Can Messi Provide a Shower of Goals: World Cup Betting Group F
Posted: May 30, 2014
Updated: October 4, 2017
Group F is perhaps the most interesting one to follow at the upcoming World Cup, and there will be no shortage of betting offers on it.
Lionel Messi and Co have been drawn into Group F alongside World Cup debutants Bosnia & Herzegovina, Nigeria, and Iran. While all attention of punters under Argentinean gambling laws will be on how many goals Messi scores and will it be enough to face Brazil in the final, there are lots of betting possibilities for the group outcome as well.
The Albiceleste are expected to score lots of goals, and Messi is not the only talent the Argentinean team can boast at this World Cup. It’s not surprise that the South American nation is second behind Brazil to lift the trophy with 5.50 odds at online sportsbooks in Argentina. The draw also makes it possible for Brazil v Argentina final, something football fans around the world are very much looking forward to.
World Cup betting Group F
Besides Argentina, Group F boasts Bosnia & Herzegovina, who have shown the world their excellent football skills and 30 goals in qualification to get to their first ever World Cup. And of course there are the current African champions, and always unpredictable Iran. Expect nothing else, but action-packed group matches and lots of goals. In fact, Group F is second behind Group A to become the highest scoring one with 6.00 odds from Bovada.
Betting on Group F at World Cup
• Argentina is the hot favorite to make the last 16
• Many online sportsbooks in Argentina are already accepting bets
• Smart bet is to choose this group to become the top scoring one
It is only natural to see Argentina as favorites to win the group with 1.22 odds, leaving the rest of the field far behind. The Balkan nation is next in line with 7.00 odds, Nigeria got a line of 10.00, and Iran are outsiders with 34.00 odds.
As for qualifying chances, there’s little doubt that Alejandro Sabella’s men will make it with only 1.04 odds for those who bet on sports in Argentina, even shorter than those for Brazil. Bosnians are next with 1.83 odds, and Nigeria is right behind them with a line of 2.37, while Iran have a ghostly chance valued at 6.00.
Group forecast remains the most interesting and rewarding way for punters to make money for this group as well. Argentina winning and Bosnia taking second is the most likely outcome with 2.50 odds, followed by Argentina 1st and Nigeria 2nd scenario paying at 3.10. Argentina topping the group and Iran joining them in the knockouts is unlikely, but profitable at 6.50.
No one is expecting Argentina to qualify from second place, that’s why these scenarios with Bosnia or Nigeria topping the group will pay at respective 11.00 and 15.00 odds. Iran 1st and Argentina 2nd pays at whopping 67.00 odds, but this event is highly unlikely.
It’s hard to imagine a course of events where Argentina doesn’t qualify for the last 16, but this is football and anything can happen. In this case when Bosnia goes 1st and Nigeria 2nd – bookies will pay at 51.00, reversed positions for this two teams will mean an 81.00 payout.
Bosnia taking first and Iran going second brings huge odds of 101.00, while Iran 1st and Bosnia 2nd – 151.00 odds, same in case of Nigeria 1st and Iran 2nd. The biggest odds of the group stages are offered for a highly unlikely event when Iran tops Group F and Nigeria goes second – 251.00.
It looks like the battle for the second place in the group, ensuring qualification for the last 16 will be waged between Bosnia & Herzegovina and Nigeria. Both teams got pretty equal odds on finishing bottom of the group: 5.50 and 4.00 respectively. The safest bet in this respect is of course Iran with 1.57 odds, and in a very unlikely event that Argentina finishes last punters can collect winnings at 34.00.
The group dual forecast odds are also very interesting in this competitive Group F. Argentina and Bosnia going through pays at 2.00, while Argentina and Nigeria in any formation – at 2.60. Naturally, Iran and Argentina is less likely – at 6.00 odds.
The biggest reward is given for scenarios where Argentina is not making it to the last 16. Bosnia and Nigeria going through delivers a line of 34.00, Bosnia and Iran – 51.00 odds, and Nigeria together with Iran is the least likely event paying at 101.00.