We’re profiling all of the eight World Cup groups over the next few weeks and now it’s the turn of Group D. Read on as we take a look at the various betting markets available, the latest odds and bring you our tips for how the group might pan out.
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In terms of Group D the bookies have no doubt who they fancy to come out on top. The oddsmakers and many punters will be very much focussed on Argentina. Lionel Messi’s troops are the fifth favourites in the WC outright winner betting. They can be backed at 10/1 with BetVictor to claim their third World Cup. They are also rated just a 4/6 shot (Betfair) to top the group.
The other three sides in the group have a World Cup best of third place. That was achieved by Croatia in 1998. Nigeria have made the last 16 of the competition three times, most recently at the last World Cup. The fourth nation in the pot is Iceland, who make their first ever appearance in the finals.
So, will Group D go to plan or can one of the three relative minnows cause an upset? Read on for our thoughts.
Group D World Cup Betting Tips
- Argentina to win the group – 4/6 with Betfair
- Nigeria to finish bottom – 7/5 with BetVictor
As said, betting on the World Cup is massive business. All the best football betting sites will offer a huge range of markets on every single game, as well as loads of tournament and group specials. Even with the World Cup around two months away, all of the fixtures for the first round are priced up. You can also bet on who will win Group D, who will come second, third and bottom, as well as various combination bets and the all-important “to qualify” market.
Argentina are ranked fifth in the world and even if we ignore Barcelona’s little magician, they have a group of attacking players that just about any nation in the world would covet. Angel Di Maria has 19 international goals and almost 100 caps, Sergio Aguero has scored 36 times for Argentina, whilst Gonzalo Higuain brings another 31 goals to the table. Throw in Juve’s Paulo Dybala and Mauro Icardi of Inter Milan and its clear Argentina have a formidable attacking unit. Oh, and did we mention Messi (just the 61 international goals for him!)
Class to Shine
Quite simply we don’t think any of the other three sides in the group can beat the favourites. Odds of 4/6 for Messi and co to win Group D look good to us. There are question marks over how they gel as a unit and about the balance of their squad but ultimately we think their class and firepower will seem them cone out on top.
The big game may well be Argentina v Croatia, on the 21st June in the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium. Croatia are second favourites to top Group D, priced at odds of 11/4 with Coral, and they are 33/1 in the outright winner World Cup betting. Argentina are fancied to beat them though, priced as the 10/11 favourites (Betfair) in that match. Croatia are 7/2 with Betfred and the draw is 45/17 with Unibet.
We think Argentina will have enough know-how to see off the talented Croatians. Whilst Argentina were poor in qualifying, it should be remembered that Iceland finished above Croatia in UEFA qualifying. If you think history will repeat itself then back Iceland to qualify for the last 16. You can do that at 3/1 (Coral), with Nigeria rated more of a threat by the bookies at 11/4.
Nigeria to Struggle
We think the other interesting bet in this group is the Super Eagles to pick up the wooden spoon and finish last. 7/5 is a good price for that outcome. Nigeria are nothing like the classy side that was once ranked fifth by FIFA, back in 1994. They haven’t made the last four of the past two Africa Cup of Nations and we certainly don’t fancy them to go far in Russia.
They were thrashed 4-0 by Morocco at the start of the year and were well beaten by Serbia in their most recent friendly. They simply don’t have the calibre of players needed at this level anymore. Of course, the same can very much be said of Iceland but the minnows proved at Euro 2016 that they can overcome these limitations by commitment and organisation. That’s not, in our opinion, something that can be said of the Super Eagles and so our tip is for them to finish bottom of Group D and exit the World Cup.