A familiar face sits on top of the betting markets to capture the World Cup - FIFA World Cup 2018 - Russia
Brazil and Spain are clear favourites with bookies to go all the way in Russia
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Brazil is $4.75 to capture their sixth World Cup crown but is that value?
Well, if you were shrewd enough after their opening game of the tournament that saw them draw 1-1 with Switzerland, you could have secured as much as $6 about their chances.
They take on Mexico in the Round of 16 who themselves were significant firmers after knocking off champions Germany in their first match of the tournament. Corporates had them at $251 prior to that win and as short as $41 after it, however, a few up and down performances has seen the Mexicans get back out to $81.
Spain has been pretty solid all tournament and are second at $5.50.
England, $17 shots when the tournament first started, have firmed into $9 despite dropping their final group game against Belgium. That loss has strangely put them into what appears the weaker half of the draw, with Gareth Southgate’s men avoiding Brazil, Argentina, France, Portugal and Uruguay should they make a long run to the final.
Belgium are out to their $12 price which is what they were at the start of the World Cup but after ending up in the tougher half of the draw, they will need some fortune as they face off against Japan before possibly having to go through either France / Argentina before a likely meeting against Brazil in the quarters. Roberto Martinez’s men had got into as low as $8 prior to topping the group yesterday.
One of the big shorteners has been Croatia which swept their group and took a maximum nine points against Nigeria, Iceland and capped off with the memorable 3-0 win over Argentina. They are still value at $32 at Unibet considering they are on the easier side of the draw.
Argentina has been clunky all tournament and bookies look prepared to risk Lionel Messi and his team. They have drifted from $10-$17.
Of the others, European champions Portugal are $26 while France, the team the Portuguese beat in Euro 2016 in France, are $10 shots but their performance in Group C were highly uninspiring at best.
MARKET – Knockout stages, Round of 16
Brazil $4.75, Spain $5.50, England $9, France $10, Belgium $12, Argentina $17, Colombia $24, Portugal $26, Uruguay $26, Croatia $32, Russia $67, Denmark $81, Switzerland $81, Mexico $81, Sweden $101, Japan $301