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World Cup Odds 2018 – Outright Winner Betting
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Germany Favourite for Back-To-Back World Cups in Bookies’ Odds
Germany hope to become the first team since Brazil in 1962 to win back-to-back World Cups when they defend the trophy they won on Brazilian soil in 2014 at Russia 2018, writes Nick.
Russia beat out a joint bid from Portugal and Spain to win the right to host the tournament, which will be held across 10-12 stadiums – six of which are likely to be new.
The host nation do, however, rank fairly low in the list of favourites. Rightly so, given that they have failed to progress beyond the group stage in seven of the eight international tournaments they have competed in since being broken off from the Soviet Union in 1992. While their status as one of the top seeds may help them reach the knockout stages, it is difficult to see them going any further than the second round.
Favourites in the 2018 outright winner World Cup odds, Germany swept aside Brazil 7-1 in a memorable semi-final en route to defeating Argentina in the 2014 final and are the one team that can be trusted to go far in 2018. They have reached at least the final four in each of their last six international tournaments and their conveyer belt of young talent shows little sign of halting. The four-time winners are deserving of their current status as the bookies’ favourites to add another trophy to their haul in Russia.
Argentina were losing finalists last time out and have since lost on penalties in successive Copa America finals. The country’s international trophy drought will have extended to 25 years by the time 2018 comes around and it will potentially be the last tournament at which some of the country’s key players, including Lionel Messi, will still be at their peak. On talent alone, they are worthy of a place among the three or four in the betting to win the trophy.
Brazil are the most successful nation in the history of the World Cup and the only one to have competed in each and every edition. Since their second round exit in 1990, they have reached at least the quarter-final stage at every subsequent tournament. The current squad lacks the quality of previous sides, but Brazil still have enough of an aura about them to suggest they are likely to be one of the eight best teams. Beyond that, it is hard to say.
Spain have struggled after securing two European Championships and one World Cup in succession between 2008 and 2012. But with a new coach on board and some interesting young players coming through, they should not be discounted.
France, likewise, have plenty of quality within their squad but failed to take full benefit from home advantage at Euro 2016 and still look to lack that little something extra required to convert it into tangible success.
Portugal were canny and well-organised in winning Euro 2016 but rode their luck at times and aside from their fourth place finish in 2006 have a pretty poor record in recent World Cups.
England sit around the 20/1 mark in the World Cup odds table above. Those odds look very optimistic considering their disgraceful showing at Euro 2016, where they were dumped out after a humiliating loss to minnows Iceland. The team still cling to Wayne Rooney, despite some truly woeful performances for the national squad. Hopefully one day a manager with some backbone will be appointed and cut out the dead wood.
The Netherlands also look some way from their historical best, while it remains to be seen how a talented Belgium side will adapt to the more attack-minded methods of former Everton coach Roberto Martinez. Italy can never be discounted.
South American sides have performed well in recent World Cups and reigning Copa America champions Chile will fancy their chances of a strong run in what is likely to be the last chance to attack the tournament for a number of the generation who provided the nation with their first international trophy. Colombia have a clutch of talented young players, while Uruguay look increasingly limited but can always be counted upon to compete.
It is hard to see the winner of the competition coming from outside of Europe and South America but there are a few sides who will nevertheless be hoping to enjoy a solid run.
Mexico have some good players and an interesting coach and will be seeking finally to go further than the round of 16 after falling at that stage in each of their last six World Cup appearances.
Jurgen Klinsmann seems to be perpetually under pressure as head coach of the United States but has a good record in international tournaments and lead his side through a difficult group to a narrow second-round exit in 2014.
No Asian team has made it further than the round of 16 in any of the last three World Cups. While arguments can be made as to the merits of Australia, Japan and South Korea, the reality is that all three still look like sides who will find it difficult to reach the last eight.
Ghana are the first African team to appear in most of the bookies’ World Cup odds but still find themselves behind at least 25 sides on the majority of those lists.
Just two African teams made it out of the group stage in 2014, while none progressed to the last eight. And the truth is that at this stage it is difficult to pick out a team from the continent that looks capable of improving on that record in 2018.
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