CRAZIEST World Cup Odds
What were the chances of these CRAZY outcomes?
Football betting is not usually a science, it's an art. You don't get the fixed odds you would associate with gambling in a casino because things can change, rapidly. It's said before every big tournament, none more so than the World Cup, that anything can and probably will happen. People don't seem to listen though and all put their money down on what most think is going to happen... Germany/Brazil to win it and the usual suspects all to do well.
As ever, nothing went to plan, the favourites to win the tournament changed daily and some of the underdogs like England and Croatia outperformed their big named opponents. With the dust settling on another cracking World Cup we decided to look at some of the more surprising results and what the odds of them happening were prior to the tournament.
Argentina knocked out Round of 16 - 9/4
Whilst the South Americans required divine intervention from their talismanic striker Lionel Messi, in the form of a hat-trick, against Ecuador in the final qualifying game, many thought this was just a stuttery start and they would push on in the tournament.
Opening with the tournament with a draw against massive underdogs Iceland, Argentina were fighting an uphill battle. When they then followed this up with a 3-0 loss to Croatia they looked to be dead and buried. In their final group game they managed to get the better of Nigeria to seal their entrance to the round of 16.
They played well against France but finished up losing 4-3 and bowed out. Prior to the tournament you could have got odds of 9/4 of this happening.
Japan progress out of their group - 9/4
Coming into the tournament on the back of 3 defeats, a draw and a win Japan didn't look like much of a team to be reckoned with however they were drawn alongside Colombia, Senegal and Poland in one of the most open groups in the tournament.
After surprising Colombia 2-1 in the opening game, Japan followed this up with a 2-2 draw against Senegal, all but rubber stamping their passage to the R16, before a 1-0 loss to Poland.
They narrowly lost to Belgium in the round of 16 game 3-2, bowing out of the competition much further than many would have expected.
England reaching Semi-final - 9/2
Forever underachieving, England fans had no real hope of the three lions even getting out of their 'easy' group containing Panama, Belgium and Tunisia.
England progressed through their group fairly easily beating Tunisia and Panama 2-1 and 6-1 respectively before losing 1-0 to Belgium in the final group game. In their R16 game they came out on top on penalties against Colombia setting up a quarter final tie against Sweden.
England won 2-0 against Sweden in the quarter finals after goals from Harry Maguire and Dele Alli, setting up a semi-final against eventual runners up Croatia. England led the game from the 30th minute after a goal from Maguire before Croatia came into life late in the second half and scored, taking the game to extra time. Croatia would go on to score again in extra time and sent England crashing out.
Germany going out - 16/1
As reigning World Champions much was expected of the Germans with many fans and pundits picking them as a team that can go all of the way. However, a shocking 1-0 defeat to Mexico put the Germans on the back foot from the off and although they managed to beat Sweden in their second game with a last minute strike, a 2-0 humbling at the hands of massively unfancied South Korea saw them bow out.
Had you placed just £1 on all of these outcomes in an accumulator it would have returned £987.56!