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World Cup group betting: Preview, prediction and best bets for every World Cup group

Know it all for all for every groups at the World Cup
Know it all for all for every groups at the World Cup

Read our comprehensive guides with predictions, previews and best bets for every World Cup group in Russia.

  • Click on each team for their full profile
  • Click on each image for an in-depth group guide

World Cup Group A

Profiles: Russia | Uruguay | Egypt | Saudi Arabia

World Cup Group A
Uruguay will be in charge in World Cup Group A

Odds

Verdict

A dream draw on paper for Uruguay, who are a cut above the rest of these on paper. Behind them is a a bit of a puzzle, especially given Mohamed Salah's injury worry for Egypt, but preference is given for Russia to get through as the hosts have only once previously failed to navigate the group stages.

Group A Prediction: (3/1 with Sky Bet)

  1. Uruguay
  2. Russia
  3. Egypt
  4. Saudi Arabia

Best bets

Uruguay to win the group & Saudi Arabia to finish in last place at 13/8

Uruguay to score over 4.5 goals in the group stages at 4/6

Fixtures

  • Thursday June 14 - Russia vs Saudi Arabia, 4pm, Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow.
  • Friday June 15 - Egypt vs Uruguay, 1pm, Central Stadium, Yekaterinburg.
  • Tuesday June 19 - Russia vs Egypt, 7pm, Krestovsky Stadium, Saint Petersburg
  • Wednesday June 20 - Uruguay vs Saudi Arabia, 4pm, Rostov Arena, Rostov-on-Don
  • Monday June 25 - Saudi Arabia vs Egypt, 3pm, Volgograd Arena, Volgograd
  • Monday June 25 - Uruguay vs Russia, 3pm, Samara Arena, Samara

World Cup Group B

Profiles: Spain | Portugal | Morocco | Iran

Spain are expected to come out on top of Group B
Spain and Portugal will do battle for Group B

Odds

Verdict

It'll be a fascinating battle between Iberian rivals Portugal and Spain, who meet in their opening game of the group. Not that you should count out Iran or Morocco, though, who both powered through their respective qualifying campaign without conceding a goal, so will provide stubborn opposition for the big guns.

Group B prediction (11/4 with Sky Bet)

  1. Spain
  2. Portugal
  3. Morocco
  4. Iran

Best bets

Straight forecast - Spain winner, Portugal runner-up at 6/5

Spain winner, Iran bottom at 13/8

Fixtures

  • Friday June 15 - Morocco vs Iran, 4pm, Krestovsky Stadium, Saint Petersburg
  • Friday June 15 - Portugal vs Spain, 7pm, Fisht Olympic Stadium, Sochi
  • Wednesday June 20 - Portugal v Morocco, 1pm, Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow
  • Wednesday June 20 - Iran vs Spain, 7pm, Kazan Arena, Kazan
  • Monday June 25 - Iran vs Portugal, 7pm, Mordovia Arena, Saransk
  • Monday June 25 - Spain vs Morocco, 7pm, Kaliningrad Stadium, Kaliningrad

World Cup Group C

Profiles: France | Denmark | Peru | Australia

France are the powerhouse side in Group C
It will be France and one other in Group C

Odds

Verdict

France will be delighted to have been placed in this group, and should have little issue securing top spot and a better tie in the Round of 16. Denmark are fancied to wrap up second, but there is a genuine possibility of any of the others proving good enough to progress to the knockout stages.

Group C prediction: (9/1 with Sky Bet)

  1. France
  2. Australia
  3. Denmark
  4. Peru

Best bets

Antoine Griezmann to score anytime in France v Australia at evens

France to have exactly nine group points - 7/4

Fixtures

  • Saturday June 16 - France vs Australia, 11am, Kazan Arena, Kazan
  • Saturday June 16 - Peru vs Denmark, 5pm, Mordovia Arena, Saransk
  • Thursday June 21 - Denmark vs Australia, 1pm, Samara Arena, Samara
  • Thursday June 21 - France vs Peru, 4pm, Central Stadium, Yekaterinburg
  • Tuesday June 26 - Australia vs Peru, 3pm, Fisht Olympic Stadium, Sochi
  • Tuesday June 26 - Denmark vs France, 3pm - Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow

World Cup Group D

Profiles: Argentina | Croatia | Nigeria | Iceland

Argentina will be aiming for top spot in Group D
Argentina are the top guns in Group D but there are dark horses lurking

Odds

Verdict

Group D is one of many groups at the World Cup that looks intriguing and basically open for any side to wrap up a spot in the knockout stages, but it's difficult to see Argentina as anything other than winners. Picking the bones out of the rest is tough, Croatia are regular dark horses but they actually finished behind Iceland, who are given the nod, in qualifying.

Group D Prediction: (10/1 with Sky Bet)

  1. Argentina
  2. Iceland
  3. Croatia
  4. Nigeria

Best bets

Iceland to qualify from the group at 3/1

Argentina winner, Nigeria last place at 11/4

Fixtures

  • Saturday June 16 - Argentina vs Iceland, 2pm, Otkrytie Arena, Moscow
  • Saturday June 16 - Croatia vs Nigeria, 8pm, Kaliningrad Stadium, Kaliningrad
  • Thursday June 21 - Argentina vs Croatia, 7pm, Nizhny Novgorod Stadium, Nizhny Novgorod
  • Friday June 22 - Nigeria vs Iceland, 4pm, Volgograd Arena, Volgograd
  • Tuesday June 26 - Iceland vs Croatia, 7pm, Rostov Arena, Rostov-on-Don
  • Tuesday June 26 - Nigeria vs Argentina, 7pm, Krestovsky Stadium, Saint Petersburg

World Cup Group E

Profiles Brazil | Switzerland | Serbia | Costa Rica

Brazil are expected to top Group E
World Cup favourites Brazil will walk Group E, but who will join them?

Odds

Verdict

A real chance for Brazil to storm this group, show some real samba style and gather momentum going into the knockout stages. Serbia could surprise a few but Switzerland v Costa Rica in the final game could be the all-important match to decide who joins Brazil in advancing.

Group E Prediction: (6/1 with Sky Bet)

  1. Brazil
  2. Switzerland
  3. Costa Rica
  4. Serbia

Best bets

Serbia to finish bottom at 5/2

Brazil to win all group games at 6/4

Fixtures

  • Sunday June 17 - Costa Rica vs Serbia, 1pm, Samara Arena, Samara
  • Sunday June 17 - Brazil vs Switzerland, 7pm, Rostov Arena, Rostov-on-Don
  • Friday June 22 - Brazil vs Costa Rica, 1pm, Krestovsky Stadium, Saint Petersburg
  • Friday June 22 - Serbia vs Switzerland, 7pm, Kaliningrad Stadium, Kaliningrad
  • Wednesday June 27 - Serbia vs Brazil, 7pm, Otkrytie Arena, Moscow
  • Wednesday June 27 - Switzerland vs Costa Rica, 7pm, Nizhny Novgorod Stadium, Nizhny Novgorod

World Cup Group F

Profiles: Germany | Mexico | Sweden | South Korea

Germany are expected to top Group F
Germany are well fancied to top Group F but it's acomplicated behind them

Odds

Verdict

Another case of a standout winner, it has to be a question of who will join Germany in moving into the knockout stages. Mexico and Sweden look to be the ones battling it out for second, but South Korea will make a case after losing just three of their last 12 games.

Group F Prediction: (9/2 with Sky Bet)

  1. Germany
  2. Mexico
  3. South Korea
  4. Sweden

Best bets

Mexico to finish as runner up at 15/8

Brazil, France and Germany each to win all their group games at 20/1

Fixtures

  • Sunday June 17 - Germany vs Mexico, 4pm, Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow
  • Monday June 18 - Sweden vs South Korea, 1pm, Nizhny Novgorod Stadium, Nizhny Novgorod
  • Saturday June 23 - South Korea vs Mexico, 4pm, Rostov Arena, Rostov-on-Don
  • Saturday June 23 - Germany vs Sweden, 7pm, Fisht Olympic Stadium, Sochi
  • Wednesday June 27 - South Korea vs Germany, 3pm, Kazan Arena, Kazan
  • Wednesday June 27 - Mexico vs Sweden, 3pm, Central Stadium, Yekaterinburg

World Cup Group G

Profiles: Belgium | England | Tunisia | Panama

Belgium and England are expected to battle for top spot in Group G
Belgium and England are expected to battle for top spot in Group G

Odds

Verdict

Gareth Southgate would have been relatively pleased with the draw considering his team managed to avoid the likes of Germany, Brazil, Argentina and France. Instead Group G’s top seeded team is a highly-talented but beatable Belgium. Tunisia will provide the only stumbling block for the big two.

Group G Prediction: (3/1 with Sky Bet)

  1. England
  2. Belgium
  3. Tunisia
  4. Panama

Best bets

England winner, Panama last place at 5/2

Panama to lose all group games at 15/8

Fixtures

  • Monday June 18 - Belgium vs Panama, 4pm, Fisht Olympic Stadium, Sochi
  • Monday June 18 - Tunisia vs England, 7pm, Volgograd Arena, Volgograd
  • Saturday June 23 - Belgium vs Tunisia, 1pm, Otkrytie Arena, Moscow
  • Sunday June 24 - England vs Panama, 1pm, Nizhny Novgorod Stadium, Nizhny Novgorod
  • Thursday June 28 - England vs Belgium, 7pm, Kaliningrad Stadium, Kaliningrad
  • Thursday June 28 - Panama vs Tunisia, 7pm, Mordovia Arena, Saransk

World Cup Group H

Profiles: Colombia | Poland | Senegal | Japan

Colombia are tipped to top a tricky Group H
Group H is the toughest group to call in the World Cup

Odds

Verdict

Arguably the most wide-open group in the tournament - favourites Colombia are as big as 11/8 to win the section and rank outsiders Japan just 9/4 to qualify. If a James Rodriguez-powered Colombia are near their form of four years ago they'll readily come out on top, but in Poland and Senegal they face a tough enough test. Robert Lewandowski scored 16 goals in qualifying and is in the shop window, while Sadio Mane is a danger for Senegal - if this comes to a shootout then Japan will surely find themselves outgunned.

Group H prediction: (15/2 with Sky Bet)

  1. Colombia
  2. Poland
  3. Senegal
  4. Japan

Best bets

Colombia winner, Japan bottom at 4/1

Keita Balde top Senegal scorer at 6/1

Fixtures

  • Tuesday June 19 - Colombia vs Japan, 1pm, Mordovia Arena, Saransk
  • Tuesday June 19 - Poland vs Senegal, 4pm, Otkrytie Arena, Moscow
  • Sunday June 24 - Japan vs Senegal, 4pm, Central Stadium, Yekaterinburg
  • Sunday June 24 - Poland vs Colombia, 7pm, Kazan Arena, Kazan
  • Thursday June 28 - Japan vs Poland, 3pm, Volgograd Arena, Volgograd
  • Thursday June 28 - Senegal v Colombia, 3pm, Samara Arena, Samara

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