World Cup 2018 Predictions: Which Nations are Being Backed for Success in Russia?
The World Cup 2018 is set to light up the summer, with 32 teams competing for the Jules Rimet Trophy across 11 different venues in Russia. Germany were victorious back in 2014, beating Argentina 1-0 in the final of the tournament which was held in Brazil. Here at BettingTop10, we cannot wait for the tournament to get underway and we’ll be bringing you the latest updates in the betting and World Cup predictions throughout the coming months.
There will be plenty of betting options ahead of the commencement of the tournament, including which sides will make it to the final and who will finish bottom of their respective groups. Other exciting markets include winner of the golden ball and first team to be eliminated. It’s always best to check out the list of top Canadian bookmakers ahead of finalizing any World Cup predictions or your pre-tournament bets as many online betting firms will offer free bets, bonuses and other incentives ahead of the event getting underway.
Which other teams are in the betting?
It’s not been a good year for Argentina, who have struggled with their form. Many World Cup Qualification predictions had them down as winners of the South American group but it hasn’t worked out that way and they currently occupy the final spot, which would require a play-off match in order to guarantee their participation in the event. Despite all of this, they remain fourth favorites in the betting. Many World Cup predictions are suggesting Spain can wrestle back control from Germany, while France are also tipped for a tilt at the trophy. Both have hugely talented squads. At bigger prices, Uruguay, Chile and Colombia could all be surprise packages and things seem to be picking up for the USA as well. The ladies team may have been successful in the Women’s World Cup Final back in 2015 but previous tournaments haven’t been kind to the men’s side and they’ll be hoping for a favorable group. The Netherlands, who are hoping to follow in the footsteps of their female counterparts that wrapped up the Women’s European Championships in August 2017 are somewhat surprisingly 14th in the betting, after a tumultuous few years which saw them fail miserably in their qualifying campaign for Euro 2016.
How are the favorites decided?
There is still plenty of time and much more soccer to be played before we reach the World Cup 2018, however the outright market for the tournament has been priced up and odds are available on each nation’s chance of success at the tournament. The bookmakers have decided that reigning champions Germany are worthy of favoritism ahead of the event and they will be at the top of many people’s World Cup predictions this summer due to their seemingly endless pool of squad depth. The world champions could afford to leave out the likes of Mesut Ozil, Thomas Muller and Toni Kroos during their Confederations Cup success in 2017 and it’s easy to see why they are favorites for this tournament. Other factors in market formation include potential schedule leading up to the tournament, recent scores and results in qualification matches and any key injuries or suspensions ahead of the World Cup 2018. Furthermore, historical statistics could play a part, too. For example, there hasn’t been a team from outside Europe who have been victorious in the tournament when it has been staged in the Americas and that record continued in 2014 following Argentina’s failure in the final. Fifa rankings also play some part in deciding the favourites although current leaders Brazil are only second favorites in the World Cup 2018 betting.
Who are the favorites to win the World Cup 2018?
Germany will be top of many pundit’s World Cup predictions and they are market leaders in the betting. There are a number of teams who are hoping to displace them from favoritism before the tournament begins. They have a tremendous squad and the big-game mentality which should help them at the World Cup 2018. Brazil’s recent scores have suggested they have finally clicked under new manager Tite and they aren’t far behind the current champions in the betting.
More Crucial Betting Information to Come
There are many betting options in the outright market and it can be a minefield weighing up the pros and cons of each side, however, many bettors like to try and find the early value when making their World Cup predictions. More markets will appear once sides have successfully completed their qualification and here at BettingTop10, we’ll keep you updated of any major changes in the betting as we bring you all of the build-up to the tournament.