Group F Betting Preview: 2018 World Cup OddsPosted by: Charlie Smith
We’re now more than halfway through the month of April. This means that the 2018 World Cup is but 2 ½ months away, which is great news for online soccer betting fans. To help betting sportsbook players prepare for this year’s tournament, we’ve been sizing up each group. We’ve taken a look at almost all the groups, but we’ve yet to get to Group F. Let’s mulch over each team’s lineup while taking a look at the Group F betting odds.
Group F Betting Preview & Online Soccer Betting Odds
The Germans enter as the reigning champions. But four years is quite a length of time, especially in the world of online soccer betting. Proving that point is the fact that Captain Phillip Lahm, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Lukas Podolski, Miroslav Klose and Per Mertesacker are no longer with the team. That’s quite a roster change to say the least. Notwithstanding those differences, the Germans have been pretty dominant in the lead up to this year’s tourney. Specifically, Germany won all of their 10 qualifying games. Not only that, they averaged a whopping 4.3 goals per game. Those goals came from a variety of sources since 21 different players scored for the country. Having said that, it’s looking like Germany is a great option for players willing to bet on the 8 team parlay odds.
Players to Watch: Jerome Boateng (Bayern Munich), Mesut Ozil (Arsenal), and Timo Werner (RB Leipzig).
While the Mexicans enjoy plenty of success in CONCACAF competition, they never really seem to accomplish anything in the World Cup. Mexico is hoping to change that this time around. Since there are a handful of athletes that won Olympic Gold in London back in 2012, the country is hopeful this squad can bring them international glory. One thing they do have going for them is tremendous defense. Not only did the Mexicans go undefeated in qualification, they only conceded 1 goal in 6 matches. Keep an eye out for Javier Hernandez, who needs two goals to become Mexico’s World Cup leading scorer. The Mexicans never make it deep into the tourney, but they always seem to make it out of the group stage. At least that’s been the case since 1986. That said, it’s easy to understand why they’re Group F betting favorites.
Players to Watch: Javier Hernandez (West Ham), Carlos Vela (LAFC), and Jesus Manuel Corona (Porto).
Unlike the other two aforementioned teams, Sweden had a rough time qualifying. But in the end, the Swedes were worthy of qualifying. Sweden ended up finishing 2nd in UEFA’s Group A, giving the Frenchmen the only loss of their bracket. This year’s draw marks the Swedes first World Cup appearance since 2006. Not only that, this represents their 12th time entering the tournament. It’s no understatement to say that Sweden is a Group F betting underdog.
Players to Watch: Marcus Berg (Al Ain), Emil Forsberg (RB Leipzig), and Victor Lindelof (Man U).
Most news coming out of South Korea these days seems to be centered around their war with North Korea. Or, should I say their former war with North Korea. To get here, South Korea finished 2nd in qualifying behind Iran. All in all, the Koreans faced plenty of struggles on their way to this year’s World Cup. Considering who they’ve been paired against, it’s likely that those struggles will continue.
Players to Watch: Heung-Min Son (Tottenham), Ki Sung-yueng (Swansea) and Lee Chung-yong (Crystal Palace).