World Cup 2018 Predictions
We’re very excited for Russia 2018 which gets underway on June 14 and the betting markets have already been formed with Germany installed as early favourites for the summer tournament.
Joachim Low’s side are expected to retain their title and are amongst many pundit’s World Cup predictions to become the first side since Brazil in 1962 to succeed in back to back tournaments.
Here at BettingTop10, we cannot wait for the tournament to get started and we’ll be keeping you updated with the latest news and major changes in the betting ahead of the commencement. Once squads are announced, further odds and markets will be priced up by many of Ireland’s top bookmakers.
How are the favourites decided?
There are many factors which go into World Cup predictions and the same variations are generally considered by the traders when pricing up the markets.
Germany’s success in the previous tournament, beating Argentina 1-0 in the final, coupled with their 2017 triumph at the Confederations Cup, are likely to be the reasons behind their favouritism. Joachim’s Low’s side are an extremely talented bunch and they were afforded the courtesy of resting players during the 2017 summer tournament held in Russia.
Brazil’s results have been eyecatching in recent months under their new coach Tite and their odds have shortened as a result. Brazil are always going to feature prominently because of their history in the competition although many felt they were living on their past reputation over the last few years. Their recent resurgence has seen a flurry of betting activity and many tipsters including them in their World Cup predictions.
If a player emerges during the course of the domestic season and impresses with a string of terrific performances, he may be called up to the national squad causing a reduction in the price.
Here at BettingTop10, we’ll bring you the best guide to the tournament and keep you up to date of any significant changes in the betting.
Who are the favourites to win the World Cup 2018?
Germany are the favourites for the tournament and sit at the top of the FIFA ranking. Brazil, who were favourites for the 2014 tournament, which was held in their own country, failed to justify that support by embarrassingly crashing out at the hands of the eventual winners.They take second place in the FIFA rankings.
They’ll be hoping for revenge this time around and have the same 5/1 odds as the predicted favourite Germany. Observers of the South America Qualifiers are noting down some terrific recent performances from the Selecao, who surely has to be amongst the top World Cup predictions with talented players such as Phillipe Coutinho and Neymar on their books.
It’s never a surprise to see Spain prominent in the betting, although it’s all change under new coach Julen Lopetegui and there are still a few questions about their defence. They will be led by the majestic David Silva. They are always likely to play terrific football but occasionally lack penetration in the final third.
Favouritism is likely to change once the groups and fixtures are announced. This will happen on the 1st of December when the 32 final teams are added to their groups. The betting will be determined by each side’s potential route to the final. Brazil will be hoping they won’t come across the favourites Germany until at least the final.
Which other teams are in the betting?
Outside of the top two in the betting, Argentina are positioned as early fifth favourites for the tournament with odds of 15/2 at Ladbrokes despite a disastrous qualifying campaign. They have some of the most talented players in the world at their disposal, however, former boss Edgardo Bauza failed to get a tune out of his side and was replaced by Jorge Sampaoli. The former Sevilla man could re-energise his side and following the change of regime, they will be a popular pick in many punters’ World Cup predictions. The new man has already dropped Gonzalo Higuain from the squad as he aims to put his side back on track.
England and Portugal are hovering around the 18/1 mark. The latter were written off ahead of their success at Euro 2016 although they’ll be relying on Cristiano Ronaldo once again and the Ballon D’or winner will be priced up prominently in the Golden Ball market at Russia 2018.
More Crucial Betting Information to Come
It’s still quite early to be making any World Cup predictions and there are plenty more markets to come following the Group Draw. We’ll bring you updated news and views from all of the key teams featuring in the World Cup 2018 as well as the latest betting offers, free bets and market movements.