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Best Early World Cup Matchups to Bet On From the Get Go

Posted by: Anthony Yaylor

The entire planet is ready to rejoice this Thursday as World Cup betting officially kicks off. Naturally, bettors will want to know which matchups are the best ones to wager on. Since there’s a whole tournament of eye-catching contests, there’s question that there’s bound to be a multitude of them. Today we take a look at the best early world cup matchups to bet on that will be held on the 1st match day. Take a World Cup sportsbook look.

Early World Cup Matchups to Bet On || 2018 World Cup Betting


Group A || Egypt vs. Uruguay || Friday, June 15th

Team SP/RL TOTAL ML
Egypt +1 (-136) 2 (-103) +632
Uruguay -1 (+121) 2 (-112) -157
Egypt/Uruguay Draw +270
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This matchup is interesting due to the lowball odds Uruguay is receiving. As most bettors know, Uruguay is one of the toughest countries to beat in international play. That doesn’t exactly apply to Egypt. However, with the Uruguayans facing some favorable sports parlay odds, taking them straight up can be rather lucrative. The spread isn’t all that high either, giving you a good option with better odds than the money line.

Group B || Portugal vs. Spain || Friday, June 15th

Team SP/RL TOTAL ML
Portugal +½ (-106) 2 (+109) +369
Spain -½ (-109) 2 (-124) -104
Portugal/Spain Draw +239
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This high profile matchup didn’t make this list because it’s easy to predict but rather because the World Cup betting odds are extremely favorable. Either side can come out on top in this one and taking either side can be extremely lucrative – even the draw. Spain is naturally pegged as the favorite due to their recent success in international play as well as the elite level of talent they bring to the table. But on the other hand, there’re plenty of reasons to believe Portugal can get the upset.

Group C || Peru vs. Denmark || Saturday, June 16th

Team SP/RL TOTAL ML
Peru PK (+129) 2 (+117) +230
Denmark PK (-144) 2 (-132) +145
Peru/Denmark Draw +225
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Like the Portugal vs. Spain matchup, this contest didn’t make this list because it’s easy to predict but rather due to the great odds currently available. Peru enters this year’s World Cup following some controversy. However, you can bank on the country vying to put that controversy behind them right out of the gate. Denmark on the other hand, will be looking to make it out of the group stage for the first time. A win against Peru would certainly help. Ultimately taking either side straight up can be a great option.

Group D || Argentina vs. Iceland || Saturday, June 16th

Team SP/RL TOTAL ML
Argentina -1½ (+109) 2½ (-129) -283
Iceland +1½ (-124) 2½ (+114) +1045
Argentina/Iceland Draw +419
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This matchup, like the 1st one on the list, gets the spotlight for being both easy to predict and offering some decent odds. There’s no question Argentina will come out on top in this matchup. And while the money line odds aren’t the best on this list, they are favorable for an outcome that is all but set in stone. If that’s the case, then those World Cup sportsbook odds are certainly worth taking.

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