World Cup Group E Preview
Much of the focus this summer will be on Group E, where many people’s idea of the winners, Brazil, look set to have a comfortable passage through into the knockout round. While Brazil will grab the headlines in this group, the race for second place behind them is likely to be the most competitive part of the group. Switzerland are favourites to do that, but both Serbia and Costa Rica will not lay down, and have a chance to cause an upset.
Like pretty much every competition for the last few decades, Brazil head to Russia with a great chance of lifting the World Cup. They are currently battling it out with Germany for favouritism and while the majority of fans and bookmakers can’t split them, there are many out there fancying the flair of Brazil to win the World Cup. Defensively they may have a few questions marks hanging over them, but there is no denying they are one of the most exciting teams in the tournament.
When looking for someone to finish behind Brazil, Switzerland are the obvious place to start. They have a solid World Cup record, and have the strength to overpower both Serbia and Costa Rica to claim second spot. Their chances of doing anything to catch Brazil look to be very slim, but as far as the race for second goes, Switzerland are rightful favourites and look to have a great chance.
Serbia may not be one of the biggest names in European football, but they are a team that deserve respect. While they are not pretty to watch, Serbia are very effective, and can grind out points in a qualifying group, something we have seen them do to great effect during qualifying campaigns in recent years. They won’t gain many fans with their style, but could take advantage should Switzerland slip up in the group stages.
Costa Rica are the clear outsiders in this group and on paper they look sure to struggle. The three teams they are facing are much better than them in terms of quality, and there is a chance that they could end up with 0 points after the group games have taken place. Brazil look sure to beat them, and both Switzerland and Serbia will see their games against Costa Rica as must win games if they are to qualify for the next round. Unfortunately I see nothing but a big struggle for the Costa Ricans this summer.
Group E Bet
This looks to be tough for Costa Rica, and unfortunately for them I can see this being a very long tournament, with three very tough games.
Costa Rica to finish bottom of Group E – 5/6 with Betfair
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