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Europe Dominates on World Cup Group Stage Odds

European Squads Favorite To Win 2018 FIFA World Cup Stage Odds

With just a day remaining until the start of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, European squads continue to lead the way as favorites in four of the eight opening-round groups at the upcoming edition of tournament. That includes Belgium, which sits as a strong -120 favorite to finish atop the Group G table on the World Cup Group Stage odds.

Quarterfinal finishers at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, the Belgians have been unbeatable for almost two years, and take a 14-5-0 win-draw-loss record in their past 19 outings across all competitions into their tournament-opening betting matchup with Panama on Monday at Fisht Olympic Stadium in Sochi.

Germany is also set as a favorite in World Cup Group Stage betting, sporting -300 odds to lead the way on the Group F odds. Spain edges out Portugal as a -200 bet on the Group B odds, while France dominates as heavy -350 chalk to emerge as Group C winner for World Cup odds.

The defending World Cup champions stumble into Russia 2018 with just one win in six friendly matchups since the end of UEFA World Cup qualifying, but have been dominant in group stage action at the World Cup, losing just once in 18 contests since 1994.

Spain also rides a lengthy unbeaten streak, going 14-6-0 in 20 outings since getting bounced from Euro 2016 with a 2-0 loss to Italy in the Round of 16, and will be eager to atone for a dismal 1-0-2 performance in group stage action at Brazil 2014. France owns a checkered record in World Cup group stage action, failing to advance in two of the past four tournaments, but joins Brazil as the national side sporting the strongest odds in World Cup Group Stage betting.

 

Brazil Headlines the World Cup Group E Odds

In addition to recently climbing to -400 favorites on the World Cup title odds, Brazil dominates the Group E odds as -350 chalk, well ahead of second favorite Switzerland, at a distant +650.

The return to health of Paris Saint-Germain superstar Neymar Jr. has been a difference maker for the Canarinho, who have given up just two total goals during the torrid 8-3-0 run they take into their tournament-opening betting matchup with the Swiss on Sunday.

Uruguay begins the march towards their first World Cup title since 1950 as healthy -140 favorites on the Group A odds. Argentina looks to shake the memory of a mediocre run through CONMEBOL World Cup qualifying as a -160 favorite on the Group D odds, while Colombia sits as the weakest favorite on the World Cup Group Stage odds, listed as a +130 bet to win Group H.

La Celeste have posted clean-sheet wins in three straight friendlies, and will be looking to duplicate their efforts at the 2010 World Cup when they finished atop the Group A table during a march to the semifinals, while Argentina hopes to rebound after struggling to eke out a third-place finish on the CONMEBOL World Cup qualifying table.

Colombia went a perfect 3-0-0 in group stage play four years ago, in their first World Cup appearance since 1998. But Colombia failed to survive the opening round in three of their previous four tournament appearances, and take a worrisome 2-5-2 run across all competitions into Russia 2018.

 

*Odds as of June 13, 2018

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