The 2018 World Cup is almost here, football fans are getting excited about a summer full of soccer to watch, punters are getting excited about the number of football matches they can bet on and bookies are getting ready to release a plethora of betting offers.
32 of the best footballing nations in the world are set to head to Russia to compete in one of the greatest sporting spectacles the world has to offer in just a couple of months. The build-up to the tournament has bee very controversial but as June 14th gets closer we can begin to focus on our bets on which team will be crowned winners of the 2018 World Cup. Can the Germans Retain Their Crown? Will the Brazilians take their 6th title, Can England win their first World Cup since 1966 and bring football home?
Every one loves a bit of World Cup betting, so we have a rundown of the challengers (and England!) in our article that looks at the World Cup Odds to win the 2018 tournament.
Brazil were World Cup champions in 1958, 1962, 1970, 1994, and 2002, they have won the title more than any other side. Will Brazil win the World Cup for a sixth time? If they win this years tournament they will become the first South American side to win a World Cup on European soil.
Their excellent qualifying campaign is a great bedrock to build on ahead of the tournament. They finished first in the CONMBEOL qualification league, by winning 12 of their 18 qualification matches but a 3-0 win over Argentina in Belo Horizonte was a ruthless performance from Tite’s side.. However, Brazil haven’t won any major tournaments since 2013 and with question marks hanging over the fitness of Neymar may make their 2018 campaign a little fruitless.
The key men in Brazil’s campaign are Neymar and Gabriel Jesus Brazil who have plenty in the goalscoring department. Coutinho will be the man needed to set them up with scoring chances
World Cup Betting Odds: 4/1 to win outright. Odds correct 25.04.2018
Germany are the reigning champions and as usual will be sending a strong team to the World stage. They are ranked number 1 and 2 according to FIFA and ELO rankings. They were World Cup champions in 1954, 1974, 1990 and 2014. Last year 2017 they were the confederations cup winner after a 1–0 win against Chile in the final at the Krestovsky Stadium in Saint Petersburg.
The German side regularly impress on the biggest stage and could draw level with Brazil on five World Cup wins should they triumph in Russia. However have any side ever won 2 World Cups on the bounce? They have Italy won the title in 1934 and 1938, and Brazil won it in 1958 and 1962. Cup Germany win it in 2014 and 2018?
The German side topped their qualification group. It was a pretty standard qualification from a fairly steady group and a 3-1 win away against Northern Ireland was a good performance in what was probably their most testing fixture.
Germany exude quality across the team, so they won’t be relying on just one man. But Thomas Muller is one of the top scorers in World Cup history and whilst he is far from an out-and-out striker, he is still one of the most prolific goalscorers on the international stage. if you fancy a punt on a player to be top goal scorer he might just be your man.
World Cup Betting Odds: 9/2 to win outright. Odds correct 25.04.2018
France are yet again one of the bookies favourites to win the match and they are sure to be a popular picks by punters. France have a plethora of excellent young talents. Any team facing France in the later stages of the competition will surely have trouble.
However, France did not sail through qualification as easily as you would expect. You would never have expected them to come away with a 0-0 against Luxembourg. But they did top their qualification group, with a 4-0 win over the Nethrelands. But if Didier Deschamps can get a tune out of this star-studded outfit then they could go all the way.
France have an excellent squad, and plenty of them stand out. Antoine Griezmann is of course one of their brightest stars. Griezmann is another man to consider for top goal scorer bets.
France have won the World Cup title just once, will they add a second title to their belt?
World Cup Betting Odds: 13/2 to win outright. Odds correct 25.04.2018
Spain are one of the recent winners of the World Cup, claiming the title in 2010. However a number of their stars have retired in the last 8 years. But they still have some excellent talents.
They have been drawn in a group with Portugal and Morocco, who they have a land border with. They haven’t played either team in the last 12 months.
Spain topped their qualification group, winning nine and drawing one of their 10 qualification matches. They were very comfortable all the way through the qualification process, but a 3-0 win over Italy couldn’t go unnoticed.
Spain have a lot of great players, but their goal keeper, David de Gea is one of the best in the world and could stop a few attempts on goal which could make or break France’s campaign.
World Cup Betting Odds: 6/1 to win outright Odds correct 25.04.2018
Argentina finished third in the CONMBEOL qualification league, but are ranked third in the World according to ELO rankingd so will be a side a who people will look out for in the World Cup predictions. Argentina were runners-up in the 2014 tournament. Whilst they have an ageing squad they do have lots and lots of quality.
last time out, they will be looking to go one better this year. They have an ageing squad, but they also have plenty of quality.
Lionel Messi, a player in the top of the goal scorer market has plenty of good quality players in this ageing squad to help line up to find the back of the net.
A recent match which might suggest there capabilities going forward was the Superclasico de las Americas where they beat the Brazilians.
World Cup Betting Odds: 8/1 to win outright. Odds correct 25.04.2018
England won the World Cup back in 1966 but since then haven’t performed brilliantly on the world stage. They are ranked 7th by ELO and 14th by FIFA. Whilst they qualified with ease topping the group there isn’t any real expectation for them to make it to the final match. However, the press, Gareth Southgate and fans will be getting excited about the chance that they could bring football home.
England could make it through to the quarter finals but could also bomb out in the group stages. An exit at the group stages does seem unlikely as they are in a group with Tunisia and Panama.
They could be worth a punt, as odds of 18/1 could make you a tidy profit.
World Cup Betting Odds: 18/1 to win outright. Odds correct 25.04.2018
Go to bet365 for a full breakdown of all the odds available ahead of the 2018 World Cup.
All odds are based on the price available at bet365 on the 25th April 2018