2018 World Cup odds, predictions: Advanced computer model picks which country wins each group

The final two groups at the 2018 World Cup will be decided on Thursday. Belgium and England battle to see who tops Group G, while Group H still has three teams vying to advance to the knockout stage. Entering the final day of group play, bettors can still place wagers on the winners of the final two groups. For example, England is a -150 favorite to win Group G, meaning it would take a $150 bet on England to win their group to return $100. In Group H, Japan is +135, Colombia is +185, and Senegal is +225.

Before you make your picks on which teams top their respective groups at the 2018 World Cup, you need to see what European football expert David Sumpter has to say.

Sumpter is an applied mathematician who wrote "Soccermatics," the book that shows how math works inside the game. Together with experienced analysts, Professor Sumpter developed the powerful Soccerbot model.

The Soccerbot reads current odds and all team performance data, calculates key metrics and predicts upcoming matches. In the 2½ seasons since it was born, the Soccerbot is up 1,800 percent on bookmakers' closing odds. That's right -- 1,800 percent.

Now, Sumpter, the European football guru, is sharing his best bets to win each group at Russia 2018 over at SportsLine.

We can tell you Sumpter loves England to top Group G. Sportsbooks now list England at -150 odds to win Group G over Belgium.

Both England and Belgium enter this match having already qualified for the round of 16. England is led by its captain, Harry Kane, who has already scored five goals at the 2018 World Cup, including a hat-trick against Tunisia. In fact, Kane has scored in each of his last five appearances for England.

England enters Thursday's clash unbeaten in its last 11 meetings against Belgium. Meanwhile, Belgium's striker, Romelu Lukaku, who has scored four goals in Russia, is in doubt to play against England after suffering an ankle injury against Tunisia. 

Sumpter has also locked in a highly confident pick for Group H. Vegas thinks this group will end in a photo-finish, but Sumpter says one team is the runaway favorite. He's only sharing which team to back over at SportsLine.

So who wins each group at the 2018 World Cup? And which massive long shots have the best chance to shock the world and advance to the Round of 16? Check out the odds below and then visit SportsLine now to see who David Sumpter is picking to win each group at the 2018 World Cup, all from a European soccer expert who created a model that's returned an 1800 percent profit on bookmakers' closing odds.

Group G
England -150
Belgium +115

Group H
Japan +135
Colombia +185
Senegal +225

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