turn up at Russia 2018 and produce a campaign where Argentina are able to get success on the back of his performances? Four years ago they lost out in the final and seeing them get back to that stage this time around looks a long shot. Argentina were pretty poor through their World Cup 2018 qualification campaign really and didn’t impress at all. Certainly not as an attacking force. Of the five nations who qualified from CONMEBOL, the Albiceleste were the lowest scorers of them all. That will be a concern for them heading to the World Cup. But, four years ago they went through their four matches after the group stage scoring just the two goals and still made it to extra time in the World Cup Final. They are lacking a major output going forward, averaging barely over a goal per game in qualification and that is in spite of all the attacking talent like Messi, Sergio Aguero, Angel di Maria and Paulo Dybala. The potential is there for Argentina, but they are a side which more often than not plays within themselves. Even though current head coach Paulo Sampaoli, who was brought in at the back end of the qualification campaign, is a more offensive minded boss, it’s still hard to see them busting out of their shell You will more likely than not see Argentina just trying a hold back and not concede, while looking for something on the break. They don’t look likely to dominate teams, certainly not when they go up against any of the other front-runners for the 2018 World Cup. Their strengths are defensive, and they can rely on those players that they have in their squad who can produce those individual moments of magic. Argentina 4/1 odds* (betting odds taken from bet365 at 4:25 p.m. on May 25, 2018) to make it back to the World Cup final.

Belgium and England - though job

The two main dark horse threats at the 2018 World Cup, based on the World Cup outright winner odds at bet365 are Belgium and England. Interestingly the two of them are together in Group G and both are likely to find their way through to the knockout stages. However when you look at the draw and project both of them through to the quarter-finals that’s really when things are going to become very tough for both of them. In some configuration depending on the finishing positions of the two Europeans in Group G, more likely than not Brazil and Germany will have to be taken on at that stage. So when looking at one of those underdogs to come through all the way to the final and win it, there is going to be immensely tough work to do and both only represent an each way chance at the very best.  

World Cup 2018 Germany Betting – Chances, Odds & Group Fixtures

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Germany's chances at the World Cup 2018 Germany will be heading to Russia in the summer to defend their World Cup title. Four years ago out in Brazil, Germany got the better of Argentina in the Final to win the title for the fourth time in their history. As usual, Germany will be going to the World Cup as one of the front-runners to lift aloft of the famous trophy once again. The reigning champions are 9/2 odds* (Betting Odds taken at 8:45 p.m. on May 16th, 2018) as second favourites to win the 2018 World Cup behind only Brazil. Can Germany match Brazil’s total of five World Cup successes by taking the win in Russia this summer? If they can then it would also mean that they join Brazil and Italy in being only one of three nations to have successfully defended a World Cup title. [bbutton bookmaker="bet365"]

Germany World Cup 2018 Fixtures - Group Stage

Germany will not be unhappy with the draw that they have received for the 2018 World Cup. They have been placed alongside Mexico, Sweden and South Korea. Not too surprisingly Germany are favourites to win Group F at the World Cup at 4/9 odds with bet365* (Betting Odds taken at 8:45 p.m. on May 16th, 2018). Their campaign will open against Mexico on Sunday, June 17 and they have faced the Mexicans just three times before in their history with only one of them coming at a previous World Cup. That lone World Cup meeting between Germany and Mexico was in 1988 with the Germans taking a 2-1 win in the match. After a Confederations Cup win for Germany in 2005 the most recent meeting was just last summer in the 2017 Confederations Cup. Germany strolled to a 4-1 success and the Germans were playing with the second string at the tournament as well. It may well be the second group stage match which is the one that is going to cause them the most problems as they take on fellow Europeans Sweden. The Swedish were pretty good through the World Cup qualification campaign and could quietly be set for a pretty decent tournament for themselves. They do appear to be the strongest challengers to Germany in Group F and this will be the first meeting between the two countries since they were together in 2014 World Cup qualifying. In that qualifying campaign, Germany and Sweden played out a thrilling 4-4 draw where the Swedes fought back from a 4-0 down in the second half, and then Germany took a 5-3 win out in Sweden in the reverse game. Let’s hope for more high-scoring thrills and spills when they meet on Saturday, June 23 2018. So Germany have to get the toughest two games of the group out of the way first but the benefit then is if they can get through them successfully, they will get a chance to rest some players in the final group stage match when they take on South Korea.

Germany Stage of Elimination

How far can Germany go at the 2018 World Cup? Most punters will be thinking 'pretty deep'. The Germans went unbeaten in the World Cup 2018 qualification campaign and after they were knocked out of Euro 2016 they went unbeaten right through until they clashed with Brazil in a friendly in March 2018 (which Germany lost 1-0). So Germany carry the usual threats, they have tremendous pace, they have fantastic organisation at the back and they will get so much pressure on opposing teams. It’s tough to imagine that they won’t get out of the group stage and then in doing so in the round of 16, they would meet someone from Group E which contains Brazil, Switzerland, Costa Rica and Serbia. Meeting Switzerland or Serbia would be a tricky test for the Germans but they are so experienced at tournament football you would still have to back them to get through. Germany are 7/2 odds at bet365* (Betting Odds taken at 8:45 p.m. on May 16th, 2018) to get knocked out in the last 16 and that is the shortest price option in the stage of elimination betting. The quarter-finals would see Germany having to take on someone like Belgium, England or Poland so again more potential tricky European opponents for them. There is then the potential of the meeting Spain in the final four. Even though Germany could face a battle here and there, we can project them into the semi-finals where they are 9/2 odds* (Betting Odds taken at 8:45 p.m. on May 16th, 2018) to be stopped.

Germany Top Goalscorer

Germany are packing a serious goalscoring punch, more so than they did four years ago at the World Cup and more so than they did two years ago at Euro 2016. Bayern Munich’s Thomas Muller is right up there at the head of the market as 7/2 joint-favourite* (Betting Odds taken at 8:45 p.m. on May 16th, 2018) alongside Timo Werner to be Germany’s top goalscorer at the World Cup 2018. Muller still carries such a threat for Germany but Werner, who is consistently bright and energetic and who always seems to be in the right place at the right time, is not a bad option to back to beat his more established strike partner in the goalscoring stakes. The other main contenders to finish as Germany’s top goalscorer are Sandro Wagner and Manchester City’s Leroy Sane.

Outright Odds* for the World Cup 2018

Brazil 4/1, Germany 9/2, Spain 6/1, France 13/2, Argentina 9/1, Belgium 11/1, England 18/1, Portugal 25/1, Uruguay 33/1, Croatia 33/1, bar 40/1* (Betting Odds taken at 5:27 p.m. on May 16th, 2018)


prediction group win world cup 2018 When you’re looking at your World Cup 2018 betting it’s going to be hard not to see the appeal in Germany getting close to successfully making it back-to-back title wins in the tournament. They continue to be powerful, strong and this time around they are even carrying more of an attacking goal scoring threat. That should make opposition quake in their boots. Still nobody is going want to face Germany at any point during this tournament. It’s interesting that they could face tricky matches against fellow European sides to run to their success, but still, you would have to back them to come out on top. Anything less than a final four finish for Germany would be a surprise and they are stacked with the potential just go all the way and win the tournament outright once more.