The World Cup 2018 Outright Market Remains Wide Open
Can Spain Justify Favouritism in Russia?
The World Cup 2018 outright market looks wide open and it’s set to be a fascinating battle in Russia. Spain finished top of Group B and remain favourites for the title but La Roja failed to beat Morocco and have shipped five goals in their opening three matches. Gerard Pique and Sergio Ramos looked out of sorts against the Atlas Lions and they need to tighten up in the knock-out rounds. They can be backed at 9/2 with Paddy Power and will face Russia in the round of 16.
Fernando Hierro’s side have plenty of depth in their squad and the caretaker boss will be able to make a number of changes as his side progress through the tournament but many punters will be tempted to look elsewhere.
Brazil are second favourites but only collected four points from their first two Group E contests and took 90 minutes to break down Costa Rica. Tite’s side have been effective at the back and they will rely upon the likes of Phillipe Coutinho and Neymar Jr to provide moments of magic in the final third. They can be backed at 5/1 with Boylesports.
Germany began with a defeat and they’ve also struggled at the back so far but they remain prominent in the outright market. Joachim Low’s side can be backed at 7/1 with 10 Bet and they were much improved in their second Group F game against Sweden. No side has won back-to-back titles since 1962 and Germany will be looking to create history.
Dark Horses Croatia Offer Value in the Outright Market
It’s been a terrific couple of weeks for Croatia who have booked their place in the round of 16 with consummate ease.
Zlatko Dalic’s side won all three of their Group D games and have conceded just a single goal in 270 minutes of football. They picked up victories against Nigeria, Argentina and Iceland and will be confident of beating Denmark in their round of 16 contest.
They have a number of talented players and are led by the imperious Luka Modric, who is relishing his advanced role in the side. He has netted two of Croatia’s seven goals at the tournament and they will be looking to recreate their run to the final four at France ’98.
Betway are offering a standout price of 14/1 on Croatia to be victorious at the 2018 World Cup and add their name to the exclusive list of tournament winners.