No group on Earth has more of a sense of entitlement than England’s soccer fans. As a result, “The Three Lions” are perpetual World Cup betting Odds favorites regardless of ability. Yet the odds do not always reflect the reality. England is ranked 16th in FIFA. Especially relevant is that they last won the World Cup in 1966. Shockingly that is their only title in history. If ever there was an example of an overlay it is The Three Lions. Perhaps the betting public is catching on as Belgium is the favorite in Group G at -135.
2018 FIFA World Cup Group G
Date and Time: June 14 through July 15, 2018
World Cup Betting Online Odds at SBG: Belgium -135, England +120, Panama +1000, Tunisia +2000
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Group G Action
Group G action with the World Cup Betting Odds opens on June 18. Fisht Olympic Stadium in Sochi hosts Belgium vs. Panama. Tunisia will be thrown to The Three Lions at Volgograd Arena, Volgograd. Belgium will face Tunisia at Otkritie Arena in Moscow on June 23. Panama vs. England at Nizhny Novgorod Stadium, Nizhny, Novgorod is the next day. Group G play wraps up on June 28. Highly anticipated is England vs. Belgium at Kaliningrad Stadium in Kaliningrad. Panama vs. Tunisia will meet in Mordovia Arena, Saransk.
Perhaps a surprise favorite is Belgium. Ranked fifth in FIFA they have garnered newfound sportsbook attention. Even more remarkable is that Belgium was the top ranked team in FIFA two years ago. More than anything else history may be the biggest hurdle for them to clear. Worrisome is that the Belgians best finish is fourth place in 1986. Most noteworthy is that they failed to qualify in two of the last three World Cups. Roberto Martinez took over as coach in 2016. Hailing from Spain he has been a key influence in the rise of the program.
Ranked third in 2012 England’s fall has been breathtaking. Coming off a group stage 26th place finish in 2014 damaged the brand. Most noteworthy is that The Three Lions best finish since 1966 was fourth in 1990. Gareth Southgate is the latest coach trying to overcome the pressure and realities of today. Taking over on an interim basis he was named full time coach in November 2016. Southgate has seven wins, five draws, and two losses as manager. Typical of English drama is that Southgate took over during a scandal that engulfed the previous coach.
England’s Roster Turnover
Roster turnover has been a constant for England. Midfielder Ashley Young is now the top goal scorer on the team with a modest seven. Stats like that are indicative of the transition of the English team. On the positive the young on the roster is highly respected though inexperienced.
Matchup to Watch
This bracket comes down to the two favorites with the World Cup Betting Odds. Belgium captain Eden Hazard could be the difference maker. With 21 goals and 82 caps he also stars for Chelsea in the English Premier League. Hazard is the probable matchup difference against The Three Lions.
2018 FIFA World Cup Group G World Cup Betting Odds Picks
In conclusion Belgium combines experience and depth on their roster as the top team. England’s misery shall continue.
World Cup Betting Online Pick: Belgium
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