This group will look similar to World Cup fans because in 2018, Brazil, Switzerland and Serbia were all part of Group E, a group Brazil topped with seven points. And while Brazil is still the class of the group, this is a tough collection of teams.
Four years ago, the Swiss pushed the Brazilians to a 1-1 draw and if not for a last-minute own goal by Yann Sommer against Costa Rica, they would have equalized Brazil for points in Group E. Again, this looks like Brazil’s group to lose, but that doesn’t mean it’s going to be a walk in the park.
Brazil is the favorite to win the group with -280 odds with Switzerland well back with the second-best odds at +550 according to sportsbook BetOnline Sportsbook.
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Again, this is Brazil’s group to lose. They have the best odds to win at -280 and the best odds to qualify out at -1250. They should win this group. But that doesn’t mean they’re going to do so easily.
This group is very similar to Group E from 2018 with three of the four teams being cast together again. The only difference is that Costa Rica is effectively swapped out for Cameroon. Brazil won Group E four years ago, but it wasn’t simple for them.
They were held to a 1-1 draw by the Swiss and if not for two stoppage-time goals against Costa Rica by Coutinho and Neymar, that game would have also ended in a draw. A draw against Costa Rica would have certainly seen Brazil finish second in the group.
Brazil enters the World Cup with a better qualification campaign than in 2018, going 14-3-0, picking up 45 points and holding a +35 goal differential by conceding only five goals through 17 matches.
The Brazilians are out to prove that 2018’s exit in the quarterfinals, for the third time in four competitions, isn’t the new norm.
Brazil is not only the favorite to win this group but they have the best World Cup title odds at +450.
Over their last four World Cup appearances, the Swiss have exited at the group stage only once but haven’t been able to make it past the Round of 16. You have to go back to 1954 to find the last time the Swiss advanced beyond the Round of 16.
The Swiss are one of the favorites to make it out of this group with -110 odds. In 2018, Switzerland finished second behind Brazil with five points. But if not for a Swiss own goal against Costa Rica, they could have equalized the Brazilians on points.
Through UEFA qualification, the Swiss hold the best defensive record with 0.25 goals against per 90 and the 15th-best offensive record with 1.87 goals scored per game. This is a strong side that is going to push the Brazilians for first in the group.
They’re unlikely to win the group outright, but don’t count out the Serbians when it comes to qualifying. Of course, the focus is on Brazil and Switzerland to qualify out of the group but Serbia could easily find its way into the top two. This is a squad that automatically qualified for the World Cup by topping UEFA Group A, beating out Portugal and Ireland.
They held the 10th-best offensive record with 2.12 goals per 90, the same as France, thanks to Premier League side Fulham’s Aleksandar Mitrovic, who had eight goals in eight qualifying matches.
If Serbia is going to have any success in this group, it will be because of Mitrovic.
His odds to win the World Cup Golden Boot are currently +5000. A winning $100 bet on the Serbian to finish as the top scorer would return a $5,000 profit.
Through African qualifications, Cameroon holds the sixth-best offense with 1.68 goals per 90 and the 12th-best defense with 0.60 goals conceded per 90. They’re a really good squad coming out of the African continent.
But when it comes to the World Cup, Cameroon doesn’t have the best track record. They didn’t qualify in 2018. In 2014, they finished 32nd among 32 teams and in 2010 they finished 31st.
Winning this group seems impossible, evident in their outright odds of +1400, but qualifying also seems like it’s going to be a tough task. Perhaps if Cameroon can get a win and a draw against the Swiss and Serbians and if other results go their way, they might be able to qualify out. Might.
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