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World Cup 2018 Matches Dominate the Lineup of Sporting Events this WeekendPublished June 15, 2018 by Florin P
The first week of World Cup 2018 has just begun and from Friday to Sunday, football fans will enjoy some of the best teams in action.
Russia played the opening match at World Cup 2018 on Thursday against Saudi Arabia. That’s because they host the tournament, but the game itself was far from being a highly anticipated one. By comparison, the matches scheduled for Friday evening and over the weekend promise to be spectacular. Punters can find tempting odds on favorites to win as well as underdogs to cause major upsets at 10bet Sportsbook.
Spain and Portugal Lock Horns in Group B on Friday
Arguably the most exciting match scheduled for this weekend takes place early on Friday. In the evening, Spain and Portugal will fight for the first place in Group B. The World Cup champions of 2010 start with the first chance and are given even odds by 888 Sport. They lost just one game during the campaign of friendly matches and another during the preliminaries. Portugal will once again rally behind Cristiano Ronaldo and hope that their striker can lead them to victory against the Group B favorites.
In the other matches of the day, Uruguay is expected to take advantage of Salah missing from the Egyptian lineup. The inspirational striker is still mending a shoulder injury and is expected to return to fitness sometime next week. 888 Sport offers odds of 3/5 on the South Americans to prevail, while the draw is priced at 9/5. Equally contested, but for different reasons is the match between Morocco and Iran. The team that loses is virtually eliminated from the event as they share the group with Spain and Portugal.
France and Argentina are Poised for Easy Victories
These two teams finished as runners-up in the last World Cup and European Championship. They came painfully close of lifting the trophies, only to be defeated by the odd goal. France plays against Australia and punters should expect odds higher than 1/4. Argentina will have a much more difficult task than the odds of 3/10 indicate, in their game against Iceland. Croatia hopes that the South Americans will fail to pick up all three points against the small European country, while they defeat Nigeria.
Punters can expect a really emotional match when Denmark and Peru play in the second match of Group C. The Europeans are used to spending time in the spotlight during major tournaments. The same can’t be said about their opponents who have returned among the best football teams after 36 years. For more than three decades, they have dreamed about playing at this level and will give everything on the pitch. 888 Sport credits Denmark with the first chance and odds of 13/10 while Peru is priced at 31/10.
The Top Favorites at World Cup 2018 Play on Sunday
Only three matches are scheduled for Sunday evening and afternoon, but they feature the best teams at the tournament. Germany and Brazil are virtually tied, with bookmakers offering odds ranging from 4/1 and 5/1 to lift the trophy. Both are expected to win their matches, despite the quality and motivation of their opponents. Brazil is only given odds of 3/10 by 10bet Sportsbook to defeat Switzerland, a team with excellent defensive and great results in friendly games.
Germany plays against Mexico and the Europeans need to address the locker room problems quickly. Certain players of Turkish descent were booed by the fans during friendly games. This has ramped up pressure ahead of the tournament and could affect the footballers’ performance in the opening match. Costa Rica plays against Serbia in a match that no team can afford to lose. That’s because Brazil is the overwhelming favorite in Group E and these two teams are fighting for the second place.