We continue today with two of the toughest Groups of this Tournament.
Actually France is one of the bug favorites for this World Cup, but let’s see how they got here. Even though they had a 0-0 tie in Luxembourg, that was the only big surprise in a rather quite qualifying campaign. The young guns Pogba and Mbappe want to bring back success, as the last time France won the Trophy was in 1998. They have great strength, a terrific team and maybe that’s why they are 1.07* favorites to qualify from this Group.
1998 was also the best year for Denmark, as they reached the Quarterfinals back then. The 5-1 victory in Dublin against Ireland secured them a place in this Group and now all hopes lie in the talent of Christian Eriksen and Yussuf Poulsen. The main target is qualifying from the Group Stage and it shouldn’t be a bother with Peru and Australia, but surprises may occur. Odds for exiting the Group: 1.67*.
They had to feel the playoff experience to come to Russia, but Syria and Honduras were no match for them. The greatest success for Australia was the Round of 16, back in 2006 and they really hope to at least match that with the help of manager Bert van Marwijk on the bench and Tim Cahill on the pitch. Good odds for qualifying: 5.00*.
The nation that reached the Quarterfinals in 1970 have qualified for the World Cup after 36 years of absence after a playoff victory over New Zealand. The biggest surprise for their nation would be getting out of the Group. There are great rivals here, but Peru can cause an upset, like they did in 2 of the last 4 editions of Copa America. Best odds for qualifying: 2.60*.
It’s not all about Messi anymore, even though his hattrick against Ecuador in the last qualifying match secured their place at this tournament. They might not be contenders for the 1st place in the Group, as they have a sloppy defense. However, Banega, Di Maria, Dybala, Higuain, Aguero and, most of all, Lionel Messi will try to bring success on their side. Odds for qualifying: 1.14*.
1998 was a good year for many nations, and Croatia finish third at that World Cup. This time they had to go through a playoff against Greece to be present in Russia. Zlatko Dalic will have to rally the troops and coach Modric mentally, in order for him to coordinate this team. Croatia has always been a surprising team and if they get through, they might produce a big surprise. Best odds right now: 1.40*.
The success of Iceland grows bigger and bigger. After an incredibly successful European Tournament they managed to qualify for their first World Cup, stealing the sure spot from Croatia, and dealing with teams like Ukraine and Turkey. Their spirit is unmeasurable and everyone expects them to shine in this group. Even Argentina should worry that this little nation can steal their spot. Odds: 3.60*.
The African nation is used to the eliminating rounds, getting to the Round of 16 in 1994, 1998 and 2014. Manager Gernot Rohr rallied the troops and Nigeria became the first country on its continent to qualify for Russia 2018. Everyone expects Jon Obi Mikel to push the team to success, and with Argentina, Croatia and Iceland in their way, this seems like a really difficult job. Odds for them qualifying from the Group Stage: 3.60*.
Odds for all matches of the World Cup right here.
*odds may change