Group E — the Draw Analysis & Predictions

Group E — the Draw Analysis & Predictions

2018 FIFA World Cup Russia

The Winner:France
Dates:14 June — 15 July 2018
Teams:32

The following teams got into Group E, one of the strongest in the tournament:

1. Brazil, South America, the 1st place in the qualifying tournament

  • The 2nd position in the FIFA ranking *
  • The FIFA World Cup — the winner (1958, 1962, 1970, 1994, 2002)
  • The Copa America — the winner (1919, 1922, 1949, 1989, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2007)
  • The UEFA Confederations Cup — the winner (1997, 2005, 2009, 2013)

2. Switzerland, Europe, the 2nd place in Group B

  • The 8th position in the FIFA ranking *
  • The FIFA World Cup — quarterfinal (1934, 1938, 1954)
  • The UEFA European Championship — round of last 16 (2016)

3. Serbia, Europe, the 1st place in Group D

  • The 36th position in the FIFA ranking *
  • The FIFA World Cup — the group stage (2010)

4. Costa Rica, Central America, the 2nd place in the qualifying tournament

  • The 26th position in the FIFA ranking *
  • The FIFA World Cup — quarterfinal (2014)
  • The Gold Cup — the winner (1963, 1969, 1989)

* position of a team in the FIFA ranking as of December, 2017.

The Brazil national football team stands out in Group E. The five-time World Cup Champions are traditionally among odds-on favourites in the tournament, but this year the Brazilians have an additional incentive for their successful performance — they must make up for the failure in the home World Cup four years ago. The Brazilians opponents are three equal average national football teams — Serbia, Switzerland and Costa Rica.

Betting Companies estimate chances of the teams to leave the group and their odds as follows:

Team Round of last 16 getting odds First place in the group odds
Brazil national football team Brazil 1.03 1.28
Switzerland national football team Switzerland 2.00 7.00
Serbia national football team Serbia 2.10 8.00
Costa Rica national football team Costa Rica 4.90 19.00

We will consider two odds. First, Brazil is an obvious favourite in Group E, therefore they can be bet even for such odds. Secondly, the Costa Rica chances to leave the group are, probably, overestimated. In the last World Cup, the Costa Ricans could win in the “group of death” (Uruguay, England and Italy), and in 2016 in a friendly match they “took” the Russia national football team “to pieces”. This time the opponents of Costa Rica are much less formidable, so it will be easier to repeat their success than four years ago. We advise to make bet on a victory of the Brazil national football team as 1.28 and on getting of Costa Rica into round of last 16 as 4.90.

See Also

Results

France Croatia
France 4 : 2 Croatia
Belgium England
Belgium 2 : 0 England
Croatia England
Croatia 2 : 1 England
France Belgium
France 1 : 0 Belgium
Russia Croatia
Russia 2 : 2 Croatia
(penalty 3 : 4)
2018 FIFA World Cup