World Cup 2014 Group H predictions

24th April 2014 | World Cup Betting category: World Cup Previews & Predictions
World Cup Previews & Predictions

World Cup 2014 Group H predictions should see a pretty interesting battle between Belgium and Russia. The young, powerful and enterprising Belgians are trading as 4/6 favourites to win Group H at Brazil 2014, but you probably wouldn’t dismiss the more pragmatic Russians off the bat. Belgium stormed through qualification, putting an unbeaten campaign together in taking eight wins and two draws. There has been much said about their great attacking threat and style of play, but defensively they were very sound too, only letting in four goals.

Their performances and development under Marc Wilmots has seen them become the people’s choice as a dark horse wager in World Cup 2014 betting odds. It is understandable as they carry a lot of familiar, top quality names from the Barclays Premier League. But trading at 14/1 to win the 2014 World Cup could be pretty optimistic odds.

This is a nation which hasn’t been at an international finals since the 2002 World Cup. That is a long time between big international, competitive football against top nations, a different beast from playing friendly matches.

So there could just be value in taking the longer shot at 5/2 on Russia to top the pile in World Cup 2014 Group H predictions. The Russians blew their lines baldy at Euro 2012 after a fine start in beating the Czech Republic 4-1, they went off the boil so quality and didn’t even make it to the knockout stage. They went largely unopposed through qualification for Brazil 2012, topping their group ahead of Portugal.

They did lose 1-0 in Portugal and suffered a shock loss in Northern Ireland too, but were pretty strong, conceding just five goals throughout their qualification campaign.

They are just steadier, and perhaps geared more towards tournament football than Belgium. The big Belgium v Russia betting clash will happen on June 22nd, and it is the Belgians who are trading as 5/4 favourites for that match, with Russia at 13/5. That does look as if it will be the deciding game to settle top spot and both of those are heavy odds on priced to qualify for the knockout stage, so no value there. The group winner will likely have to meet Argentina in the quarters, while the runner up will probably meet Germany in the round of sixteen. So no easy path to go either way, so that is another factor in considering that Belgium’s odds may be too short in the outright market.

Two contrasting style, two contrasting strengths, so which will win out? World Cup 2014 Group H predictions are probably better off being lead down the path of a 5/6 shot on a Belgium/Russia Dual Forecast or a Belgian/Russian Straight Forecast at 2/1 if you want to follow favouritism. The one thing about the look of this group is there doesn’t look as if there will be a lot of goals around. Belgium had some dodgy results towards the end of 2013, but both they and Russia are going to be hard to break down. You wouldn’t immediately be looking at South Korea or Algeria to weigh in with much.

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