With Spain and Portugal headlining the group, Group B is one of the best in the tournament. Both countries enter the tournament with high expectations, with Spain opening as one of the favourites on most Canadian sportsbooks. While Portugal is further down the list of potential winners, with arguably the best player in the world, they are a scary team, even for a Nation as talented as Spain. Iran and Morocco finish out the group, but both Nations are large underdogs at the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
Best World Cup Odds & Lines - Group B
Odds and lines for every Group B 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 B Standings
Follow the standings for Group B 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 B Betting Guide
With two of the best soccer nations in the world, Group B has some of the best odds to send a country to the championship match. While Spain and Portugal are both strong, Iran and Morocco are among the weakest squads in the tournament. Expect Spain and Portugal to finish one and two in the group, with Portugal having a reasonable chance at claiming the top spot.
After disappointing performances at the 2014 FIFA World Cup and the 2016 UEFA Euro Cup, Spain needed to make some sweeping changes to their international squad. Their most notable change came at the manager position. Since making the switch at manager to Julen Lopetegui, Spain is unbeaten in international play, a streak of 18 games.
Spain is amongst the favourites to win the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Despite recent failures, Spain still has players from their 2010 World Cup winning squad and is the hottest country entering the tournament. With a weak group outside of Portugal, Spain is all but a lock to advance to the Knockout Stages, and at +688 on many Canadian sportsbooks, Spain is one of the best Nations to wager will win the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
Like Spain in 2014, Portugal is coming off their worst World Cup performance since 2002. However, Portugal recent play on the international stage makes them one of the best mid-range underdogs to win the 2018 FIFA World Cup. With arguably the best player in the world, Cristiano Ronaldo, Portugal has the firepower to upset Spain in the Group Stage and win the group.
Portugal is the reigning Euro Cup champion, but the overall success of winners is debatable entering the World Cup. Outside of Spain (who won the Euro Cup in 2008 and then the World Cup in 2010), most winners don’t have an excellent record of success in the World Cup. Still, Portugal is due for a better placing in 2018 and has enough talent to make some noise in the Knockout stage.
Morocco returns to the World Cup for the first time since 1998. In Morocco’s previous four World Cup appearances, they have just once made it out of the Group Stage. Morocco went 4-3-1 in qualifications, allowing only one goal. While their impressive defence is sure to have some bettors on watch, the level of competition they faced is much lower than Spain and Portugal.
Morocco is not only a longshot to win the tournament, opening at +45400, but they are a longshot to make it out of the Group Stage. A third-place finish in Group B is the most likely scenario for Morocco at the 2018 World Cup, although a last-place finish in the group is also feasible.
The 2018 FIFA World Cup marks the fifth time Iran has qualified for the tournament. In their previous four, Iran has failed to make it past the Group Stage. Like Morocco, Iran is a huge underdog to win the World Cup, opening at +52500 on many World Cup Sportsbooks.
Iran finished 28th at the 2014 World Cup scoring only one goal in three games. A similar performance is expected of them in 2018. They are a similar calibre team to Morocco could win that match. However, they are vastly outmatched when they play Portugal and Spain.