The utter strength of Belgium’s squad makes them the favourites to win Group H, with Russia perhaps the only side likely to put pressure on them for the top spot. They are joined in the group by Algeria, who qualified after beating Burkina Faso on away goals after a 3-3 playoff draw, and World Cup 2002 tournament hosts South Korea, who edged Uzbekistan on goal difference to secure second spot in Asian qualifying group A. Belgium and Russia are expected to easily qualify for the second round, but it seems the only question is in which order.
Group H Runner Up Odds
This group seems like a foregone conclusion, Belgium are expected to coast into the second round and with players such as Vincent Kompany, Eden Hazard and Romelu Lukaku and despite their inexperience look likely to coast into the second round. They qualified unbeaten in their European qualification group and are 1.2 to qualify at PaddyPower. Russia won European qualifying group F ahead of Portugal and are managed by former England boss Fabio Capello. Russia are 1.5 to qualify at Ladbrokes.
Best Group H Bet
It would seem silly to put money on any other side to qualify from this group despite it being a tournament. Belgium seem like the strongest side and they are 1.7 to win the group at Betfair.
Russia will be expected to at least qualify from Group H and could even pip Belgium to the top spot. Russia are 3.5 to win Group H at SkyBet.