Here comes the most awarded nation in Football History! After sacking Dunga, Neymar&Co changed their mentality and went on to qualify without any worries for the World Cup. Without question, Neymar will have the pressure to take his nation to glory, but the whole team has the capacity to push through. For Brazil we chose the odds of 1.25* for winning the Group.
Even though they finished with the same points as Portugal, Switzerland had to go through the playoffs, as the goal difference was in Ronaldo’s favor. The Europeans reached the quarterfinals in 1934, 1938 and 1954 and that will be their main goal in 2018. All eyes will be on Ricardo Rodriguez pulling the team after him. Switzerland has a 8.00* odds chance of winning the group.
Quarterfinalists in 2014, Costa Rica was already qualified ahead the last game, while the United States will be watching this Wolrd Cup on TV. The star of the team, without doubt, is Real Madrid’s goalkeeper, Keylor Navas. He will be very busy guarding the post with such tough opponents from the other nations. Odds for winning the group: 30.00*
This nation took football by surprise, emerging from a Group that contained Ireland, Wales and Austria. Despite this success, they fired their manager anyway. Serbia has both experience and youth, with veterans Ivanovic, Matic and Kolarov playing alongside the young gun Savic. Odds for winning the group: 9.00*
Four-times winners, the Germans have what it takes to lift their 5th Trophy, after the ones in 1954, 1974, 1990 and 2014. We can’t talk about a star player because Germany is a perfect team as a whole. Everybody expects the reigning champions to retain the title, but the question remains: can they do it? Until the Final, they have 1.35* to win the Group.
Quarterfinalists in 1970 and 1986, Mexico has high hopes for this year. They are basically the nation that sent the United States home with only one loss in the group. Hector Moreno will be helping Javier Hernandez in their mission to get to the eliminating rounds, but going very far, as the opponents in the Round of 16 could be way out of their league. Odds for winning the Group: 6.85*
Semifinalists in 1958, Sweden came to Russia without their main man, Zlatan. Well, he came to the World Cup, but by himself and that’s another story. Knowing this, it will be a real struggle for Sweden to escape the Group and the odds of 8.50* of winning it only makes this a lot plausible.
Republic of Korea
South Korea hasn’t missed a single Tournament since 1986 and they managed to reach the Semifinals in 2002. They struggled with Syria for a spot in this group, but here they are! Their best player is Son Heung-min from Tottenham. Their results do not show a very good form for the upcoming matches and they are not expected to qualify further. Odds for winning the group: 22.00*
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