We are one day away from the Greatest Show on Earth. 32 nations have their eyes on the Trophy, but let’s take it two groups at a time and show you how the odds* look like.
The hosting nation has great expectations this tournament, specially that they have avoided great nations by being seeded in the number one pot. However, they are tipped to finish 2nd in the group with the highest odd of 3.10* to finish on 1st. It’s really up to them to turn things around, but they are relying only on two players: Alan Dzagoev and veteran goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev.
Here come the two-time winners of the World Cup with a squad full of super players. Suarez, Cavani and Godin could take Uruguay beyond the groups, but much like the last edition, they might not get further than that. Giving the fact that they have qualified without any worries for this World Cup, Uruguay are tipped to finish 1st in Group A with the highest odds at 1.75*.
Here comes Mo Salah, sorry – Egypt. A whole nation’s hopes stand in one man and that man could’ve missed this World Cup after being injured in the Champions League Final by Sergio Ramos. Egypt has missed all World Cups since 1990, so this means the world to them. With great concentration and the experience of manager Hector Cuper, this nation may upset the odds. Right now the bookies see them finishing on 3rd at 8.25* the odds to win the group.
The underdogs in this group have qualified automatically on goal difference, leaving Australia on 2nd place. Their manager was sacked during the campaign and right now they are relying only on Mohammad al-Sahlawi. Even though all hopes stand in one man, they are very different than Egypt. They haven’t qualified since they hosted the Tournamnet so they don’t stand much chance against the other teams. Maybe that’s why they are 51.00* to win the group.
The European Champions have qualified with emotions, even though they won 9 out of 10 games in the Qualifying Round. They don’t seem like a nation that can achieve The Double, but they are tipped to qualify from this Group, at 3.40*, the highest odd. We can expect a spectacular football and a Cristiano Ronaldo eager to add Trophies, but it will be hard.
UPDATE: Lopetegui has been sacked, so watch the odds carefully!
Between 2008 and 2012 Spain was the Queen of the World and no one could argue with that. For 5 years their game suffered, but Lopetegui brought back that magic. We can think of the 3-0 win against Italy in the qualifying round and we can already see Furia Roja as one of the contenders. The Champions League winners, alongside other bunch of some of the best players in the world will be truly tested once they qualify from the Group Stage, as they are favorites, at 1.59*.
Iran qualified with no goals conceded and scored 10 in 10 matches. Carlos Queiroz really put the team together and now we can expect some thrillers regarding their encounters. Sardar Azmoun is the star of Team Melli, but is Iran really a team that can revolve around a single player? We will see, but until then, Iran has a 34.00* chance to qualify from this Group B, as seen by the bookies.
Yet another team that hasn’t conceded in the Qualifying Round, Morocco has great expectations after 20 years of absence at the World Cup. They have a really powerful defense, which is coordinated by Juvents’ Benatia and coach Herve Renard’s reputation will be skyrocketing if the Lions will qualify further. Until then, they have a 17.00* highest odd to win this Group.
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