(Persia Digest) - The 2018 World Cup is off to a blistering start. We've seen defending champion Germany lose its opening round match to Mexico. We also saw Argentina fail to secure a victory against Iceland, which is making its first-ever World Cup appearance, and then implode against Croatia. Soccer enthusiasts and Average Joes everywhere can still bet on the winners of all eight groups at the 2018 World Cup, in addition to an overall champion. For example, Belgium is a -175 favorite to win Group G after its 3-0 thrashing of Panama, meaning it would take a $175 bet on the Belgians to win their group to return $100.
Before you make your picks on which teams top their respective groups at the 2018 World Cup, you need to see what European soccer 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 over at SportsLine.
We can tell you Sumpter is eyeing Brazil to advance out of Group E despite failing to secure three points in its opening match against Switzerland. The Brazilians were held to a 1-1 draw after being up 1-0 thanks to Philippe Coutinho's stunning goal.
Sumpter isn't panicking despite Brazil only securing a point in its first game. Brazil shut out Costa Rica in game No. 2 and is unbeaten in its last 14 World Cup group games, winning 11 and drawing three. And the Brazilians have finished on top of their group in every World Cup appearance since 1982. Look for the Brazilians to secure the top spot in Group E despite drawing their opening match.
Sumpter also loves England to win Group G despite needing a late goal from Harry Kane to secure the full three points against Tunisia. Sportsbooks now list England at +120 World Cup odds to win Group G behind Belgium, which sits at -130. The Three Lions are 18-1 to hoist the World Cup trophy.
England is led by Premier League playmakers Raheem Sterling and Kane. The latter scored 41 goals in 48 appearances for Tottenham last season, while Sterling netted 23 goals for Manchester City. England faces Panama in its next match on Sunday and will meet Belgium in the final fixture of the group stage.
Sumpter also is eyeing three teams with World Cup outright odds of longer than 30-1 to win their groups. Anyone who backs these underdogs could hit it big.
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.
Saudi Arabia +20000
Costa Rica +6600
South Korea +7500