Top 5 World Cup Bets for Group B

4th June 2010 | World Cup Betting category: World Cup 2018 Betting Predictions
World Cup 2018 Betting Predictions

World Cup Group B Teams: Argentina, Nigeria, Korea Republic, Greece. All eyes will be on Maradona’s Argentina in this group, as the world waits to see just what the coach can pull out of his hat. With the start of the World Cup just days away, the final preparations are being made by the teams participating in the World Cup and there same thing should be said of your betting strategies for the tournament. Here we aim to help you along, by looking beyond the familiar outright betting markets, and taking you into each group to see the potential behind some of the best value bets.

Win Market: Argentina 8/15 at Stan James
Well, it does not represent the best of odds in terms of reaping returns, but it should be a good solid bet. The Argentineans have yet to pull together as any kind of cohesive team, but they are arguably the most talented team in the tournament. That alone must count for a lot, and therefore it makes a solid bet in Group B, and that in its own right makes this a good value bet. Argentina under the guiding hand of World Cup legend Maradona, and he came in when the nation was in dire straits. He still looks confused in terms of knowing what personnel to pick and what formation to use in order to get the best out of them, but the one thing about this bet, is that the rest of the teams in the group are really not much of a threat to anyone. Certainly they should not be any problem in stopping Argentina topping this group. Yes, they had to scrape and battle their way into the qualification spots to actually reach the tournament, but Messi and co have the talent to win this, especially after getting such a kind World Cup draw. Whether they scrape together or build momentum slowly, they should be a shoe-in for winning this group. Remember, teams have gone to the World Cup before looking disjointed, notably Maradona’s very own World Cup wining side of 1986.

South Korea to Qualify: 5/2 at BetFred

What’s this? An outside bet? Yes, but the South Koreans are actually looking in decent form at the moment, and when you consider their main opposition for second place, Nigeria and Greece, you can only see defensive minded teams, and that could prove cannon fodder for the aggressive South Koreans, led by Manchester United’s Park Ji-Sung. They battled against Spain in a pre tournament international friendly, and weren’t over run in a 1-0 defeat. While they may not be a great team, certainly not a team that will challenge for a place in the World Cup final, but when planning your World Cup betting strategies, you have to take into consideration the level of opposition to. Nigeria have been stumbling and falling, while Greece do not really have anything to call upon besides their much lauded team spirit and striker Theo Gekas. The spirited South Koreans are the strongest of the Asian nations and really could make an impact in this group with a high pace game. Therefore, this makes them a good bet in terms of World Cup Odds.

To Concede Most Group Stage Goals: Nigeria 4/1 at Bwin

South Korea are the favourites to actually concede the most goals in Group G, but they have been showing some kind of resilience in their World Cup build up, and their natural attacking game may ease some pressure of their defensive duties. It could of course backfire and leave them all exposed at the back, but Nigeria represent good value in this market, simply because they have been quite poor. Argentina should have enough firepower to undo them, and if, in that first Group B fixture Argentina pull out a comfortable win, it could leave a huge dent in the already shaky confidence of the Nigerians. This is by no means a dead cert bet, but the value here means that it is well worth considering in your World Cup Betting. You can expect Greece to run a very tight ship, and Argentina have enough quality to keep clean sheets, therefore this bet should fall between either Nigeria or South Korea.

Under 14.5 Group Goals: Evens at Bwin

There are two ways to look at this bet. Either there is the majority of the weaker teams in the group means that scoring goals will be easier, or the fact that the teams may be working so hard not to lose as expected, they will shut up shop and set themselves up defensively. You do not look at the likes of Greece and Nigeria and expect a plethora of goals to be flowing from them. There is more of a team spirit approach to both of these nations, working hard not to give anything away in tight formations. This means that their ambitions will start matches with trying to close out opposition, and that should bring the goals down. Group B looks to be quite tight in terms of the race for the second qualification place, and therefore there will be a lot of tension in not conceding. For the six group matches, if you average two goals per game to get under this total, then it is looking realistic. Normally you would look at around 3 goals per match, but take into consideration what is a stake and the quality of the teams in this group. At Evens, it is a fair bet.

Not to Qualify: Nigeria 5/6 at SkyBet
The Super Eagles looked out of sorts at the African Cup of Nations earlier in the year. There is talk of them having a balanced squad, but they looked unbalanced in finding a way to attack. Qualification from the African Zone is a little tricky to take into consideration, because if you look at their stats alone, they look more than a competent side. However, when you look at the opposition they had to come past, such as Mozambique and Kenya, the stats somewhat negate themselves. They got the job done, and that was enough, and they are the World Cup finals. Will the tournament being held on the African continent for the first time have any influence on their progress? It is hard to see and in ways they look the weakest team in the group, despite what the best bookmakers for Betting on the World Cup are saying. To see them not qualify for the second round would not be a big surprise and therefore, this means that this bet is well worth considering.

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