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World Cup Odds 2018 – Outright Winner Betting
To Win Football World Cup in Russia 2018; best odds bold; Place: 1/2 odds 1,2.
Champions Germany & Brazil Head Bookies World Cup Odds
With all the participants now known and the draw completed, Brazil and Germany are the two favourites to win the 2018 World Cup in Russia, writes Nick.
The tournament will take place from mid-June to mid-July, with 12 venues (including five new stadiums) in 11 cities playing host to the 32 teams. Four-time winners Italy are the most notable absentees, although three-time finalists the Netherlands, reigning South-American champions Chile and the United States have also missed out.
Brazil are the most successful team in World Cup history, having won it on five occasions, and were the first team to confirm their qualification for the 2018 edition. It is difficult to get a proper gauge of their level given the opposition they’ve faced to date but all indications are that they are well-placed to have a good go at lifting the trophy for the sixth time.
Germany did, of course, humiliate Brazil in front of their own countrymen by thrashing them 7-1 en route to winning the 2014 World Cup. That was their fourth triumph in the competition, and they can be expected to again go far in Russia, having reached at least the final four in each of their last six major international tournaments. They are deservedly the bookies favourites in the World Cup odds (see betting table above for latest prices).
The draw has been kind to the two favourites or at least kinder than it has been to those positioned just behind them in the bookmakers’ rankings. If both win their groups (and so avoid squaring off in the last 16), they have more comfortable routes to the last four than Argentina, France, Portugal and Spain, who are in groups that will see them come across each other at the quarter-final stage.
France and Portugal met in the final of Euro 2016, with Portugal winning out to secure their first major international trophy, and while France have a more talented group of players, Portugal’s organisation and tactical discipline are also likely to see them enjoy a solid run. After a couple of disappointing tournaments, Spain looked reinvigorated during qualifying, while Argentina have the players but still need to find their feet under Jorge Sampaoli.
European teams have won each of the last three World Cups, and four of the last five, and there are another couple of teams from the region whose World Cup 2018 odds of winning the tournament sit at under 20/1. That seems pretty optimistic in England’s case, particularly given the inexperience of coach Gareth Southgate, but Belgium could be interesting outsiders. They breezed through qualification and have a balanced set of players from top European leagues.
Croatia and Poland are unlikely to go further than the last 16 but certainly have the talent to cause an upset or two given the right conditions. Switzerland and Serbia are likely to battle it out for second behind Brazil in Group E, while the Nordic trio of Denmark, Sweden and first-time qualifiers Iceland will all believe themselves capable of advancing from their groups.
South American teams are always competitive, and both Uruguay and Colombia will be confident of at least reaching the knockout stages. Peru have qualified for their first World Cup since 1982 and while their group, alongside France, Denmark and Australia, will provide them with a tough challenge, they could still make it through if things go their way.
There has been little in Russia’s results over the last couple of years to suggest that the hosts are likely to enjoy a deep run in the competition but the draw at least provided them with an opportunity to progress to the knockout rounds. Their group, which also features Uruguay, Egypt and Saudi Arabia, is ranked as the weakest by various measures.
No team from outside Europe or South America has ever won the World Cup and that is very much unlikely to change this time around. Mexico are perhaps the most viable option to break that hegemony, but even if they can successfully traverse their group, a probable last-16 meeting with Brazil would most likely bring their tournament to a close at the stage they have fallen at in each of the last six World Cups.
Costa Rica caused a surprise by getting out of a very tough group and only falling on penalties to the Netherlands at the quarter-final stage of Brazil 2014 but it is difficult to see either them or fellow CONCACAF qualifiers Panama replicating that sort of run in Russia 2018.
By FIFA and ELO rankings, Iran are the strongest of the five Asian participants. They are a well-organised outfit but will really struggle to get out of a group that also features Spain and Portugal. Australia, Japan, Saudi Arabia and South Korea all have certain merits but are unlikely to progress further than the last-16 stage that has proved to be the region’s limit in recent tournaments.
Senegal are probably Africa’s best hope, especially as they find themselves in a well-balanced group. Nigeria will also have designs on making it through to the knockouts. Egypt (back after a 28-year absence) and Tunisia could spring a surprise in their groups, but an extremely difficult draw is highly likely to consign Morocco to an early elimination.
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