3 Reasons why Germany, France, Brazil, Spain and Argentina could win the World Cup
The World Cup 2018 is not far off, and it is no surprise that the teams with the best odds are the usual suspects of Germany, France, Brazil, Spain and Argentina. Germany is the reigning champion, and they look to become the first team since Brazil in 1958 and 1962 to repeat as champions. Not only do they look to repeat, but they have the best overall odds at most betting sites including Bodog, SportsInteraction, Intertops, and William Hill. Not only do Germany and Brazil have the best betting odds to win the World Cup 2018, but they are also the top two teams in the current FIFA rankings.
Can the Germans Repeat?
The Germans are the defending World Cup champions, and they were stellar in World Cup qualifying winning all 10 of their matches and where they tied the European record with 43 goals. What I even more impressive is that they won the Confederations Cup this last summer without many of their key players. The squad has no lack of stars with the likes of Toni Kroos, Manuel Neuer and Thomas Muller, who ranked second as the top goalscorer in the 2014 World Cup. While the Germans are not in the toughest group, it is also not the easiest along with Sweden, South Korea, and Mexico, who may be their biggest rival in the group stage.
Three Reasons why Germany can win the World Cup
- Experience and a lot of it
- No weaknesses
- Defending champions – They know how to win
Brazil is Back
Brazil has had four years to digest their 2014 World Cup where they advanced to the semifinals but were embarrassed on home soil losing to Germany 7-1. The team has had a great turnaround once Tite took over as the manager and he has many world-class players on the squad. The attack will be one to watch with the dynamic duo of Neymar and Neymar. They are not in the toughest group with Switzerland, Costa Rica, and Serbia and while the Swiss may be their biggest challenge in group play, all three teams are giant beaters.
Three Reasons why Brazil can win the World Cup
- Great attack
- A lot of momentum since Tite took over
- Hungry for first World Cup title since 2002
Argentina has the Experience
Argentina lost in the finals in the last World Cup after falling in the quarterfinals of the previous two tournaments. They did not have the easiest time in qualifying and needed a 3-1 away win over Ecuador in their last match with a hat-trick by Lionel Messi to advance. Messi won the Golden Ball in the 2014 World Cup as the best player, and the attack of the squad is the strength led by Messi and Gonzalo Higuaín, but the defence is an issue. Argentina is in one of the tougher groups with Croatia, Nigeria, and Iceland. The squad has the talent and the attack, and it helps to have Messi, who will be on a mission to get his country their first World Cup trophy since 1986.
Three Reasons why Argentina can win the World Cup
- Came close in 2014 and know how to advance
- Great attack
- Lionel Messi
France Look to Build on the 2016 European Championship
France won the 2016 European Championships, and they look to improve upon the last World Cup where they fell in the quarterfinals. Antoine Griezmann leads the solid attack, and he won the Golden Boot at the 2016 Euros. Paul Pogba is the leader of the team in the midfield, and the defence is sound, and the squad plays well on the counter-attack, which can really work to their advantage if they advance past the group stage and play attacking teams such as Brazil and Argentina. The French are not in the toughest group along with Australia, Peru, and Denmark, but anything can happen the team looks to avoid their 2010 World Cup debacle where they went winless in group play. The team can win it all with their blend of youth and experience, and they have to play a team
Three Reasons why France can win the World Cup
- Won 2016 European Championship
- No lack of young talent
- Great counter-attack
Spain Looks to Bounce Back
2010 World Cup champion Spain looks to bounce back after failing to get out of the group stage in the 2014 World Cup and losing in the round of 16 in the 2016 European Championship. The squad was great in WC qualifying and are major favourites to bet the group winner. David Silva leads the team’s strength, which is in the midfield and while the team is still led by some great veterans, they have some solid young blood such as Isco from Real Madrid. Spain is in Group B, which has two of the weaker teams in the tournament in Iran and Morocco, but one of the tougher ones as well in Portugal, which will be their biggest group rival.
Three Reasons why Spain can win the World Cup
- Hungry after disappointments in 2014 World Cup and 2016 Euros
- Arguably the best midfield in the world
- Almost the same nucleus for the last few years