Previewing the 2018 World Cup Betting Odds for the WeekendPublished June 22, 2018 by Mike P
This weekend will deliver another major slate of World Cup matches. Online Casino Reports delivers a full betting preview for all of the favourites.
Brazil huffed and puffed their way to a 1-1 draw in their Group E opener against Switzerland. Nevertheless, this has not stopped 888 Sport from leaving Brazil in place as 17/4 favourites to win the entire tournament. However, the Samba stars will have to step up their game if they are to impress this weekend.
Brazil vs. Costa Rica
Brazil are so highly favoured to beat Costa Rica that 10Bet Sportsbook is offering odds of just 20/87. One way to improve those odds would be to instead back Brazil to win to nil against Costa Rica. As a result, the odds would rise up to 20/29 instead for this 14:00 CET encounter.
The goal-scorer markets could also be an option, with the world-class Neymar available to score first at 13/5. Neymar is the talisman for Brazil and could get more pitch time than Man City striker Gabriel Jesus, who is also priced at 13/5.
Nigeria vs. Iceland
Both teams have been priced as evenly matched favourites to win the 17:00 CET match at 9/5, according to 10Bet. Iceland, of course, earned that incredible 1-1 draw at the expense of Argentina, while Nigeria saw their World Cup campaign start out dismally with a 2-0 defeat to Croatia.
Serbia vs. Switzerland
The final match of Friday will be the 20:00 CET will provide a meeting between Serbia and Switzerland. And 888 Sport has priced this as a close match, with Serbia given the edge at 33/20. Meanwhile, Switzerland are close by at 37/20, having thwarted Brazil in a 1-1 draw.
Belgium vs. Tunisia
10Bet favours Belgium to beat Tunisia at 4/13 for Saturday’s 14:00 CET opener. That is after Belgium cruised to victory 3-0 against Panama, which also asserted the Red Devils’ position as highly favoured outsiders to win the tournament. Meanwhile, star striker Romelu Lukaku could be a strong option to score first at 5/2.
South Korea vs. Mexico
South Korea could struggle to stay in the tournament, having lost 1-0 to Sweden. Mexico, however, are in a superior position after defeating the highly favoured Germany 1-0. As such, Mexico have been made 5/7 favourites by 10Bet to beat South Korea, who are available at 9/2 in this 17:00 CET match.
Germany vs. Sweden
Germany will take the field at 20:00 CET versus Sweden, who were actually able to win their first game, while the reigning champions were beaten by Mexico. However, this has not stopped 10Bet from leaving Germany in place at 5/12 to beat the Swedish.
England vs. Panama
The Three Lions needed a very late winner from Harry Kane to clinch all three points against Tunisia. England had chances to make the score-line much more flattering, which is why 888 Sport is making the English available at just 1/6 to win versus Panama. With Kane in a rich vein of form, he could be worth backing to score first at 9/5 in this 14:00 CET game.
Japan vs. Senegal
Japan must have been grateful to see Colombia have an early sending-off. In turn, the Japanese were able to exert their advantage and eventually snatch all three points. Senegal also claimed an impressive scalp in beating Poland 2-1. This will see the two nations meet in the 17:00 CET game, with Japan priced at 5/2 and Senegal at 13/10 with 888 Sport.
Poland vs. Colombia
The last match of the weekend will see Poland play Colombia at 20:00 CET. And this is a must-one win match for both of the nations, with each having lost their openers. Colombia are reckoned to be the 59/50 favourites by 888 Sport, but Poland should not be overlooked at 47/20.