World Cup 2018 Predictions
The World Cup 2018 begins on June 14 and the betting markets have already formed ahead of the tournament. Further betting markets are likely to follow but the outright odds suggest that Germany and Brazil will go into the tournament as the two favourites for success.
Here at BettingTop10, we’ll be keeping you updated with all of the major news in the build-up to the tournament, which is enjoyed by millions of viewers around the world. There are likely to be many changes ahead of the start of the competition with World Cup squads yet to be announced and further changes in the online betting odds are extremely likely. There will be plenty of predictions available before it begins, but make sure you take a look at the top Australian bookmakers before placing any bets on the World Cup 2018.
Germany were crowned champions at the 2014 World Cup, held in Brazil, following a 1-0 success against Argentina during a run that included a highly unexpected 7-1 hammering of the host nation. Very few score predictors would have imagined the Selecao turning in such a bad performance and they’ll be determined to make up for it at the World Cup 2018. Tite’s impressive-looking side are amongst the prominent predictions for success in Russia.
How are the favourites decided?
The market leaders are selected in a variety of ways, which include taking into account their recent form. International soccer fixtures are generally few and far between, which always makes predictions a little trickier, but performances in qualifiers can go a long way to determining the betting for major tournaments.
Germany rested several players for the 2017 Confederations Cup yet still won the tournament thanks to a Lars Stindl winner and with many of their top players including Thomas Muller and Toni Kroos expected to be available for the World Cup 2018, it’s easy to see why they are being backed.
Team news can be a huge factor in determining the market order, with any injury scares to star players potentially sending odds plummeting. For example, if Lionel Messi picked up a knock ahead of the tournament then predictions for an Argentina triumph would dry up and the odds would likely drift.
Finally, spirit within a camp is very important. Sides want to enter the World Cup 2018 with good team spirit and any rumours of disharmony or players falling out with one another can also greatly affect the betting odds and have a detrimental effect on final predictions.
Who have been made the favourites to win the World Cup 2018?
Germany are tipped to hold onto their crown in the summer but Brazil are likely to be seeking revenge and they aren’t far behind the champions in the predictions.
‘The Little Canary’ have been excellent under new coach Tite and have even risen to number two in the latest Fifa ranking although their boss has played this down and suggested it’ll mean nothing if they can’t find success at World Cup 2018.
Germany have vastly experienced players such as Thomas Muller whilst Brazil can boast a number of exceptional talents such the world’s most expensive footballer – Neymar. The PSG man is likely to be on many people’s predictions for Golden Ball winner at the tournament.
Which other teams are prominent in the betting?
You are likely to read many team predictions between now and the start of the tournament and many of them are likely to include third favourites Portugal and fourth favourites Argentina. The latter have had problems in qualifiers but are now operating under new coach Jorge Sampaoli, who was superb at La Liga club Sevilla.
Based on performances during the qualifiers qualifiers, Germany and Portugal are set to be strong once again. Germany won all of their qualifying games staking up an impressive 43 goals in the process.
Portugal have been drawn with Spain again in Group B. The Spanish team may have slipped to 5th place in the Fifa rankings, but they will be determined to regain the title they won in 2010.
Meanwhile, South American duo Colombia and Peru could be the underdogs at the World Cup 2018. Colombia’s James Rodriguez was the 2014 winner of the Golden Boot award, so perhaps he can work his magic once again.
Many sides such as Australia are yet to confirm their qualification for the tournament but if they do, they are likely to shorten significantly in the football betting markets.
More Crucial Betting Information to Come
There is still plenty of time before the tournament gets underway and football predictions are likely to change many times before Russia 2018. BettingTop10 will be updating the latest news and betting shifts ahead of the tournament so keep an eye out for an increased range of markets being priced up ahead of the event.