England massive favourites to win World Cup qualifying group, although other Home Nations teams could struggle
England enjoyed a 100% record in qualifying for Euro 2016 and the bookmakers expect the Three Lions to make it to the 2018 World Cup with something to spare.
Sam Allardyce’s team have been grouped with Slovakia, Scotland, Slovenia, Lithuania and Malta, with Sky Bet going 1/6 that England qualify either as group winners or through the play-offs.
Coral offer a best price 2/5 about England topping the section, with Sunday’s trip to Slovakia probably the team’s toughest assignment of them all, although England are an even money shot to win that opener.
Scotland will hope to finish in the top two places and Ladbrokes go 5/1 about Gordon Strachan’s side making it to the 2018 World Cup, with the Scots having failed to reach Euro 2016.
However, Wales were semi-finalists this summer and they could be a good bet at 11/10 (Ladbrokes) to make it to Russia in two years’ time, with Chris Coleman looking to build on that excellent success.
The Welsh have been grouped with Serbia, Austria and Republic of Ireland, while Georgia and Moldova make up the section. It looks evenly-balanced and Coleman’s side are 2/1 with BetVictor to top the group, with the Irish twice the price at 11/2 (bet365).
Northern Ireland also appeared at Euro 2016 although they face a tough task when it comes to reaching the World Cup and betway have 40/1 about Michael O’Neill’s side finishing top of their group.
Germany, Czech Republic and Norway all lie in wait, although it could be a group dominated by the Germans and the 10/1 (Sky Bet) about the Northern Irish qualifying might not end up being a bad bet.
France are strong favourites to win Group A, with Portugal looking like the team to beat in Group B. Group E looks a tighter heat, with Poland hoping to edge out Denmark and Romania, while Spain and Italy have been paired together.
Belgium are strong favourites to win Group H and Croatia might have too much for Ukraine and Turkey in their qualifying group.
ACCUMULATOR TIP: Belgium, France, Portugal, Germany and Croatia to win groups @ 8/1 with Ladbrokes