2018 World Cup odds and predictions: Proven computer model picks winners of every group

The world’s biggest sporting event, the World Cup, kicks off Thursday when host Russia takes on Saudi Arabia. Five-time champions Brazil are the World Cup favorites at 7-2, followed closely by defending champs Germany at 4-1 and France at 6-1. However, each of these favorites will be tasked with advancing past the Group Stage if they want to hoist the 2018 World Cup trophy. In addition to picking an overall winner, bettors can wager on the results of all eight 2018 World Cup groups. For example, Germany is a -400 favorite to win Group F, meaning it would take a $400 bet on the Germans to win their group to return $100.

Before you make your picks on which teams top their respective groups at the 2018 World Cup, you need to see what European soccer expert David Sumpter has to say.

Sumpter is an applied mathematician who wrote “Soccermatics,” the book that shows how math works inside the game. Together with experienced analysts, Professor Sumpter developed the powerful Soccerbot model.

The Soccerbot reads current odds and all team performance data, calculates key metrics and predicts upcoming matches. In the 2½ seasons since it was born, the Soccerbot is up 1,800 percent on bookmakers’ closing odds. That’s right — 1,800 percent.

Now, the Soccerbot has computed each country’s true probability of winning its group at the World Cup 2018. 

We can tell you Brazil has the highest probability to advance out of Group E despite losing defender Dani Alves to a knee injury. The 35-year-old, who has made 107 appearances for the Brazilian National Team, was injured while playing for PSG in the Coupe de France final.

Another team the model is all over to win its group: Belgium, which has a 52.4 percent chance of topping Group G. Belgium boasts one of the youngest and most talented squads in the 2018 World Cup field. The Red Devils topped their World Cup qualification group in style, winning nine of their 10 matches.

Belgium’s attack, spearheaded by Premier League playmakers Eden Hazard, Kevin De Bruyne and Romelu Lukaku, scored 43 goals in qualification. England (40.8 percent) is another team to watch in Group G, but ultimately the star power of Belgium will be too much to overcome, the model predicts.

Sumpter’s model also says two countries with World Cup outright odds of longer than 25-1 will advance past the group stage. Anyone who backs these underdogs could hit it big.

So who wins each group at the 2018 World Cup? And which massive long shots have the best chance to shock the world and advance to the Round of 16? Check out the odds below and then visit SportsLine now to see who David Sumpter is picking to win each group at the 2018 World Cup, all from a European soccer expert who created a model that’s returned an 1800 percent profit on bookmakers’ closing odds.

Group A
Uruguay -110
Russia +160
Egypt +500
Saudi Arabia +4000

Group B
Spain -220
Portugal +220
Morocco +1600
Iran +4000

Group C
France -425
Denmark +550
Peru +1000
Australia +2000

Group D
Argentina -200
Croatia +250
Nigeria +1200
Iceland +1200

Group E
Brazil -450
Switzerland +700
Serbia +800
Costa Rica +2000

Group F
Germany -325
Mexico +500
Sweden +700
South Korea +2000

Group G
Belgium -140
England +120
Tunisia +2200
Panama +4000

Group H
Columbia +120
Poland +180
Senegal +500
Japan +700

This article originally appeared here via Google News