World Cup Group B Preview
Group B of the World Cup looks to be split into two, with two teams battling it out for top spot and two battling it out to avoid bottom. Spain and Portugal will be the two fighting it out at the top while Morocco and Iran will know their game is likely to decide who finishes bottom of the pile in this group. Spain have what it takes to go a long way in this tournament, but what about Portugal? Can they continue the success they had at Euro 2016, or was that a lucky tournament and are they going to struggle here?
The Spanish should win this group with the quality they have at their disposal. While they are not the force they have been over the past few years, they deserve to be where they are in the betting right now which is in the top five or six teams. They look solid enough to win Group B, and can take advantage of what looks like an over rated Portugal team.
While Portugal are clearly good enough to get out of this group, I can’t help but think they are over rated going into this tournament due to their Euro 2016 triumph. They were lucky in that tournament, and certainly weren’t the best team in it, but found a way to grind out results. I don’t think that will work for them here, they can get out of the group but go no further.
Morocco will know their biggest game is the first they play against Iran, so preparation will be key for them ahead of the tournament. They have some ability, as we have seen from their African qualifying games and should Portugal really disappoint then they look the most likely to make a surprising appearance in the knockout round.
Things look tough for Iran here, and should they lose their opener to Morocco there is a good chance they will finish the tournament without a point on the board. The first game will be their focus, and the one they can get something from but should they not do that, their heads could drop and Spain and Portugal could beat them with ease.
Group B Bet
Portugal should have enough to get past the group stages, but they are over rated and I don’t see them going any further than the last 16 stage this year.
Portugal to be eliminated at the last 16 stage – 11/8 with bet365
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