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After a wait that seemed like an eternity, the games are now coming thick and fast, with Gameweek 2 taking place from Tuesday the 19th through Sunday the 24th of June. The favourites have underwhelmed so far, leaving us none the wiser as to who will likely succeed at this World Cup. Nevertheless, we can always analyse the bookies’ odds to try and glean an advantage…

Note: at the time of writing, due to the short turnaround between games, the anytime goalscorer odds for the second round of games for teams in groups E to H are not yet available, so we have unfortunately had to overlook their attacking players (for the integrity of the article).

Defensive odds

Team Best clean sheet odds Implied chance of a clean sheet 
Brazil 1.42 70% 
England 1.44 69% 
Spain 1.46 68% 
Uruguay 1.56 64% 
Belgium 1.83 55% 
Germany 1.91 52% 
Mexico 1.91 52% 
Portugal 2.05 49% 
France 2.1 48% 
Denmark 2.15 47% 
Russia 2.25 44% 
Argentina 2.38 42% 
Senegal 2.6 38% 
Colombia 2.75 36% 
Switzerland 2.75 36% 
Iceland 2.8 36% 
Serbia 3 33% 
Nigeria 3 33% 
Egypt 3.4 29% 
Poland 3.55 28% 
Japan 3.75 27% 
Croatia 4 25% 
Australia 4 25% 
Morocco 5 20% 
South Korea 5.5 18% 
Peru 6.5 15% 
Sweden 8 13% 
Tunisia 8.5 12% 
Panama 10 10% 
Iran 11 9% 
Costa Rica 12 8% 
Saudi Arabia 13 8% 

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After a disappointing opening draw against Switzerland, Brazil will look to kickstart their World Cup campaign against Costa Rica, who blanked against Serbia in their first game. The favourites for the tournament are also the bookies’ favourites to keep a clean sheet in Gameweek 2, rated as having a 70% chance of doing so. Danilo offers a cheap, attacking and secure option from Tite’s back line – he dons the captain’s armband for our side. 
 

Kieran Trippier keeps his place in our starting XI with England rated the next likeliest side to record a shutout (69%) in the second round of fixtures. They face Panama on Sunday lunchtime. 
 

We again opt for a 4-3-3 formation, completing our back line with a mix of value, attacking potential and starting security. That sees us select Nacho (68%), who scored in Gameweek 1, Fernando Muslera (64%) and Dedryck Boyata (55%) ahead of games against Iran, Saudi Arabia and Tunisia respectively.  
 

On the bench, Mat Ryan and Jesus Gallardo offer goalkeeping and defensive backup ahead of their respective matches against Denmark and South Korea. 

 

Attacking odds

Player Best anytime goalscorer odds Implied chance of scoring 
Luis Suarez 1.58 63% 
Edinson Cavani 1.61 62% 
Diego Costa 1.89 53% 
Cristiano Ronaldo 2.02 50% 
Rodrigo 2.04 49% 
Maximiliano Gomez 2.2 45% 
Christian Stuani 2.2 45% 
Iago Aspas 2.2 45% 
Antoine Griezmann 2.3 43% 
Lionel Messi 2.33 43% 
Olivier Giroud 2.4 42% 
Isco 2.55 39% 
Kylian Mbappe 2.6 38% 
Fedor Smolov 2.88 35% 
Sergio Aguero 3 33% 
Artem Dzyuba 3 33% 
Kasper Dolberg 3 33% 
Nicolai Jorgensen 3.15 32% 
Gonzalo Higuain 3.2 31% 
Nabil Fekir 3.3 30% 
Ousmane Dembele 3.3 30% 
Andreas Cornelius 3.35 30% 
Florian Thauvin 3.5 29% 
Paulo Dybala 3.55 28% 
Thomas Lemar 3.6 28% 
Mario Mandzukic 4 25% 
Paul Pogba 4 25% 
Nikola Kalinic 4.6 22% 
Jose Paolo Guerrero 4.75 21% 
Ayoub El Kaabi 4.75 21% 
Aleksei Miranchuk 5 20% 
Aleksandr Samedov 5 20% 
Andrej Kramaric 5.1 20% 
Ivan Perisic 5.5 18% 
Youssef En-Nesyri 5.75 17% 
Aleksandr Golovin 6 17% 
Romelu Lukaku Odds not available Odds not available 
Harry Kane Odds not available Odds not available 
Neymar Odds not available Odds not available 
Gabriel Jesus Odds not available Odds not available 
Robert Lewandowski Odds not available Odds not available 
Michy Batshuayi Odds not available Odds not available 
Jamie Vardy Odds not available Odds not available 
Timo Werner Odds not available Odds not available 
Mario Gomez Odds not available Odds not available 
Eden Hazard Odds not available Odds not available 
Radamel Falcao Odds not available Odds not available 
Roberto Firmino Odds not available Odds not available 
Thomas Muller Odds not available Odds not available 
Marcus Rashford Odds not available Odds not available 
Aleksandar Mitrovic Odds not available Odds not available 
Danny Welbeck Odds not available Odds not available 
Raheem Sterling Odds not available Odds not available 
Dries Mertens Odds not available Odds not available 
Marco Reus Odds not available Odds not available 
Marcus Berg Odds not available Odds not available 
Kamil Wilczek Odds not available Odds not available 
Carlos Bacca Odds not available Odds not available 
Philippe Coutinho Odds not available Odds not available 
Aleksandar Prijovic Odds not available Odds not available 
Dele Alli Odds not available Odds not available 
Jesse Lingard Odds not available Odds not available 
Nikola Maksimovic Odds not available Odds not available 
Luka Jovic Odds not available Odds not available 
James Rodriguez Odds not available Odds not available 
Arkadiusz Milik Odds not available Odds not available 
Sadio Mane Odds not available Odds not available 
Paulinho Odds not available Odds not available 
Nacer Chadli Odds not available Odds not available 
Youssef Ennesyri Odds not available Odds not available 
Thorgan Hazard Odds not available Odds not available 
Julian Brandt Odds not available Odds not available 

 

Uruguayan duo Luis Suarez (63%) and Edinson Cavani (62%) headline our attack. Despite neither scoring in their opener against Egypt, the nature of Saudi Arabia’s 5-0 defeat against Russia means that the bookies’ fancy both of La Celeste’s start strikers to plunder the points against the Gulf nation. 
 

Diego Costa (53%) completes a formidable front three for our squad ahead of his game against Iran. He notched 2 against Portugal on Friday to throw his hat into the ring as an early Golden Boot contender, whilst in midfield we double up on the Spanish attack in the form of Isco (39%), who was unlucky not to get on the scoresheet against the Portuguese.  
 

Completing our starting XI are Paul Pogba (25%) and Aleksandr Samedov (20%). France’s big midfielder was extremely fortunate to be credited with the winner against Australia, but that could turn out to be just the slice of luck he needs to star this summer. Samedov, meanwhile, didn’t score points in Russia’s thumping victory last Thursday, but the bookies still fancy his attacking qualities to pay dividends this Tuesday against Egypt, with the hosts looking to become the first team to book their place in the knockout stages. 
 

A pair of budget midfielders complete our bench, with Yuri Gazinskiy of Russia, who scored the first goal of the tournament, and Emil Hallfredsson of Iceland two secure starters in the £4.5m bracket. 

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Daniel Victory is a Fantasy football and anytime goalscorer betting enthusiast. Enjoys SSS – statistics, strategizing and spreadsheets. Follow his great tips on Twitter.

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