The road to qualifying for the world cup 2018 held in Russia has begun. The teams now know who they will be up against in the groups they have been picked in. A total of 208 different nations across six different confederations will compete for qualification. There are only 31 places available so there are going to be 177 unhappy fans once qualification comes to an end and their team does not qualify. At least they can sit back and enjoy the experience of the great football without the stress of watching your nation be humiliated which is often the case.
In this article, we will take a look at who the favorites are to qualify from the European groups along with their current odds. The two toughest groups for qualification is Group A which has France and the Netherlands competing against each other. The other so-called group of death is Group G Which has Spin and Italy pitted against each other.
The safest bet to place on if for Germany to qualify from their group. On paper, it looks like it should be an easy path for them with Norway and the Czech Republic fighting it out for second place.
Russia are the only team that has qualified for the world cup due to the host nation does not have to qualify. There have been many calls for the world cup to be moved countries due to the drugging scandals and sanctions now against Russia. At present though it is still due to take part as planned in the Russian Federation.
Europe World Cup Qualifying Groups
France, Netherlands, Bulgaria, Sweden, Luxembourg and Belarus.
The favorites are the Netherlands and the best free bet offers are at 5/4 odds.
Switzerland, Portugal, Faroe Islands, Hungary Latvia and Andorra
The free betting favorites are Portugal at 8/13 Odds
Czech Republic, Germany, Northern Ireland, Azerbaijan, Norway and San Marino
The favorites are Germany and the best free bet offers are at 1/6 Odds
Austria, Wales, Serbia, Moldova, Republic of Ireland and Georgia
The free betting favorites are Wales at 15/8 Odds
Denmark, Romania, Poland, Armenia, Montenegro and Kazakhstan
The free bets favorites are Romania at 11/4 Odds
Slovakia, England, Scotland, Lithuania, Slovenia and Malta
The best free bet odds is for England at 4/11
Italy, Spain, Albania, Israel, Liechtenstein and FYR Macedonia
The favorites to win the group is Spain at 1/2 Odds
Bosnia-Hercegovina, Belgium, Greece, Cyprus, and Estonia
The group favorites are Belgium at 4/9 Odds
Iceland, Croatia,Ukraine, Finland and Turkey
The favorite for the group is Croatia at 11/8 Odds
The winners of the nine groups automatically qualify for the world cup. The Eight runners-up are drawn to face a play-off against the third-placed team that has the highest points total. The team that wins their game qualifies.