Group E Betting Preview & Online World Cup Betting OddsPosted by: Sebastian Morera
We’re halfway through the month of April, which means that the 2018 World Cup is getting closer every day. Before you know it, online soccer betting players will have to be making picks on the group stage matchups. But before we get there, it’s important to aptly size up the competitors in order to make the best parlay and picks possible. We’ve already taken several looks at Groups A through D, so now it’s time to size up some Group E betting opportunities.
Group E Betting Preview & Online World Cup Odds
Brazil, although considered longtime online soccer betting favorites, is desperately trying to get out form the shadow of 2014’s World Cup. For those who have forgotten, the Brazilians were humbled 7-1 against the eventual champs: Germany. Now, being the first time to clinch qualification, Brazil is confident they can lead their country to newfound glory. Surprisingly, it wasn’t until Tite was brought along in September of 2016 that the Brazilians delivered a turnaround. Tite of course is the nickname given to Adenor Bacchi, Brazil’s current coach. Under his helm, Brazil has delivered 13 wins, 3 draws and a lone loss in a friendly. No doubt most top sportsbook betting players will back Brazil through most of their matches. And rightfully so considering they’ve won more than any other nation at this tourney.
Players to Watch: Neymar (PSG).
Currently ranked 8th in FIFA’s rankings, Switzerland is vying for a deep push in this year’s tournament. Considering that this is their 10th World Cup appearance, it’s safe to say that they know what they’re getting into. With 3 quarterfinals appearances, the Swiss are not to be taken lightly this time around. Vladimir Petkovic leads the club, making his first World Cup appearance. Most of Switzerland’s talent consists of the 2009 sub-17 World Champion team. On top of that, they feature a plethora of tournament experience. All these things mingle together to make Switzerland one solid Group E betting favorite.
Players to Watch: Valon Behrami (Udinese).
While Costa Rica is making its 4th World Cup appearance, the country is coming off its best run yet. Interestingly enough, despite leading the country to the quarterfinals in 2014, the club decided to give their head coach the boot. Now the team is heralded by Oscar Ramirez, who’s coaching experience is limited to only his home country. And while the team comes in with what many consider to be the best keeper in the game, they’ll need a bit of luck to deliver a run as deep as they did in 2014.
Players to Watch: Keylor Navas (Real Madrid)
Serbia enters their 11th World Cup appearance. Notwithstanding those ample appearances, the country, formally Yugoslavia and Montenegro, is making their 1st appearance since 2010. In the past, the Serbians have finished as highly as 4th in the tournament. This time around, Serbia is led by coach Slavoljub Muslin. Although they aren’t the biggest Group E betting favorites, they are still a massive threat to the real favorites.
Players to Watch: Branislav Ivanovic (Zenit St Petersburg)