World Cup Group H Betting Odds: Who will stand apart in this tight group?

Jun 7, 2018 |

Group H looks to be one of the toughest groups to call at this summer's World Cup in Russia. Poland and Colombia are slight favorites to advance past the group stage, but if they start to look past Senegal and Japan, they could be looking at an early trip home.

Covers Experts’ Soccer Authority previews the best ways to wager on Group G and the 2018 World Cup betting odds.

Odds courtesy Bet365.

Poland

FIFA Ranking World Cup Odds Group Qualification
10 +6,600 Yes -175/No +137

Qualification: Poland topped their group in impressive fashion finishing 8-1-1 and scoring 26 goals. Their reliable talisman Robert Lewandowski scored 16 of those 26 and will once again prove to be their focal point going forward.

History: In the modern era, Poland have only qualified for the World Cup in 2002 and 2006. On both occasions, they failed to win a single game.

Head Coach: Adam Nawałka

Players to watch: Lewandowski, Milik, Linetty and Szczęsny

Stage of elimination: We see Poland progressing out of this group as we see them stronger than both Senegal and Japan. Should they progress they’re likely looking at a R16 tie with England or Belgium. With a bit of luck along the way, you can’t rule them out of reaching the quarterfinals.

Senegal

FIFA Ranking World Cup Odds Group Qualification Odds
28 +20,000 Yes +125/No -163

Qualification: Senegal were unbeaten in the final group stages of the CAF qualification winning four times and drawing twice. Senegal will prove to be an extremely physical side at this World Cup and could cause the likes of Japan real problems.

History: Senegal made it to the finals only once before and that was back in 2002. On that occasion they made a heroic run to the quarterfinals.

Head Coach: Aliou Cissé

Players to watch: Koulibaly, Gueye, Kouyaté, and Mané

Stage of elimination: Although this is a talented bunch of players with a nice mix of flair and physicality, we just can’t see them besting either Poland or Colombia. Expect them to just miss out on the qualification places for the Round of 16.

Colombia

FIFA Ranking World Cup Odds Group Qualification Odds
 16 +4,000 Yes -275/No +200

Qualification: Colombia made life hard for themselves in the final few games of CONMEBOL qualification, but managed to nab fourth spot thanks to some favourable results on the final day of qualification.

History: Colombia had their best ever showing at the World Cup in Brazil 2014 making it to quarter-finals. Previous to that, they only once made the knockout rounds. That was back in Italia ‘90.

Head Coach: José Pékerman

Players to watch: James, Mina, Sanchez, Cuadrado, and Falcao

Stage of elimination: Colombia will fight it out for first place in this group with Poland, like we mentioned above and they’ll likely set up a Round of 16 clash with either England or Belgium. Both of which will be winnable games. Getting further than that, however, would be a huge ask.

Japan

FIFA Ranking World Cup Odds Group Qualification Odds
60 +30,000 Yes +200/No -275

Qualification: Japan finished top of Group B in the AFC qualifiers, only just topping the group ahead of Saudi Arabia and Australia. Although they did top the group, they put in some very questionable performances along the way including losses to Saudi Arabia and UAE.

History: Japan have qualified for the last five World Cups, but only once have managed to escape the group stage. That was back when they had home field advantage in 2002.

Head Coach: Akira Nishino. Vahid Halilhodžić who was their manager for the qualifiers was sacked only three Months ago. New coach Nishino is something on an unknown quantity at this time.

Players to watch: Honda, Kagawa, Inui

Stage of elimination: We’re of the opinion that Japan is one of the weakest sides at this event and on top of that, the teams in this group represent bad match-ups. We expect them to finish rock bottom of this group.

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