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World Cup Odds 2018 – Outright Winner Betting
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Champions Germany Deservedly Top Bookies’ World Cup Odds
The holders Germany rightfully head the Russia 2018 World Cup odds and bid to become the first side since Brazil in 1962 to win the trophy back-to-back, writes Nick.
Germany defeated Argentina in the 2014 final after embarrassing hosts Brazil with a 7-1 thrashing in their semi-final. They have lost a few experienced performers to retirement in the meantime but their strength in depth was highlighted by their victory with a B squad at the 2017 Confederations Cup.
They have reached at least the final four in each of their last six international tournaments and will be confident of replicating that time this out.
Brazil are the most successful team in the history of the World Cup and have jumped up to second in the 2018 outright winner betting odds. They recovered from a poor start to the qualifiers with a winning streak that saw them become the first team apart from hosts Russia to secure their place at the tournament. New coach Tite has them playing some great football but they have not yet been tested by European opposition.
Argentina will hope that new coach Jorge Sampaoli can have a similar impact after a stuttering qualification campaign. They will have gone 25 years without a major international trophy by the time 2018 comes around and need to extract the very best from Lionel Messi at what will be his final World Cup at his peak.
Spain’s defence of the trophy they won in 2010 ended in group-stage elimination last time out but with a new coach on board and some interesting young players coming through, they should not be discounted. Neither should France, who likewise have a talented young group but will need to find a killer edge after failing to make home advantage count at Euro 2016.
Just behind the five favourites, Belgium, Italy, England and Portugal all have their strengths and weaknesses but could each be capable of a good run if things go their way, as they did for Portugal in winning Euro 2016. The lack of experience of head coach Gareth Southgate could, however, count against England once the tournament gets underway.
South American sides Colombia, Chile and Uruguay are all clustered in the 25/1 to 35/1 betting range with our recommended bookmakers and each have their merits. Chile are the reigning and two-time Copa America champions. They showed up well in reaching the final of the Confederations Cup and are the most likely of the trio to cause a surprise in Russia. Uruguay are always competitive, while Colombia are a well-balanced side with good quality in forward areas.
Hosts Russia sit just outside the top 10 in most of the bookies’ lists and in truth it is hard to see them putting together much of a run in the competition. They have failed to progress beyond the group stage in seven of the eight tournaments they have competed in since severing from the Soviet Union in 1992 and there is little quality in their current squad.
Teams from Europe and South America have won all 20 of the previous World Cups and their dominance of the competition is all but certain to continue this time out.
At 80/1, Mexico are the first representatives from outside of those two continents in the bookies’ World Cup betting. They play attractive football and could potentially make it past the last 16 hurdle at which they have fallen in each of their last six appearances but it is very difficult to see them going all the way.
United States disposed of coach Jurgen Klinsmann after some struggles during their qualification campaign and while they can still be expected to reach the World Cup, they are unlikely to make significant progress once there.
No Asian team has made it further than the round of 16 in any of the last three World Cups. Iran were the first side from the continent to secure their place this time around but it is hard to envisage either them or regional heavyweights Australia, Japan and South Korea making it any further this time around, despite a relatively promising showing from Australia at the Confederations Cup.
It is necessary to go down to 100/1 in the outright winner World Cup odds to find the most favoured African side, Ivory Coast. The region’s champions, Cameroon, were poor at the Confederations Cup. While there is talent in some of the North African countries, no team has demonstrated the necessary consistency to suggest that Russia 2018 will be a strong tournament for the continent..
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