The most interesting item in the Group F betting specials is not the winning team. The group includes the champions of the previous World Cup, who have not stopped grabbing trophies since then, adding the 2017 Confederations Cup to their collection.
In fact, Germany looks so convincing that online betting sites in Russia are offering very low returns on Löw’s team: 1.30 if they win the group and a mere 1.05 if they are featured in the top 2. Considering that, gambling enthusiasts might prefer to focus on the other alternatives of the group E betting specials: namely, the team to finish as the runner-up and the identity of the top goalscorer.
The Bookies’ Favorite for the Second Place: Mexico
The two strongest-looking squad of the group last met in the Confederations Cup. Germany won by a three goal difference, which makes Mexico look much weaker than they really were. Joachim Löw went as far as to tell reporters after the match: “It was a really difficult game.”
The Mexican team, also known as El Tri, have surely learned the lesson of that loss and made adjustments to their defense. There is little they need to do about their attacking: while Löw’s squad might have withstood most of their attacks at the Confederations Cup, few teams are up to that task. Mexico’s odds are 1.95 for being in the top 2 of Group E and 8.00 for winning it.
The Underdogs: Sweden and South Korea
The Swedish team is still living in the shadow of Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Although the legendary striker had announced his retirement from international football after the 2016 European Championship, there have been speculations he might change his mind and participate in the upcoming World Cup in Russia. Those theories have been officially proven wrong a few days ago: he is missing from the provisional squad Janne Andersson, the Swedish coach, has put together.
This might actually be a blessing in disguise. Instead of relying on a star striker’s individual feats, Andersson needed to build a well-rounded group that, as so many commentators point out, is more than the sum of its parts. Forward Marcus Berg might not be able to replicate Zlatan’s antics but what matters is that he can provide his team with enough goals. Consequently, Sweden is only slightly less likely to advance to the knockout stage than Mexico (their odds are 2.25 for a top 2 and 9.00 for a win).
South Korea, on the other hand, are entering the tournament as huge underdogs (5.00 for a top 2 and 21.00 for a win). They are typically placed somewhere at the bottom in World Cup power rankings. For instance, the Guardian’s early list, made before all 32 teams qualified, made them no. 22 out 23 teams.
Betting on their finishing fourth is a safe choice. In fact, it is one of the best alternatives of the Group E betting specials: it offers a reasonable profit (1.85 at Unibet Sportsbook) for such a safe option.
Who will be the top goalscorer of the Group E betting specials?
Another interesting Group E betting special, one that offers higher returns, concerns the player to cause the most frustration to goalkeepers. Who has the best chance to become that person?
Timo Werner (3.50)
German players understandably dominate the first few spots of lists online sportsbook sites in Russia are making of potential candidates. A new talent, the 22-year-old Timo Werner occupies the first place, who has already made his mark spectacularly by winning the Golden Boot Award in the 2017 Confederations Cup.
Thomas Müller (4.75) is a close second, having already scored 10 World Cup goals in his career (a feat that places him among the top 10 highest scoring World Cup players of all time). Sané (6.50), Draxler (10.00) and Özil (16.00) are also strong contenders.
Hirving Lozano (28.00)
Part of the reason Mexico is a popular team is that they have an attack-based playing style. With that in mind, it is not unimaginable, even if Germany wins the group, that the top goalscorer will prove to be a Mexican athlete.
Just like Werner, Lozano is a 22-year-old up-and-coming talent. His speed and power, especially in his right foot, is remarkable. If Germany’s players divide goals between each other, Lozano could finish the group with the highest number of goal celebrations.
Marcus Berg (36.00)
A long shot, but not unimaginable. The Swedish forward has scored eight goals in eight qualifying matches and has given voice to his belief that the last two years had been the best with the national team. His consistency and confidence might enable him to achieve a feat online sportsbooks in Russia are not expecting of him.
Take advantage of the Group E betting specials
Group E offers favorable odds on safe bets (South Korea’s bottom place) and harder-to-predict bets (top goalscorer) alike. Take advantage of that variety and visit Unibet Sportsbook to find the option that suits you the most.