World Cup Betting Odds: Predictions & Best Odds On Thursday's Games

World Cup Betting Odds: Predictions & Best Odds On Thursday's Games
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World Cup betting sites are scrambling to revise their outright odds as the last 16 ties begin to take shape. 

According to betting sites, Brazil remain the team to beat, though European trio France, England and Spain are all making a big impression too. 

A lot remains to be settled on Thursday though, with Belgium – semi-finalists four years ago – in real danger of bowing out early. 

Below, we look for the best betting value with our latest round of predictions. 

Croatia vs Belgium, Thursday, 3pm

In a World Cup full of shocks and upsets, there will almost certainly be further twists and turns in store as Group F leaders Croatia meet Belgium with both sides bidding to reach the knockout stages. 

Nothing is guaranteed and everything is to play for as both sides can still top the group, but Croatia hold the advantage as they’re one point ahead.

Belgium were fortunate to edge out Canada 1-0 in their opener but were beaten 2-0 by Morocco last time out, a result which reportedly sparked rioting in Brussels

Kevin De Bruyne's comments hint at frictions within the camp and Belgium look like a team that won't be going very far in this tournament. The golden generation’s dreams of glory continue to fade and Croatia can take advantage.

Tip: Back Croatia Draw No Bet - Evens with Bet UK

Morocco vs Canada, Thursday, 3pm

After a shock win over Belgium last Sunday, the pressure is on Morocco to back that up against already eliminated Canada on Thursday afternoon.

The north African outfit has only ever qualified for the knockout stages once in their history and that was all the way back at Mexico 1986, but they would have snapped your hand off for this opportunity if you had offered it to them pre-tournament.

When you add in that Morocco have never lost to Canada in three previous meetings, you’d be forgiven for thinking this could be a forgone conclusion.

However, despite an opening pair of defeats ending their dreams of making the knockout phase, Canada have shown moments of promise at this tournament.

There is no doubt they deserved at least a point or perhaps all three from their opening contest with Belgium and they even took the lead against Croatia - thanks to a thumping header from Bayern’s Munich’s Alphonso Davies - last time out, but they eventually fell to a 4-1 defeat.

Morocco are yet to be to concede a goal from far tougher tests than Canada at this World Cup though, and we don’t see that changing here.

Football betting sites strongly fancy Morocco to advance with a victory on Thursday and we are going to bow to their wisdom on this one.

Tip: Morocco To Win - 23/20 With Ladbrokes

Spain vs Japan, Thursday, 7pm

After doing all the hard work when beating Germany in their opening game, Japan missed a huge opportunity in their second outing as they lost to Costa Rica against the odds. 

It means they’ll have to come up with another special performance against a European heavyweight in their final group game, but Spain look like one of the best teams in the competition.

With Germany expected to beat Costa Rica relatively comfortably, Japan really ought to be going for the win – and that could leave them vulnerable. 

Spain have no need to panic, but they should be at full strength or thereabouts assuming they want to win the group, so they should have too much for Japan to cope with. 

Ferran Torres has two goals to his name so far and will be quietly confident about his chances in the Golden Boot betting. Japan seems like an ample opportunity to add to his tally, and the odds make it a worthwhile punt too. 

Tip: Ferran Torres To Score – 6/4 with Bet365

Costa Rica vs Germany, Thursday, 7pm

Not even the most optimistic punters would have predicted Costa Rica would be heading into this final group contest with the upper hand on Germany - especially after the central Americans were tanked 7-0 by Spain in their opening game.

But a stunning defeat to Japan and a come-from-behind draw with Spain has left Germany in trouble on just one point at the bottom of Group E.

Meanwhile, their opponents on Thursday managed to dig out a 1-0 success over Japan last Sunday, leaving them with more than a sniff of progressing in the competition.

However, we saw the real Germany emerge in the Spain game, and they should overwhelm an aging Costa Rica in this contest.

Only Ilkay Gundogan and Werder Bremen’s Niclas Fullkrug have netted for Hansi Flick’s charges in this tournament, and while we expect that to change on Thursday, we reckon the Manchester City man can make a mark once again.

Gundogan was entrusted with the German penalty duties in that opening match, and that makes him a nifty bet to find the net against a Costa Rica side who are sure to come under huge pressure in a defensive sense on Thursday night.

Tip: Ilkay Gundogan To Score Anytime – 11/5 With Bet365