Early Group Stage Betting Analysis (Group B)
Posted by: Charlie Smith
We’re roughly halfway through the month of February and while the 2018 World Cup might still be a ways off, now is the perfect time for online soccer betting players to size up individual groups. We’ve already taken a look at Group A and the potential teams to come out of there, so now it’s time to size up Group B. Let’s break down each individual country’s chances in this group before taking a look at your best early group stage betting options.
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Key Players: Isco (Real Madrid), Alvaro Morata (Chelsea) and David Silva (Manchester City)
Sportsbook betting players will recall that Spain won the tournament back in 2010 and will be eager to make a deep push in Russia this year, especially considering the embarrassing group stage dismissal they underwent back in 2014. But that was four years ago and Spain was able to qualify for the 2018 World Cup with ease. In the end, the Spaniards would win 9 out of their 10 matches and scored 36 goals.
Key Players: Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid), Andre Silva (AC Milan), and William Carvalho (Sporting Lisbon)
The Portuguese enter this tournament with their heads held high after picking up the Euro 2016 title in France. However, Portugal has never hoisted a World Cup trophy, 3rd place being the closest they’ve come, and that was back in 1966. Nevertheless, Portugal wields one of the best players in the world surrounded by top-level talent. In other words, this is not a team to be taken lightly.
Key Players: Khalid Boutaib (Yeni Malatyaspor), Hakim Ziyech (Ajax), and Medhi Benatia (Juventus)
This year’s entry marks the 5th time in the country’s history that Morocco has qualified for the World Cup. Heralded by Juventus’ Medhi Benatia, Morocco is one of the lesser-known talents in this year’s World Cup. Unfortunately for Morocco, they’ve been drawn against two of the most talented teams in this year’s tournament.
Key Players: Sardar Azmoun (Rubin Kazan), Mehdi Taremi (Al-Gharafa), and Ehsan Hajsafi (Olympiacos)
Like Morocco, Iran will also be making their 5th World Cup appearance. Notwithstanding making frequent appearances, Iran has only defeated but one team in their World Cup appearances. That team was USA, who isn’t in this year’s rendition, and that took place in France back in 1998 during one of the most political World Cups. Carlos Quieroz, ex-Real Madrid manager, is calling the shots for Iran. But despite having such knowledge leadership, it’s highly unlikely that Iran makes it out of a Group stage that is brimming with such talent.
Early Group Stage Betting Predictions
Out of all early group stage betting predictions, this might be the most difficult since the top 3 teams are so dominant. Some online soccer betting players might even opt to have Morocco replace Portugal or Spain for one of the two draws from this group. Ultimately, this is the group you’ll want to avoid when making 15 team parlay payout predictions. Unless of course, you’re predicting Iran to finish dead last in the group.