There are excitement and drama to be found on every single day at the World Cup, but things tend to kick up a notch when we get to Matchday 3 of the group stage. This is when the fates of every nation taking part are decided, and with the group games being played simultaneously, things can change very quickly.
Group A and Group B came to a close on Monday, and we very nearly had a major shock take place in Group B. Let’s take a closer look at how things played out on Day 12 of the World Cup, and we will close things out by taking a look at how the results impacted the MyBookie Sportsbook betting trends.
2018 World Cup Betting Review of Day 12
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Uruguay 3 – 0 Russia
- Attempts: Uruguay 17 / Russia 3
- On-Target: Uruguay 7 / Russia 1
- Off-Target: Uruguay 6 / Russia 1
- Blocked: Uruguay 4 / Russia 1
- Woodwork: Uruguay 0 / Russia 0
- Corners: Uruguay 4 / Russia 2
- Off-sides: Uruguay 0 / Russia 2
- Ball Possession: Uruguay 56 / Russia 44
The hosts had looked very good through their opening two games of the tournament but were brought back to reality after being humbled by Uruguay. As predicted, the South Americans won Group A by taking maximum points, and also without giving up a goal. They now officially look like a real dark horse here, as they appear to be getting better with each passing game.
Suarez and Cavani were both on the scoresheet in this one, while Russia played much of the game with 10 men after having a player sent off. That really had little impact, as Uruguay were well in control before the sending off. Uruguay won as favorites at odds of +172, covering the spread in the process. We went OVER the goal total in this one.
Saudi Arabia 2 – 1 Egypt
- Attempts: Saudi Arabia 22 / Egypt 8
- On-Target: Saudi Arabia 7 / Egypt 1
- Off-Target: Saudi Arabia 10 / Egypt 6
- Blocked: Saudi Arabia 5 / Egypt 1
- Woodwork: Saudi Arabia 1 / Egypt 0
- Corners: Saudi Arabia 7 / Egypt 2
- Off-sides: Saudi Arabia 1 / Egypt 3
- Ball Possession: Saudi Arabia 61 / Egypt 39
This was essentially a meaningless game with nothing to play for but pride, as both of these teams knew they were out before the game began. Both sides decided to have a go in this one, which meant we ended up with a highly entertaining game. Mo Salah put Egypt in front with a nice finish, but the Saudis equalized before half-time from the penalty spot. They had actually missed one earlier in the half.
The second half opened up, but just as the game looked to be heading for a tie, Saudi Arabia netted the winner in injury time. That was a win for the underdogs at odds of +360, and they obviously covered, with the OVER hitting again.
Spain 2 – 2 Morocco
- Attempts: Spain 16 / Morocco 6
- On-Target: Spain 4 / Morocco 3
- Off-Target: Spain 11 / Morocco 2
- Blocked: Spain 1 / Morocco 1
- Woodwork: Spain 0 / Morocco 1
- Corners: Spain 7 / Morocco 1
- Off-sides: Spain 1 / Morocco 1
- Ball Possession: Spain 68 / Morocco 32
Group B was where all the twists and turns came on Monday, with the lead in the group changing several times throughout the afternoon. Morocco was already out of the tournament but was arguably one of the more entertaining teams in the group. They went for it against Spain, twice taking the lead before giving up the tying goals.
The second of those equalizers was enough to put Spain at the top of the group for good, as things changed late in the other game. The draw came in a very nice odds of +405, with the underdogs covering the spread, and the OVER hitting for the 10th straight game.
Portugal 1 – 1 Iran
- Attempts: Iran 8 / Portugal 14
- On-Target: Iran 2 / Portugal 4
- Off-Target: Iran 5 / Portugal 7
- Blocked: Iran 1 / Portugal 3
- Woodwork: Iran 0 / Portugal 0
- Corners: Iran 1 / Portugal 5
- Off-sides: Iran 1 / Portugal 1
- Ball Possession: Iran 32 / Portugal 68
Portugal made it through, although just by the skin of their teeth. They took the lead through a wonderful Quaresma goal in the first half. They had the opportunity to put this thing away and win the group in the process, but the usually reliable Cristiano Ronaldo had a penalty kick well saved by the keeper.
Iran got a lifeline in the dying moments after tying things up from the spot, and they very nearly shocked the world, missing a glorious opportunity to win in right after scoring the spot kick. The game ended 1-1, which ended Iran’s time in Russia. The draw paid at odds of +265, with Iran covering the spread and the O/U is a PUSH.
2018 World Cup Betting Action so Far
- Moneyline: 21-6-7 in favor of the favorites
- Over/Under: 19-13-4
- Spread: 11-17-8 (fav-dog-push)