Top 4 Betting Underdogs for 2018 World Cup
You may think that world powers like Brazil, Germany, and Spain always dominate the World Cup, but that’s not entirely accurate. Just think about what tiny Costa Rica did four years ago, advancing out of a tough group and reaching the quarterfinals. Also, keep in mind that in the last five World Cups, nations like Croatia, South Korea, Turkey, and Uruguay have all reached the semi-finals. There’s usually at least one underdog who shocks the world by making a deep tournament run. Let’s check out some of the candidates to be that team at the 2018 World Cup Betting Odds.
Top 5 Betting Underdogs for 2018 World Cup
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The Danes have one world-class player in Christian Eriksen who is capable of lifting up the entire team and carrying them deep into the tournament. Eriksen pulls the strings for Tottenham in the Premier League, and he’s proven that he can be just as good on the international stage. During qualifying, Eriksen scored 11 goals and created the most chance of any player in UEFA.
Denmark also has plenty of height to make them dangerous on set pieces, especially with Eriksen providing the service. The Danes also have a speedy playmaker in Pione Sisto and a Premier League goalkeeper in Kasper Schmeichel. Denmark has 4-7 odds to get out of the group stage, and if that happens, don’t count out Eriksen and company making some magic happen by winning another game or two.
Much like Denmark, the Egyptians have a superstar capable of carrying them a long way in Mohammed Salah, this year’s Golden Boot winner in the Premier League. If Salah can continue to perform the way he did all season for Liverpool, he’ll be able to lead Egypt out of a wide-open Group A, giving the Pharos the opportunity to cause trouble in the knockout stage.
However, Egypt does not have the same supporting cast as Salah has at Liverpool. If teams can focus their defensive efforts on stopping Salah, Egypt doesn’t have many other players who can standout on the 2018 World Cup.
The darlings of the 2016 Euros are back on the world stage. However, the tiny nation of Iceland finds itself in a difficult group, given 11-4 odds to reach the knockout stage. To make matters worse, Gylfi Sigurdsson, their best player, and Aron Gunnarsson, the team’s captain, both missed the end of the club season due to injury, so their match fitness could be an issue.
That being said, there’s no national team in the world that plays a more cohesive game. Most of the Iceland roster has played together since they were kids, so they are familiar with each other and willing to suffer for one another with a work ethic that’s unmatched at the international level. Iceland doesn’t have the best players, but they have a quiet confidence and all the intangibles necessary to shock the world again.
Senegal has just one previous World Cup appearance, but in that one appearance, they reached the quarterfinals of the 2002 tournament after shocking France in the tournament opener. Based on that one tournament, Senegal is not a team that should be overlooked. They also have a roster almost exclusively comprised of European-based players, so they should not be phased by playing on the big stage.
The potential to make some noise in Russia is definitely there. There Lions of Teranga boasts a strong contingent of England-based midfielders, including Cheikhou Kouyate, Idrisa Gueye, Alfred N’Diaye, and Cheikh N’Doye. Senegal also has some outstanding attacking options, most notably Liverpool’s Sadio Mane. Tactics and organization are a question mark, but Senegal has the speed, strength, and athleticism to make life difficult for any opponent they face.
There is a look at the Top 5 Underdogs for the 2018 World Cup. Enjoy the action and best of luck with all your betting!
Recent World Cup Winners
- 2014: Germany
- 2010: Spain
- 2006: Italy
- 2002: Brazil
- 1998: France
- 1994: Brazil
- 1990: West Germany
- 1986: Argentina
- 1982: Italy
- 1978: Argentina