World Cup 2018 Group E betting preview, predictions and tips
The World Cup 2018 Group E should be an entertaining one as it contains some attacking sides in the shape of Brazil, Serbia, Costa Rica and Switzerland. Many pundits stated that Brazil are going to be the winner of this edition of the World Cup and that’s mainly due to their amazing squad. Throughout history, Brazil have always been one of the best teams at every World Cup tournament, having lifted the trophy on five occasions. Feel free to check our World Cup 2018 betting preview, where you can find the best odds available, outright winner tips, free bets, enhanced odds and new customer offers. Follow all our World Cup Betting Tips here.
Brazil Betting odds
Brazil will look to put their humiliating 7-1 defeat at the hands of Germany on home soil four years ago when they head into Russia this summer. The Brazilians have won the World Cup title five times, which is more than any other nation. Led by the world’s most expensive footballer of all time - Neymar, Brazil looked excellent throughout the South American qualification process, finishing 10 points of the 2nd-placed Uruguay. Coach Tite did a great job so far and his boys managed to score 41 goals in qualification. Brazil have world-class players all over the pitch, but millions of football fans will tune in to Brazil’s matches just to watch their phenomenal attack. Neymar, Phillipe Coutinho and Gabriel Jesus will probably lead Brazil’s attacking line. Roberto Firmino had an excellent campaign with Liverpool, but he is expected to be the back-up striker in Russia. Brazil are one the main favourites to win the tournament and they should have no problems to win this group.
Betting Predictions and Tips: Brazil to win the World Cup 2018 Group E at odds 1/4 with William Hill
Switzerland Betting tips and odds
Switzerland managed to book their place in Russia after beating Northern Ireland in the play-offs. Switzerland only managed to reach the round of 16 at Euro 2016 two years ago and they have never made it past the quarter-finals of a World Cup. Switzerland have some decent players within their squad as they boast Juventus’ Stephan Lichtsteiner, Mocnehgnadlbach’s keeper Yann Sommer and Stoke’s Shaqiri. Granit Xhaka is another player to watch here, although Benfica’s striker Haris Seferovic has been Switzerland’s most dangerous player in front of goal recently. He have struggled with game time for Benfica, but he did well to score four goals throughout the qualification process. We are expecting a tight battle between Switzerland and Serbia for the second placed, but we think that Switzerland should be able to qualify from this group.
Betting Predictions and Tips: Switzerland to qualify at odds 5/6 with William Hill
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Serbia odds and chances
This will be Serbia’s 12th appearance at a World Cup, but the bad news is that they haven’t progressed through the group stage since 1998. The Serbians are led by a 43-year-old manager - Malden Krstajic, who despite the lack of experience, he knows the players very well. Serbia’s strength is their defensive line and that’s why they have been playing very defensively over the past few years. Their full back options are strong and experienced as they can rely on the services of Aleksandar Kolarov, Branislav Ivanovic and Nemanja Matic. Serbia still have some quality players within their ranks, but we think that Switzerland have a better squad and can’t see the Serbs progressing further in the competition.
Betting Predictions and Tips: Serbia to not qualify further
Costa Rica odds and tips
Costa Rica will be looking to repeat their World Cup 2014 performance when they topped the ‘Group of death’ ahead of Uruguay, Italy and England. They beat Uruguay 3-1, Italy 1-0 and drew nil-nil with England. They followed this up with penalty-shootout victory over Greece in the round of 16, but only to lose at penalties against the Netherlands in the quarter-finals. The interesting fact is that Costa Rica have been drawn against Brazil in three of their 5th appearances at the World Cup finals. Believe it or not, Costa Rica boast a world-class goalkeeper in their squad as they have Real Madrid’s Keylor Navas between the sticks and former Arsenal player Joel Campbell, who is currently playing for Real Betis. Marco Urena, the man who scored three goals in qualification and also the third goal against Uruguay in 2014, will lead the attacking line in Russia. We don’t see Costa Rica creating an upset here, as each of these teams are eager to book their place into the next round.
Betting Predictions and Tips: Costa Rica to finish bottom of the World Cup Group E table at odds 10/11 with William Hill
World Cup 2018 Group E Straight Forecasts and Tricast predictions
Straight Tricast betting prediction: Brazil/Switzerland/Serbia at odds 7/2 with William Hill
Straight Forecasts betting prediction: Brazil/Switzerland at odds 15/8 with William Hill