The Surest Bets in the Opening Games of World Cup 2018
The World Cup in Russia is now less than two months away, meaning betting companies are now realising more and more markets on a weekly basis. The outright betting has been available with most bookmakers for a while now. Germany (4/1), Brazil (9/2) and Spain (6/1) lead the way with all bookmakers, although some have flipped Brazil and Germany as favourites.
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Alongside the outright odds, markets have been released from the majority of bookmakers for the individual group games. In light of that, below are some early tips for some of the notable fixtures:
Russia vs Saudi Arabia 14th June
Both Teams to Score: No @ 4/9 (Bet365)
Leading After 30 Minutes: Draw @ 8/13 William Hill
Russia to Win to Nil: @4/5 Bet Victor
Analysis: Russia are obviously expected to beat Saudi Arabia in the tournament’s opening game (they are 4/11 to do so). However, as hosts, they are bound to be somewhat nervous in the opening part of the match. It should take them a while to settle in, making the draw after 30 minutes a bargain. Saudi Arabia find it difficult to score against quality opposition.
France vs Australia 16th June
France to Win -1 handicap: 5/6 Paddy Power
France to Win and Over 2.5 Goals: 11/10 Betfair
Analysis: France may struggle to justify being among the favourites for the World Cup (6/1), as they still look a bit unsure of themselves despite having such talent at their disposal. However, this is a poor Australia side coming to Russia, one that shipped four goals to Norway recently. The Socceroos could be embarrassed here.
Germany vs Mexico
Germany to Win: 4/7 Betfair
Germany to Win and Over 2.5 Goals: 11/8 Coral
Analysis: First of all, Betfair’s price for Germany to beat an average Mexico side looks like a bargain when you consider some bookies are as low as 7/15. The Germans averaged 4.3 goals per game in qualifying, with matches having an average of 4.7 goals in them. That makes the win and over 2.5 also look generous. If you want to follow those stats and go for something spectacular, Germany to win and over 4.5 goals is 32/5 with 188Bet.
England vs Tunisia 18th June
Under 3.5 goals: 4/11 Various
Both Teams to Score: No @ 8/11 Betfair
Analysis: England concede very few goals in international football. Just look at the results of their last four games: Italy (1-1), Netherlands, (1-0), Brazil (0-0) and Germany (0-0). However, as you can tell, they don’t score a huge amount either (just 18 in qualifying, compare that to Germany and Belgium who both hit 43). Gareth Southgate’s men might do better than most expect (18/1 odds with Bet365), but they also might take a while to find their feet. The game against Tunisia could follow a similar pattern.