World Cup 2018 Predictions
The World Cup 2018 is taking place across 11 different venues in Russia and gets underway on June 14. 32 teams will be competing for top honours, including defending champions Germany, who are aiming to successfully defend their crown following their success in Brazil.Read more
Here at Betting Top 10, we’ll be keeping you updated with all of the major incidents and news ahead of the summer tournament and bringing you any eye-catching changes in the betting markets – as well as bringing you our World Cup predictions and free bets as we get closer to the event.
Many pundits are already making their World Cup predictions for the 2018 tournament with Germany and Brazil dominating the market early on, with the latter looking very impressive under new manager Tite.
2018 World Cup Betting Top Bookies
How are the favourites decided?
Traders will use a variety of techniques to decide which teams are selected as favourites. Recent form in qualifying games are always a good indicator in these kind of markets, and many World Cup predictions are often made on how each nation performed in their group.
Previous history is also a factor that can help determine the market. Only eight teams have ever been successful at this tournament and there are a number of sides who don’t possess the winning mentality and often crumble under pressure. England are one of the many sides who have previously won a World Cup but their recent history and results suggest they may struggle to get beyond the semi-final stage of the competition so they are priced up accordingly.
Other World Cup predictions are based on historical statistics. For example, no team from outside Europe have been winners of the tournament when staged in the Americas and that record continued in 2014 following Argentina’s failure in the final.
The market is set to change numerous times prior to the commencement of the tournament with qualifying groups and tables beginning to take shape with every international break which passes.
Who are the favourites to win the World Cup 2018?
Germany are unsurprisingly priced up as favourites for the tournament and are top of many people’s World Cup predictions due to their recent success in major tournaments. They may have been ousted by Brazil at the top of the Fifa rankings but their recent triumph in Russia at the 2017 Confederations Cup has seen them emerge as solid favourites for the 2018 showpiece.
Spain, France, Portugal and Italy are other teams who will be fancied for the tournament, whilst Colombia and Chile are quietly fancied by others to cause an upset here.
Brazil’s recent form has seen them creep up and become second favourites in the football odds following their almost exemplary record since Tite took over from Dunga in the dugout.
Which other teams are in the betting?
The final 32 teams have not been completely decided yet, but a quick look at recent qualifying results and tables will help you with your World Cup predictions.
Argentina have had a largely disastrous qualifying campaign, struggling to win a match, yet they remain fourth favourites in the betting behind Euro 2016 runners-up France.
Belgium have traditionally struggled in previous tournaments but they are priced up prominently in the World Cup betting and many punters are willing to support the Red Devils as potential winners in Russia.
Hosts Russia are 12th favourites in the betting and will need to bounce back from a forgettable Euro 2016 campaign which saw them finish bottom of their group and many are doubting their ability to succeed.
England, meanwhile, are priced up at 20/1 for success, which is around the same price as Euro 2016 winners Portugal.
More Crucial Betting Information to Come
As we get closer to the tournament, we’ll bring you World Cup predictions as well as breaking news involving any managerial changes or key injuries to squad members. New markets will begin to take shape including which player will win the Golden Ball and who will finish top of their group and we’ll bring you news of these when they are priced up by the bookmakers. There are plenty of different types of bets to help you enjoy a profitable tournament and we can’t wait for it all to begin!