All sides to qualify from their groups:
Egypt – Group A
Croatia – Group D
Switzerland – Group E
Poland – Group H
This World Cup 2018 Big Odds Acca has four countries. They all have a good chance of qualifying and at a bigger price. Getting through the groups is easy!
First up in Group A, we’re lumping on Egypt to pick up the second spot behind Uruguay. This is their first World Cup since 1990, when they finished bottom of England’s group. They were somewhat overshadowed by their African counter-part Cameroon in that tournament, who reached the quarters thanks to 38 year-old Roger Milla’s goals and crazy celebrations. Not this time though. They have Mo Salah and that means they have potential to score goals and win games. Also, their group is weak – Russia are home nation so will be fancied but they have looked poor recently, Saudi Arabia are favourites to finish bottom and Uruguay will be decent.
Group D seems like another one team group with Argentina huge odds on favourites to top the group. Slightly controversial when you look at their qualification struggles. However, they are packed with quality with arguably the best player in the world, Lionel Messi, leading the front line. Iceland have gone from strength to strength in recent years and will no doubt play their direct style with an organised defence. Are they good enough to keep out Croatia though? We think not. Croatia have two guns in Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic, plus plenty of experience and that’s why we expect them to do well. Nigeria are the other side in the group and they have a couple of familiar faces in their side, such as Mikel Obi and Victor Moses, but they lack the quality and organisation of the other two.
Switzerland had a rather fortunate win over Northern Ireland to qualify for the World Cup but now they’re there, we are backing them to do enough to get through the group stages. But not much more than that. Their group has Brazil, Serbia and Costa Rica in. We’re certainly not expecting them to pick up any points against Brazil but the other two are up for grabs. With the experienced Shaqiri leading the front line, they have a goal-scorer and outlet in their side. They only lost once in the qualification process, and beat Portugal 2-0, demonstrating a decent defense. At evens, they’re worth a punt.
Group H is the group of Life
Group H is the forgotten group. Not only is it alphabetically low down the list but the sides competing in it are poor. Poland, Senegal, Columbia and Japan doesn’t exactly light up the eyes. Poland will be at the World Cup finals for the first time in 12 years. The Poles have finished third on two different occasions but haven’t progressed past the group stages since 1986. However, this is their year to qualify. Poland were impressive at the Euros in 2016 and were unlucky to lose on penalties to the eventual Champions, Portugal in the quarter finals.
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