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Odds Shark's best bets for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

Being one of the world’s top sports betting events, the 2018 FIFA World Cup generates a ton of betting interest and a ton of betting options. If you are looking for something quick-hitting and with all the capping done for you, you’ve come to the right place.

OddsShark’s World Cup coverage is expansive, but for this piece we’ve called on Andrew Avery, Rob Trites, Craig Cormier and Gilles Gallant to break down their favorite picks from a range of betting markets for the World Cup and why it will be worth your money to join in on the action.

Without further ado, here are four bets the guys are dubbing their best bets for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

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Andrew: France First, Denmark Second in Group C (+120)

Let me just start off by saying that, yes, I am aware this is one of the safer bets in this column compared with what my colleagues are putting out there, but there feels like little to no risk with this bet courtesy of BetOnline.

France is a grande favorite to win a very thin Group C at -350 so there is not much value there. Les Bleus are heavy chalk for a good reason. On paper, they are a vastly superior team to the other members of this group which includes Denmark, Peru and Australia. In fact, France’s -350 price to win the group is the second-chalkiest price in this market, behind only Brazil at -400 to win Group E.

While there is a gulf in class between France and the rest of the group, there is still a gulf in class between the Danes and Peru and Australia. This Denmark side boasts some talent in Tottenham’s Christian Eriksen, Pione Sisto of Celta Vigo and RB Leipzig’s Yussuf Poulsen, to name a select few named to the squad.

One of Peru’s top players, Paolo Guerrero, was supposed to miss out for La Blanquirroja, but he has been approved to play and his squad should be very tough. Then there’s the Aussies, who were sent packing after three games at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil after three losses in the group stage.

Personally, I’m not as high as most on France’s chances to win the whole thing, but they are the class of this group and should easily finish first with the Danes also advancing. The price tag at +120 is very good value.

Rob: Group Winner Parlay: Uruguay, Spain, France, Brazil, Germany (+535)

History has proven time and time again that this type of wager is a difficult one to hit and with teams like Spain, England, Portugal and Italy all bombing out before the knockout round in 2014, prospects of nailing it may seem grim but just wait, there’s a method to my madness.

Let’s take a brief look at each leg to dissect my insanity.

Uruguay is in the easiest group of the World Cup and while they’ve got the longest odds to win their group of any team in this parlay, they might have the biggest talent gap when looking at the second-best team in any group.

Spain and Portugal should both take six points from Morocco and Iran in Group B but I expect the Spaniards to do so in much more stylish fashion. If they can pull out a draw or better against the Navigators in Matchday 1, Spain will have no problem grabbing first.

France has the second-shortest odds to win their group at -350 and unless Christian Eriksen does something miraculous for the Danes, Les Bleus will run away with Group C.

The biggest favorites to win their group, Brazil (-400) is coming into Russia with a vengeance. I fully expect them to steamroll the Swiss and Costa Ricans en route to a first-place finish in the group and a deep run into the knockout stage.

Finally, it’s the defending champion Germans who have won their group in seven straight World Cups going back to 1990. They’re at -310 to best Mexico, Sweden and South Korea and that won’t be a problem for a team that’s stronger on paper than it was in 2014.

Craig: Thomas Müller Top Goalscorer (+2500)

Since his international debut at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, Müller has been a crucial piece in his country’s successes, scoring five in each of the World Cup tournaments he’s appeared in, winning the Golden Boot in 2010 and finishing as runner-up in 2014.

Müller didn’t score a ton for Bayern Munich this season, but that doesn’t mean he won’t find his touch on the world stage. He’ll see his fair share of minutes and will reap the rewards of playing with one of the world’s best long passers in Toni Kroos.

Müller seems to have all the makings of a reincarnation of Miroslav Klose, Germany’s former talismanic figure and all-time leading World Cup scorer. I like him to lead his side to victory as a symbolic and contributing leader.

Gilles: Stage of Elimination – Group Stage – England (+450)

This pick is merely based on expectations.

The Three Lions are typically a public betting favorite and after being embarrassed in the 2014 World Cup by not advancing out of the group stage, I think this trend continues.

England may be a sound team but their top-end talent isn’t comparable to the likes of Germany, Brazil, France or Belgium in this tourney. They have to face Belgium, Tunisia and Panama in their group and if England doesn’t take care of business vs Tunisia and Panama, things could get dicey with their final match slated against Belgium.

While some of their starters have a decent amount of international experience, England will have 12 players on the squad with less than 20 caps. The lack of appearances by their reserves on the world stage makes the +450 all that more appealing.

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