Group H enters the World Cup action tonight as Brazil and Mexico play their second game together.
Today will finally present the last World Cup group to fans and punters around the world. Belgium, Russia, Algeria, and South Korea are all in action this evening. But so are Brazil and Mexico, who will already be playing their second game. Betting under Brazilian gambling laws is already in full-swing of course, each and every match delivers a wide selection of odds, and there are many outrights too. Let’s take a closer look at what are the best choices for tonight, and which bets could be the smartest ones.
Betting on Belgium
Belgium are a young team full of talent and will to show their skills to the world. Les Diables Rouges are widely considered to be the dark horses of this World Cup, and rather good odds on them at online sportsbooks in Brazil confirm it. They are currently eighth in line to lift the trophy with 26.00 odds.
While winning the World Cup may be too far a stretch for the young Belgians, reaching at least quarter-finals if not further shouldn’t be a surprise. The odds on them reaching the quarters at Bet365 are 2.25 and this is perhaps one of the smartest bets punters can make. Reaching the semis is also on the cards for Belgium and will pay at 5.00 odds. However, if Marc Wilmots’ men would make to the final – the payout for that is a hefty 11.00.
Belgium boasts Vincent Kompany, Eden Hazard, Simon Mignolet, and Romelu Lukaku on their roster. But the latter has just finished healing his injury, and this could decrease Belgian striking abilities. Their first opponent, Algeria, may be a tough nut to crack, that’s why the combo offer half-time draw and full-time Belgian win with 3.60 odds also looks very rewarding.
Betting on Brazil
Yes, the Selecao have won the opening match of the World Cup, but the rumors and expert suggestions that Luiz Felipe Scolari team is not as strong are still circling. Tonight’s clash with Mexico should dot all the i’s. Indeed, the hosts are the huge favorites to beat Mexico with 1.33 odds compared to 9.50 for El Tricolor. And those who bet on sports in Brazil will certainly back their team for the fixture.
In their respective game with Cameroon, Mexico showed high-class organization and lots of skill, making them a very tough opponent for Brazil. The hosts will most probably win, but don’t expect lots of goals to be scored. The lines of 3.10 and 4.33 for Brazil’s 1 and 2 goal winning margin seem pretty fair in this match.
Brazil are still the favorites to win the group and the tournament as a whole, but now Mexico’s chances of qualifying for the last 16 are much higher than those of Croatia: 1.66 and 2.25 respectively. Brazil chances of reaching the final are still pretty strong and actually a rewarding bet at 2.37 odds.
Betting on Russia
While Russia are considered to be outsiders of the tournament, they can still put in an impressive performance. Considering the fact that they managed to edge Portugal in the qualifiers, they are a force to be reckoned with and can certainly manage to reach quite far in Brazil. The odds on them beating South Korea tonight are quite short: 1.85, compared to a line of 4.75 for the Reds.
Brazil are back in action hosting Mexico in their second group match
• Online sportsbooks in Brazil provide a wide array of betting lines for tonight
• Mexico are underdogs against Brazil, but will certainly make it difficult for the Selecao to score
• Elsewhere Belgium and Russia are the favorites in their matches.
But the biggest question to be answered in Group H is who will end up in top spot. The intrigue here is that the runners up will most probably be facing Germany in the last 16 and we all know what the prospects of that are. The second spot will go against either Portugal or now USA with growing chances of qualifying.
Belgium are of course the favorites to win the group with 1.70 odds, but Russia is right on their heels with 3.20. And it’s highly likely that the top spot will be contested in the match between these too. South Korea’s chances of winning Group H are much slimmer at 8.00, and Algeria are the outsiders with 21.00 odds.
Should Russia manage to rack up more points than Belgium and go to the knockouts from top spot, they will of course enjoy an easier route to the quarters. The odds on them playing in the quarter-finals are 4.33, but that bet is too early to make now before their match with Belgium. However, smart punters looking for bigger payouts might wanna take that wager, while it still offers good odds.