By Sports Betting Buzz
Thankfully, there’s no summer snooze for sports gamblers this year as we go straight from the NHL and NBA finals right into the World Cup in Russia. Once again, 32 nations compete in the world’s biggest sporting event with the usual suspects listed the favorites. The teams are divided into eight groups of four with the top two advancing to the knockout rounds.
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According to the latest bet365 odds on May 30, the favorites to top each group are:*
Group A – Uruguay (4/5)
Group B – Spain (1/2)
Group C – France (2/7)
Group D – Argentina (8/13)
Group E – Brazil (2/7)
Group F – Germany (1/3)
Group G – Belgium (5/6)
Group H – Colombia (11/8)
As for hoisting the Jules Rimet Trophy on July 15, the outright favorite is Brazil at 4/1 followed by reigning champions Germany 9/2, Spain 6/1, France 13/2, Argentina 9/1, Belgium 11/1 and England at 16/1. Those with slim chances, according to the bet365 odds, are Panama and Saudi Arabia at 1000/1, South Korea and Tunisia at 750/1 with Iran, Costa Rica and Morocco at 500/1.
The betting markets for the World Cup are almost endless — with numerous options on each match and group as well as individual players and outrights such as top scorer, teams to reach the quarterfinal, semifinal or final, the winning continent, total goals and Golden Ball winner etc.
Note: Odds were correct at the time of publishing but are subject to change.