There is no shortage of obvious choices for the World Cup betting odds. Germany and Brazil are clearly the people’s choice. Yet bargain hunters will also have a host of choices. For those who want more for less there are worthy candidates. Teams that the public will ignore are not necessarily teams that can’t win. Even if a team fails to win it all they can win profits along the way. Beyond that a wagering loss on a behemoth favorite is catastrophic. Few punters can recover from just one setback on big chalks. The trick is locating the big dogs.
2018 FIFA World Cup
Date and Time: June 14 through July 15, 2018
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England is a dog that is hyped like a favorite with the World Cup betting odds. Currently ranked 16th by FIFA they are a 14/1 choice. Although a dog they are not a long shot. For the Three Lions the question is relative value. Certainly, they don’t deserve favorite status. Conversely the question is just how much of a dog they should be. An immediate look at the roster shows a massive makeover. Few teams lack the experience of England. Assessing just how good the remade roster is will be tricky. Key to it all may be striker Harry Kane.
What catches the attention of many is England’s qualifying run. Yes, they are known for letdowns. But the Three Lions are also known for not losing a major competition qualifying match in 39 games. Offsetting that is their elimination by Iceland in the 2016 Euro. Manager Gareth Southgate had the courage to move out Wayne Rooney. Southgate has overseen the roster remake. Handicappers continue to assess the makeover.
Belgium opened at 16/1 and could bring superior sportsbook value. Despite being cheaper than England, Belgium is ranked fifth by FIFA. From November 2015 through March 2016 the were the top ranked team. Part of the respect comes from their unbeaten run in qualifying with 28 points in 10 games. Defensive organization remains a worry for manager Roberto Martinez. On the positive few teams will bring more skill to the pitch.
Colombia brings its share of intrigue at 25/1. Reaching the quarterfinals in 2014 they garnered plenty of respect. During the qualifying period an injection of youth on defense caused growing pains. Of concern is an admittedly challenging qualifying period. Stars that will play full time were often missing. Defense is likely going to be the emphasis for the Colombians. James Rodriguez carries the offensive burden from Bayern Munich.
Another 25/1 pick that deep thinkers will look at is Portugal. In fact, many believe that this the best team of the “second tier.” Manager Fernando Santos has expressed cautious optimism. Despite winning the Euro 2016 he is keeping emotions in check. Portugal is considered even better in the last year and a half. During that time thy have added offensive creativity to stout defense.
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Portugal is a live dog with the World Cup betting odds. Momentum and high-level results are theirs. Bernardo and Andre Silva add the element of offense. Value beckons for this team.
2018 FIFA World Cup Betting Odds Picks
Of the live dogs Portugal looks like the one with the most bite.
World Cup Betting Online Pick: Portugal.
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