World Cup 2018 Outright: betting tips on group stage
- Betting tips on Group A
- Betting tips on Group B
- Betting tips on Group C
- Betting tips on Group D
- Betting tips on Group E
- Betting tips on Group F
- Betting tips on Group G
- Betting tips on Group H
In the lead-up to the FIFA World Cup 2018, the bookmakers offer a variety of bets on the title winner, a number of team’s points and their finishing position in the groups. The outright bets are becoming extremely popular nowadays and it is better to place them in advance. Certainly, a lot can change within next month, and we do not have enough information so far to make any bold assertions, but on the other hand, when such information becomes available, the odds can change and lose their value. Furthermore, let us not forget that such tournaments are always unpredictable and you still will not know about the players` readiness, coaches` plans or their strategy and tactics. You could have carefully analyzed the situation and teams` strength in 2004, but you could hardly imagine that the Greece national team will shockingly become the winner of the Euros! Now just try to remember what you were thinking when you analyzed Group D at the previous World Cup in 2014? Who will be the best in the quartet – England or Italy? Or, maybe, the first place will be sensationally occupied by Uruguay? Probably you have considered different options, but still could not imagine that Costa Rica would win the group stage, and Italians left in the basket, while England would be the last… Football is an unpredictable game, and at such tournament, as World Cup, sensations happen at every step along the way. That is why you should hardly expect that the more information you own, the better your bets will be.
The bookmakers, unlike you, do not look for sensation and do not try to predict it. And if after the first round, they will be able to estimate the teams` strength and offer ‘correct odds’ for the next games, then they offer World Cup Outright bets, building solely on the general and available information, such as latest results, number of star players, big-named head coach, past achievements in this tournament or just a FIFA rating. However, they leave no room for sensation! In their betting lines, you did not see Greece among the candidates for the title or Costa Rica as the winner of the group stage? In fact, the betting sites are rarely right in such cases, and their favourites do not win the group and do not win the title! If you are going to earn on World Cup 2018 Outright bets, then you need to think outside the box. Let us try to find nice bets on upcoming football festival in Russia!
Russia 2018 predictions and betting tips
FIFA ranking – 63
Head coach – Stanislav Cherchesov
Captain – Igor Akinfeev
Top scorer – Fyodor Smolov (30/12)
The Russian national team is the hosts of the World Cup 2018. It is believed that that the hosts always were treated more favourably, however, this time no one should expect any preferential treatment from the referees. The scandal with the Olympics in Sochi, a doping scandal and the right to host this tournament shame – all this shows – it is unlikely that the referees will help the Russians, so they will only have to rely on their strength and support of the stands. Nevertheless, it is worth noting that the Russia got probably one of the easiest group with just one strong rival, besides, the hosts will have the perfect schedule, because they will play the first match against the main outsider, and finish the group stage against the favourite (Uruguay). If by then the Sky Blue will take 6 points (which is quite likely), then they will not be motivated in the last game against Russia. Of course, do not assume anything now, since these teams can fight for the first place. Anyway, judging by the latest results of Russia, they are clearly weaker than Uruguayans, and can not count on three points in a face-to-face meeting, so they will have to beat other two teams. Saudi Arabia and Egypt do not look strong, but it is hard to believe that the hosts will not have problems even with these teams. The Pharaohs can always be surprising as Mohammed Salah alone can upset age and slow Russian defenders. The hosts can and should beat the Green Falcons in the opening match at legendary Luzhniki Stadium (Moscow), but few will be surprised if this game ends with a score of 0-0. The bookmakers believe that Russia will play in the playoffs, but scenario, when Egypt beat Saudi Arabia and get two draws, is quite realistic, like the one in which Russia will not be able to take more than three points…
Betting Tip: Group A. 3th place: Russia @ 3.80 with Bet now!
Russia current squad
Goalkeepers: Igor Akinfeev (CSKA Moscow), Aleksandr Selikhov (Spartak Moscow), Andrey Lunyov (Zenit Saint Petersburg), Vladimir Gabulov (Club Brugge)
Defenders: Roman Neustädter (Fenerbahçe), Ilya Kutepov (Spartak Moscow), Andrei Semyonov (Akhmat Grozny), Fyodor Kudryashov (Rubin Kazan), Vladimir Granat (Rubin Kazan), Yuri Zhirkov Zenit (Saint Petersburg), Dmitri Kombarov (Spartak Moscow), Igor Smolnikov (Zenit Saint Petersburg), Konstantin Rausch (Dynamo Moscow), Vladislav Ignatyev (Lokomotiv Moscow), Ruslan Kambolov (Rubin Kazan)
Midfielders: Anton Shvets (Akhmat Grozny), Denis Glushakov (Spartak Moscow), Alan Dzagoev (CSKA Moscow), Anton Miranchuk (Lokomotiv Moscow), Aleksandr Golovin (CSKA Moscow), Aleksandr Samedov (Spartak Moscow), Aleksandr Yerokhin (Zenit Saint Petersburg), Denis Cheryshev (Villarreal), Roman Zobnin (Spartak Moscow), Daler Kuzyayev (Zenit Saint Petersburg)
Forwards: Fyodor Smolov (Krasnodar), Aleksei Miranchuk (Lokomotiv Moscow), Anton Zabolotny (Zenit Saint Petersburg)
Russia probable starting lineups
Uruguay 2018 predictions and betting tips
FIFA ranking – 17
Head coach – Óscar Tabárez
Captain – Diego Godin
Top scorer – Luis Suárez (97/50)
The Sky Blue should not have any problems with qualifying from group A, in fact, even the second place seems unlikely. The team has a convenient schedule – they can secure a ticket to the playoffs in the first two meetings, because Egypt and Saudi Arabia are the rivals that must be defeated. But even if Suarez and Co. will have some unforeseen difficulties, then in the last game, they can count on points against Russia and play with the hosts based on the situation in the standings. It is hard to believe that their rivals` defence could stop swift-footed Cavani and Suarez, while it is unnecessary to say that Uruguayans` head coach is a brilliant tactician, and Cherchesov or even experienced Cuper could not outwork him.
Betting Tip: Group A. 1th place: Uruguay @ 1.96 with Bet now!
Uruguay current squad
Goalkeepers: Fernando Muslera (Galatasaray), Martín Silva (Vasco da Gama), Martín Campaña (Independiente)
Defenders: Maxi Pereira (Porto), Diego Godín (Atlético Madrid), José María Giménez (Atlético Madrid), Sebastián Coates (Sporting CP), Gastón Silva (Independiente), Guillermo Varela (Peñarol)
Midfielders: Cristian Rodríguez (Peñarol), Gastón Ramírez (Sampdoria), Carlos Sánchez (Monterrey), Matías Vecino (Internazionale), Giorgian De Arrascaeta (Cruzeiro), Nahitan Nández (Boca Juniors), Rodrigo Bentancur (Juventus), Diego Laxalt (Genoa), Lucas Torreira (Sampdoria)
Forwards: Edinson Cavani (Paris Saint-Germain), Luis Suárez (Barcelona), Cristhian (Stuani Girona), Maxi Gómez (Celta Vigo)
Uruguay probable starting lineups
Egypt 2018 betting tips
FIFA ranking – 46
Head coach – Hector Cuper
Captain – Essam El Hadary
Top scorer – Mohamed Salah (<57/33)
Egypt is able to present surprises in Russia. The team has no star players except stunning Salah, but that did not stop them from becoming the second in Africa Cup of Nations in 2017. The Pharaohs under the leadership of Hector Cuper turned into a disciplined team that can punish any rival in counter-attack. Given that Saudi Arabia and Russia could use defensive tactic, then in the meetings of these teams draws or wins with a low score are possible, which probably makes the Egyptians favourite in games with such tactic. The Pharaohs begin a group stage against Uruguay and if they fail, they will have to play next game to win. It is quite possible to see their win over the Green Falcons and draw with Russia, so the chances of getting into the playoffs seem quite good, at least they are definitely above 30%, which offered by bookmakers.
Betting Tip: Group A. 2nd place: Egypt @ 3.40 Bet now!
Egypt current squad
Goalkeepers: Essam El-Hadary (Al Taawoun), Ahmed El-Shenawy (Zamalek), Mohamed El-Shenawy (Al Ahly), Mohamed Awad (Ismaily)
Defenders: Ali Gabr (West Bromwich Albion), Ahmed Elmohamady (Aston Villa), Omar Gaber (Los Angeles), Ahmed Hegazi (West Bromwich Albion), Ahmed Fathy (Al Ahly), Mohamed Abdel-Shafy (Al Fateh), Saad Samir (Al Ahly), Ayman Ashraf (Al Ahly)
Midfielders: Sam Morsy Wigan (Athletic), Tarek Hamed (Zamalek), Kahraba Al (Ittihad), Moamen Zakaria (Al Ahli), Ramadan Sobhi (Stoke City), Mohamed El Neny (Arsenal), Shikabala (Al Raed), Abdallah Said (KuPS), Trézéguet (Kasımpaşa), Amr Warda (Atromitos), Mohamed Magdy (ENPPI), Hossam Ashour (Al Ahly), Hussein El Shahat (Al Ain)
Forwards: Kouka (Braga), Mohamed Salah (Liverpool), Marwan Mohsen (Al Ahly)
Egypt probable starting lineups
Saudi Arabia national football team
FIFA ranking – 70
Head coach – Juan Antonio Pizzi
Captain – Osama Hawsawi
Top scorer – Mohammad Al-Sahlawi (36/28)
The Green Falcons qualified for the World Cup, taking second place in their group after Japan and ahead of Australia due to better goal difference, while we have not seen good football from this team. Saudi Arabia is a clear outsider of Group A, which is likely to take the last place and bookmakers agree with that fact, because they estimate probability of this event as 80%. The Saudi Arabia has played in three World Cups (1998, 2002 and 2006), and predictably has been poorly handled with their task, losing seven of nine matches with a goal difference of 4-26. In 2002, they have lost all three games in the group stage and not scored a single goal. Given the strength of Uruguay and the fact that Russia and Egypt will play defensive football, Saudi Arabia probably will not score a single goal again. Mohammad Al-Sahlawi scored almost half of all the team’s goals, so the Green Falcons` rivals will just need to “neutralize” this player.
Betting Tip: World Cup 2018 Outrights – Lowest Scoring Team
– Saudi Arabia @ 10.00 with Bet now!
Saudi Arabia current squad
Goalkeepers: Yasser Al Mosailem (Al-Ahli), Abdullah Al-Mayouf (Al-Hilal), Mohammed Al-Owais (Al-Ahli)
Defenders: Osama Hawsawi (Al-Hilal), Omar Hawsawi (Al-Nassr), Mansoor Al-Harbi (Al-Ahli), Yasser Al-Shahrani (Al-Hilal), Motaz Hawsawi (Al-Ahli), Saeed Al Mowalad (Al-Ahli), Mohammed Al-Breik (Al-Hilal), Mohammed Jahfali (Al-Hilal)
Midfielders: Taisir Al-Jassim (Al-Ahli), Nawaf Al-Abed (Al-Hilal), Salman Al-Faraj (Al-Hilal), Abdulmalek Al-Khaibri (Al-Hilal), Ibrahim Ghaleb (Al-Nassr), Housain Al-Mogahwi (Al-Ahli), Abdullah Otayf (Al-Hilal), Mohammed Al-Kwikbi (Al-Ettifaq), Mohamed Kanno (Al-Hilal), Abdullah Al-Khaibari (Al-Shabab), Hattan Bahebri (Al-Shabab)Taisir Al-Jassim (Al-Ahli), Nawaf Al-Abed (Al-Hilal), Salman Al-Faraj (Al-Hilal), Abdulmalek Al-Khaibri (Al-Hilal), Ibrahim Ghaleb (Al-Nassr), Housain Al-Mogahwi (Al-Ahli), Abdullah Otayf (Al-Hilal), Mohammed Al-Kwikbi (Al-Ettifaq), Mohamed Kanno (Al-Hilal), Abdullah Al-Khaibari (Al-Shabab), Hattan Bahebri (Al-Shabab)
Forwards: Mohammad Al-Sahlawi (Al-Nassr), Muhannad Assiri (Al-Ahli), Haroune Camara (Al-Qadsiah)
Saudi Arabia probable starting lineups
Portugal 2018 betting tips and predictions
FIFA ranking – 4
Head coach – Fernando Santos
Captain – Cristiano Ronaldo
Top scorer – Cristiano Ronaldo (149/81)
In 2016, Selecao became the triumphant of the European Championship, showing a very boring and pragmatic, but still effective football. It is difficult to judge about the prospects for the Portuguese, hardly the team will go far, but, of course, there should not be problems with getting to playoff! Cristiano and Co are obliged to take 6 points in matches with outsiders of the quartet and secured a second place. The schedule is convenient, because in the first meeting Selecao will cross the swords with arch-rival and favorite of Group B, Spain. More importantly, the weakest side (Iran) will be the last enemy and it is unlikely that the Portuguese will misfire in such a game. Of course, we can expect any surprises from Portugal, but it is unlikely that they will get three points against the Spaniards, which means, even in the case of draw in the first game and next two wins, they would need to have a better goal difference than Spain to become the first and given the manner playing of this team, it seems unlikely, so the second place is a bet!
Betting Tip: Group B Straight Forecasts – Spain / Portugal @ 2.00 with Bet now!
Portugal current squad
Goalkeepers: Rui Patrício (Sporting CP), Anthony Lopes (Lyon), Beto (Göztepe)
Defenders: Bruno Alves (Rangers), Rolando (Marseille), Luís Neto (Fenerbahçe), Raphaël Guerreiro (Borussia Dortmund), José Fonte (Dalian Yifang), Mário Rui (Napoli), Cédric Soares (Southampton), João Cancelo (Internazionale)
Midfielders: João Moutinho (Monaco), João Mário (West Ham United), Bernardo Silva (Manchester City), Rúben Neves (Wolverhampton Wanderers), William Carvalho (Sporting CP), André Gomes (Barcelona), Manuel Fernandes (Lokomotiv Moscow), Adrien Silva (Leicester City), Bruno Fernandes (Sporting CP)
Forwards: Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid), André Silva (Milan), Gonçalo Guedes (Valencia), Gelson Martins (Sporting CP), Ricardo Quaresma (Beşiktaş)
Portugal probable starting lineups
Spain 2018 betting tips and predictions
FIFA ranking – 8
Head coach – Julen Lopetegui
Captain – Sergio Ramos
Top scorer – Andres Iniesta (125/14)
Overwhelming favourite of group and one of the title contenders should take first place in quartet B. When the best players of such clubs as Barcelona and Real Madrid are coming onto the field, it is hard to imagine opposition from Iranian or Moroccan footballers… The only challenge for Furia Roja will be Portugal, however, one game has apparently not effected chances of getting into the playoffs. Despite failed previous European Championship and World Cup, do not expect another misfire from the team with probably one of the strongest squads in the world. Furia Roja has conceded only three goals in 10 qualifying games. Most likely, we will see impregnable defence once again and, as a result, no more than one conceded goal in the group stage. The Spaniards definitely will not have problems in the last two games, but no one will risk – they will beat Portugal at the start of the campaign.
Betting Tip: Spain To Win All Group Games @ 2.80 with Bet now!
Spain current squad
Goalkeepers: Pepe Reina (Napoli), David de Gea (Manchester United), Kepa Arrizabalaga (Athletic Bilbao)
Defenders: Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid), Gerard Piqué (Barcelona), Jordi Alba (Barcelona), César Azpilicueta (Chelsea), Dani Carvajal (Real Madrid), Nacho (Real Madrid), Álvaro Odriozola (Real Sociedad), Marcos Alonso (Chelsea)
Midfielders: Andrés Iniesta (Barcelona), Koke (Atlético Madrid), Isco (Real Madrid), Thiago (Bayern Munich), Marco Asensio (Real Madrid), Saúl (Atlético Madrid), Daniel Parejo (Valencia), Rodri (Villarreal)
Forwards: Diego Costa (Atlético Madrid), Iago Aspas (Celta Vigo), Lucas Vázquez (Real Madrid), Rodrigo (Valencia)
Spain probable starting lineups
Morocco 2018 betting tips
FIFA ranking – 42
Head coach – Herve Renard
Captain – Medhi Benatia
Top scorer – Ayoub El Kaabi (8/10)
Morocco qualified for World Cup for the first time since 1986, when they became the first African national team, which managed to pass the group stage in this tournament. Morocco has an experienced squad, although most of the footballers play in the average European clubs. Nevertheless, the main trump card of the Atlas Lions is their head coach Herve Renard, who became a real specialist in African teams, having managed to lead Zambia and Côte d’Ivoire to triumph in the Africa Cup of Nations in 2012 and 2015. Of course, the chances for a playoff are small, most likely, they simply do not exist, but still the Atlas Lions are capable to beat Iran, as well as to concede fewer goals than their main rival for the third place.
Betting Tip: Group B. 3rd place: Morocco @ 2.40 with Bet now!
Morocco current squad
Goalkeepers: Munir Mohamedi (Numancia), Yassine Bounou (Girona), Ahmed Reda Tagnaouti (IR Tanger)
Defenders: Medhi Benatia (Juventus), Nabil Dirar (Fenerbahçe), Manuel da Costa (İstanbul Başakşehir), Romain Saïss (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Hamza Mendyl (Lille), Badr Banoun Raja (Casablanca), Achraf Hakimi (Real Madrid), Oualid El Hajjam (Amiens)
Midfielders: Mbark Boussoufa (Al-Jazira), Karim El Ahmadi (Feyenoord), Younès Belhanda (Galatasaray), Nordin Amrabat (Leganés), Fayçal Fajr (Getafe), Hakim Ziyech (Ajax), Youssef Aït Bennasser (Caen), Sofiane Boufal (Southampton), Sofyan Amrabat (Feyenoord), Zakaria Labyad (Utrecht), Amine Harit (Schalke 04)
Forwards: Khalid Boutaïb (Yeni Malatyaspor), Aziz Bouhaddouz (St. Pauli), Ayoub El Kaabi (Berkane), Yacine Bammou (Nantes)
Morocco probable starting lineups
Iran World cup betting tips
FIFA ranking – 36
Head coach – Carlos Queiroz
Captain – Ashkan Dejagah
Top scorer – Sardar Azmoun (31/23)
Princes of Persia are clear outsider of Group B, the Iranians were not lucky with final draw, because this is worst-case scenario – to get such rivals as Portugal and Spain… There will a big competition between these two favourites, so the only possible point for Persians is a game against Morocco, but the African team is much stronger now, so the Iranians` chances of win in the first match are low. It is unlikely that Princes of Persia set a goal to reach playoffs; the main thing for this team is just to play as successfully as possible, that is, to avoid hammering in games against favourites. Anyway, the Iranians will bet on defensive football. The Persians` key force is their Portuguese coach Carlos Queiroz, who had enormous experience! Queiroz led Portugal national team, Sporting and Real Madrid and always knew how to put a strong defensive play. Under his guidance on the last World Cup, Iran has managed to keep a clean sheet against Nigeria and offer battle to Argentina, which has managed to win thanks to Messi with a goal on 91 minutes. Iran will take the last place in Group B, but will avoid thumping.
Betting Tip: Group B: Iran Under 1.5 Points @ 1.763 with Bet now!
Iran current squad
Goalkeepers: Alireza Beiranvand (Persepolis), Mohammad Rashid Mazaheri (Zob Ahan), Alireza Haghighi (GIF Sundsvall)
Defenders: Jalal Hosseini (Persepolis), Pejman Montazeri (Esteghlal), Ramin Rezaeian (Oostende), Morteza Pouraliganji (Al-Sadd), Vouria Ghafouri (Esteghlal), Milad Mohammadi (Akhmat Grozny), Mohammad Reza (Khanzadeh Padideh), Rouzbeh Cheshmi (Esteghlal), Saeid Aghaei (Sepahan)
Midfielders: Ehsan Hajsafi (Olympiacos), Masoud Shojaei (AEK Athens), Ashkan Dejagah (Nottingham Forest), Alireza Jahanbakhsh (AZ), Vahid Amiri (Persepolis), Omid Ebrahimi (Esteghlal), Saeid Ezatolahi (Amkar Perm), Mehdi Torabi (Saipa), Ali Karimi (Sepahan), Saman Ghoddos (Östersund), Payam Sadeghian (Osmanlıspor)
Forwards: Karim Ansarifard (Olympiacos), Reza Ghoochannejhad (Heerenveen), Sardar Azmoun (Rubin Kazan), Mehdi Taremi (Al-Gharafa), Kaveh Rezaei (Charleroi)
Iran probable starting lineups
France World Cup 2018 tips
FIFA ranking – 7
Head coach – Didier Deschamps
Captain – Hugo Lloris
Top scorer – Olivier Giroud (71/30)
Looking at the Tri-colours` squad you just forget to breathe! With such players, they should think about the chances of gold medal, but not about what place they will get in Group C. France often disappointed their fans in the group stage, but this time there should not be any difficulties – all rivals are much weaker and the Blues seem to be absolute favourites. The schedule is convenient as France begin with the weakest side in the quartet and finish with the most dangerous rival. Starting two games should bring six points and salt all questions about playoffs away. It might be that the last game against Denmark will turn into a formality and both teams will be satisfied with one point. As for starting game against the Australians, then earning three points is unlikely to be a problem, however, we should not expect high-scoring clash. Peru knows well how to defend and will be happy with a draw against the heavyweight. On that basis, it is not entirely clear to whom France will score many goals; also, it is hard to believe that the pragmatic Frenchmen will be able to score two or more goals in each game. The bookmaker offers too big individual total of France.
Betting Tip: Total Group Goals Scored France – Under 6.5 @ 1.40 with Bet now!
France current squad
Goalkeepers: Hugo Lloris (Tottenham Hotspur), Steve Mandanda (Marseille), Alphonse Areola (Paris Saint-Germain)
Defenders: Benjamin Pavard (VfB Stuttgart), Presnel Kimpembe (Paris Saint-Germain), Raphaël Varane (Real Madrid), Samuel Umtiti (Barcelona), Lucas Digne (Barcelona), Djibril Sidibé (Monaco), Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal), Lucas Hernández (Atlético Madrid)
Midfielders: Paul Pogba (Manchester United), Thomas Lemar (Monaco), Corentin Tolisso (Bayern Munich), N’Golo Kanté (Chelsea), Blaise Matuidi (Juventus), Adrien Rabiot (Paris Saint-Germain)
Forwards: Antoine Griezmann (Atlético Madrid), Olivier Giroud (Chelsea), Kylian Mbappé (Paris Saint-Germain), Ousmane Dembélé (Barcelona), Anthony Martial (Manchester United), Alexandre Lacazette (Arsenal)
France probable starting lineups
Australia betting predictions
FIFA ranking – 40
Head coach – Bert van Marwijk
Captain – Mile Jedinak
Top scorer – Tim Cahill (105/50)
The best result of Australia in the world cups is their performance in 2006, when Socceroos managed to get into the playoffs, where they lost to Italy as a result of very controversial penalty. Unfortunately, now Australia simply is not capable of such performance! In 2006, the great Guus Hiddink led the Australians, and players like Mark Bresciano, Mark Schwarzer and John Aloisi were dazzling on the field, now Tim Cahill is the only one who left from those ‘golden generation’. And the fact that 38-year-old striker is still the best player of this team speaks for itself. Socceroos had to get a ticket to Russia in the play-offs against Honduras and although they made it easy, Australia disappointed with their football in this qualifying round. Not surprisingly, Angelos Postecoglou was fired, and experienced Bert van Marwijk in 2018 led the team, who by that time brought Saudi Arabia national team to World Cup 2018. Perhaps this football genius will be able to patch things up for six months. The Australians got highly inconvenient schedule, because they will start against the French, and in the next game, they will have to fight with still motivated Denmark. No matter how things will go, the last game against Peru will definitely not be an easy walk also. Even if Socceroos will be able to pick up one point, that will be true success for them.
Betting Tip: Group C: Australia Under 1.5 Points @ 2.10 with Bet now!
Australia current squad
Goalkeepers: Mathew Ryan (Brighton & Hove Albion), Brad Jones (Feyenoord), Danny Vukovic (Genk)
Defenders: Milos Degenek (Yokohama F. Marinos), James Meredith (Millwall), Matthew Jurman (Suwon Bluewings), Bailey Wright (Bristol City), Aziz Behich (Bursaspor), Josh Risdon (Sydney Wanderers), Trent Sainsbury (Grasshoppers)
Midfielders: Mark Milligan (Al-Ahli), Aaron Mooy (Huddersfield Town), James Troisi (Melbourne Victory), Mile Jedinak (Aston Villa), Massimo Luongo (Queens Park Rangers), Jackson Irvine (Hull City), Tom Rogic (Celtic), Dimitri Petratos (Newcastle Jets), Joshua Brillante (Sydney FC)
Forwards: Tim Cahill (Millwall), Mathew Leckie (Hertha Berlin), Tomi Juric (Luzern), Robbie Kruse (VfL Bochum), Andrew Nabbout (Urawa Red Diamonds), Nikita Rukavytsya (Maccabi Haifa)
Australia probable starting lineups
Peru World Cup 2018 betting tips
FIFA ranking – 11
Head coach – Ricardo Gareca
Captain – Paolo Guerrero
Top scorer – Paolo Guerrero (86/32)
Peru has had some impressive friendly matches on the eve of the World Cup, defeating Croatia and Iceland, but it is hardly worth considering these results seriously. The Incas looked poor in South America World Cup Qualification, and despite they bypassed Chile by better goal difference, Peru was remembered only for a weak play in defence, conceding in 15 of the 18 games. The Incas have not experienced any problems with New Zealand in the play-offs, but they still could not beat such poor rival on the road. The Incas will go to the World Cup for the first time since 1982, but they unlikely will be able to loudly announce themselves. Their schedule is hard, so two defeats from the start are quite likely. As for the last game against Australia, the Peruvians can hardly be called a clear favourite even in it. If a point tie with Socceroos will be in the end, most likely, the Australians will have better goal difference. Peru defence is more like a passing yard, which means that their chances to take only the fourth place in Group C are high, anyway, the bookmakers offer too generous price on that outcome.
Betting Tip: Group C. 4th place: Peru @ 2.90 with Bet now!
Peru current squad
Goalkeepers: Carlos Cáceda (Veracruz), José Carvallo (UTC), Alejandro Duarte (Universidad San Martín)
Defenders: Alberto Rodríguez (Junior), Christian Ramos (Veracruz), Luis Advíncula (BUAP), Aldo Corzo (Universitario de Deportes), Miguel Trauco (Flamengo), Miguel Araujo (Alianza Lima), Luis Abram (Vélez Sarsfield), Nilson Loyola (Melgar), Anderson Santamaría (Puebla)
Midfielders: Yoshimar Yotún (Orlando City), Christian Cueva (São Paulo), Paolo Hurtado (Vitória de Guimarães), Renato Tapia (Valencia), Edison Flores (Sevilla), Cristian Benavente (Borussia Dortmund), Andy Polo (Portland Timbers), Pedro Aquino (BUAP), Sergio Peña (Granada)
Forwards: Jefferson Farfán (Lokomotiv Moscow), André Carrillo (Watford), Raúl Ruidíaz (Morelia), Beto da Silva (Argentinos Juniors), Paolo Guerrero (Flamengo)
Peru probable starting lineups
Denmark football betting tips
FIFA ranking – 12
Head coach – Age Hareide
Captain – Simon Kjær
Top scorer – Nicklas Bendtner (81/30)
The Euros 1992 triumphant always unsuccessfully performed at the World Cups, breaking group stage barrier just three times in the history. It could hardly be said that current Denmark’s squad is capable of very much right now, also coaching talent of Age Hareide is questioned. The Norseman achieved success only with Molde, Rosenborg and Malmö, teams that were always leaders in their championships, and it was not so difficult to get trophies with them. It is quite a different story when it comes to success of the team, whose squad can be called average at best. Danish dynamite did not seem explosive in the WC qualification, having managed to defeat only the outsiders in the group, not including the single success against Poland. Nevertheless, the Danes demonstrated an excellent play on the defensive (which actually is not normally for them) and we all know – a leakproof defence can take you a long way in World Cups! There are clearly serious problems with attacking line, as Age Hareide has no good striker in the squad. Denmark is a pragmatic team and obviously will not give points to Australians and Peruvians, so that much would depend on the last game with France – and here, the sensation is quite possible! By the way, the biggest win of Denmark in the history was just over the French with a score of 17:1! If we had to seek a sensation in the group stage, then Danish dynamite is an option!
Betting Tip: Group C. 1st place: Denmark @ 5.00 Bet now!
Denmark current squad
Goalkeepers: Kasper Schmeichel (Leicester City), Frederik Rønnow (Brøndby), Jonas Lössl (Huddersfield Town)
Defenders: Simon Kjær (Sevilla), Riza Durmisi (Betis), Peter Ankersen (Copenhagen), Nicolai Boilesen (Copenhagen), Mathias Jørgensen (Huddersfield Town), Jens Stryger (Udinese), Jonas Knudsen (Ipswich Town), Lasse Nielsen (Malmö)
Midfielders: William Kvist (Copenhagen), Christian Eriksen (Tottenham Hotspur), Lasse Schöne (Ajax), Thomas Delaney (Werder Bremen), Pione Sisto (Celta Vigo), Mike Jensen (Rosenborg), Lukas Lerager (Bordeaux)
Forwards: Nicklas Bendtner (Rosenborg), Nicolai Jørgensen (Feyenoord), Yussuf Poulsen (RB Leipzig), Andreas Cornelius (Atalanta), Martin Braithwaite (Bordeaux), Viktor Fischer (Copenhagen)
Denmark probable starting lineups
Argentina betting tips
FIFA ranking – 5
Head coach – Jorge Sampaoli
Captain – Lionel Messi
Top scorer – Lionel Messi (123/61)
Argentina is one of the most titled national teams in the world, for which, it seems, the best guarantee of success is the continent where the tournament is held. The Albiceleste has won World Cup twice, in Argentina and Mexico, also they played three times in the finals – in Uruguay, Brazil and Italy. As you can see, in Europe, this team has not achieved anything! Of course, now the Argentines are stronger than ever and rightly regarded as one of the main favourites in Russia. Messi and Co. are capable of crushing any opponent, however, this team makes such an impression only on paper when you look at big names in its squad. In fact, the Albiceleste qualified for the World Cup 2018 with great difficulties, taking only third place in the group, and came ahead of Peru (who had to play promotion playoffs) by only two points! At the same time, Argentina has scored least of all teams who qualified from South America, and won only 7 of the 18 games! No one would argue that Argentina has world-class players in every line, but still its attacking line has the right to be considered the strongest, nevertheless, this line does not work! It seems that the principle of ‘give the ball to Leo – he knows what to do’ does not work too! Sure thing, the first place in the group will not be a problem for the Albiceleste, but to score 5 goals to three rivals who perfectly know how to defend, sounds unlikely.
Argentina current squad
Goalkeepers: Sergio Romero (Manchester United), Nahuel Guzmán (UANL), Willy Caballero (Chelsea)
Defenders: Marcos Rojo (Manchester United), Nicolás Otamendi (Manchester City), Gabriel Mercado (Sevilla), Ramiro Funes Mori (Everton), Federico Fazio (Roma), Nicolás Tagliafico (Ajax), Fabricio Bustos (Independiente)
Midfielders: Javier Mascherano (Hebei China Fortune), Ángel Di María (Paris Saint-Germain), Éver Banega (Sevilla), Lucas Biglia (Milan), Marcos Acuña (Sporting CP), Diego Perotti (Roma), Giovani Lo Celso (Paris Saint-Germain), Manuel Lanzini (West Ham United), Leandro Paredes (Zenit Saint Petersburg)
Forwards: Lionel Messi (Barcelona), Sergio Agüero (Manchester City), Gonzalo Higuaín (Juventus), Ángel Correa (Atlético Madrid), Cristian Pavón (Boca Juniors)
Argentina probable starting lineups
Iceland World Cup 2018 betting tips
FIFA ranking – 22
Head coach – Heimir Hallgrimsson
Captain – Aron Gunnarsson
Top scorer – Kolbeinn Sigþórsson (44/22)
Well, it’s done! Iceland goes to the World Cup! After a fantastic performance at the Euros 2016 under the leadership of Lars Lagerbök, his former assistant Heimir Hadlgrimsson takes ‘Our Boys’ to Russia to conquer new peaks and it seems the Icelanders are ready to challenge! The national team of picked only legionaries, already shocked everyone in France when not only easily get out of the group, but destroyed England in 1/8 finals, and then though lost to the hosts of Euros, but still scored two goals to them in the quarter-finals. Iceland confidently passed the WC 2018 qualification and is unlikely become flustered even in the face of such strong opponents as Croats and Argentines. The schedule and rivals for the northerners are such that they have no sense in playing for a draw or defensive football in any game. First of all, they must beat Nigeria if they want to progress from the group. Iceland will not be able to keep a clean sheet against the Croats and the Argentines, so they will have to attack. ‘Our Boys’ have never been afraid of anyone and has a unique ability to score 10 goals, having 11 shots on goal.
Betting Tip: Total Group Goals Scored Iceland – Over 2.5 @ 1.60 Bet now!
Iceland current squad
Goalkeepers: Hannes Þór Halldórsson (Randers), Ögmundur Kristinsson (Excelsior), Ingvar Jónsson (Sandefjord)
Defenders: Birkir Már Sævarsson (Valur), Ragnar Sigurðsson (Rostov), Kári Árnason (Aberdeen), Ari Freyr Skúlason (Lokeren), Sverrir Ingi Ingason (Rostov), Hörður Björgvin Magnússon (Bristol City), Jón Guðni Fjóluson (IFK Norrköping), Hólmar Örn Eyjólfsson (Levski Sofia), Hjörtur Hermannsson (Brøndby)
Midfielders: Aron Gunnarsson (Cardiff City), Birkir Bjarnason (Aston Villa), Jóhann Berg Guðmundsson (Burnley), Emil Hallfreðsson (Udinese), Rúrik Gíslason (Sandhausen), Theódór Elmar Bjarnason (Elazığspor), Ólafur Ingi Skúlason (Kardemir Karabükspor), Arnór Ingvi Traustason (Malmö), Albert Guðmundsson (PSV), Samúel Friðjónsson (Vålerenga), Gylfi Sigurðsson (Everton)
Forwards: Kolbeinn Sigþórsson (Nantes), Jón Daði Böðvarsson (Reading), Viðar Örn Kjartansson (Maccabi Tel Aviv), Kjartan Finnbogason (Horsens), Björn Bergmann Sigurðarson (Rostov), Alfreð Finnbogason (Augsburg)
Iceland probable starting lineups
Croatia betting tips
FIFA ranking – 18
Head coach – Zlatko Dalić
Captain – Luka Modrić
Top scorer – Mario Mandžukić (82/30)
The Blazers started writing their history of appearances at the world cups in 1998 (before that, this team simply did not exist and we will leave all the previous successes to Yugoslavia) and immediately took bronze! Of course, now the Croats do not have ‘golden generation’, as then, but still this team is formed by world-class stars. Croatia confidently spent qualification, however, the Icelanders took the first place in Group I and now the Blazers have a chance to get revenge! Despite only two defeats in qualifying, the Croats surprised by a poor play in the attack, having scored more than one goal in only two of ten games. The team was able to score only three goals in four games against such weak rivals as Finland and Turkey, whose defence cannot be called safe… Zlatko Dalic had to draw conclusions and understand – to achieve success in Russia they need to play more aggressively! Dalic has Mandzukic, Kalinic, Perisic, Rakitic and Modric on hand – all these guys can not only create, but also score goals. The Blazers begin tournament against Nigeria and here we can count on at least two scored goals. Then there will be Argentina, to take points with this team without scoring is mission impossible. It is difficult to guess what the situation will be in this quartet by the last round, but we can be sure that game versus Iceland will be a crucial and, probably, high-scoring. Despite poor attacking record in qualifying, Croatia can surprise with goals in Russia.
Betting Tip: Total Group Goals Scored Croatia – Over 3.5 @ 1.60 Bet now!
Croatia current squad
Goalkeepers: Dominik Livaković (Dinamo Zagreb), Lovre Kalinić (Gent), Danijel Subašić (Monaco)
Defenders: Šime Vrsaljko (Atlético Madrid), Ivan Strinić (Sampdoria), Vedran Ćorluka (Lokomotiv Moscow), Tin Jedvaj (Bayer Leverkusen) Domagoj Vida (Beşiktaş), Josip Pivarić (Dynamo Kyiv), Dejan Lovren (Liverpool)
Midfielders: Ivan Rakitić (Barcelona), Mateo Kovačić (Real Madrid), Marko Rog (Napoli), Milan Badelj (Fiorentina), Filip Bradarić (Rijeka), Mario Pašalić (Spartak Moscow), Luka Modrić (Real Madrid), Ivan Perišić (Internazionale), Marcelo Brozović (Internazionale)
Forwards: Nikola Kalinić (Milan), Mario Mandžukić (Juventus), Andrej Kramarić (1899 Hoffenheim), Duje Čop (Standard Liège), Ante Rebić (Eintracht Frankfurt), Marko Pjaca (Schalke 04)
Croatia probable starting lineups
FIFA ranking – 47
Head coach – Gernot Rohr
Captain – John Obi Mikel
Top scorer – Ahmed Musa (69/13)
Super Eagles have always successfully performed in World Cups, having managed to progress from the group in three out of four attempts, but in Russia it will be difficult to replicate these successes. Despite the fact that the team has a lot of experience and good players, the last years, Nigerians are weak, they could not even qualify into two last Africa Cup of Nations. It is worth noting that Super Eagles spent the World Cup 2018 qualification above all praises, winning all the games except one, while their rivals were strong. Nevertheless, the chances of success in Russia are small for simple reason that all their rivals in Group D are much stronger. In addition, coaching talents of Gernot Rohr does not exactly instill confidence, German manager has trained four African national teams over the past few years, but still has no experience of big tournaments. Perhaps Nigeria is able to gnaw out draw with Croatia or Iceland, but they will not be able to win any game. The bookmakers offer too much for their fiasco.
Betting Tip: Group D. 4th place: Nigeria @ 2.40 Bet now!
Nigeria current squad
Goalkeepers: Ikechukwu Ezenwa (Enyimba), Daniel Akpeyi (Chippa United), Francis Uzoho (Deportivo Fabril)
Defenders: Elderson Echiéjilé (Cercle Brugge), Kenneth Omeruo (Kasımpaşa), Shehu Abdullahi (Bursaspor), William Troost-Ekong (Bursaspor), Leon Balogun (Mainz 05), Stephen Eze (Lokomotiv Plovdiv), Ola Aina (Hull City), Chidozie Awaziem (Nantes), Tyronne Ebuehi (ADO Den Haag), Brian Idowu (Amkar Perm)
Midfielders: John Obi Mikel (Tianjin Teda), Ogenyi Onazi (Trabzonspor), Moses Simon (Gent), John Ogu (Hapoel Be’er Sheva), Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester City), Joel Obi (Torino), Oghenekaro Etebo (Las Palmas), Mikel Agu (Bursaspor), Uche Henry Agbo (Standard Liège)
Forwards: Ahmed Musa (CSKA Moscow), Victor Moses (Chelsea), Odion Ighalo (Changchun Yatai), Alex Iwobi (Arsenal), Kelechi Iheanacho (Leicester City), Gabriel Okechukwu (Akwa United)
Nigeria probable starting lineups
Brazil 2018 betting tips
FIFA ranking – 2
Head coach – Tite
Captain – Various
Top scorer – Neymar (83/53)
Brazil has spent South America World Cup Qualification fantastically, having lost only one game, and completed the qualifying round with a total score of 41:11. Certainly, the team’s main striking force is its offensive line, because almost half of the squad can easily convert a dangerous moment at the opponent’s goal. Hardly the goalkeeper’s position and defence can be ranked among the best in the world, but that never stopped this guys from winning. It makes no sense to assess the Brazilians` chances to progress from the group, the question on everyone’s mind, will they be able to win all three games? And let’s face it, they will do it, if they wanted to! Pentacampeons always played 100% in every game and never thought about saving energy. Given Brazil’s squad depth, even in the last game, without any motivation and the second team on the pitch, they can beat Serbia without any effort!
Betting Tip: Group E: Brazil Over 7.5 Points @ 2.35 Bet now!
Brazil current squad
Goalkeepers: Alisson (Roma), Ederson (Manchester City), Neto (Valencia)
Defenders: Dani Alves Paris (Saint-Germain), Thiago Silva (Paris Saint-Germain), Marcelo (Real Madrid), Miranda (Internazionale), Marquinhos (Paris Saint-Germain), David Luiz (Chelsea), Filipe Luís (Atlético Madrid), Alex Sandro (Juventus), Danilo (Manchester City)
Midfielders: Willian (Chelsea), Paulinho (Barcelona), Fernandinho (Manchester City), Philippe Coutinho (Barcelona), Renato Augusto (Beijing Sinobo Guoan), Casemiro (Real Madrid), Fred (Shakhtar Donetsk), Diego (Flamengo)
Forwards: Douglas Costa (Juventus), Neymar (Paris Saint-Germain), Roberto Firmino (Liverpool), Gabriel Jesus (Manchester City)
Brazil probable starting lineups
Switzerland 2018 betting tips
FIFA ranking – 6
Head coach – Vladimir Petkovic
Captain – Stephan Lichtsteiner
Top scorer – Xherdan Shaqiri (68/20)
Switzerland has reached 1/8 finals in three of the last four World Cups and it seems that the tournament in Russia will not be an exception. Of course, four years ago, Costa Rica shocked the world with their performance in Brazil, also Serbia is a tough nut to crack, but the Red Crusaders` fans got used to success of their team and the results of the WC qualification confirms the ambitions of this ‘small big’ team! The Swiss have won 9 out of 10 games in qualifying, having scored 23 and conceded only 7 goals. There are few world-class players in the team, however, they have talented and experienced performers in each line. Therefore, it is not at all surprising that their rivals never know where the ball comes from! If you look at the current lineups, it turns out that the Swiss forwards have scored 46 goals, while the midfielders managed to find the net 46 times also, and no matter how strange it sounded, this team’s defenders upset their colleagues with 22 goals! In this team, everyone knows how to score goals! Whatever the result will be in game against Brazil, it seems that Switzerland is obvious contender for the second place and the bookmakers offer too generous price on this outcome!
Betting Tip: Group E. 2nd place: Switzerland @ 2.70 Bet now!
Switzerland current squad
Goalkeepers: Yann Sommer (Borussia Mönchengladbach), Roman Bürki (Borussia Dortmund), Marwin Hitz (FC Augsburg)
Defenders: Timm Klose (Norwich City), Stephan Lichtsteiner (Juventus), Johan Djourou (Antalyaspor), Ricardo Rodríguez (Milan), Fabian Schär (Deportivo La Coruña), Michael Lang (Basel), François Moubandje (Toulouse), Manuel Akanji (Borussia Dortmund), Nico Elvedi (Borussia Mönchengladbach)
Midfielders: Xherdan Shaqiri (Stoke City), Valon Behrami (Udinese), Gélson Fernandes (Eintracht Frankfurt), Blerim Džemaili (Bologna), Granit Xhaka (Arsenal), Fabian Frei (Basel), Steven Zuber (1899 Hoffenheim), Remo Freuler (Atalanta)
Forwards: Admir Mehmedi (VfL Wolfsburg), Eren Derdiyok (Galatasaray), Haris Seferović (Benfica), Josip Drmić (Borussia Mönchengladbach), Breel Embolo (Schalke 04), Mario Gavranović (Dinamo Zagreb)
Switzerland probable starting lineups
Costa Rica 2018 betting tips
FIFA ranking – 25
Head coach – Oscar Ramirez
Captain – Bryan Ruiz
Top scorer – Bryan Ruiz (109/23)
Four years ago, Los Ticos became the most sensational team of the World Cup in Brazil, having managed to take the first place in the group with such rivals as Uruguay, Italy and England! In the quarterfinals, Costa Rica held the Dutch to a draw and lost by penalties… Of course, we cannot wait for one more triumph of this team, although Brian Ruiz can still do his job! It is hard to say anything about this team’s current strength. On the one hand, Los Ticos had convincing World Cup qualification, having twice defeated solid USA, but at the same time, they looked poor against such teams as Honduras and Trinidad and Tobago. Also Costa Ricans left a sad impression in the friendly games. It is unlikely that the Swiss will be able to secure a playoff after two rounds, as they start against Brazil, which means that the last game of group stage will be crucial, and Los Ticos can hardly be called the favourite in that match. The chances to get points against Celesao are also not good. There remains a duel against Serbia, but the chances are equal at best. Thus, we cannot ask for another sensation, Los Ticos is a clear outsider of the quartet E.
Betting Tip: Group E. 4th place: Costa Rica @ 1.88 Bet now!
Costa Rica current squad
Goalkeepers: Keylor Navas (Real Madrid), Leonel Moreira (Herediano), Patrick Pemberton (Alajuelense)
Defenders: Giancarlo González (Bologna), Johnny Acosta (Rionegro Águilas), Cristian Gamboa (Celtic), Bryan Oviedo (Sunderland), Óscar Duarte (Espanyol), Francisco Calvo (Minnesota United), Kendall Waston (Vancouver Whitecaps), José Salvatierra (Alajuelense), Roy Miller (Portland Timbers)
Midfielders: Christian Bolaños (Saprissa), Osvaldo Rodríguez (Santos de Guápiles), Randall Azofeifa (Herediano), Celso Borges (Deportivo La Coruña), Yeltsin Tejeda (Lausanne-Sport), David Guzmán (Portland Timbers), Rodney Wallace (New York City)
Forwards: Joel Campbell (Betis), Johan Venegas (Saprissa), Bryan Ruiz (Sporting CP), Marco Ureña (Los Angeles), Daniel Colindres (Saprissa), Yendrick Ruiz (Herediano)
Costa Rica probable starting lineups
Serbia 2018 betting tips
FIFA ranking – 35
Head coach – Mladen Krstajic
Captain – Aleksandar Kolarov
Top scorer – Aleksandar Mitrović (35/13) & Dušan Tadić (51/13)
The Serbs did well in the WC qualification, having won their group (without strong opponents in it) and lost only once in Austria. Also they have tied with Wales twice and this is a key indicator of the White Eagles` strength. Perhaps, this team has not strong defensive line, where there are no high-level performers besides Kolarov, and the goalkeeper’s position is questionable also, but the Serbs compensate for this lack by discipline and orchestrated actions. On the plus side, Serbia has a striking power in the person of ‘Englishmen’ from Southampton, Manchester United, Crystal Palace and Fulham, which can upset any defence. The Serbs are a real dark horse and can both easily fail this tournament and make a noise. Let us make a bold speculation that they will beat Costa Rica and take one point with Switzerland, but lost to the Brazilians and the Swiss will go through by the better goal difference.
Betting Tip: Group E. 3rd place: Serbia @ 3.20 Bet now!
Serbia current squad
Goalkeepers: Vladimir Stojković (Partizan), Predrag Rajković (Maccabi Tel Aviv), Marko Dmitrović (Eibar)
Defenders: Branislav Ivanović (Zenit Saint Petersburg), Aleksandar Kolarov (Roma), Antonio Rukavina (Villarreal), Ivan Obradović (Anderlecht), Matija Nastasić (Schalke 04), Duško Tošić (Beşiktaş), Nikola Maksimović (Spartak Moscow), Dušan Basta (Lazio)
Midfielders: Ljubomir Fejsa (Benfica), Zoran Tošić (Partizan), Dušan Tadić (Southampton), Nemanja Matić (Manchester United), Adem Ljajić (Torino), Luka Milivojević (Crystal Palace), Filip Kostić (Hamburger SV), Andrija Živković (Benfica), Mijat Gaćinović (Eintracht Frankfurt), Marko Grujić (Cardiff City), Nemanja Maksimović (Valencia)
Forwards: Aleksandar Mitrović (Fulham), Aleksandar Prijović (PAOK), Đorđe Ivanović (Partizan), Andrija Pavlović (Rapid Wien)
Serbia probable starting lineups
Germany 2018 betting tips
FIFA ranking – 1
Head coach – Joachim Löw
Captain – Manuel Neuer
Top scorer – Thomas Müller (90/38)
In the 21st century, Germany permanently played in the World Cup semi-finals, and although ‘DFB Eleven’ are inferior to the Brazilians by the number of titles, no team played in the finals more than Germans. The stability of this team’s performances is amazing! Just think about it – since 1938 Germany played in 16 World Cups and only four times failed to get into the Top 4! In Russia, the Bundesteam is one of the favourites for a gold medal once again and we would be surprised if someone took this ‘killing machine’ less seriously. At the same time, this is not to say that the Germans bring in Russia the strongest squad in the world. Of course, this team has many world-class stars, but if you look at their offensive line, it is significantly poorer in comparison with other tournament’s favourites. In general, ‘DFB Eleven’ has clearly weaker squad than the Brazilians, Argentines, Spaniards or even the French, however, no one will be surprised if Germany will play in the semi-final as always, while one of the above star teams will pack their bags! When you are trying to predict this team’s result, remember the words of the legendary Gary Lineker: “Football is a simple game. Twenty-two men chase a ball for 90 minutes and at the end, the Germans always win.” The German machine is able to win all three games of the group stage with minimal efforts.
Betting Tip: Group E: Germany Over 6.5 Points @ 1.58 Bet now!
Germany current squad
Goalkeepers: Marc-André ter Stegen (Barcelona), Bernd Leno (Bayer Leverkusen), Kevin Trapp (Paris Saint-Germain), Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich)
Defenders: Shkodran Mustafi (Arsenal), Jérôme Boateng (Bayern Munich), Mats Hummels (Bayern Munich), Jonas Hector (FC Köln), Joshua Kimmich (Bayern Munich), Antonio Rüdiger (Chelsea), Matthias Ginter (Borussia Mönchengladbach), Niklas Süle (Bayern Munich), Marvin Plattenhardt (Hertha BSC)
Midfielders: Toni Kroos (Real Madrid), Sami Khedira (Juventus), Julian Draxler (Paris Saint-Germain), İlkay Gündoğan (Manchester City), Sebastian Rudy (Bayern Munich), Leon Goretzka (Schalke 04), Julian Brandt (Bayer Leverkusen), Leroy Sané (Manchester City), Mesut Özil (Arsenal), Emre Can (Liverpool), Mario Götze (Borussia Dortmund)
Forwards: Thomas Müller (Bayern Munich), Mario Gómez (VfB Stuttgart), Timo Werner (RB Leipzig), Lars Stindl (Borussia Mönchengladbach), Sandro Wagner (Bayern Munich)
Germany probable starting lineups
Mexico 2018 betting tips
FIFA ranking – 15
Head coach – Juan Carlos Osorio
Captain – Andrés Guardado
Top scorer – Javier Hernández (100/49)
Mexico can be called the most stable team in the World Cups, because the Tricolor always progressed from the group in the last six tournaments, but lost in the 1/8 finals. What can change this year in Russia? Probably, this series should be interrupted and it is unlikely that we will see the Mexicans in the quarterfinals. It goes without saying that Germany is a clear favourite of this quartet and South Korea is an outsider. It follows that everything will depend on face-to-face meeting between Mexico and Sweden, however, if they get a tie, the second will be a team with better goal difference. In this scenario, the chances of the Blue-Yellow seem to be higher. Mexico plays with Germany in the first game, when the favourite will be aimed only at three points. Beating the Mexicans, the Bundesteam will be enough to beat the Koreans in the last game, which gives some hopes for the Swedes in the second round. Moreover, they play later than the Mexicans, and will already know how many points the Tricolor got after two games. Such small advantages can play an important role, so Mexico will become only the third.
Betting Tip: Group F. 3rd place: Mexico @ 3.00 Bet now!
Mexico current squad
Goalkeepers: Guillermo Ochoa (Standard Liège), José de Jesús Corona (Cruz Azul), Alfredo Talavera (Toluca)
Defenders: Héctor Moreno (Real Sociedad), Miguel Layún (Sevilla), Diego Reyes (Porto), Hugo Ayala (UANL), Néstor Araujo (Santos Laguna), Oswaldo Alanís (Getafe), Jesús Gallardo (UNAM), Carlos Salcedo (Eintracht Frankfurt), Edson Álvarez (América), Rafael Márquez (Atlas), Jorge Torres Nilo (UANL)
Midfielders: Andrés Guardado (Betis), Marco Fabián (Eintracht Frankfurt), Jesús Molina (Monterrey), Rodolfo Pizarro (Monterrey), Jorge Hernández (Pachuca), Héctor Herrera (Porto), Javier Aquino (UANL), Jonathan dos Santos (LA Galaxy), Jürgen Damm (UANL), Elías Hernández (León), Orbelín Pineda (Guadalajara)
Forwards: Javier Hernández (West Ham United), Carlos Vela (Los Angeles), Oribe Peralta (América), Raúl Jiménez (Benfica), Jesús Manuel Corona (Porto), Hirving Lozano (PSV)
Mexico probable starting lineups
Sweden 2018 betting tips
FIFA ranking – 23
Head coach – Janne Andersson
Captain – Andreas Granqvist
Top scorer – Marcus Berg (55/18)
Looking at the squad of the Swedish team, hard to believe that the Blue-Yellow is capable to cope with big challenges, however, their performance in the qualification suggests the opposite. The team left behind the Netherlands, and then, in the play-offs, did not leave any chance for Italy. Sweden looks dangerous, but unpredictable, the Three Crowns managed to beat France in qualifying, while losing to weak Bulgaria… Poor attacking line is immediately apparent, so probably the Swedes will bet on defensive football, so they will become unfavorable rivals for Korea and Mexico. Sure thing, it is mission impossible to get points against Germany, but to achieve a positive result with the main competitor and beat the Koreans is not beyond northerners` abilities.
Betting Tip: Group F Outrights – Sweden To Qualify @ 2.38 Bet now!
Sweden current squad
Goalkeepers: Karl-Johan Johnsson (Guingamp), Kristoffer Nordfeldt (Swansea City), Jacob Rinne (AaB)
Defenders: Mikael Lustig (Celtic), Victor Lindelöf (Manchester United), Andreas Granqvist (Krasnodar), Martin Olsson (Swansea City), Niklas Hult (AEK Athens), Filip Helander (Bologna), Johan Larsson (Brøndby IF), Pontus Jansson (Leeds United)
Midfielders: Oscar Lewicki (Malmö FF), Albin Ekdal (Hamburger SV), Sebastian Larsson (Hull City), Gustav Svensson (Seattle Sounders FC), Emil Forsberg (RB Leipzig), Alexander Fransson (Lausanne-Sport), Oscar Hiljemark (Genoa), Viktor Claesson (Krasnodar), Ken Sema (Östersunds FK), Jimmy Durmaz (Toulouse)
Forwards: Christoffer Nyman (Eintracht Braunschweig), Marcus Berg (Al Ain), John Guidetti (Alavés), Ola Toivonen (Toulouse), Isaac Kiese Thelin (Waasland-Beveren)
Sweden probable starting lineups
South Korea 2018 betting tips
FIFA ranking – 61
Head coach – Shin Tae-yong
Captain – Ki Sung-yueng
Top scorer – Son Heung-min (63/20)
In 2002, at home World Cup, the Asian Tigers almost got into the final, losing to Germany in the semi-final with a score of 1-0, and then could not beat the Turks in bronze medal game (2-3). However, those times have passed, and now South Korea does not pose any great danger. If you forget about their leader Son Heung-min, then all the other players seem in the wrong place. The Koreans` defence composes of Jeonbuk players and their attacking line counts two forwards of this club. It is unlikely that the K-League champion can compete with the Germany, Mexico or Sweden national teams! We cannot ask for miracles and replicating the successes, as now Asian Tigers are far inferior to their opponents, and frankly speaking, Shin Tae-yong is not Guus Hiddink, who created a sensation with South Korea in 2002. The rivals are strong, the schedule is inconvenient, so it is worth asking will the Koreans win at least one game. Probably not. Three draws in three games seem incredible, so they will not take more than two points. The bookmakers offer too high a price to this event, given that South Korea has lost to Iran and Qatar in qualifying and had huge difficulties even with such teams as Uzbekistan and Syria…
Betting Tip: Group F: South Korea Under 2.5 Points @ 1.79 Bet now!
South Korea current squad
Goalkeepers: Kim Seung-gyu (Vissel Kobe), Kim Jin-hyeon (Cerezo Osaka), Cho Hyun-woo (Daegu FC)
Defenders: Jang Hyun-soo (FC Tokyo), Hong Jeong-ho (Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors), Lee Yong (Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors), Kim Min-woo (Sangju Sangmu), Choi Chul-soon (Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors), Kim Min-jae (Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors), Kwak Tae-hwi (FC Seoul), Kim Chang-soo (Ulsan Hyundai), Kim Jin-su (Hyundai Motors), Kim Young-gwon (Guangzhou Evergrande), Go Yo-han (FC Seoul)
Midfielders: Ki Sung-yueng (Swansea City), Koo Ja-cheol (FC Augsburg), Yeom Ki-hun (Suwon Samsung Bluewings), Park Joo-ho (Ulsan Hyundai), Lee Jae-sung (Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors), Jung Woo-young (Vissel Kobe), Kwon Chang-hoon (Dijon), Lee Chung-yong (Crystal Palace), Nam Tae-hee (Al-Duhail), Kim Bo-kyung (Kashiwa Reysol)
Forwards: Lee Keun-ho (Gangwon FC), Son Heung-min (Tottenham Hotspur), Kim Shin-wook (Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors), Hwang Hee-chan (Red Bull Salzburg), Lee Jeong-hyeop (Shonan Bellmare), Ji Dong-won (SV Darmstadt 98)
South Korea probable starting lineups
Belgium 2018 betting tips
FIFA ranking – 3
Head coach – Roberto Martínez
Captain – Eden Hazard
Top scorer – Romelu Lukaku (63/30)
The golden generation of Belgians are not getting any younger and this World Cup can be the last for many team`s leaders, at least they will not meet the next tournament in their prime. Time goes by, and the Red Devils are still without titles and even without roaring successes. How many more years will the Belgian football have to wait for a generation of such talented players? Perhaps a trip to Russia is the last chance to write their names into history. In 2016, the team easily reached the quarterfinals in Euros, but then the Welsh Dragons simply destroyed the Belgium. Two years before, at the previous World Cup, the Belgians had hardly passed USA in extra time, but again in the quarterfinals, stumbled over Argentina, which won 1-0 thanks to Higuain’s goal in the first minutes. It is hard to say how things will go in the playoffs, but troubles at the group stage are not expected. Belgium will win the first two games, securing Round of 16, and probably a draw in the last match against England that both teams can live with.
Betting Tip: Group G: Belgium Over 6.5 Points @ 1.88 Bet now!
Belgium current squad
Goalkeepers: Thibaut Courtois (Chelsea), Matz Sels (Anderlecht), Simon Mignolet (Liverpool), Koen Casteels (Wolfsburg)
Defenders: Toby Alderweireld (Tottenham Hotspur), Thomas Vermaelen (Barcelona), Vincent Kompany (Manchester City), Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham Hotspur), Thomas Meunier (Paris Saint-Germain), Laurent Ciman (Los Angeles), Dedryck Boyata (Celtic), Jordan Lukaku (Lazio)
Midfielders: Axel Witsel (Tianjin Quanjian), Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City), Marouane Fellaini (Manchester United), Radja Nainggolan (Roma), Mousa Dembélé (Tottenham Hotspur), Youri Tielemans (Monaco), Yannick Carrasco (Dalian Yifang), Leander Dendoncker (Anderlecht), Steven Defour (Burnley), Nacer Chadli (West Bromwich Albion)
Forwards: Romelu Lukaku (Manchester United), Eden Hazard (Chelsea), Kevin Mirallas (Olympiacos), Dries Mertens (Napoli), Thorgan Hazard (Borussia Mönchengladbach), Divock Origi (VfL Wolfsburg), Michy Batshuayi (Borussia Dortmund), Christian Benteke (Crystal Palace)
Belgium probable starting lineups
Panama betting tips
FIFA ranking – 55
Head coach – Hernán Darío Gómez
Captain – Román Torres
Top scorer – Blas Pérez (116/43) & Luis Tejada (104/43)
Panama for the first time in its history qualified for the World Cup and this fact alone is enough to feel like the winners. The Canal Men are obvious outsiders of Group G and the only game in which they can claim points is a game with Tunisia. We can say that Panama is a chance-comer in Russia, because this team owes their success not to their strong performance in qualifying, but rather to the failure of the US team. The Canal Men took third place in qualifying after Costa Rica and Mexico, while winning only 3 of 10 games with a negative goal difference ahead of their main competitors by only one point. Theare are only a few players from Liga Panameña de Fútbol, other performers played in MLS or average South American clubs. Only three footballers played in Europe, but career in such clubs as Dinamo Bucharest, 1904 DAC and Ghent II hardly suggest their silky skills… The only chance to take points is a draw with the Africans team.
Betting Tip: Group G: Panama Under 1.5 Points @ 1.78 Bet now!
Panama current squad
Goalkeepers: José Calderón (Chorrillo), Álex Rodríguez (San Francisco), Jaime Penedo (Dinamo București)
Defenders: Román Torres (Seattle Sounders), Felipe Baloy (Guatemala Municipal), Adolfo Machado (Houston Dynamo), Harold Cummings (San Jose Earthquakes), Erick Davis (Dunajská Streda), Luis Ovalle (Olimpia), Michael Amir Murillo (New York Red Bulls), Fidel Escobar (New York Red Bulls), Roberto Chen (Alajuelense), Roderick Miller (Atlético Nacional)
Midfielders: Valentín Pimentel (Plaza Amador), Josiel Núñez (Árabe Unido), Gabriel Gómez (Atlético Bucaramanga), Armando Cooper (Universidad de Chile), Alberto Quintero (Universitario), Aníbal Godoy (San Jose Earthquakes), Édgar Bárcenas (Tapachula), Miguel Camargo (Universidad San Martín), Marcos Sánchez (Tauro), Ricardo Buitrago (Deportivo Municipal), Alfredo Stephens (Santa Clara)
Forwards: Blas Pérez (Municipal), Luis Tejada (Sport Boys), Gabriel Torres (Huachipato), Abdiel Arroyo (Alajuelense), Roberto Nurse (Zacatecas)
Panama probable starting lineups
Tunisia 2018 betting tips
FIFA ranking – 14
Head coach – Nabil Maâloul
Captain – Aymen Mathlouthi
Top scorer – Youssef Msakni (51/14)
In 1978, Tunisia became the first African national team that won at the World Cups. Surprisingly, the Eagles of Carthage defeated Mexico (3-1) in their first game in tournament and since then has not been able to win a single game in the history! Tunisia took part in four World Cups and managed to ensure only four more draws during this time. In Russia, Africans have excellent chances to win their second game, and it is certainly about a match against Panama. As for the prospects of reaching Round of 16, they just simply do not have it. Despite the fact that Tunisia confidently won their group in the qualification, having not suffered a single defeat, the team`s squad seems weak. We can say that Tunisia is amalgamation of youthfulness and experience, but that is the point: all experienced performers play in the Saudi Arabia or Tunisian Championships, and their rising generation, which represented mainly by French Legue 1, simply do not have any game practice in their clubs. Thus, to beat Panama is the best thing that the Eagles of Carthage could do.
Betting Tip: Group G. 3rd place: Tunisia @ 1.95 Bet now!
Tunisia current squad
Goalkeepers: Aymen Mathlouthi (Al-Batin), Moez Ben Cherifia (Espérance), Farouk Ben Mustapha (Al-Shabab)
Defenders: Ali Maâloul (Al Ahly), Syam Ben Youssef (Kasımpaşa), Khalil Chemmam (Espérance), Yassine Meriah (CS Sfaxien), Hamdi Nagguez (Zamalek), Rami Bedoui (Étoile du Sahel), Oussama Haddadi (Dijon), Dylan Bronn (Gent), Yohan Benalouane (Leicester City)
Midfielders: Mohamed Ali Moncer (Espérance), Ferjani Sassi (Al-Nassr), Wahbi Khazri (Rennes), Mohamed Amine Ben Amor (Al-Ahli), Naïm Sliti (Dijon), Karim Aouadhi (CS Sfaxien), Ahmed Khalil (Club Africain), Saîf-Eddine Khaoui (Troyes), Ellyes Skhiri (Montpellier), Bassem Srarfi (Nice)
Forwards: Youssef Msakni (Al-Duhail), Fakhreddine Ben Youssef (Al-Ettifaq), Taha Yassine Khenissi (Espérance), Ahmed Akaïchi (Al-Ittihad), Hamdi Harbaoui (Zulte Waregem)
Tunisia probable starting lineups
England 2018 betting tips
FIFA ranking – 13
Head coach – Gareth Southgate
Captain – Various
Top scorer – Jermain Defoe (57/20)
For a long time the Three Lions have not pleased their fans with successful performances at the World Cups, the last semifinals was back in 1990. At previous World Cup in Brazil, England has shocked the world with the last place in the group without even having been able to win one game. The British always demonstrates a terrific football in the qualification, but then frustrated over and over again. For example, they have won all the games in the qualification for Euros 2016, having conceded only in two out of ten matches. In qualifying for this World Cup, the Three Lions were without peers, having won all the matches, not counting two draws. And again, England demonstrated a stunning football in defence, conceding only in two games. Despite the fact that this team`s main stars are attacking players, Gareth Southgate should prefer a precautionary approach and defensive football so his team has every chance to keep a clean sheet in the first games – neither Panama, nor Tunisia do not look capable to find the net in the games against such leakproof defense. The last clash vs Belgium might be amerely a formality, which means that we will not see any struggle and many goals.
Betting Tip: Total Group Goals Scored England – Under 2.5 @ 1.70 Bet now!
England current squad
Goalkeepers: Jack Butland (Stoke City), Joe Hart West (Ham United), Jordan Pickford (Everton), Fraser Forster (Southampton)
Defenders: Kieran Trippier (Tottenham Hotspur), Kyle Walker (Manchester City), John Stones (Manchester City), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur), Harry Maguire (Leicester City), Nathaniel Clyne (Liverpool), Joe Gomez (Liverpool), Ryan Bertrand (Southampton), Michael Keane (Everton), Phil Jones (Manchester United), Chris Smalling (Manchester United)
Midfielders: Ashley Young (Manchester United), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Liverpool), Eric Dier (Tottenham Hotspur), Raheem Sterling (Manchester City), Jesse Lingard (Manchester United), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Jake Livermore (West Bromwich Albion), Adam Lallana (Liverpool), Dele Alli (Tottenham Hotspur), Jack Wilshere (Arsenal)
Forwards: Jamie Vardy (Leicester City), Marcus Rashford (Manchester United), Danny Welbeck (Arsenal), Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur), Jermain Defoe (Bournemouth), Daniel Sturridge (West Bromwich Albion)
England probable starting lineups
Poland 2018 football betting tips
FIFA ranking – 10
Head coach – Adam Nawałka
Captain – Robert Lewandowski
Top scorer – Robert Lewandowski (93/52)
The bookmakers consider Colombians to be favorites of Group H, however, many reasons offer grounds for doubting that fact. Certainly, the Coffee Growers` squad is impressive with big names, but Poland look more balanced and disciplined now. In addition, the White Eagles have awesome forward line and win in the game against arch-rival can be achieved through their high-powered offense. Group H can be surprising, because we can write off only the Japanese. Most likely, everything will be decided in the last round and here the advantage is on the Polish side as they will fight with the Samurai Blue. Poland impressed with its aggresive football in qualifying, scoring two or more goals in all games except one, and looks like a favorite of this quartet.
Betting Tip: Group H Winner – Poland @ 2.75 Bet now!
Poland current squad
Goalkeepers: Artur Boruc (Bournemouth), Łukasz Fabiański (Swansea City), Wojciech Szczęsny (Juventus), Łukasz Skorupski (Roma)
Defenders: Łukasz Piszczek (Borussia Dortmund), Kamil Glik (Monaco), Maciej Rybus (Lokomotiv Moscow), Artur Jędrzejczyk (Legia Warsaw), Michał Pazdan (Legia Warsaw), Thiago Cionek (SPAL), Bartosz Bereszyński (Sampdoria), Marcin Kamiński (VfB Stuttgart), Tomasz Kędziora (Dynamo Kyiv)
Midfielders: Paweł Wszołek (Queens Park Rangers), Jakub Błaszczykowski (VfL Wolfsburg), Kamil Grosicki (Hull City), Grzegorz Krychowiak (West Bromwich Albion), Sławomir Peszko (Lechia Gdańsk), Piotr Zieliński (Napoli), Krzysztof Mączyński (Legia Warsaw), Karol Linetty (Sampdoria), Maciej Makuszewski (Lech Poznań), Jacek Góralski (Ludogorets Razgrad)
Forwards: Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich), Arkadiusz Milik (Napoli), Łukasz Teodorczyk (Anderlecht), Kamil Wilczek (Brøndby), Dawid Kownacki (Sampdoria)
Poland probable starting lineups
Senegal 2018 football betting tips
FIFA ranking – 28
Head coach – Aliou Cissé
Captain – Cheikhou Kouyaté
Top scorer – Moussa Sow (50/18)
Like any African team at the World Cup, Senegal is a dark horse that can present many surprises. You only have to look at their squad to understand that these guys should not be underestimated – most of starting XI is an ‘English contingent’, and let most performers are not in the first roles in their clubs, it means nothing – they have gone through the English Premier League and have a huge an experience. Players from Serie A and Ligue 1 can also guarantee problems for their rivals. Senegal forward line with Sadio Mané, Moussa Sow and Mame Biram Diouf looks extremely dangerous. Senegal begins with Poland and foremost priority will be not to lose to the potential leader of the group, and there is no way to do this without scored goals, because it is impossible to keep a clean sheet against the White Eagles. Then there will be Japan, which the Lions of Teranga need to beat with a big score to improve their goal difference. The last game versus Colombia, regardless of previous results, should be hot! Senegal scored a lot in the qualification, most likely, in Russia we will see an atypical for the African national teams productive football.
Betting Tip: Total Group Goals Scored Senegal – Over 3.5 @ 2.30 Bet now!
Senegal current squad
Goalkeepers: Khadim N’Diaye (Horoya), Abdoulaye Diallo (Rennes), Pape Seydou N’Diaye (Niarry Tally)
Defenders: Kara Mbodji (Anderlecht), Saliou Ciss (Valenciennes), Lamine Gassama (Alanyaspor), Pape Souaré (Crystal Palace), Kalidou Koulibaly (Napoli), Salif Sané (Hannover 96), Papy Djilobodji (Dijon), Moussa Wagué (Eupen), Armand Traoré (Cardiff City), Fallou Diagne (Metz), Youssouf Sabaly (Bordeaux)
Midfielders: Idrissa Gueye (Everton), Cheikhou Kouyaté (West Ham United), Henri Saivet (Sivasspor), Cheikh N’Doye (Birmingham City), Alfred N’Diaye (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Badou Ndiaye (Stoke City), Assane Dioussé (Saint-Étienne), Younousse Sankharé (Bordeaux), Zargo Touré (Lorient)
Forwards: Sadio Mané (Liverpool), Moussa Sow (Bursaspor), Mame Biram Diouf (Stoke City), Moussa Konaté (Amiens), Keita Baldé (Monaco), Ismaïla Sarr (Rennes), Oumar Niasse (Everton), Diafra Sakho (Rennes), M’Baye Niang (Torino), Santy Ngom (Nantes)
Senegal probable starting lineups
Colombia 2018 football betting tips
FIFA ranking – 16
Head coach – José Pékerman
Captain – Radamel Falcao
Top scorer – Radamel Falcao (72/29)
The Tricolors has strong performer in every line, however, their squad is not what you would call balanced… There is Zapata in defence, but his assistants are not impressed, Hames Rodriguez will shine in mid-field, but he will not get solid support, the forward line is solid and Falcao is world-class star, however, the rest of the performers are hardly stronger than Senegal has. At the same time, the Coffee Growers did not look at all powerful in the attack in qualifying, having scored just two goals more than outsiders of the group. It is unlikely that Colombia can be called a clear favorite in the clash with the Poles, and the last game against Senegal would be nothing like a picnic. Of course, the Coffee Growers are favorites on paper, but let us remember how they played in the WC qualification! In games against the best five teams of South America, the Colombians were able to beat only weak Peru, taking their points in the games with obvious outsiders, that is saying something. Let us make a bold assumption that Colombia will fail the group stage and become only the third.
Betting Tip: Group H. 3rd place: Colombia @ 4.65 Bet now!
Colombia current squad
Goalkeepers: David Ospina (Arsenal), Camilo Vargas (Deportivo Cali), José Fernando Cuadrado (Once Caldas)
Defenders: Pablo Armero (América de Cali), Cristián Zapata (Milan), Santiago Arias (PSV), Frank Fabra (Boca Juniors), Óscar Murillo (Pachuca), Yerry Mina (Barcelona), Davinson Sánchez (Tottenham Hotspur), Johan Mojica (Girona), Bernardo Espinosa (Girona)
Midfielders: Edwin Cardona (Boca Juniors), Juan Cuadrado (Juventus), Daniel Torres (Alavés), Carlos Sánchez (Espanyol), Abel Aguilar (Deportivo Cali), James Rodríguez (Bayern Munich), Giovanni Moreno (Shanghai Shenhua), Juan Fernando Quintero (River Plate), Wílmar Barrios (Boca Juniors), Mateus Uribe (América), Jefferson Lerma (Levante)
Forwards: Teófilo Gutiérrez (Junior), Radamel Falcao (Monaco), Carlos Bacca (Villarreal), Luis Muriel (Sevilla), Yimmi Chará (Junior), Miguel Borja (Palmeiras), Duván Zapata (Sampdoria), José Izquierdo (Brighton & Hove Albion)
Colombia probable starting lineups
Japan 2018 football betting tips
FIFA ranking – 60
Head coach – Akira Nishino
Captain – Makoto Hasebe
Top scorer – Shinji Okazaki (110/50)
Japan won their group in WC qualifying with just one point ahead of Saudi Arabia and Australia, losing only two games (the first and the last, which did not mean anything). Despite such successful result, the Samurai Blue was not impressed with their football. Let friendly games on the eve of a trip to Russia mean little, however, the team frankly failed them. The line of attack left considerable doubt, because Keisuke Honda is old, and ‘German contingent’ of forwards from Stuttgart, Mainz 05, Cologne and Fortuna Dusseldorf could hardly be effective against solid defence of Poles or Senegalese. The change of head coach in April right before the start of the World Cup is cause for concern also. Samurai look like outsiders and it is unclear how they can beat any opponent in Group H. Given their rivals` strength, every team will bet on taking three points against Japan, because whoever makes a misfire in game with Japan, they practically lose the chance of success.
Betting Tip: Group H – Finish Bottom – Japan @ 2.25 Bet now!
Japan current squad
Goalkeepers: Shūsaku Nishikawa (Urawa Red Diamonds), Eiji Kawashima (Metz), Masaaki Higashiguchi (Gamba Osaka)
Defenders: Maya Yoshida (Southampton), Hiroki Sakai (Marseille), Gen Shōji (Kashima Antlers), Yūto Nagatomo (Galatasaray), Masato Morishige (FC Tokyo), Shintarō Kurumaya (Kawasaki Frontale), Tomoaki Makino (Urawa Red Diamonds), Gōtoku Sakai (Hamburg), Naomichi Ueda (Kashima Antlers), Wataru Endo (Urawa Red Diamonds)
Midfielders: Yasuyuki Konno (Gamba Osaka), Shinji Kagawa (Borussia Dortmund), Hiroshi Kiyotake (Cerezo Osaka), Gaku Shibasaki (Getafe), Ryota Morioka (Anderlecht), Hotaru Yamaguchi (Cerezo Osaka), Makoto Hasebe (Eintracht Frankfurt), Ryota Oshima (Kawasaki Frontale), Kento Misao (Kashima Antlers)
Forwards: Keisuke Honda (Pachuca), Genki Haraguchi (Fortuna Düsseldorf), Kenyū Sugimoto (Cerezo Osaka), Takashi Usami (Fortuna Düsseldorf), Yu Kobayashi (Kawasaki Frontale), Yūya Kubo (Gent), Yūya Ōsako (Köln), Takashi Inui (Eibar), Takuma Asano (Stuttgart), Shinzō Kōroki (Urawa Red Diamonds), Yoshinori Mutō (Mainz 05), Shinji Okazaki (Leicester City)
Japan probable starting lineups