World Cup Odds, Group H Betting Odds Preview, Predictions

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Belgium and Russia are picked to emerge from Group H, but odds are solid on South Korea to make some World Cup betting noise.

Group H is one of the weaker groups in the World Cup, but has Belgium, which may be a dark horse in Brazil.

However, while Belgium has the fifth best overall World Cup betting odds to win the tournament, their best striker in Aston Villa's Christian Benteke has been ruled out due to an injury.

Russia has a great defense and South Korea while not looking good in qualifying has advanced to the knockout phase in the last two World Cups. Algeria rounds out the group and they are the major long shot to make it to the last 16.

BELGIUM

Odds to win Group H: -150

Odds to finish bottom of group: +2200

Odds to win World Cup: +1800

The loss of Christian Benteke is a big one for Belgium, but it gives Everton's Romelu Lukaku his shot to show he can lead the offense. The squad won their World Cup European qualifying group and there is a lot of young talent on the pitch.

Vincent Kompany is the captain and Marouane Fellaini and Eden Hazard are the leaders of the midfield, which is a good one.

Belgium is one of the younger squads and many of the players have not played in bigger international tournaments, but they are dangerous, which is why they have the best odds to win the group.

RUSSIA

Odds to win group: +220

Odds to finish bottom of group: +900

Odds to win World Cup: +8000

Russia won their European qualifying group, which included Portugal, and they did so with a defense that only surrendered five goals in 10 matches.

Russia has not played in the World Cup since back in 2002 and Denis Cheryshev, who is the only player on the squad not playing in Russia, is a solid winger that can create problems for opposing defenses.

Aleksander Kerzhakov led the team in goals in qualifying and Igor Denisov is an attacking midfielder that has the record for goals scored in the Russian league. Russia's defense was in top form in a friendly last year playing to a 1-1 facing Brazil.

SOUTH KOREA

Odds to win Group H: +700

Odds to finish bottom of group: +200

Odds to win World Cup: +30000

While South Korea has had success in their last two World Cups, they were far from impressive in qualifying. Heung-Min Son plays at Bayer Leverkusen and is a 21-year old that can spurn the attack.

Lee Chung-Yong is over his knee issues and back to the lead the squad that has some talent up front and in the back, but the concerns are in the midfield. That may really cost them playing a squad with a strong midfield like Belgium and Russia.

While the team does have issues in a friendly in March they won 2-0 facing Greece, who has one of the best defenses in the world.

ALGERIA

Odds to win group: +2800

Odds to finish bottom of group: -163

Odds to win World Cup: +150000

Algeria is definitely the weakest team in the group and there is a reason they have the third worst overall odds to win the World Cup. MF Saphir Sliti Taider from Inter Milan is solid and veteran captain Madjid Bougherra has a lot of international experience.

However, the talent is simply not there and the squad has never reached the round of 16 in the World Cup.

The African squad did win their World Cup qualifying group, but it was a less than strong one with the squads of Mali, Benin and Rwanda.

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