Although nothing is a guarantee at the FIFA World Cup, the majority of soccer sportsbooks have Belgium and England finishing Group G in the top two spots. While knowing which Nation will finish first and second is still up for debate, the lack of World Cup experience from Panama and Tunisia’s inability to get past the Group Stage has the two European soccer powerhouses all but a lock to advance to the Round of 16.
Best World Cup Odds & Lines - Group G
Odds and lines for every Group G 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 G Standings
Follow the standings for Group G 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 G Betting Guide
With two strong and evenly matched Nations competing for first place in Group G, Canadian sportsbooks have the odds for Belgium and England winning the group quite close. Belgium is a slight favourite on many World Cup sportsbooks, but either team could claim the top spot when the Group Stage wraps up in late June.
After an excellent performance in the qualifiers, Belgium enters the 2018 FIFA World Cup as one of the top Nations. Belgium opened at +1100 on many soccer sportsbook to win the tournament and around -115 to win Group G. Belgium rise in the FIFA rankings, and the increased confidence in their squad is due to their strong performance leading into the tournament.
Belgium finished their World Cup qualifiers 9-1-0 with a goal differential of +37, both second best in Europe behind only Germany. The biggest knock against Belgium is their lack of success historically in the World Cup. Since 1990, Belgium failed to qualify twice and only once (in 2014) made it further than the Round of 16. Still, there is little reason to bet against them not making it to the Round of 16, at which point the draw will likely dictate how far Belgium goes.
Despite lacklustre finishes in recent international competitions, England is still considered a soccer superpower. With odds of +1600 to win the 2018 FIFA World Cup, England is not much behind Belgium and ranks in the top-eight on many Canadian sportsbooks. England’s team is vastly overhauled since the 2016 Euro Cup, with new coaches and players hoping to end England’s underperforming play on the international stage.
Young players like Harry Kane and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are now the face of the English squad. While they both have international experience, each is entering their primes and are amongst the best young players in soccer. Overall England should finish in the top two of their group, and if their team manages to find a good a balance of offence and defence, England is a reasonable bet, not only win their group but to win the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
Making their first World Cup since 2006, Tunisia’s expectation are low in 2018. At +68100, Tunisia is one of the largest underdogs at the 2018 World Cup. In Tunisia’s previous three World Cups (1998, 2002 and 2006) Tunisia failed to advance out of the Group Stage.
It is hard to argue Tunisia’s 2018 squad is better than the team they brought to the 2006 World Cup. In 2006, Tunisia was coming off their first (and only) African Cup of Nations championship. Since the 2006 World Cup Tunisia has done little on the international stage. While they have more experience than Panama, they could easily finish last in the group.
Making their first World Cup, Panama is tied on many soccer sportsbooks with the worst odds to win the tournament, opening on many at +110000. While such a line would net a record-setting profit, Panama is such an underdog they may not score a single goal in the tournament.
Panama’s squad is full of veterans, with about eight players appearing in over 89 international games. Despite the veteran leadership, Panama has little success on the international stage. A third-place finish at the CONCACAF Gold Cup in 2015 is their most meaningful result in recent history. However, they were winless in that tournament (going 0-5-1). Maybe Panama can get a positive result against Tunisia, but if their 6-0 loss to Denmark earlier in 2018 is an indicator, they stand little chance against England and Belgium.