Caption: The favourites, Brazil.
On June 14, the 21st staging of the FIFA World Cup will get underway in Russia with the hosts taking on Saudi Arabia and let’s face it, everyone is excited for the World Cup because it means World Cup 2018 betting. By far, the biggest sports event of them all, the entire world will be tuning in to watch their teams in Russia. In all, 32 teams enter, but only one can win. Which brings us to the million-dollar question: Who will win the World Cup Russia 2018?
Below, we have looked at the prospects of the top five teams in the betting. Don’t place a bet without reading first.
The favourites for the cup this year, just as they are every other year, are of course, Brazil. With good reason too as the Samba Boys have won the event more than anyone else and they, more than anyone, conjure up the magic for the World Cup. With legends like Pele, Romário, Ronaldo and Denilson, they are understandably admired. Though this is no vintage year for the boys from Brazil. The world’s two most expensive ever players, Coutinho and Neymar — should he be fit — will be expected to lead the campaign with added invention required from Firmino, Willian and Jesus. The side comes into the tournament in good shape, beating Russia 3-0 and Germany 1-0 in pre-tourney friendlies, as new coach Tite perfects his starting XI without or hopefully, with his star player. With Neymar potentially fit for the World Cup and back in a line-up already bursting with talent, no one can deny Brazil’s strength, and that’s why many see them as favourites right now.
Caption: The holders, Germany.
The holders, Germany, are another side that are always considered to be among the World Cup favourites. Yet they are in indifferent form having not beaten a top rival inside 90 minutes in 10 matches. That said, their 1-0 reverse to Brazil last month was their first defeat in 23 games. But don’t be fooled, the qualifying campaign produced a 100 percent win rate and a +39-goal advantage, so they’re hardly struggling either. Team manager Joachim Löw bemoaned the attitude of his players during the defeat to Brazil, but it is worth remembering that he is always introducing young players to an already youthful side. The four-time champions, who have not failed to reach a semi-final since France ‘98, will turn to Toni Kroos of Real Madrid for inspiration. The midfielder is one of the best in the world and will be crucial in Russia as potentially could be RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner who at the age of 22 has already banked seven goals in his international career so far. The rule says that you should never go against the Germans, and it would take a brave man to bet against them here.
The winners in 2010 and back-to-back winners of the European Championship either side of that triumph, Spain are once again reaching the peak of perfection. Now under the charge of former Under-21 boss Julen Lopetegui who has reinvigorated the side, the team is once again building on the tried-and-tested formidable spine of Ramos, Pique, Busquets, Silva and Iniesta, arguably the greatest player Spain has ever produced. Now though, a host of young talent has breathed fresh life into the side, giving what many believe to be the perfect blend of experience and youth. Chief among the new blood are the supremely talented Isco, another one on the books of Real Madrid, Niguez, Morata, Aduriz, Aspas and Costa, any one of which can and likely will provide firepower if selected. Qualifying with ease from a group that contained Italy — who didn’t make it to Russia — Lopetegui’s men scored 36 times and conceded only three. Look out too for 22-year-old rising star Marco Asensio whose reputation continues to grow. Quick and with an eye for a goal or a killer pass, the Mallorca-born starlet already seeks out responsibility in big games and can prove a real game-changer for La Roja in Russia.
Caption: Look out for Argentina.
The fifth favourites and two-time winners Argentina are one side that has felt the full force of this Spanish re-emergence, losing 6-1 in Madrid a month ago. Argentina do have World Cup pedigree though and also boast the world’s top player in Lionel Messi, so they should be more than capable of rising to the occasion when the time comes in June. Except for a few star names, Messi, Dybala and Aguero, around 25/1 to be top scorer Jorge Sampaoli is still tweaking his players and tactics, so we don’t yet know how they’ll line up. But for sure, what we have seen so far will no doubt be improved upon when the World Cup starts and have been installed rightly as one of the standout favourites.
Led by Didier Deschamps, Les Blues are another side boasting a good mix of exciting young players and seasoned pros. Matuidi, Kante and Griezmann are in the latter camp while Pogba, Fekir, Lemar and the soon-to-be world’s most expensive teenager Kylian Mbappe, who cost Paris Saint-Germain a price tag of £166 million, are all in the former and all are plying their trade with the top teams in the biggest competitions. Arguably, their top player is the centre back Raphael Varane, who plays for, you guessed it, Real Madrid. Varane will need to be in top form if he is to keep all the top end talent happy as himself aside, France’s weak point comes without doubt at the back. Arsenal’s Laurent Koscielny has had a less than convincing season and left-back Benjamin Mendy is due to return from a long-term injury layoff in April, which leaves him little time to find top-level form, meaning captain and goalkeeper Hugo Lloris could be busier than he’d like. They qualified easily enough, finishing at the top of their group and if they can keep things tight at the back, then they have the firepower to launch a winning campaign.
World Cup Betting
Caption: Plan your route to success.
There’s no shortage of World Cup bets available with all the top online bookmakers where you’ll find outright odds, top goal scorer odds, red cards and much more. Look out too for free World Cup bet promotions throughout the month-long tournament. World Cup betting is perfect for new bettors as it is considered low risk yet offers high returns. Before you put down any real money, however, do your research and understand your odds and probability of success. Use UKbettips to give yourself the best chance of a happy ending.
Of course, even after you’ve done all your research, decided on your limit and placed your bet, it’s in the lap of the gods. But betting isn’t random. In fact, you have applied whatever formula you choose to generate your decision and potentially increase your chances of success. Better this than giving yourself a random chance of success. Just look at the odds of a more random game, say online slots, to see how some games of chance can be when hunting for a jackpot. For those of you that like to leave as little to chance as possible, betting at least gives us some power over our selections. Make sure you use that power.