Few groups offer the quality and excitement of Group D. Although Argentina is the favourite on World Cup sportsbooks to win the group, the three other Nations in the group (Croatia, Iceland and Nigeria) all have a chance to advance in the tournament. With such a high-level in competition, wagering correctly on Group D will prove profitable. Follow the health of Argentina’s team. If they cannot field a healthy lineup, Group D becomes wide open.
Best World Cup Odds & Lines - Group D
Odds and lines for every Group D 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 D Standings
Follow the standings for Group D 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 D Betting Guide
With a strong draw and no overwhelming favourite due to some concerns around Lionel Mesi, Group D offers some of the best lines and odds during the Group Stage of the 2018 World Cup. As long as Argentina is healthy, they are the best bet to win the group. However, any injuries to their squad opens the door for one of the underdogs to grab first place in the standings.
Bringing back a major portion of their 2014 World Cup squad (which finished as the runner-up) Argentina is among the favourites to win the 2018 World Cup. The tough draw for Argentina sets them up for a harder path to the Finals, but overall few squads in 2018 have the talent and depth.
Argentina is only a modest favourite to win the group, opening around -167 on most soccer sportsbook. However, even if they do not win the group, in all likelihood, they will not finish worse than second place. The most significant factor going against Argentina is the health of Lionel Messi. Messi is one of the best soccer players in the world. He has recently missed time with an injury, but claims he will be fully healthy come the start of the tournament.
Following Messi’s health is important for both wagering on Argentia World Cup futures and game odds. If he reaggravates the injury, Argentina may not make it much further than the Quarterfinals.
Croatia enters the 2018 FIFA World Cup as a top-20 team in the world. Despite not having an overly recognizable squad, Croatia is full of talent, which is evident by their excellent performance in qualifiers. Croatia went 7-3-2 in during qualifications, posting a goal differential of +14.
Opening around +3800 on World Cup sportsbook to win the tournament, many view Croatia as a reasonable underdog to win the World Cup. Croatia does have a hard draw, but if Argentina deals with too many injuries, they could win the group (making them an excellent bet at +225).
After a surprising Quarterfinals appearance at the 2016 Euro Cup, Iceland continued their success on the international stage, qualifying for their first World Cup. At +18400 to win the tournament, Iceland is still a considerable underdog to win the 2018 FIFA World Cup. However, they are an intriguing team with more skill than people give them credit for.
If Iceland had an easier draw, they would be a good wager to advance to the Knockout stages. Currently, though, they have one of the hardest paths. Additionally, as great as Iceland was in 2016, betting on a repeat performance at the World Cup is risky. Iceland should be fun to watch and may have enough gusto to pull off an upset. Overall though, bettors should not be overly confident in Iceland until they prove they can consistently show up when it matters.
As the only African team to qualify for the last two World Cups, expectations around Nigeria should be higher than they currently are. At +22600 to win the 2018 World Cup, Nigeria has the worst odds in the group, despite more historical success at the World Cup than Croatia and Iceland.
Nigeria is entering a transitional phase. A few of their top players (especially their goal scorers) have retired since the 2014 World Cup. They have some talented young players, but the World Cup requires a mixture of youth, depth and veteran leadership for success. While they have some good prospects in the future, in 2018 they do not have the squad to get out of the Group Stage.