The Group B foursome set for the 2018 FIFA World Cup is top heavy with a pair of prohibitive offshore bookmaker favorites to go along with a couple of long shots. Spain and Portugal head up Group B as teams with national reputations and expectations. Morocco and Iran on the other hand are also rans with no reputations with fans or gamblers at all. Group B figures to be chalk heavy with betting action. Even with the enhanced betting value that the oddsmakers will give Morocco and Iran, the underdogs will be an extremely hard sell.
2018 FIFA World Cup Group B
Date and Time: June 14 through July 15, 2018
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Spain opened up as an overwhelming -200 public offshore bookmaker choice to win Group B. Portugal is the second favorite at +175. The two big time underdogs are Morocco at +1400 and Iran at +2000.
Spain was the World Cup champion in 2010. They were the European Champion in 2008 and 2012. The Spaniards were the runners up in the 2013 Confederations Cup. All of this recent success is on the mind of a public that has made Spain a chalk with the betting odds. Despite that record of success, the painful memory of a 23rd place finish in the 2014 World Cup is far from removed. Spain will be a highly motivated team to reclaim national glory after that 2014 humiliation. Head coach Julen Lopetegui took over in 2016 with the assignment of getting the team back on track. Since taking over the Spanish National Team he has a record of 12 wins, four draws and no losses. Span still boasts David Villa, the greatest goal scorer in team history. Villa has 59 career goals and 98 caps since joining the team in 2005. Fernando Torres is another top scorer with 38 career goals and 110 caps. David Silva has 35 goals and 119 caps in his career for Spain.
Portugal is the second choice in Group B but that is much to do with the weak set of teams. They may offer superior betting value however. The best finish in World Cup play for Portugal is third place in way back in 1966. On the positive Portugal does have some recent success. They were the winners of the 2016 European Championship and finished third in the 2017 Confederations Cup. Head coach Fernando Santos took over the program in 2014. Santos led Portugal to nine wins in ten games during the recent World Cup qualifying campaign. He has a record of 31 wins, seven draws, and eight losses as Portugal coach. Portugal boasts one of the greatest players in the world with Cristiano Ronaldo. Ronaldo has career numbers of 79 goals and 147 caps.
Matchup to Watch
Group B is a near certainty to come down to Spain vs. Portugal as the only realistic
Offshore bookmaker choices. Portugal offers the better value as a team with momentum. Spain is a name brand public team that has slipped after peaking a few years ago.
2018 FIFA World Cup Group B Betting Odds Picks
Portugal is the choice based on the management of Santos, the brilliance of Ronaldo, and their improvement as a program. They are also not an overlay.
World Cup Betting Group B Online Pick: Portugal +175
World Cup Betting Group B Online Score Prediction: Portugal to win Group B
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