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Brazil Enters Knockout Stage Atop World Cup Odds

World Cup Odds mark Brazil as Top Contender To Win

Germany’s unexpected early departure from the 2018 FIFA World Cup has led to a shakeup at the top of the odds to win the World Cup, but as the tournament moves to the knockout stage Brazil continues to lead the way as +350 favorites to claim their first World Cup title since 2002.

The Canarinho opened this year’s tournament in shaky fashion, settling for a 1-1 draw with Switzerland as -220 chalk. The tournament favorites subsequently rounded into championship form with a pair of clean sheet victories over Costa Rica and Serbia to claim top spot on the Group E table, and are pegged as heavy -200 chalk in Monday’s Round of 16 matchup with Mexico at Samara Arena.

Brazil now enters the knockout stage riding a 14-match unbeaten streak across all competitions, and has kept clean sheets in seven of their past eight outings. However, Germany’s stunning departure from the tournament in the group stage, and Argentina’s struggle to claim second place in Group D, has left Brazil with a tougher road to the final, while benefiting Spain, who now sit second on the World Cup odds at +450.

La Furia Roja came away with just one victory in group stage action despite dominating play in each of their three matches, but managed to come away with top spot on the table, edging out rivals Portugal on goal differential. The Spaniards sit as -165 chalk on the World Cup Round of 16 betting odds in Sunday’s clash with host nation Russia, whom they are unbeaten against in six previous meetings across all competitions.

 

Belgium, England Follow on World Cup Betting Lines

While Spain is undefeated in 22 matches since getting bounced from Euro 2016, they have managed to post wins in just three of their past eight, a middling trend that has opened the door for Belgium, who have climbed to +600 on the World Cup championship odds, ahead of England at +750, while France has dipped to +850 after opening the tournament at +700.

Both England and Belgium marched to crushing group stage victories over Panama and Tunisia, but both sides elected to rest their stars in the Diables Rouges’ uneventful 1-0 win as +245 underdogs that closed out the Group G schedule on Thursday.

That decision denied fans an opportunity to get another look at two of the tournament’s leading goalscorers, and favorites to claim Golden Boot honors this year. Harry Kane has powered the Three Lions’ offense with five goals in his two group stage appearances, while Belgium’s Romelu Lukaku joins Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo with four goals, and also as a +450 bet on the World Cup top goalscorer odds.

While their loss to Belgium averts a possible clash with Brazil in the quarter-finals, England will likely have their hands full with a resurgent side from Colombia, whom they face in the Round of 16 on Tuesday as +110 chalk, while Belgium battles tournament longshots Japan on Monday as heavy -260 favorites.

Group D winners Croatia have emerged as one of the surprises of this year’s tournament and sport +1000 odds to win the World Cup, followed by Argentina at +1200, while Portugal joins Colombia and Uruguay at +2200.

 

*Odds as of June 29, 2018

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