Group H, which features Belgium – favourites in the outright group winner market – Russia, South Korea and Algeria, finally got underway on Tuesday and with the first games gone we take a look at how things stand. Read on for our thoughts on the Group H outright winner market, the latest live odds comparison and our other betting tips for how to profit from this final World Cup group.

Belgium’s price to win the group have shortened further after they came from behind to beat plucky Algeria 2-1 in Belo Horizonte and they are now available at betting odds of just 5/11 with Bwin to finish as group winners and in so doing avoid, in all likelihood, a clash with Germany in the next round.

All three of the other sides are in with a serious shout at qualification after Russia and South Korea played out a 1-1 draw, Fabio Capello’s Russia coming back from a goal down. As things stand Russia are second favourites in the outright market at odds of 7/2 with Ladbrokes, with the Koreans out at 11/1 and Algeria a distant 66/1.

It is possible that anyone could still come through but we fancy Belgium will settle into things now and should win Group H – and give themselves a decent chance of making the World Cup quarters – quite easily. The tougher question is who will finish second and on the showing of the first games it looks very tight. All in all though our main betting tip for Group H is Belgium to be the outright winner. Odds of 5/11 may seem short but they look solid value to us.

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