Free tips World Cup 2018 Betting: Group B Team Guide, Preview & Tips – Portugal, Spain, Iran & Morocco
World Cup Group B Results:
- Iran 1-0 Morocco
- Portugal 3-3 Spain
- Portugal 1-0 Morocco
- Spain 1-0 Iran
World Cup Group B Betting Preview
Next in our series of 2018 World Cup previews we take a closer look at World Cup Group B betting odds which contains Portugal, Spain, Iran and Morocco…
PORTUGAL (22/1 to win World Cup 2018 with BetVictor)
The European champions look to add the World Cup to their collection of silverware in what will surely be Cristiano Ronaldo’s farewell to the tournament.
The current Portugal World Cup squad looks to have more attacking support for Ronaldo than that of 2016, with André Silva having scored nine goals in qualification. There are concerns over the centre of defence though, which looks decidedly long in the tooth.
— Cristiano Ronaldo (@CRonaldoNews) May 30, 2018
Although Spain and Portugal are strongly favoured to come through in Group B, Morocco and Iran could provide stern tests, with both being defensively sound. The Seleção don’t always find it easy to score goals, particularly if Ronaldo is absent or has an off day, so a 2nd place Group B finish could be on the cards at 6/4 with 888Sport.
It’s difficult to argue with the 8/15 on offer with SkyBet on Ronaldo being Portugal’s Top Goalscorer, although BetVictor‘s 4/1 on André Silva might be worth a small World Cup bet.
SPAIN (13/2 to win World Cup 2018 with Betfair Sportsbook)
After disappointing showings at World Cup 2016 and Euro 2018, there are definite signs that Spain are back on track under Julen Lopetegui.
La Roja qualified in impressive form, winning nine and drawing one of their 10 games, scoring 36 goals and conceding just three in the process. The highlight was a comprehensive Isco-inspired 3-0 win at home to Italy.
The Spanish squad looks to have a better balance than their Iberian neighbours, so they look the pick to top Group B at 4/7 with BoyleSports. That said, leaving Alvaro Morata at home, whilst taking the combustible Diego Costa to Russia is a decision that could potentially backfire, although Lopetegui could opt to use Marco Asensio as a ‘false nine’.
With a favourable looking draw in the knock-out stage and the apparent return of their self-belief, the 13/2 on Spain winning World Cup 2018 with BetFred could be good outright World Cup winner bet.
IRAN (500/1 to win World Cup 2018 with Betfair Sportsbook)
Widely regarded as the best national team in Asia at present, Iran sauntered through 18 qualification matches without defeat and conceded just five goals in the process. Iran’s biggest problem is a lack of competitive action against quality opposition outside Asia.
Vastly experienced coach Carlos Queiroz has been at the helm for six years with ‘Team Melli’ and will be taking his third different team to a World Cup, following South Africa and Portugal.
Carlos Queiroz to quit as Iran coach after World Cup
— TOI Sports (@toisports) May 24, 2018
Striker Sardar Azmoun (who plays his club football in Russia for Rubin Kazan) is the star turn and winger Alireza Jahanbakhsh ended the season as top goalscorer in the Eredivisie with 21 goals for AZ.
Even so, Iran didn’t find goals easy to come by during qualification and they certainly won’t be any easier to find against the calibre of opposition they will be facing in Russia.
MOROCCO (2000/1 to win World Cup 2018 with bet365*)
Morocco came through a tough looking group featuring the Ivory Coast, Mali and Gabon to qualify for the World Cup 2018 finals.
There’s plenty of European club experience in the Atlas Lions’ squad and national team coach Hervé Renard (who was once manager of Cambridge United) has won the Africa Nations Cup with Zambia and Ivory Coast and knows a thing or two when it comes to setting up a well-organised team defensively. Captain Medhi Benatia of Juventus will be the key man at the back.
The problems could be further forward, where scoring goals could be an issue at this level, particularly with Sofiane Boufal having been left out of their squad. Ajax playmaker Hakim Ziyech is the main creator, but doubts remain as to the goal threat provided by Khalid Boutaib and Aziz Bouhaddouz.
Qualification ahead of Spain or Portugal looks a tough ask, so a 3rd place finish at 6/4 with SkyBet could be the most likely outcome.
* Odds correct at the time of writing