Featuring the host Nation Russia, Group is considered one of the lighter groups at the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Uruguay is the favourite to win the group. Host nations have made it past the Group Stage in 19 of the previous 20 World Cups, meaning Russia is in an excellent position to advance past the Group Stage. Egypt and Saudi Arabia round out the group, although they both enter the tournament with low expectations.
Best World Cup Odds & Lines - Group A
Odds and lines for every Group A match in the 2018 FIFA World Cup are available right here. Lines for the opening games are available well ahead of the start of the tournament, while subsequent games will see most lines pop up after each team completes their previous match.
FIFA World Cup Group A Standings
Follow the standings for Group A below, updated live after every match. The top two teams from each group advance on in the 2018 World Cup. In tiebreaking scenarios, goal differential and goals scored most frequently determine which Nation advances on and which Nation goes home.
FIFA World Cup Group A Betting Guide
With host nation Russia and a strong Uruguay squad, Group A is one of the more top-heavy groups. The general perception of Group A is Uruguay will outright win the group and Russia will snag the second spot to advance onward. Egypt will provide better competition than Saudi Arabia, but the two nations are amongst the worse in the tournament and have low expectations.
While Uruguay has not won a World Sup since 1950, the South American country is the best bet of Group A to win in 2018. Uruguay was once considered one of the soccer powerhouses of the world, but in recent years their performance on the World Stage has suffered. Outside of a fourth-place finish in 2010, Uruguay has struggled to make it out of the Round of 16.
Uruguay enters the 2018 FIFA World Cup with +3300 odds to win the tournament, ninth best overall. They were one of the better teams in the qualification round, going 9-4-5 with a +12 goal differential. Since qualifications expanded to double-digit games in 1998, this is Uruguay’s best performance. While Uruguay is a smart bet on soccer sportsbooks to win their group at +105, it is difficult to see them making it to the World Cup finals.
As the host nation, Russia automatically qualified for the World Cup when they were awarded the tournament in 2010. Although not known as a traditional soccer country, Russia is hoping for their best World Cup performance since they 1986, when they participated as the Soviet Union.
Host countries are traditionally prosperous at the World Cup. Excluding South Africa in 2010, every host nation has advanced out of the Group Stage. As Russia drew a weaker group than most, they should play well enough to make it to the Round of 16. Expecting much more from Russia is a risky bet, as a second-place finish in their group will lead to a tough draw in the knockout stages.
Making their first World Cup since 1990, Egypt historically has not done well in the few World Cup they have managed to qualify for. In fact, this is only Egypt’s third World Cup appearance. In the previous two (1934 and 1990), Egypt did not win a single match.
After a good performance in the qualification round, Egypt has a chance to win their first World Cup match. Egypt has a slight chance at advances on in the tournament. If they can upset either Russia or Uruguay, they set themselves up for a path to the Round of 16. However, they are the favourite to finish third on World Cup sportsbooks in their group at +125.
After failing to qualify for the previous two World Cups, Saudi Arabia is back in the tournament. However, they are tied with Panama for the worst odds to win the tournament at +111000. Saudi Arabia’s best finish at a World Cup came in 1994 when they made it to the Round of 16. Since 1994, Saudi Arabia is 0-2-7 at the World Cup with a goal differential of -22.
Saudi Arabia enters the tournament ranked 67th in the World Football ELO Ratings. Their ranking is 15 spots worse than Egypt, not only for the worst rating in the group but for the worst rating of any team in the tournament. Overall, wagering on Saudi Arabia to make it out of the Group Stage is risky. Saudi Arabia may have enough to get a draw against Egypt or Russia, but will most likely finish the World Cup in the bottom four overall.