The World Cup 2018 is always one of the most anticipated sporting events on the calendar and predictions are always made in advance of the tournament getting underway. According the latest betting odds from Sports Interaction and Bodog, Germany are joint-favourites alongside Brazil and a number of animals have been chosen to make predictions about which side will be triumphant in Russia.

Many World Cup animal prediction results have been successful and it is a trend which has continued due to its significant popularity. Paul the Octopus is arguably the most famous predictor with the now sadly-deceased mollusc was hugely successful in 2010 when correctly predicting that Germany would lose in the semi-finals to eventual champions, Spain. Paul was regularly presented with two different glass boxes each containing a countries flag and he then selected which one he would prefer to eat from. In total, he successfully called four of Germany’s six matches and this time around Joachim Low’s side are priced at 5.50 with 888Sport to go all the way in 2018.

In 2014, Nelly the Elephant was another animal who was tasked with making predictions ahead of the event. Based in Hannover, Nelly already had a history of correctly predicting the outcome of several sporting events including the 2013 Champions League final. She correctly called that Portugal and Germany would draw.

2018 World Cup Animal Predictions

There have been many successful World Cup animal prediction results and another set of critters will aim to follow in their footsteps ahead of the 2018 tournament.

Russia’s soothsaying stars including Suri the Meekat who lives at Yekaterinburg Zoo and has been tasked with predicting each of the results at this year’s event. He already has experienced of successfully predicting outcomes at the 2017 Confederations Cup.

Tuzik the Cat is another who will be asked to pick the outcome of a number of matches throughout the event. The chosen oracle is completely deaf and will select one of two food bowls which each represent a country. She was also used during last year’s Confederations Cup.

Harry the Otter is one of the more experienced soothsayers involved and has a history of correctly determining outcomes. Based at Sochi aquarium, he predicted that the Russian hockey team would prevail over Finland at the 2014 Winter Olympics. He had a 75% record at the Sochi Olympics.

Alicia the raccoon will also make some predictions ahead of the tournament alongside two turtles who will each select teams to win their respective matches. Many of the animals will make their predictions days before the competition gets underway.