The World Cup always produces a hugely entertaining month of top-class soccer and the 2018 tournament looks set to be a fascinating contest. It gets underway on June 14th and is being staged in Russia. During the build-up to the event, sports fans and bettors in South Africa will offer their opinions on which teams will win the competition. There have only ever been eight different winners of the World Cup and the dominance of those successful sides looks set to continue. All eyes are on the strongest teams in the tournament including current holders Germany who start at 5.55 second favourites with Net Bet. We take a look at which sides could be lifting the Jules Rimet Trophy on July 15th 2018.

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World Cup 2018 Predictions

This widget contains all of the top teams in the competition and displays the chances of each side. There are a number of countries who are in contention for top honours in Russia.

Brazil are the side who have been given the best chance of success at the 2018 World Cup and online bookmakers in South Africa have priced them up as 5.35 favourites. They flew through qualifying and have a tremendous roster of attacking talent which includes Neymar Jr, Phillipe Coutinho, Gabriel Jesus and Paulinho. They haven’t been victorious in the competition since 2002 but they are always a force to be reckoned with and under coach Tite, they look well-disciplined and organised.

Germany are expected to finish as runners-up. The final of the 2018 World Cup could see a repeat of the 2014 semi-final which saw Joachim Low’s side crush the hosts 7-1. It could be a fascinating battle with the South American side expected to exact revenge on the holders. Germany are always strong in major tournaments and they have quality all over the field. Eight of the projected first eleven featured at the 2014 tournament and have big-game experience.

France are also an enormously talented side and they are expected to finish third. Our predictions suggest that Les Bleus may just fall short in the semi-finals but should be successful in the third place play-off. They have the likes of Paul Pogba, Kylian Mbappe and Antoine Griezmann in their side and fell agonisingly short in Euro 2016 when missing out to Portugal.

Argentina and Spain are both predicted to reach the latter stages but are likely to fall short. They are predicted to give punters a good run for their money with the latter always popular in the betting markets. South African betting sites such as Betsafe have priced them up at 7.75. Argentina have Lionel Messi who is always capable of digging his side out of a hole with an individual moment of brilliance.

Portugal, Belgium and Uruguay are lively outsiders who could surprise but their chances of going all the way are fairly low and a place in the final four would be considered a success.

World Cup Winners Odds

Outright betting markets for the tournament are always extremely popular and South African punters can compare the latest World Cup 2018 odds in our table below:

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