Outright Market Looks Wide Open
Throughout the history of the World Cup, only eight teams have ever been triumphant but 2018 could be the year that a new name is engraved on the trophy. It’s been a tournament full of shocks and there are a number of outsiders who will be aiming to join that elite club.
Brazil remain the favourites and are priced at 57/17 with 10Bet and many will fancy the Selecao to wrap up their sixth success in the competition but they are likely to have a tough run-in and will have to face either France, Uruguay or Belgium en-route to the final.
William Hill are offering 5/4 for a first-time winner of the tournament with Russia, Croatia and Belgium all in with a chance of success at this year’s event. The hosts are priced at 20/1 and are considered outsiders but they’ve already eliminated Spain and it could be dangerous to underestimate them. Croatia powered through the group stage but required penalties to sneak past a dogged and determined Denmark. They are joint-third favourites alongside England at 6/1 with Betfair.
Uruguay won the inaugural championship and they could be dangerous. They must overcome 1998-winners France in the quarter-final but they are defending well and will be confident of their chances.
As of July 2nd, Sweden, Switzerland and Colombia all remain in with a chance but it’s just a glimmer of hope. The latter can be backed at 20/1 but they must overcome England in the round of 16.
Edison Cavani’s Injury Threatens to Derail Uruguay’s Title Hopes
Uruguay’s 2-1 victory over Portugal was marred by Edison Cavani’s injury which forced him to leave the field midway through the second half. The forward had already netted twice in the round of 16 clash but felt a twinge and was forced to depart. The PSG striker is hoping to be fit for his side’s quarter-final clash with France but he may have to sit out of that game.
Cristhian Stuani and Maxi Gomez are decent backup options for Uruguay but Cavani will be sorely missed if he’s deemed not fit enough to face Les Bleus. They have been priced up as 7/2 outsiders for this clash by Betfred but they’ve only conceded a single goal at the tournament so far and can be confident of making it through.