2018 FIFA World Cup: Betting Odds to Win World Cup Group G
The excitement is building, with the start of the 2018 FIFA World Cup now just a couple of days away. We will be all over every single game in the tournament, but before we get to the individual match-ups, we are going to take a look at each of the 8 groups. There are a few where we can perhaps expect a few surprises, but Group G is one of those that looks pretty clear-cut. Barring some sort of meltdown by the group favorites, it should be Belgium and England who move on, but we should still take the time to have a closer look at all 4 teams in Group G.
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The Golden Generation are back together for another run at a major tournament, and they will be hoping to go better than their quarter-final appearance last time out. We have all been waiting for the talent on this team to come together and deliver something special, and Belgium perhaps foreshadowed what is to come in Russia by absolutely blitzing their way through the qualifying process. They went unbeaten in the group and hammered home 43 goals in the process. If this team can get on a roll early, we could be in for a treat.
England won the World Cup on home soil in 1966, and while they have had some good runs since then, they have more often than not come up short in the biggest tournaments. Gareth Southgate will be looking to break out of that funk, and he will hope to do so with a very talented group of younger players. Much of the pressure is going to fall on Harry Kane, as England are going to need him to score on a regular basis if they are to make a deeper run in the tournament.
There is very little chance that Tunisia moves on into the knockout stage, but teams are going to find that this team is tough to break down. Tunisia qualified on top of a rather weak group, but they proved to be a resilient bunch during their run, making a habit of coming from behind to pick up the points required to get to Russia. You get the feeling that their games against the favorites here will be all about damage control, so look for them to pack the midfield, which is where they are the strongest.
For Panama, this World Cup may simply be a case of â€śhappy to be hereâ€ť as I expect them to be on a bit of a beating. Panama had a rather odd trip to Russia, taking advantage of a poor performance by the US in the Hex, while also benefitting from what has been described as a phantom goal in the final group game win over Costa Rica. The core group in this squad are veterans who will be making their last hurrah in Russia, but there is also a solid group of young players we can expect to see here. The experience that these young men gain in Russia will serve them well for the years ahead.