2018 World Cup Group G Future Odds and Predictions
One of the most solid Groups in the World Cup is Group G, where Belgium and England are almost certainly going to capture the two top spots. With Tunisia and Panama the other two teams in the group, Belgium and England will fight against one another for the top spot. It is Belgium who is the favorites to win the group, England is second in the odds, while Panama is the heavy favorites to finish at the bottom.
Belgium is coming into this tournament with all their big guns, as they have by far the best generation of players the country has produced. They steamrolled through their qualifying group (9-0-1), with only Greece holding them to a 1-1 draw in Belgium. Belgium scored a whopping 43 goals and conceded just six in the process. Romelu Lukaku was the leading scorer with 11 goals, while Eden Hazard (six goals, five assists), Dries Mertens (five goals, seven assists) and Thomas Meunier (five goals, seven assists) led the charge. Spanish coach Roberto Martinez has a lot of options for the starting line-up, and one of the deepest benches in the tournament. He also has former France star Thierry Henry as an assistant coach. They are expected to have an easy job in the first two matches against Panama and Tunisia, while the final game against England will shape the group.
England is dubbed one of the "losers" of world soccer, as they have always choked in major competitions. They did win the World Cup as hosts back in 1966, but with a very controversial goal. Since then, the Three Lions have failed to reach the final in the World Cup and also in the EURO Cup. They are led by coach Southgate, who led England to the World Cup by going undefeated in the qualifiers. England is led by Tottenham’s star-player Harry Kane, who is easily one of the best forwards in the world right now. The whole squad is pretty young, the 3rd youngest in the World Cup, with an average age of 25.9 years. However, the lack of experience might be a problem here, as England do have a limited ceiling in the competition. Maybe this generation of players can make a big bang in the next World Cup, where pretty much everyone will be at a ripe age and with a lot more experience.
Tunisia is competing in the World Cup for the fifth time in their history without having anything special to show, as they have been eliminated in the group stage three times. They are one of the most inexperienced teams in Africa, with just a single Copa Africa in their trophy room, back in 2004 when they were hosts. This time around they did a great job in the qualifiers (4-0-2), where they were up against Congo, Libya, and Guinea. They have a Tunisian coach who isn't very experienced, while most of their players are participating in domestic competitions and in France. Tunisia will heavily rely on Forward Wahbi Kazri, a very talented and promising player who had a pretty nice season with Rennes in France. Tunisia will almost certainly fight with Panama to avoid the last spot of the group.
Panama has had quite an exciting journey in order to reach their first ever World Cup. It was in the final match of the qualifiers that they essentially secured their ticket when they scored a late goal to defeat Costa Rica by 1-2 at home. Their roster consists of players who play in the MLS, and their best players are goalkeeper Jaime Penedo, defenders Roman Torres (who scored the qualifying goal) and Felipe Baloy, midfielder Gabriel Gomez (their record man in caps with 142) and forwards Blas Perez and Luis Tejeda who are also very experienced. However, the roster is the oldest in the World Cup with an average age of 29.4. Moreover, they have the heaviest player in the tournament (Roman Torres), and also the shortest player (Alberto Quintero).
2018 World Cup Group G Predictions
Belgium and England will most likely capture the top two spots in this group, as neither Tunisia nor Panama looks like they can cause upsets here. There is value in getting Belgium, England, Tunisia, and Panama to finish in this exact same order (+150), but this particular group seems predictable. Maybe Panama can grab a point in their match with Tunisia, so Panama to get exactly one point is at +175. Our best bet for this group is for Belgium to get Over 6.5 points in this group (-120), as they should be able to defeat Tunisia and Panama, and should at least hold England to a draw. Also, a wild bet on Harry Kane to be the top goal scorer in the tournament is at a massive +1600.
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