By Betting Buzz
Given the 2018 World Cup in Russia is just over a week old, let’s see how the odds have changed after several upsets.
According to the latest odds at bet365 on June 22, there have been some slight changes since May 30. Brazil is still favored at 4/1 to win the World Cup, the same as they were two weeks ago. Spain is now 9/2 (compared to 6/1) with France at 7/1, Belgium 8/1 Germany 8/1 and England 11/1.
On May 30, France were 13/2 with Belgium 11/1, Germany 9/2 and England at 16/1. Argentina was 16/1, but after a draw with Iceland and a loss to Croatia they’re now 22/1. With Croatia’s big win over Argentina, they’re now 14/1 after being listed at 33/1. If you happened to wager on Costa Rica, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Morocco or Peru to hoist the trophy, you’ve probably already heard the bad news: They can’t advance past the group stage as each team lost their first two games. We know for sure France (7/1), Uruguay (22/1), Croatia (14/1) and Russia (40/1) have advanced to the final 16.
There have been some major betting upsets or payouts if you backed the underdogs during the first week of the tournament. This includes: Switzerland drawing Brazil 1-1, Mexico beating Germany 1-0, Iceland drawing Argentina 1-1, Japan edging Colombia 2-1 and Croatia slamming Argentina 3-0. Also, hosts Russia entered the World Cup as the lowest ranked team of the 32 nations at 70th in the world — but they’ve won both their games, including a 5-0 victory over Saudi Arabia and a 3-1 win over Egypt. However, the Russians are still 40/1 to win the cup, the same as they were on May 30.
As far as the Golden Boot goes, the bet365 favorites back on May 30 were Lionel Messi (Argentina) at 9/1, Neymar (Brazil) 10/1, Antoine Griezmann (France) 12/1 and Portuguese skipper Cristiano Ronaldo at 14/1. As of June 22, the favorites were Ronaldo (4 goals) at 7/4, Diego Costa of Spain (3 goals) at 5/1, England’s Harry Kane (2 goals) at 13/2, Romelu Lukaku of Belgium (2 goals) at 9/1 and Brazilian teammates Neymar Jr (1 goal) and Philippe Coutinho (2 goals) both at 16/1. Griezmann with one goal to his name and Messi with none had both slipped to 50/1.
Note: Odds were correct at the time of publishing but are subject to change.