With no traditional soccer superpower, Group H is the arguably the hardest to predict the winner of. While Columbia is the favourite at +125, Poland is also a good bet at +170. Senegal, arguably the best team from African, and Japan round out the group. Canadian sportsbook odds will be attractive during Group H matches as no country is likely to run away with the group.
Best World Cup Odds & Lines - Group H
Odds and lines for every Group H 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 H Standings
Follow the standings for Group H 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 H Betting Guide
With no real favourite to win, Group H is one of the most intriguing groups to follow at the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Many soccer sportsbooks have Columbia as a slight favourite at +125. However, Group H is the only group each country’s odds to win the group range between +125 and +700.
Opening at +4000 on World Cup sportsbooks odds to win the tournament, Columbia is the best team in the group. At +4000, Columbia is a middle-of-the-pack quality squad overall and arguably the weakest frontrunner in any group. Columbia is coming off a fifth-place finish at the 2014 World Cup, the best finish in Columbia’s history.
While Columbia has some strong pieces, they are a notch behind the best countries and would not be the favourite in any other group. Still, the way the draw played out is excellent for Columbia. If they can play at their best in the Group Stage, they can set themselves up for a favourable draw in the Knockout Stages of the tournament.
Like Columbia, Poland is the benefactor of a reasonably favourable draw. Poland is quite close to Columbia in overall team quality and in terms of underdogs, they are a good bet to win their group at +170. Poland’s biggest drawback is their lack of experience at the World Cup. Poland only qualified for two World Cups between 1990 and 2014. In both (2002 and 2006), failing to advance out of the Group Stage on both occasions.
Poland does enter the tournament ranking just outside the top-ten on FIFA’s ranking (and having reached a record high of five in April 2017). Along with their high ranking, Poland was one of the best European clubs during qualifiers, finishing 8-1-1 with a +14-goal differential. Poland’s recent success makes them a good wager to win the group at +170.
After a 14-year absence, Senegal is back in the World Cup. While Poland and Columbia are better teams, Senegal is no slouch and could advance on in the tournament if they manage a victory over Poland or Columbia. Senegal has potentially the best player in the group. Forward Sadio Mane is turning heads in Liverpool this year and could be the best player on the pitch in all three of Senegal’s matches during the Group Stage.
On most World Cup sportsbooks, Senegal is a considerable underdog to actually win the tournament (opening around +16900). However, they could be the best “third place” team in any group, meaning they may finish better than expected in 2018. Consider pairing Senegal with Poland or Columbia to advance in the tournament.
Although Japan often places very well in AFC tournaments, they have yet to find much success at other international tournaments, including the World Cup. In five World Cup appearances, Japan has failed to make it out of the Group Stage three times and never made it further than the Round of 16 (their best result came in 2002 when they co-hosted the tournament).
Japan’s team lacks truly great players. While the other three Nations in this group have star players in the top leagues around the world, the majority of Japan squad comes from the Japanese league (which is tiers below the best leagues in Europe). Overall, Japan is unlikely to finish better than fourth place in Group H. They will play some close, competitive matches, but do not have the talent (especially on offence) to make much noise at the 2018 FIFA World Cup.