Free tips World Cup 2018 Betting: Group E Team Guide, Preview & Tips – Brazil, Switzerland, Costa Rica, Serbia
World Cup Group E Results:
- Serbia 1-0 Costa Rica
- Brazil 1-1 Switzerland
- Brazil 2-0 Costa Rica
- Serbia 1-2 Switzerland
World Cup Group E Betting Preview
BRAZIL (9/2 to win World Cup 2018 with Betway)
Brazil qualified for Russia 2018 impressively after initial struggles under Dunga, with the appointment of Tite as coach proving to be the catalyst.
Neymar’s fitness or otherwise could be key for the World Cup favourites, but the over-reliance on their talisman is no longer what it was four years ago. The absence of veteran full-back Dani Alves through injury is also a blow.
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— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) June 11, 2018
The Brazil World Cup 2018 betting odds might not be particularly appealing, but it’s difficult to see past Brazil winning Group E at 4/11 with Paddy Power. The 11/10 on Brazil to win all three of their Group E games with SunBets looks a little more appealing.
The main focus will inevitably be on Neymar but, particularly given his injury concerns, Gabriel Jesus could provide better value if looking for the Brazilian Top Goalscorer at 3/1 with Betfair.
SWITZERLAND (150/1 to win World Cup 2018 with Coral)
Switzerland won nine consecutive qualifiers until a 2-0 defeat in Portugal consigned them to the play-offs, where they required a controversial penalty to overcome Northern Ireland over two legs.
There’s a wealth of top-flight experience from Europe’s major leagues in Vladimir Petkovic’s squad, although there isn’t anyone who can really be relied upon for goals on a regular basis among the strikers.
Switzerland beat Japan in final World Cup warm-up: https://t.co/Mj8vt11JXZ
— BBC Football News (@bbcfoot) June 8, 2018
The Kosovo-born midfield duo of Xherdan Shaqiri and Granit Xhaka are probably key to Switzerland’s hopes of an extended run in Russia, although they will expect to reach the knockout stage as a bare minimum.
At 4/1 with bet365*, Shaqiri could be the best bet to finish as Switzerland’s Top Goalscorer, while the 9/4 on a Brazil/ Switzerland straight forecast for the top two places with Paddy Power also has some appeal.
COSTA RICA (750/1 to win World Cup 2018 with Coral)
Surprise quarter-finalists in Brazil four years ago, Costa Rica travel to Russia with many of the same players still available. The problem is that many of those heroes from 2014 have struggled with injuries, form and holding down first-team places at club level, in addition to being four years older.
Shout out to Costa Rica’s brilliant run in 2014 ? pic.twitter.com/vSPNXpmcCN
— B/R Football (@brfootball) June 9, 2018
Qualified for the finals in Russia relatively comfortably, but without ever looking truly convincing and have largely struggled in friendly internationals thereafter. Injuries and poor club form have hampered key players Bryan Ruiz and Joel Campbell over the past season, although Real Madrid’s Keylor Navas remains a standout performer in goal.
Unlikely to repeat their heroics of four years ago, but a place in the last 16 certainly shouldn’t be discounted. Goals could also be hard to come by in Russia, but Celso Borges has a reasonable strike-rate from midfield and at 14/1 with Paddy Power looks a reasonable bet to be Costa Rica’s Top Goalscorer.
SERBIA (200/1 to win World Cup 2018 with bet365*)
Serbia qualified for World Cup 2018 by topping a group that included three Euro 2016 finalists in the Republic of Ireland, Wales and Austria, although that wasn’t enough to keep coach Slavoljub Muslin in a job, with his inexperienced assistant, Mladen Krstajic, promoted as his replacement.
There’s a decent mix of youth and experience in the Serbian squad and they’re not short of quality, particularly in midfield where the likes of with Dusan Tadic, Nemanja Matic and Sergej Milinkovic-Savic are a match for anyone.
This Serbia goal is amazing, mainly because there’s about four points at which you think the amazing goal is going to be scored until it is pic.twitter.com/FCxdZi6voH
— Nooruddean (@BeardedGenius) June 9, 2018
However, doubts remain over their mentality and the defence has tended to look less than watertight at times. Krstajic has done little to convince that he’s the right appointment either at this stage.
Realistically, the opening game against Costa Rica looks to be something of a must-win if Serbia are to progress to the last 16.
Aleksandar Mitrovic is the main source of goals and should benefit from his loan move to Fulham from Newcastle United over the second half of the season. He looks a solid World Cup bet to be Serbia’s Top Goalscorer in Russia at 7/4 with BetFred.
* Odds correct at the time of writing