World Cup Odds — Group H Looks Pretty Wide Open


Perhaps the most competitive group in the World Cup is Group H, where you could make a case for any of these four teams advancing. And you will have two of the most prolific goal-scorers in the world in action. This will be exciting, and you can enjoy it to its fullest with VietBet, which has plenty of props in which you can partake, in addition to the real- time wagering afforded through Live Betting Ultra.

Colombia looks to be the toughest team in this bunch, and they were impressive four years ago, as they made it to the quarterfinals. The big gun, without question, is James Rodriguez, who won the Golden Boot in 2014 as the top scorer. He has played for quality sides in club football, including Real Madrid and Bayern Munich, and he has some help, in the person of Radamel Falcao, who was deprived of a chance to compete in the World Cup four years ago when he suffered a knee injury. Los Cafateros were better four years ago, as they entered the Finals tournament ranked #4 in the world. But they didn’t knock anyone’s socks off by finishing fourth in South American qualifying. Right now they are listed at -255 to get past this group, and +128 to win Group H.

Japan made it to the Round of 16 in 2010, and they have a coach who has qualified to previous small countries for the World Cup – the Ivory Coast and Algeria. Vahid Halilihodzic’s mentorship is definitely a positive here; there are some cagey veterans available, including Kaisuke Honda, who led the team with seven goals in the qualifying phase, along with Shinji Kagawa, currently with Borussia Dortmund and formally a member of Manchester United. In two of the last four World Cups, the Japanese have advanced into the knockout phase, and they will be right in the mix here. Maybe there’s a value to be found, as VietBet has them +245 to advance and +745 to win the group.

Poland lost only one game out of ten in European qualifying, and they should be exciting to watch, especially with the presence of Robert Lewandowski, who scored 16 goals during the qualifying phase. The problem is that beyond Lewandowski, this team might be in need of offensive threats. And the defense is leaky. All told, we don’t necessarily love their chances, but again, this is a wide-open group. Poland is -175 to qualify out of Group H and +185 to win it.

Senegal has been to the World Cup only once – in 2002 – and they made it al the way to the semi-finals. The captain of that team, Aidou Cisse, is back as the coach, and he has at least two stars to put on display. Sadio Mane can find the net; he currently plays for Liverpool in the Premier League, and is rumored to be heading to Real Madrid. The defense is anchored by Kalidou Koulibaly, the Lazio centre back who is considered to be one of the best in the business. They are getting some respect, posted at +117 to advance out of this group and +430 to win it.

Colombia doesn’t necessarily stand head and shoulders above everybody else, but they look like the most solid all-around side. Poland has holes, and Senegal may not be deep enough. We like Japan – slightly – to be the other team to emerge from this group.

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