(To win: 7.50; To win group: 1.34; To qualify: 1.05; Rock Bottom: 34.00)
France are coming to this World Cup after a very posiitve Euro 2016 played in their turf, where they reached the final only to be beaten by Portugal in the final. After two deludent eidtions in 2010 (Group Stage), and 2014 (Quarter-Finals), this is a squad ready to finally reach full potential of another golden generation on the biggest stage. Payers like Pogba (25), Varane (25), Umtiti (24), Kanté (27), Griezmann (27) are all in their prime years and they are mixed with younger talents like Mbappé (19), Lemar (22), Mendy (23), Dembélé (21) and Pavard (22). This is a squad that can easily dominate world football in future years as they have some of the most promising young talents around. They have qualified from Group A, above Sweden and Netherlands with 23 points out of 10 games (7-2-1) and 18 goals scored and 6 conceded.
Since the quali they had good results in friendlies, like wins against Wales (2-0), Russia (3-1), Ireland (2-0), although they also conceded 3 goals in the loss against Colombia (3-2) and had a positive 2-2 draw versus Germany. In Group C they are the absolute favorites to reach the Last16, as Australia, Peru and Denmark don’t represent big threat for them, but they might have problems going forward. If they go through as 1st, they will face the 2nd from Group D (Argentina, Iceland, Croatia, Nigeria).
In the QF they should have a good draw against the winner of the 1st in the weak group A (Egypt, Uruguay, Russia, Saudi Arabia) or the 2nd from Group B (Portugal, Morocco or Iran). The Semi-Finals are certainly within reach where they should probably encounter Brazil in a very tight match. BEST BET: Top 4 @ 2.20. MOST PROBABLE STAGE OF ELIMINATION: Semi-Finals: 4.50; Runner-up: 7.50
(To Win: 101.00; To win group: 5.50; To qualify: 1.67; Rock Bottom: 6.50)
Denmark have qualified for their 5th World Cup with a Quarter-finals in 1998 as their best result. They qualified from Group B as 2nd below Poland, with 20 points in 10 games (8-1-1), 20 goals scored and 8 conceded. In the playoffs they beat Ireland with a 0-0 result in the 1st leg and a 5-1 win in the 2nd. Since the quali they played just two friendlies against Panama (1-0) and Chile (0-0). They are a solid team, unbeaten in the entire 2017, including a 1-1 draw at home against Germany, that has in Eriksen (26) the main man to win games. There will be a great battle for 2nd place with Peru and maybe Australia, and they might not be the best bet of the three at these odds. BEST BET: Peru seems to offer much more value than them. MOST PROBABLE STAGE OF ELIMINATION: Group Stage: 2.21; Last16: 2.70; Quarter-Finals: 6.50
(To win: 251.00; To win group: 12.00; To qualify: 3.30; Rock Bottom: 3.00)
Peru had a very good news before the Cup regarding their captain and leader Guerrero (34) who will be available to play after the exclusion for failing a drug test. Peru are at their 5th participation in the final stages of the World Cup. Their last participation was in 1982. Their best result were the Quarter-Finals in 1970.
They qualified as 5th from the CONMEBOL group below Brazil, Uruguay, Argentina and Colombia, with 26 points out of 18 games (7-6-5) with 27 goals scored and 26 conceded. In the playoffs they eliminated New Zealand with a 2-0 win after a 0-0 draw in the 1st leg. Since then they had 3 positive victories against Croatia (2-0), Iceland (3-1) and Scotland (2-0). This is a team that arrives in very good form to this cup, unbeaten in the last 13 games, including a win against Uruguay and draws versus Argentina and Colombia. It is a team not to underrate that can clearly make a surprise result in this edition. If they beat Denmark for the 2nd place in the group, they then can go on and play a tough game against the 1st from Group D (Argentina, Nigeria, Croatia, Iceland), as they have positive results against 3 of these teams in the last year. Against Argentina they have 2 draws in the last 2 games played in the quali, so it’s not unlikely for them to push them to extra-time. In the Quarter-finals they should then face a bigger task in Spain. BEST BET: To qualify from the group @ 3.30. MOST PROBABLE STAGE OF ELIMINATION: Last16: 3.60; Quarter-Finals: 6.50
(To win: 501.00; To win group: 21.00; To qualify: 4.75; Rock Bottom: 1.80)
Australia are at their 5th World Cup, after qualifying in 1974, 2006, 2010 and 2014. Their best result is the Last 16 in 2006, while in all the other editions they never passed the group stage. In this edition they qualified as 3rd in the Group B below Japan and Saudi Arabia, with 19 points in 10 games (5-4-1), 16 goals scored and 11 conceded. They then went on to win the playoff against Syria for 3-2, but only in Extra Time. In the final Inter-Confederation playoff they then eliminated Honduras with a 3-1 win in the 2nd leg after a 0-0 draw in the 1st leg at home. Since then they went on to play 3 friendlies, with a 4-1 loss against Norway, a positive 0-0 draw against Colombia and a 4-0 victory over Czech Republic.
In the World Cup they are in a competitive group with both Denmark and Peru in good form and with solid results heading to the tournament. It will be a success for them even to finish the group in the 3rd place. BEST BET: Best Asian/Oceanian team @ 4.33. MOST PROBABLE STAGE OF ELIMINATION: Group Stage 1.18