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10/1 World Cup Group Winners Acca

If you’re anything like me, you’ve started the week counting down the days until Sunday, when the action in Qatar will finally begin.

It’s a quiet week of football, with the main club leagues on their break, and the games yet to begin on the world stage. But that’s ideal for punters, as now is the time to search around, looking for value, bets that catch your eye, and of course, the abundance of World Cup betting offers that are being released on a daily basis.

For now, my focus is on the group stages, and I’ve got the first of three pieces here surrounding those. We begin with an acca based around group winners, and this will be followed by an acca on teams to finish bottom of their groups, and a final piece around big priced upsets that may happen at the tournament.

10/1 World Cup Group Winners Acca

I’ve added a bit of value in a couple of these picks, so I’ve gone with three group winners outright, plus a straight forecast in one group, and a dual forecast in another, giving us a total of five picks.

  • Group A - Netherlands to win the group
  • Group C - Argentina to win the group
  • Group D - Straight forecast France 1st, Denmark 2nd
  • Group F - Dual forecast any order Belgium & Croatia
  • Group H - Portugal to win the group

Netherlands to Win Group A

I’m kicking off with the Netherlands in Group A, a team I see as being by far the best in this group. Their main danger appears to be Senegal, though Sadio Mane is not going to play in the first game at least (which is against the Netherlands) and is a doubt for the other two.

He’s a massive loss, and that gives me even more confidence that the Netherlands can get off to a winning start, and go on to take this group.

Virgil Van Dijk makes them rock solid at the back, and with the likes of Frenkie De Jong and Memphis Depay, they have a genuine world class creative threat, and a high level goal threat too.

Nice and simple to kick things off, Netherlands to win Group A.

Argentina to Win Group C

Sticking with the simple theme, I skip past England’s group, and dive into Group C, where I like Argentina to come out on top. I think the race for second here is going to be fascinating to watch, but while all of that is taking place, I see Argentina going about their business well, and wrapping up this group.

They’ve look solid enough defensively, but it is on the ball where they are going to shine. Of course, everyone will be talking about Lionel Messi, but he’s not the only talent in this team, Angel Di Maria, Paulo Dybala and Lautaro Martinez all ply their trade in Serie A, know each other, and give Argentina plenty of options in the final third.

Their scoring power should be enough to wrap up this group, so the second pick in my acca is Argentina to win Group C.

Group D Straight Forecast France 1st, Denmark 2nd

This is where we get a little creative to help boost the odds on this best. I like France to win this group, and that’s despite Denmark beating them twice over the summer in the Nations League. I think France are perfectly set up for tournament football, they’ve been there and done it all before, and head coach Didier Deschamps knows exactly what he’s doing, and when he needs his team to peak.

More suited to them, I think France will get revenge over Denmark and win what will be the all-important clash between these two to take the top spot.

But that’s not to say I don’t like Denmark here. The other two teams in this group are Australia and Tunisia, and I would rank Denmark as far superior to them both. They can pick up six points from those games, leaving them to qualify in second place behind France, so my bet here is on the straight forecast market and France to win Group D and Denmark to finish behind them in second place.

Group F Dual Forecast Any Order Belgium & Croatia

We move onto Group F, and I see this the same as Group D, in respect that I think the two European teams are well above their rivals, and will qualify. The difference here is I can’t split Belgium and Croatia, so rather than a straight forecast, I’m heading for the dual forecast market and picking these two to qualify in any order.

Canada should pose no trouble for either team, and while Morocco are slightly better, I do think both Croatia and Belgium have enough to see them off.

Croatia have an ageing team, but that will only begin to play its part in the knockout round, they should be fine in the group. Belgium are nothing like the force of old, but Kevin de Bruyne can probably carry this team to the knockout round alone, and there’s a few who could help him along the way.

I’m not predicting which team comes out on top, but Belgium and Croatia to be first and second in any order, on the dual forecast market, is my pick here.

Portugal to Win Group H

We round off going back to a simple pick, and this is for Portugal to win Group H. They’ve put together a strong side, with plenty of players who can impact games, of course Cristiano Ronaldo, his Manchester United team mate Bruno Fernandes and their city rival Bernado Silva.

There’s been a lot of controversy surrounding Ronaldo on the eve of the World Cup. It may have blown apart his Manchester United career, but could actually act as a catalyst with Portugal. He will be in the comfort of his national colours, surrounded by players who love him, and perhaps most importantly of all, a point to prove.

Since the stories around his Piers Morgan interview broke, I’ve really fancied Ronaldo to have a strong tournament, his final one of course. To round off my acca, I’m using that to back Portugal to win Group H, giving us a 10/1 bet across five groups to kick the World Cup off in style.

Craig Jones

Craig Jones

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