2018 World Cup Winner Predictions and Latest Odds
The 2018 World Cup is just around the corner and all the top nations are putting the finishing touches to their preparations.
Brazil and Germany are favourites to win the trophy, but France, Argentina and Spain are also fancied to make their mark in Russia and all five teams are popular when World Cup winner predictions are being made by pundits.
So who will win the World Cup? We’ve compiled an overview of the main contenders along with a look at the latest odds currently available.
There are a number of different World Cup markets available, but picking the winner of the tournament is usually the most popular option. We’ve taken a look at the probability of each side winning in Russia.
Our predictions show that Brazil are the likeliest winners of the tournament, closely followed by Germany and France.
World Cup 2018 Outright Predictions
There is nothing to choose between Brazil and Germany in the outright betting market, with both sides priced at 9/2. Brazil’s 7-1 defeat against the Germans in the 2014 semi-finals took them a long time to recover from, but they have bounced back in style to comfortably qualify for the latest tournament.
They haven’t reached the final since lifting the World Cup in 2002, but the five-time winners have a long history of success on football’s highest stage. The likes of Neymar, Gabriel Jesus and Philippe Coutinho give Brazil a dangerous cutting edge and it would be a major surprise if they don’t at least reach the semi-finals.
Germany are expected to provide the stiffest challenge to Brazil. The reigning champions breezed through qualification, scoring 43 goals and conceding just four in 10 games.
Their performance in the 2014 final against Argentina showed that they could produce gritty performances when necessary and they will be a force to be reckoned with this summer. However, they were beaten 1-0 by Brazil in a friendly during March and that will give the Samba Kings confidence that they can come out on top in Russia.
Third favourites France are priced at 11/2 and are also expected to have a major impact at the World Cup. An opening group of Peru, Denmark and Australia should hold no fears for a squad that contains some serious firepower.
France have failed to reach the semi-finals in the last two World Cups, but they conceded just six goals during qualifying and could be hard to beat this time around.
Spain and Argentina round off the top five in the World Cup winner predictions. The two sides met recently in a friendly and Spain ran out 6-1 winners. They are unbeaten under manager Julen Lopetegui (which has been replaced by Fernando Hierro) and look back to the sort of form that saw them win the tournament in 2010. Odds of 6/1 suggest that punters fancy them to be hugely competitive in Russia.
Argentina are heavily reliant on Lionel Messi, but despite his genius it’s difficult to imagine the 9/1 shots winning the tournament. Belgium, England and Portugal are also prominent in the outright market and could spring a surprise if they play to their full potential.