Croatia Tipped To Pip Argentina To Top Spot In Group D At The World Cup

There is always a 'group of death' at any major tournament and Group D can lay claim to the mantle at this summer's World Cup in Russia. Who will come out on top between Argentina, Croatia, Nigeria and Iceland? We analyse the best of the World Cup Group D betting odds...

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Tips Croatia to win Group D    Best Bet @ 5 / 2  

Group D Betting

Argentina are 8/11 favourites to win Group D but that prices make little to us. The 1978 and 1986 world champions finished runners up in Brazil four years ago, but the millstone of going so long without winning a major tournament continues to weigh heavily around their necks.

The recent 6-1 defeat to Spain showed that they are almost completely reliant on a fully fit Lionel Messi and their talisman dragged them through the CONMEBOL section of qualifying, with Argentina eventually finishing third in their group.

They only managed to score 19 goals in 18 qualifiers, which is a remarkable statistic for a team containing the attacking talents of Messi, Sergio Aguero and Gonzalo Higuain, while they are vulnerable defensively too as Jorge Sampaoli's high-pressing style leaves them horribly exposed at times.

Where Is The Value In The Group D Odds?

It looks best to lay Argentina and Croatia are best placed to top the Group D standings. They could only finish second behind Iceland in their qualifying group before they thrashed Greece 4-1 in the play-offs, and they are a team reborn under Head Coach Zlatko Dalic.

Dalic came in to oversee a 2-0 win over Ukraine in their final qualifier and they look a happier, more cohesive unit now, with Luka Modric, Ivan Rakitic and Ivan Perisic providing an impressive creative hub.

Let's not forget that Croatia won their group at Euro 2016 before they were desperately unlucky to lose to eventual champions Portugal after extra-time in the last-sixteen. Two years older and more experienced, Croatia are the value to win the group at 5/2 with Betfred.

Nigeria (10/1) are another side who demand respect as they won a qualifying group that included Zambia, Cameroon and Algeria in decent style, although their pedigree at finals leaves a bit to be desired - one win in 12 matches since 1998.

Iceland continue to confound predictions as they followed up their stunning win over England at Euro 2016 by becoming the smallest ever nation (in terms of population) to qualify for a World Cup finals. However, a knee injury to talisman Gylfi Sigurdsson has threatened to derail their summer and they are 6/5 to finish bottom of the group with Coral.

World Cup Group D Odds

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5/6 5/6 5/6 5/6 5/6 10/11 10/11 10/11
11/8 11/8 7/5 7/5 5/4 11/10 5/4 5/4
17/2 9 8 8 9 10 8 8
40 25 28 28 33 33 40 40

*Odds correct as of 18th Jun, 14:40. Odds are subject to change.


Posted: Tuesday, 5th June 2018
Author: Chris Knight

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