During the World Cup’s Group Stage, the field of 32 teams is divided into eight groups. These eight groups, labeled alphabetically A-H, conduct individual round-robin tournaments between the four teams. The top two teams from each group advance to the Knockout Stage.
How are World Cup Groups Determined
The groups are formed based on a number of variables including geographical criteria and random draws.
The four teams in each group are assigned a seeding. There are predetermined No. 1 seeds, which include the host country, but the remaining 2-4 seeds are placed into hierarchy by using the FIFA World Rankings and recent World Cup performances.
Each team in every group plays the other three teams once so that there is a total of six matches played in each group. Within the group tournament, teams are awarded three points for a win, one point for a draw and no points for a loss.
The top two point-getters from the group advance to the Knockout State of the World Cup. In the event of a tie, there are multiple tiebreakers in place to determine which teams move on to the next round.
2018 FIFA World Cup Group G Odds
The 2018 FIFA World Cup will take place in Russia from June 14th, 2018, until July 15th, 2018, so here on GetMoreSports you can check out our betting tips and predictions for all four national soccer teams from the Group G – Belgium, England, Tunisia, and Panama.
The 2018 FIFA World Cup starts on June 14th, 2018, with the opening clash between the hosts Russia and Saudi Arabia at Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, while 32 best national soccer teams from five different confederations will battle to decide who’ll be the world champion. The group phase of three rounds will last for 15 days with four teams into each group, while top two sides from each group will qualify for the Round of 16 when the knock-out phase begins.
In this preview, we’ll take a closer look at the Group G of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia to see what can we expect from these four teams – Belgium, England, Tunisia, and Panama, while the bettors can check out all odds for the group winners on BetDSI Sportsbook along with the markets for group stage games.
Group G Schedule
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FIFA World Cup Group G Odds Predictions
FIFA World Cup Group G Team Previews and Players to Watch
The Red Devils have qualified for their 13th FIFA World Cup in a dominant fashion, and the quarter-finalists from Brazil 2014 are big contenders to beat the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. With England as the only tough opponent in their group and two huge underdogs Tunisia and Panama, the Red Devils should not have any problems to reach the Round of 16, while the bookies are pretty convenient they will see Belgium in the Quarter-Finals once more, setting the market at -163. The bettors should keep eye on Roberto Martinez’s boys, as they are massive favorites in their first two games against Panama and Tunisia, also capable of going pretty far in this tournament.
Belgium is a well-balanced team with few top-notch players in each line, mostly preferring to play in a 3-4-3 system, but due to their players’ versatility, the Red Devils can quickly transform on the field into a 3-6-1 or 5-3-1 formation. At the back, they have a tremendous trio as Toby Alderweireld, Vincent Company, and Jan Vertonghen are all great defenders, while the playmaker Kevin De Bruyne will be a key man in the midfield, along with Axel Witsel and Radja Nainggolan who are both good box-to-box midfielders. The powerhouse forward Romelu Lukaku will lead the offensive line, while Eden Hazard’s creativity could provide plenty of scoring opportunities.
Head Coach: Roberto Martinez
Players to Watch: Eden Hazard, Kevin De Bruyne, Romelu Lukaku
Winner Odds: +1100
Group G Odds: -125
Group Qualification Yes/No: -1000/+600
The Three Lions will be a part of the FIFA World Cup final tournament for the 15th time in their history, and the one-time champions from 1966 when they hosted the World Cup will have one of the youngest teams in Russia this summer. After a disappointing performance in Brazil 2014, and another upset at the European Championship in 2016, the new manager Gareth Southgate decided to change things a bit, introducing some new players to the national team, while switching to play with three at the back.
The pacey hitman Harry Kane is a true leader of this new generation of England’s players, and he’s currently considered as one of the best strikers in the world, while the bookies set the price on Kane to win the Golden Boot at +1600. The winger Raheem Sterling had a tremendous season with Manchester City, while the versatile forward Marcus Rashford and the attacking midfielder Dele Alli both could make a great impact at this World Cup. The biggest concern is assembling this inexperienced team, but the bettors should keep track of Three Lions as they could be a positive surprise.
Head Coach: Gareth Southgate
Players to Watch: Harry Kane, Raheem Sterling, Dele Alli
Winner Odds: +1800
Group G Odds: +120
Group Qualification Yes/No: -800/+500
The Eagles of Carthage are back on the biggest stage after a twelve-year drought, while in the previous four appearances they couldn’t reach the second round, recording just one victory in the process. They are coming to the 2018 FIFA World Cup as +400 underdogs to qualify for the Round of 16, and it would be a huge surprise if we see Tunisia in the knock-out stage. The Eagles of Carthage are a quite limited team with fewer options on the bench, their best player Youssef Msakni is injured and ruled out for the World Cup, so from this point of view, the second round looks like an impossible mission.
Without Msakni, the experienced forward Saber Khalifa will lead the frontline, whilst the attacking midfielder Wahbi Khazri should be a key player of this Tunisia team. Khazri is a quick player, strong on the ball, and quite dangerous in the final third when running from deep, and his scoring ability will be a great weapon. The Eagles of Carthage prefer a 3-5-2 formation, but against the heavyweights, they switch it to a defensive-minded 5-4-1 system.
Head Coach: Nabil Maaloul
Players to Watch: Wahbi Khazri, Naim Sliti, Saber Khalifa
Winner Odds: +75000
Group G Odds: +1600
Group Qualification Yes/No: +400/-600
The Canal Men will have their debut at the World Cup, and they are considered by bookmakers as the biggest out-of-towner to win the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, while the market on them to finish on the bottom of the Group G is set at -225. However, Panama can play in a relaxed manner, try to give their best and see if that is enough for the first World Cup points. They have a heavy start, playing the first two games against mighty Belgium and a strong England side where the bookies expect to see plenty of goals in Panama’s net.
The manager Hernan Dario Gomez prefers a 5-3-2 formation with a couple of defensive-minded players in the midfield, while at the front, he has two experienced strikers, as the 37-year old Blas Perez and the 36-year old Luis Tejada, both have more than a hundred caps for the national team each. The Canal Men are pretty limited with the ball on their feet, most dangerous on the counter and after set pieces situations, while their defense will probably struggling, so the bettors who like betting on the totals should pay attention to Panama’s matches.
Head Coach: Hernan Dario Gomez
Players to Watch: Gabriel Gomez, Gabriel Torres, Blas Perez
Winner Odds: +100000
Group G Odds: +2500
Group Qualification Yes/No: +900/-1600
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