Early Shocks Shake up the Market for World Cup Winner
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Early Shocks Shake up the Market for World Cup Winner

We’re a week into the World Cup and there’s been a shake-up in the betting with some big nations underperforming.

Defending champions Germany began the tournament vying for favouritism with Brazil, but they’ve drifted out to 9.00 with 188BET following their surprise defeat at the hands of Mexico.

With tough games against Sweden and South Korea to come, Joachim Low’s men have no margin for error if they are to progress to the knockout stages.

Brazil remain market leaders at 5.00 with 188BET, but their position at the head of the betting is not as secure as it was following their draw with Switzerland.

Tite’s men were so impressive in qualifying, but with doubts persisting over the fitness of star man Neymar the Selecao need a big performance against Costa Rica on Friday to reassert their claims.

Costa Rica were beaten by Serbia in their opening game, which highlighted their shortcomings. Los Ticos should prove easy pickings for Brazil who can be backed at 1.23 with 188BET to claim the three points, while the draw is 6.20 and a Costa Rica shock is available at 13.0.

Spain drew 3-3 with Portugal in their opener, but produced arguably some of the best football of the tournament so far and it was only a brilliant free kick from Cristiano Ronaldo that denied them the three points.

The performance, and subsequent defeat of Iran on Wednesday evening, suggests the squad have shrugged off the shock following the sacking of manager Julen Lopetegui on the eve of the tournament.

Of the big guns, Spain have been the most convincing so far and they can be backed at 5.00 with 188BET to go all the way in Russia this summer.

England are tough to pin down, as they looked extremely good early on against Tunisia before being pegged back and then labouring to a 2-1 win.

Gareth Southgate’s men will need to improve to go deep into the tournament, but the Three Lions have a potent array of attacking weapons and a settled style that the players look comfortable with.

Their final game of the group against Belgium is when light will be thrown on England’s chances in Russia. The Belgians eased through the gears in beating Panama, and Roberto Martinez’s side are a match for anyone on paper.

If England can hold their own against Belgium, their current price of 13.0 with 188BET for World Cup glory would contract. But if they are picked apart by Eden Hazard and co, it would result in them taking a walk in the market.

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