Finding Value Bets Following World Cup Group Announcements

Finding Value Bets Following World Cup Group Announcements

Contributor | December 12th, 2017

The World Cup draws ever closer and the groups have now been announced. If you're planning on wagering some of the games, finding value bets is – quite literally – your best bet. Of course that's easier said than done if you're new to betting, and sometimes even if you're not. Here's some things to keep in mind for the best chance of narrowing down those often-elusive value bets for the World Cup 2018!

Types of Bets to Target

While the most obvious thing to put odds on is the outcome of a game, that's also the downfall of many a punter. It's not always a bad idea, but placing odds on the results of a match alone won't give you the best value. Using the match results as part of a wider value bet can be a good tactic, but always start by considering as many different markets as possible.

Top goal scorer is one area to consider and a potential way to increase your betting profits. It isn't dependant on the whole team performance like match results, and some players are known for having fairly consistent records when it comes to scoring. Checking these stats out beforehand for as many teams as you can to get a solid start in value betting.

Planning and Tips

If you're serious about finding the best value bets during the qualifiers and the main matches themselves, then you'll need to plan. Make sure you know all the fixtures, gather all the relevant stats you can, suss out what football betting markets you want to look at and give yourself a budget.

Diving in as and when on a whim can certainly be fun, but it's also an almost guaranteed way to lose money. The only way to find great value bets is through plenty of research. Keep an eye out on the major bookmakers' sites for the latest odds and find the ones that offer you the best return, too.

Some of these sites have commentary or insights from experts. It can also be worth finding online communities with similar aims, or even just starting a little betting group with friends. The more heads you've got sifting through the odds and stats, the quicker you'll be able to find some potentially winning markets.

Best Wagers Available Per Group

To get you started, here's a brief overview of the qualifier groupings and some value bet possibilities per Group:

  • Group A consists of Russia, Uruguay, Saudi Arabia and Egypt. While this group does contain some of the worst teams in the tournament, it's a pretty balanced affair. Uruguay look in best shape to reach the final with odds of 10/1 to do just that at Paddy Power.
  • Group B has two favourites, Spain and Portugal, as well as Iran and Morocco. It's likely to be a tough fight for all teams, and Morocco are certainly worth keeping an eye on but outright odds of 20/1 on Portugal winning outright is where the value sits.
  • Group C includes France, Peru, Denmark and Australia. This should be a cakewalk for France. It's a good set of games to place odds on top scorers, goals scored and other related stats, as France are very likely to dominate these matches.
  • Group D features Argentina, Croatia, Iceland and Nigeria – probably one of the best groups for the quality of football that we’ll see. Iceland and Croatia are likely to do well. The Croatian strikers are especially talented, so another good contender for goal-related odds.
  • Group E boasts the legendary Brazil, along with Switzerland, Costa Rica and Serbia. While it's another solid group for great football, don’t expect too many goals here. Not ideal for value betting perhaps.
  • Group F has Germany, Mexico, Sweden and South Korea. An interesting mix, but Germany are likely to steamroll the competition here. Sweden are worth keeping an eye on with odds of 13/1 to reach the finals according to Crownbet.
  • Group G includes England, Belgium, Tunisia and Panama. England and Belgium are the ones to watch here, but given England's often unpredictable performances, it could be best to refrain from any patriotic betting. Value bets for the English will lie with Betway and their Stage of Elimination odds.
  • Group H matches Poland, Columbia, Senegal and Japan. It's a pretty even group, with all teams well matched. There could be some unpredictable results as Japan and Senegal are likely to play hard for a spot in the top 16.

There's certainly lots to chew on given even this brief look into the groups, and whatever you choose to bet on, it's certain to be an exhilarating competition. If, or when, you're ready to start placing some early World Cup wagers to get ahead of the crowds, simply head over to Paddy Power now and join!

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