Out of every group at the 2018 FIFA World Cup, Group E offers the littlest competition for the favourite. Brazil is expected to easily win the group, with the other three Nations fighting over second place in the group. Most Canadian sportsbooks give Switzerland the edge to grab second place in the group, but Serbia and Costa Rica are not too far behind the Swiss squad in terms of overall talent.
Best World Cup Odds & Lines - Group E
Odds and lines for every Group E 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 E Standings
Follow the standings for Group E 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 E Betting Guide
No group at the 2018 World Cup is expected to be dominated by a single country as much as Group E. Brazil is the overwhelming favourite to finish first, with Switzerland the best bet to end in second. While Costa Rica and Serbia have shown glimpses in the World Cup, neither team looks like much of a threat to Brazil and will most likely settle for third and fourth.
After suffering one of the worst defeats in World Cup history (7-1 loss to Germany in 2014 FIFA World Cup Semi-finals), Brazil is hoping for much better results in 2018. Brazil is considered one of the best teams entering the 2018 World Cup, frequently finding themselves as one of the top three favourites on many World Cup Sportsbooks.
Of all the favourites (any Nation with +1000 odds or better), Brazil has arguably the easiest draw. Brazil opened around -400 to win their group and there is little reason to wager against them, despite the odds. Brazil is the most successful country in World Cup history, winning five championships (most recently in 2002).
Brazil has made it past the Group Stage in 12 straight World Cups. This year that streak should easily extend to 13, with Brazil having a good shot at finishing as the top team overall after Group Stage play concludes at the end of June.
Brazil’s biggest competition in Group E is Switzerland. The Swiss squad enters the 2018 FIFA World Cup with +9100 odds to win the tournament and +550 odds to win their group. While Switzerland had a reasonable showing at the 2014 FIFA World Cup, finishing 11th overall, they should not offer much of a challenge to Brazil for top spot in the group.
However, they do have the players and depth to finish second in the group (making a Brazil/Switzerland wager at +175 a smart bet). Captain Stephan Lichsteiner leads a strong defensive core while midfielder Granit Xhaka and forward Haris Seferovic give the Swiss team enough offensive firepower to make it out of the Group Stage.
Since competing just as Serbia (beginning in 2010), the Serbian squad does not have a great history at the World Cup. Serbia failed to qualify in 2014 and finished 23rd in 2010. They played fine during the qualifiers, going 6-3-1 with a +10 goal differential. However, the country does not yet have the talent pool to compete on the international stage.
Serbia’s most significant accomplishment at the World Cup was upsetting Germany 1-0 in 2010. The single win did not amount to much as they still finished last in their group. Expecting a similar upset in 2018 (beating Brazil) is not a great betting approach. They have a chance at finishing second in the Group, but most bets on are them to finish third.
Costa Rica was one of the biggest surprises at the 2014 FIFA World Cup, finishing eighth overall (or three spots better than Switzerland). While the Quarterfinals appearance by Costa Rica is something to consider when betting, outside of 2014, Costa Rica has not been successful at the World Cup.
Costa Rica is the largest underdog in Group E, opening at +34400 on World Cup sportsbooks to win the tournament. While they pulled off a big upset in qualifiers, beating the United States 2-0 (in the United States), they have looked weak ever since going 1-2-4 in qualifiers and friendlies. Set low expectations for Costa Rica at the 2018 FIFA World Cup.