In recent weeks we’ve hit on teams to win/advance from each group, odds to win the World Cup, and players who could be top goalscorer in the tournament. Now it’s time to focus our attention on which countries could finish dead last in their group, and there are definitely a few teams I’m low on.
Here are odds for each team to finish last in their group:
Saudi Arabia -265, Egypt +325, Russia +950, Uruguay +1100
The hosts Russia got a very, very fortunate draw as this is the weakest group in the tournament. They also have the benefit of home-field advantage, but they’re simply not a good team. Russia likely would not have qualified for the World Cup if not for hosting it, and injuries have been mounting. Uruguay are the class of this group, and I think Egypt progresses as well, so it’s down to Russia and Saudi Arabia.