By Thomas Reynolds
Last Updated: 13th June 2018
World Cup Group A is likely to be of particular interest to Liverpool fans, with Kop sensations past and present Luis Suarez and Mohamed Salah in action.
We preview some of the best bets from the odds in a section including Egypt, host nation Russia, Saudi Arabia and Uruguay.
Uruguay to win World Cup 2018 Group A odds 8/11
The Celeste finished second in the notoriously tricky South American qualifying section and outscored all their rivals apart from Brazil in doing so.
By way of reward they’ve been stabled in arguably the easiest group of any at the tournament, one in which their top drawer forwards Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani ought to be able to run riot.
Fitness doubts remain over Egypt talisman Salah, while star Saudi forward Nawaf El-Abed failed to recover from a groin injury in time to make the squad.
The host nation, meanwhile, have won just one of their last nine internationals.
Russia not to qualify from World Cup 2018 Group A odds 9/4
The idea that hosting a tournament can inspire a side to footballing feats way beyond what is expected of them seems to have far more currency than substance.
Two World Cups back South Africa failed to get out of their group, while European Championships home nations have routinely stunk out their stadiums.
Poland and Ukraine failed to reach the knockouts when co-hosting in 2012, as did Austria and Switzerland in 2008 and Belgium in 2000.
As mentioned in relation to Uruguay winning the group, the Russians haven’t exactly got up a head of steam across the raft of preparatory friendlies they’ve undertaken since going out of last summer’s Confederations Cup at the group stage.
Even the one win they picked up in that competition came with the help of a deadlock breaking own goal from New Zealand defender Michael Boxhall.
With the potential for Mohamed Salah to return to fitness and inspire Egypt the hosts look too long to exit their own party at the earliest possible juncture.