Each team met the way they have to go to reach the 2018 World Cup in Russia, and it seems that France will have the toughest schedule. In the 2018 World Cup Draw Report, Le Bleus are located in the Group A, next to Netherlands, Sweden, Bulgaria, Belarus and Luxembourg. The team led by Didier Deschamps is listed at online sportsbook Bodog with 2.0 Odds to finish in the first place, followed by the orange squad by 2.5.
On October 10th, they will face for the first time when France visit Amsterdam. Danny Blind’s squad has a slight advantage in the series with 10 wins in 23 matches and has not lost at home to the French since 2000. Their last meeting was last year in Saint-Denis, and Les Bleus won 2-0.
With two very tough opponents in the group, it seems that the hopes of Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic to participate in his third World Cup will end. Sweden are listed with 9.0 Football Odds to win the group and with 2.38 to finish in the top two.
Group B will consist of Portugal, Switzerland, Hungary, Faroe Islands, Latvia and Andorra. Guided by Real Madrid striker Cristiano Ronaldo, Portugal are the favorite to get their ticket directly and are listed with 1.67 Odds, followed by the Schweizer Nati with 2.75.
Ronaldo, who has scored 55 goals in 120 international matches and has won three Ballon D’ Or, could be participating in his fourth and last World Cup of his career. In 13 World Cup matches, he has scored three goals.
Germany leads Group C, where they will have to play against the Czech Republic, Northern Ireland, Norway, Azerbaijan and San Marino. The current world champions are favorites to finish first with 1.2 Odds, followed by the Czechs with 10.0. The Mannschaft has not missed a World Cup since 1950.
Despite having Gareth Bale, Wales are not the favorite in Group D. The team led by Chris Coleman is listed with 4.0 Odds to finish first, only behind Serbia (3.5). Austria and the Republic of Ireland will also be fighting for a ticket, while Moldova and Georgia will seek for a surprise.
Group E is another very difficult to predict, as it will have Romania, Denmark, Poland, Montenegro, Armenia and Kazakhstan. The Danish side is the favorite to finish at the top and are listed with 3.0 Odds, followed by the Polish with 3.25 and Romanians with 4.5.
Two great rivals will fight for the top spot in Group F as England and Scotland are in the same sector. Both are favorites to qualify, as their rivals will be Slovakia, Slovenia, Lithuania and Malta. The Three Lions are listed with 1.4 Odds to get their place in the World Cup.
Two of the biggest teams in Europe will have to define their participation in the next World Cup via the playoffs, as Spain and Italy will be in Group G. Both teams have played 29 times and the Furia Roja has slight advantage with nine win. Their first meeting will be on October 6th in Italy.
Both shouldn’t have trouble finishing in the top two spots in the group as they face Albania, Israel, Macedonia and Liechtenstein. The team led by Vicente del Bosque is favorite to finish first and is listed with 1.53, Odds while the Azzurri are with 3.0.
Belgium, who reached the quarterfinals at the last World Cup, leads Group H, where Bosnia and Herzegovina and Greece will try to take the first place. The Red Devils are listed with 1.4 Odds to get their ticket directly, while the Dragons are with 5.0.
Croatia will try to play their fifth World Cup in their history, and they are the favorites to win the first place in Group I, where they will face Ukraine, Iceland, Turkey and Finland. It will not be easy for the team led by Niko Kovac mission, but in the Football betting Odds they are rated at 2.38.