Group H may not be one to get the neutrals excited but for the managers of the four nations involved it is a great draw. None of the four sides are rated better than a 50/1 shot in the outright World Cup winner betting and all four have a fantastic opportunity to make the last 16.

Colombia are arguably the best side in the group but Poland aren’t far behind whilst Senegal and Japan will fancy they can cause an upset or two and perhaps progress. From a betting perspective it is a fascinating foursome and not the easiest group to predict.

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Colombia Clear Favourites?

Colombia are priced at best odds of 8/5 with Paddy Power to win Group H and many will feel that represents good value. The reason they are relatively lengthy is due to the strength of Robert Lewandowski’s Poland. The Poles are priced a little longer at 9/5 with Coral but if you believe the oddsmakers there really isn’t much between these two sides.

We’re inclined to think that the bookies are being a little too respectful of Poland and so our tip here is for Colombia to win the group at nice odds. They made the quarter finals at the last World Cup in Brazil, with James Rodriguez putting in some highly impressive performances. The Bayern man is starting to find his best form once again and we think Colombia’s squad has significantly more quality than Poland’s.

Of course, the national talismans of the two nations were club teammates at Bayern Munich last year. The Colombian was on loan from Real and where both will be post-World Cup is hard to predict. What is easier to foresee, however, is that the battle between these two world class performers could be what decides the group.

Colombia play Poland on the 24th June in Kazan and pre-tournament Colombia are favourites at 19/11 with Poland available at best betting odds of 57/29. The draw, which could well be a decent bet, is priced at 12/5.

Poland for the Last 16?

As said, we fancy the South Americans to edge the group but will Poland progress alongside them? They will if you believe the odds, with Adam Nawalka’s men priced at just 4/7 (Coral) to make the knockout phase.

They topped qualifying Group E but with their main competition coming from an average Denmark side that wasn’t a huge achievement. Only Armenia and Kazakhstan conceded more goals than the Polish and whilst Lewandowski and Arkadiusz Milik are a threat up front, their defence is something of a concern.

They did well to make the quarter finals of the last Euros in 2016 and will be aiming for the last eight again here but they could struggle against Senegal. The Africans are ranked a 6/4 shot to qualify and some may be tempted by that.

Senegal meet Poland on the 19th June in the opening round of Group H fixtures. You can back Poland at 39/29, with the Africans sure to tempt some at best betting odds of 29/10. Senegal will have been heartened by Nigeria’s recent win in Warsaw and they are certainly no mugs.

Senegal Set to Surprise?

Senegal boast players such as Napoli’s brilliant defender Kalidou Koulibaly and Everton’s combatative midfield star Idrissa Gueye. Indeed, many of their squad will be familiar to followers of English and French football. When it comes to the outright World Cup odds they are well behind Colombia (50/1) and Poland (66/1) at 200/1 but escaping the group certainly isn’t beyond them.

They made the quarter finals of the last Africa Cup of Nations and will have been disappointed not to have gone further. This is the first time they have qualified for the World Cup since 2002 when they also made the quarters. However, ultimately we feel the organisation of the Poles and the individual brilliance of Lewandowski will see Senegal finish third.

Japan: Last but Not Least

The last side in Group H are Japan, a 500/1 shot to go all the way and priced at odds of 12/5 (Paddy Power) to qualify for the knockout stages. As ever, Japan will give their all and bring huge energy to the World Cup. Sadly for them we don’t think it will be enough and we see them finishing bottom of the group, meaning we predict the bookies’ odds for Group H are just about spot on.


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