(To win: 12.00; To win group: 1.90; To qualify: 1.11; Rock Bottom: 46.00)
Belgium are at their 3rd major tournaments with their golden generation after the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, where they reached the Quarter-Finals before being beaten by Argentina, and the Euro 2016, where they were stopped as well in the QF against Wales. This time some of their big players will be even more experienced, like Hazard (27), Witsel (29), De Bruyne (26), Lukaku (25), Mertens (31), Courtois (26) and Alderweireld (29). This current squad has the the all-time record goalscorer, Lukaku (33 goals in 67 games) and the most capped player, Vertonghen (100 caps). Most of them are at the top of their careers and should take advantage of this world cup as one of their best chance to shine and make history for their country.
They qualified from Group H unbeaten as 1st above Greece and Bosnia, with 28 points in 10 games (9-1-0), 43 goals scored and 6 conceded. In the friendlies they beat Saudi Arabia (4-0) and Japan (1-0), while they drew against both Mexico (3-3) and Portugal (0-0). In Group G they should be favorites to go through as 1st, although England could take that spot too. If they go through as 1st they should face the 2nd from Group H (Poland, Senegal or Colombia), while in the Quarter-Finals everything could be over against a very strong Brazil side. On the other hand if they go through as 2nd they would face the 1st from Group H (always Poland, Senegal or Colombia), but probably Germany in the Quarter-Finals.
It is clear they will need a big result against one of the big favorites to have a chance of make it to the Semi-Finals. BEST BET: Eliminated in the Quarter-Finals @ 3.30. MOST PROBABLE STAGE OF ELIMINATION: QF: 3.30; Semi-Finals: 6.50; Last 16: 2.80



(To win: 20.00; To win group: 2.30; To qualify: 1.13; Rock Bottom: 26.00)
Despite all the bad press and skepticism this is a good team that should not be underrated. England have some of the most interesting young players in the world and although in this World Cup they might be too inexperienced, they will be a major force in future tournaments. Their record in recent major cups is not the best, with two Quarter-Finals (2002, 2006), two Last 16 (1998, 2010) and one Group stage exits (2014) in the last five appearances.
This is a new generation of players that need time to develop before winning major tournaments. Dele Alli (22), Sterling (23), Rashford (20), Dier (24) and Kane (27) are all developing into world class players and still have not reached their career peaks. They qualified unbeaten from Group F with 26 points out of 10 games (8-2-0), above Slovakia and Scotland, with 18 goals scored and just 3 conceded. In the friendlies they confirmed their good form with two wins against both the Netherlands (1-0) and Nigeria (2-1), and three draws against Germany, Brazil and Italy. These games have also confirmed that they struggle scoring goals, while they are pretty solid defensively. This is a team that will go very likely in Extra-Time/Penalty in the elimination round.
Like Belgium their position in the group will determine if they will face either Brazil or Germany in the Quarter-Finals and like them they will need to eliminate one between Poland, Senegal or Colombia to reach it. These are not easy games and they could easily end in draws with Extra time and penalties on the line. BEST BET: Eliminated by penalty shootout @ 6.00. MOST PROBABLE STAGE OF ELIMINATION: Quarter-Finals: 3.20; Last 16: 3.20 Group Stage: 6.00



(To win: 1001.00; To win group: 21.00; To qualify: 6.00; Rock Bottom: 2.70)
Tunisia are at their 5th appearances at the World Cup and in their history they have never passed the group stages. This Tunisia side could a dangerous team for both Belgium and England for the 2nd place. They have qualified from Group A above DR Congo, Libya and Guinea with 14 points out of 6 games (4-2-0), 11 goals scored and 4 conceded. Like England and Belgium they finished unbeaten the qualifications and had good results in friendlies, like wins against Iran (1-0) and Costa Rica (1-0) and draws versus both Portugal (2-2) and Turkey (2-2). They have a solid group of players playing mostly in France and Tunisia, that could frustrate both Belgium and England in this group. BEST BET: Nothing attractive here. MOST PROBABLE STAGE OF ELIMINATION: Group Stage: 1.18; Last 16: 6.00



(To win: 2001.00; To win group: 51.00; To qualify: 10.00; Rock Bottom: 1.62)
Panama are considered by the bookies the weakest team in this World Cup, with a 2001/1 odds on them winning the competition. They are at their 1st participation at he final stages of a World Cup after finishing 3rd in the CONCACAF group below Mexico and Costa Rica, with 13 points in 10 games (3-4-3), 9 goals scored and 10 conceded. In the friendlies they kept the field well against both Denmark (1-0 loss) and Northern Ireland (0-0), bu they showed their limits against Switzerland in March (6-0). In this group they have little chances to advance as all three others, Belgium, England and Tunisia are good and organized sides. BEST BET: Rock bottom @ 1.62 MOST PROBABLE STAGE OF ELIMINATION: Group Stage: 1.06

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