FIFA: World Cup Futures Odds Update

FIFA: World Cup Futures Odds Update

World Cup Qualifying is upon us once again
and with a ton of stuff to talk about I’ll get right into things by listing a bunch of
teams’ odds to win the Finals in Russia and what situations those teams are in as
we head into the next round of qualifiers. Starting with CONCACAF we have 6 teams fighting
for 3.5 World Cup spots and the Americans, at 66/1 to win, are on the bubble and have
a big must-win match coming up against last place Trinidad and Tobago. Mexico, also at 66/1, leads the confederation
with 3 wins in 4 games and it’s looking like they’ll get in with Panama and Costa
Rica. Looking across the pond to Europe, there’s
a lot to discuss. Germany are the faves to win the whole thing
for the second consecutive time at 5/1 and they’re running away with their group. Portugal, the European champs, sit second
behind a Swiss team that remains perfect through 5 games. Holland face a steep climb to qualification
with just 7 points in 5 games. England, Poland and France all have comfortable
leads while Spain and Italy are tied atop Group G. Russia, the only European country to have
its qualification in tow based on hosting rights, is being offered at 28/1 and will
show its class at the upcoming Confederations Cup. One of the most interesting storylines so
far is Argentina’s progress, or lack thereof. The 2014 runner’s up currently sit on the
bubble in a playoff spot in the South American group and they don’t have another qualifier
until August. Messi and Co. are being offered at +900 but
they may not even get in. Proceed with caution. Argentina’s Brazilian neighbor is the only
country other than Russia, to already have a spot in the Finals. They’ve run train in South American qualification,
earning 33 points in 14 matches. Betting odds have them right behind Germany
at 7/1 – pretty ironic when you think about it. Heading back over the Atlantic again, African
qualification has barely gotten started with all teams playing just two matches so far. All sitting at 150/1, Ivory Coast, Ghana and
Nigeria are tied with the shortest odds of all the African nations but I would keep my
eye on their upcoming qualifying games. Finally, Asian qualifiers have seen the upstart
Iranians take a big lead over South Korea in Group A and the usual suspect Japan pace
the field in Group B. All this has the potential to change drastically
over the course of the next few weeks, however, so make sure to stay tuned to
for regular odds updates throughout qualification.

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