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FIFA World Cup 2018: Five Underdogs To Watch
Five Underdogs To Watch in FIFA World Cup 2018
The World Cup is the most-watched sporting event in the world for many reasons but watching underdogs put on a show is one of the best ones. Whether it's the host nation like South Korea in 2002 making it all the way to the semis or Uruguay winning the 1950 World Cup against the superpowered Brazil, the world (except the losing nation) rejoices.
We look at the five best underdogs who could make a serious run in the 2018 FIFA World Cup complete with betting odds. All odds courtesy of Sports Interaction.Peru (+18400)
- Odds to win FIFA World Cup 2018: +18400
- Odds to win Group C: +900
After missing the last eight World Cups, Peru is back with a vengeance. La Blanquirroja will make the most of their opportunity in a group where France is the only legitimate contender. With star player Paolo Guerrero reinstated, the Peruvians are loving their chances.
Behind Guerrero are a few more great offensive players for Peru including Christian Cueva, an attacking midfielder who is small but speedy and Andre Carrillo, another quick and crafty player who has plenty to prove in a big stage.
If Peru clinches a spot in the knockout stage, they'll likely face Argentina or Croatia as the winners of Group D. Though they are outgunned on paper, this squad has enough firepower to not only make it interesting but pull off a huge upset. Don't count them out.
- Peru vs Denmark odds
- France vs Peru odds
- Australia Peru odds
- Odds to win FIFA World Cup 2018: +1900
- Odds to win Group B: +190
The defending European champions are still on the outside to win their first ever World Cup. Cristiano Ronaldo hasn't skipped a beat at 33 but one thing has eluded him: a stellar performance at the international stage. His rival nearly captained Argentina to the last World Cup so maybe it's Ronaldo's turn.
Portugal managed to win the Eurocup despite Ronaldo being injured. They did this thanks to an underrated scrappy squad that includes midfielder Joao Moutinho, defenders Raphael Guerreiro and Pepe, and goalkeeper Rui Patricio. The onus is on Ronaldo to carry the offence.
In Group B, the Portuguese have only their Iberian rivals to worry about but they could soon contend with Uruguay in the knockout stage. Should they get past them, either France or Argentina awaits. Portugal has a rough road to the finals but they also have arguably the best player in the tournament.
It's now or never for CR7.
- Portugal vs Spain odds
- Portugal vs Morocco odds
- Iran vs Portugal odds
- Odds to win FIFA World Cup 2018: +3300
- Odds to win Group D: +220
Croatia was the Cinderella team of the 1998 World Cup. In their first-ever tournament, they finished third and upset the likes of Germany and the Netherlands. But since this magical run, they have failed to advance past the group stage.
Led by star midfielders Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic, this Croatian team is loaded with talent but has the misfortune of being in the "Group of Death" with Argentina, Nigeria, and a surprisingly good Iceland. Coincidentally, when they made their 1998 run they were in the same group with Argentina.
The key for this team, which has the talent to repeat their third-place finish, is to start fast and hope for a bit of luck. They can't afford to lose to Nigeria or Iceland and maybe hope to face any team outside France in the knockout stage. If the stars align for Vatreni, they will go on a serious run.
- Croatia vs Nigeria odds
- Argentina vs Croatia odds
- Iceland vs Croatia odds
- Odds to win FIFA World Cup 2018: +18900
- Odds to win Group H: +450
An underdog list without the Senegalese is complete rubbish. The last time they were in the World Cup was in 2002 when they reached the quarters after opening with a shocker over France then tying Uruguay. These new Lions are short in experience but brimming with talent.
Any team that sports midfielders Idrissa Gana Gueye and Sadio Mane will be at least competent and they also have Kalidou Koulibaly anchoring the defence. Senegal may not have the firepower on paper but they are young, hungry, and athletic and play in a wide-open Group H.
Should Senegal advance to the next round, they face a top-two team from Group G, which is likely to be either Belgium or England. Both squads boast uber talent but Senegal has the goods to cause a major shocker.
- Poland vs Senegal odds
- Japan vs Senegal odds
- Senegal vs Colombia odds
- Odds to win FIFA World Cup 2018: +4100
- Odds to win Group A: +170
On paper, this Russian squad doesn't have the talent to challenge the top contenders but it has plenty of intangibles starting with home turf advantage. The Russians will get an extra "boost" playing at home. What they lack in skill they make up for in heart and grit.
The team is anchored by veterans in goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev and forward Fedor Smolov. Fedor Chalov is a young striker who could be the x-factor for the host nation with his deft playmaking.
All Russia has to do is beat Saudi Arabia and tie with either Egypt and Uruguay to advance to their first knockout stage. They get another lucky break as Egypt lost top goalscorer Mohamed Salah for at least one game.
Once they get to the knockout stage, they will face either Spain or Portugal (barring upsets), two powerhouses with a history of underachieving. An upset is unlikely but stranger things have happened!
- Russia vs Saudi Arabia odds
- Russia vs Egypt odds
- Uruguay vs Russia odds
FIFA World Cup 2018 Broadcast in Canada
World Cup soccer-hungry Canadians will be glued to their televisions. There will be extensive coverage on CTV, RDS, and TSN. Similarly, these online sportsbooks offer all-day betting for Canadians including live betting and props.
|Date||Broadcast||Start Time (ET)||Network|
|Thursday, June 14||Russia vs. Saudi Arabia||10am||TSN/CTV|
|Thursday, June 14||Highlight Show||1:30pm||TSN|
|Thursday, June 14||Match Of The Day||11pm||TSN2|
|Friday, June 15||Egypt vs. Uruguay||7am||TSN|
|Friday, June 15||Morocco vs. Iran||10:30am||TSN|
|Friday, June 15||Portugal vs. Spain||1:30pm||TSN|
|Friday, June 15||Highlight Show||4:30pm||TSN|
|Friday, June 15||Match Of The Day||8pm||TSN2|
|Saturday, June 16||France vs. Australia||5:30am||TSN/CTV|
|Saturday, June 16||Argentina vs. Iceland||8:30am||TSN/CTV|
|Saturday, June 16||Peru vs. Denmark||11:30am||TSN/CTV|
|Saturday, June 16||Croatia vs. Nigeria||2:30pm||TSN/CTV|
|Saturday, June 16||Highlight Show||5:30pm||TSN|
|Saturday, June 16||Match Of The Day||8pm||TSN2|
|Sunday, June 17||Costa Rica vs. Serbia||7am||TSN/CTV|
|Sunday, June 17||Germany vs. Mexico||10:30am||TSN/CTV|
|Sunday, June 17||Brazil vs. Switzerland||1:30pm||TSN/CTV|
|Sunday, June 17||Highlight Show||4:30pm||TSN|
|Sunday, June 17||Match Of The Day||6pm||TSN2|
|Monday, June 18||Sweden vs. Korea Republic||7am||TSN|
|Monday, June 18||Belgium vs. Panama||10:30am||TSN|
|Monday, June 18||Tunisia vs. England||1:30pm||TSN|
|Monday, June 18||Highlight Show||4:30pm||TSN|
|Monday, June 18||Match Of The Day||8pm||TSN|
|Tuesday, June 19||Colombia vs. Japan||7am||TSN|
|Tuesday, June 19||Poland vs. Senegal||10:30am||TSN|
|Tuesday, June 19||Russia vs. Egypt||1:30pm||TSN|
|Tuesday, June 19||Highlight Show||4:30pm||TSN|
|Tuesday, June 19||Match Of The Day||8:30pm||TSN|
|Wednesday, June 20||Portugal vs. Morocco||7am||TSN|
|Wednesday, June 20||Uruguay vs. Saudi Arabia||10:30am||TSN|
|Wednesday, June 20||Iran vs. Spain||1:30pm||TSN|
|Wednesday, June 20||Highlight Show||4:30pm||TSN|
|Wednesday, June 20||Match Of The Day||8pm||TSN|
|Thursday, June 21||Denmark vs. Australia||7am||TSN|
|Thursday, June 21||France vs. Peru||10:30am||TSN|
|Thursday, June 21||Argentina vs. Croatia||1:30pm||TSN|
|Thursday, June 21||Highlight Show||4:30pm||TSN|
|Thursday, June 21||Match Of The Day||11:30pm||TSN|
|Friday, June 22||Brazil vs. Costa Rica||7am||TSN|
|Friday, June 22||Nigeria vs. Iceland||10:30am||TSN|
|Friday, June 22||Serbia vs. Switerland||1:30pm||TSN|
|Friday, June 22||Highlight Show||4:30pm||TSN|
|Friday, June 22||Match Of The Day||8pm||TSN|
|Saturday, June 23||Belgium vs. Tunisia||7am||TSN/CTV|
|Saturday, June 23||Korea Republic vs. Mexico||10:30am||TSN/CTV|
|Saturday, June 23||Germany vs. Sweden||1:30pm||TSN/CTV|
|Saturday, June 23||Highlight Show||4:30pm||TSN|
|Saturday, June 23||Match Of The Day||6pm||TSN2|
|Sunday, June 24||England vs. Panama||7am||TSN/CTV|
|Sunday, June 24||Japan vs. Senegal||10:30am||TSN/CTV|
|Sunday, June 24||Poland vs. Colombia||1:30pm||TSN/CTV|
|Sunday, June 24||Highlight Show||4:30pm||TSN|
|Sunday, June 24||Match Of The Day||8pm||TSN|
|Monday, June 25||Uruguay vs. Russia||9:30am||TSN|
|Monday, June 25||Saudi Arabia vs. Egypt||9:30am||TSN2|
|Monday, June 25||Iran vs. Portugal||1:30pm||TSN|
|Monday, June 25||Spain vs. Morocco||1:30pm||TSN2|
|Monday, June 25||Highlight Show||4:30pm||TSN/TSN2|
|Monday, June 25||Match Of The Day||8pm||TSN|
|Tuesday, June 26||Denmark vs. France||9:30am||TSN|
|Tuesday, June 26||Australia vs. Peru||9:30am||TSN2|
|Tuesday, June 26||Nigeria vs. Argentina||1:30pm||TSN|
|Tuesday, June 26||Iceland vs. Croatia||1:30pm||TSN2|
|Tuesday, June 26||Highlight Show||4:30pm||TSN/TSN2|
|Tuesday, June 26||Match Of The Day||8pm||TSN|
|Wednesday, June 27||Korea Republic vs. Germany||9:30am||TSN|
|Wednesday, June 27||Mexico vs. Sweden||9:30am||TSN2|
|Wednesday, June 27||Serbia vs. Brazil||1:30pm||TSN|
|Wednesday, June 27||Switzerland vs. Costa Rica||1:30pm||TSN2|
|Wednesday, June 27||Highlight Show||4:30pm||TSN/TSN2|
|Wednesday, June 27||Match Of The Day||8pm||TSN|
|Thursday, June 28||Senegal vs. Colombia||9:30am||TSN|
|Thursday, June 28||Japan vs. Poland||9:30am||TSN2|
|Thursday, June 28||England vs. Belgium||1:30pm||TSN|
|Thursday, June 28||Panama vs. Tunisia||1:30pm||TSN2|
|Thursday, June 28||Highlight Show||4:30pm||TSN/TSN2|
|Thursday, June 28||Match Of The Day||11:30pm||TSN2|
|Saturday, June 30||1C vs. 2D||9:30am||TSN/CTV|
|Saturday, June 30||1A vs. 2B||1:30pm||TSN/CTV|
|Saturday, June 30||Highlight Show||11:30pm||TSN2|
|Sunday July 1||Match Of The Day||Midnight||TSN2|
|Sunday, July 1||1B vs. 2A||9:30am||TSN/CTV|
|Sunday, July 1||1D vs. 2C||1:30pm||TSN/CTV|
|Sunday, July 1||Highlight Show||9pm||TSN|
|Sunday, July 1||Match Of The Day||9:30pm||TSN|
|Monday, July 2||1E vs. 2F||9:30am||TSN|
|Monday, July 2||1G vs. 2H||1:30pm||TSN|
|Monday, July 2||Highlight Show||4:30pm||TSN|
|Monday, July 2||Match Of The Day||8pm||TSN|
|Tuesday, July 3||1F vs. 2E||9:30am||TSN|
|Tuesday, July 3||1H vs. 2G||1:30pm||TSN|
|Tuesday, July 3||Highlight Show||4:30pm||TSN|
|Tuesday, July 3||Match Of The Day||8pm||TSN|
|Wednesday, July 4||Match Of The Day||3pm||TSN|
|Wednesday, July 4||Match Of The Day||10pm||TSN|
|Thursday, July 5||Match Of The Day||8pm||TSN2|
|Friday, July 6||Quarterfinal 1||9:30am||TSN|
|Friday, July 6||Quarterfinal #2||1:30pm||TSN|
|Friday, July 6||Highlight Show||4:30pm||TSN|
|Friday, July 6||Match Of The Day||8pm||TSN|
|Saturday, July 7||Quarterfinal 3||9:30am||TSN/CTV|
|Saturday, July 7||Quarterfinal 4||1:30pm||TSN/CTV|
|Saturday, July 7||Highlight Show||4:30pm||TSN|
|Saturday, July 7||Match Of The Day||5pm||TSN2|
|Sunday, July 8||Match Of The Day||4pm||TSN|
|Sunday, July 8||Match Of The Day||8pm||TSN|
|Monday, July 9||Match Of The Day||8pm||TSN|
|Tuesday, July 10||Semifinal 1||1pm||TSN/CTV|
|Tuesday, July 10||Highlight Show||4:30pm||TSN|
|Tuesday, July 10||Match Of The Day||8pm||TSN|
|Wednesday, July 11||Semifinal 2||1pm||TSN/CTV|
|Wednesday, July 11||Highlight Show||4:30pm||TSN|
|Wednesday, July 11||Match Of The Day||9:30pm||TSN|
|Thursday, July 12||Match Of The Day||3pm||TSN|
|Friday, July 13||Match Of The Day||3pm||TSN|
|Saturday, July 14||3rd Place Match||9:30am||TSN/CTV|
|Saturday, July 14||Highlight Show||12:30pm||TSN|
|Saturday, July 14||Match Of The Day||4pm||TSN|
|Sunday, July 15||Final||10am||TSN/CTV|
|Sunday, July 15||Highlight Show||2pm||TSN|
|Sunday, July 15||Match Of The Day||7:30pm||TSN|
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