We’re very excited for Russia 2018 and the betting markets have already been formed.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Spain’s manager 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.
Outside of the top two in the betting, Argentina are positioned as early fifth favourites for the tournament, 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.
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.