With the FIFA World Cup fast approaching, prepare to be encountered by a vast array of team futures bets when looking to wager on the tournament. From finishing position to total tournament goals, there are plenty of different futures bets out there.
We’ll take a look at a few of the ones that have plenty of value.
Argentina is listed at +110 to finish in the top 4, but for them to finish in the top 3 you can get them for +185 odds. We all know what Lionel Messi can do, but this could very well end up being the breakout tournament for forward Lautaro Martinez. He’s found plenty of success at the club level and will be looking to take that onto the pitch with him in Qatar. for his national side.
The Argentinians will likely breeze through their group, before embarking on one final knockout stage run with Lionel Messi. They’re the kind of team countries are going to be trying to avoid as long as possible, making La Albiceleste a great bet to bottom out as a third-place finisher in this year’s tournament.
Canada is a big sleeper in this World Cup. On FanDuel you can take them for +1600 odds to make the quarterfinals. These are great odds for a team led by Alphonso Davies and Jonathan David, each of which is getting big minutes for top-flight European clubs. Cyle Larin is no slouch either. The striker scored 13 goals in World Cup qualifying, helping his nation place first in the Concacaf table.
The problem for Canada is that they’ve been placed in what’s widely recognized as the “Group of Death.” The group features Belgium, Croatia, Canada, and Morocco, in what could very well end up being the most chaotic group. Canada will be looking to make some noise in what will be the country’s first World Cup appearance since 1986.
The recent news of Senegal forward Sadio Mane’s injury was a huge scare to his national side. Mane injured his right fibula in his club’s match on Saturday and there were fears that he may miss the World Cup. Thankfully the star forward appears to be alright and has been announced as part of the Senegal roster for the World Cup.
NY Sportsbooks odds have shifted on Senegal since the news of Mane’s injury. There are positive reports that Mane will be ready for his team’s first match, but nothing is certain. Because of the positive reports, it’s best to trust that Mane will play and take advantage of the shifted odds, which are listed at -105 on Caesars.
Our other group qualification pick comes from Group D. France and Denmark are the two heavy favorites to come out of the group, where they will be paired with Australia and Tunisia.
Denmark has won the last two head-to-head matches vs Les Bleus, with the most recent coming in September. Christian Erikkson is looking to take this Danish squad on a deep run at the World Cup. France should still manage to get out of this group fairly easily, but a +300 straight forecast of Denmark/France is this group’s best bet.
USA Team Futures
The USMNT may not be the most talented team heading to Qatar but they are young and exciting. With an average age of 25.48, It will be the youngest team the US has ever sent to the World Cup.
Despite the disappointment from the most recent international window, the US team has a lot of guys playing well for top European clubs. Christian Pulisic and Weston McKennie will be two of the guys spearheading this team in the World Cup.
The top USA Futures bet for the World Cup is total tournament goals. You can take the US team to score over 3.5 goals for -112, but we’re going to go a step further and suggests you take them to score over 4.5 goals for +170 odds. In 3 of the last 4 World Cups, the US has appeared in, they’ve been able to eclipse this goal mark. Of course, this is an entirely new squad, but the Americans will be coming into Qatar with plenty of hope and energy.
Our final USA Futures bet is for the USMNT to come out of Group B with 5 points. This outcome can only happen with a win and two draws, but the odds are quite long. It may be more likely for the Americans to come away with 4 points, but those odds are only +270. For 5 points they’re at +1000.
A recap of the team future bets we like:
Argentina – Top 3 finish +185 BetRivers
Canada – Make Quarterfinals +1600 FanDuel
Senegal – Advance from Group A -105 Caesars
Group D Straight Forecast – Denmark/France +300 Caesars
USA Total Tournament Goals – Over 4.5 +170 FanDuel
USA Exact Points in Group – 5 +1000 FanDuel