Latest World Cup Betting Odds – Who will win 2018?

6th June 2018 | World Cup Betting category: World Cup Betting & Odds
World Cup Betting & Odds

Who will be crowned the 2018 World Cup champions on Sunday, July 15? A month after a big kick-off on June 14 between Russia and Saudi Arabia, we will finally find out which nation it is going to be who has conquered the tournament. The World Cup from a tournament betting perspective, is not usually worth looking outside of the favourites for.

It is usually the big nations who come through the task of winning the World Cup, the pinnacle of football. So even though you’re looking at a big field 32 kicking off at Russia 2018, realistically the field is much smaller than that in terms of who will win 2018.

For example, you’re not good looking at the likes of Japan, Denmark, Egypt and Mexico to really pull off a surprise and trump everybody. It is just not realistic and the history of World Cup winners proves that. From 20 previous World Cup editions, there have only been eight different victors.

World Cup 2018 Outright Winner Odds*

Brazil 4/1
Germany 9/2
Spain 6/1
France 13/2
Argentina 9/1
Belgium 11/1
England 16/1
Portugal 25/1
Uruguay 28/1
Croatia 33/1
Colombia 40/1
Russia 40/1
Poland 66/1
Switzerland 100/1
Denmark 100/1
Mexico 100/1
Sweden 150/1
Bar 200/1
* (Betting Odds taken from bet365 at 4:37 p.m. on June 4th, 2018)

 

Brazil in fine shape

So out of the big nations heading to the 2018 World Cup, who is leading the way in the latest World Cup betting odds? Who will win 2018? Well if you follow the logic of the bookmakers, then it is Brazil who are most likely to succeed in Moscow on July 15. Brazil are the 4/1 odds favourites* (Betting Odds taken at 4:37 p.m. on June 4th, 2018) to collect the victory and that is because they have a head coach who has taken them in a very good strong direction.

Head coach Tite has built something very good with Brazil since the last World Cup. They cruised through qualification topping the group with games to spare and the notable difference between the Brazil of now and the Brazil of four years ago when they lost the semi finals to Germany, is that they are no longer solely reliant on their star player Neymar. They have a tremendous balance throughout squad now and are able to field teams who can find for themselves even if Neymar is on the sidelines.

There was an injury scare to Neymar ahead of the World Cup but he made his return to international duty ahead of the tournament and that will only boost Brazil’s chances further. They seem to have everything together, the creativity and flair, the strength in midfield, a good goalkeeper and a head coach who has made them very tactically strong, playing a compact game which they use as the base for quick powerful attacks.

Title defence challenge for Germany

Four years ago semi-final, Germany simply passed their way through a Brazil side who tried to play down the flanks. Germany secured a 7-1 victory, one of the most remarkable and memorable results in the history of the World Cup. Four years on Germany, who had been in the top three in each of the last three World Cups, and are just as strong and together as ever to the point where they have left out Leroy Sane from the squad. Germany are 9/2 odds with bet365* (Betting Odds taken at 4:37 p.m. on June 4th, 2018) in the World Cup 2018 outright winner market, the team closest to Brazil.

That looks to be a pretty fair assessment, but Germany themselves will know that it is immensely difficult to go out and successfully defend World Cup title. They have failed on each of their three previous occasions, and Brazil and Italy are the only two nations who have ever actually managed to win back-to-back World Cup titles. Germany have the balance of flair and defensive strength they are again to be feared and respected in the tournament. It would appear though that Brazil have closed the gap over the last four years to the world champions.

Red Fury ready to rise again

Spain have been backed further and further to the point where they are now 6/1* (Betting Odds taken at 4:37 p.m. on June 4th, 2018) third-favourites in the bet365 outright winner market ahead of France. Spain very quietly have come along so well in their progress since their disaster four years ago where they did not make it out of the group stage. This looks a completely different set up for the Red Fury even though a lot of the familiar faces are still there. The big difference between Brazil 2014 and Russia 2018 for the Spaniards is a four years ago they were looking for youth to plug some holes, but what they had wasn’t ready or experienced enough. This time around their squad looks very strongly blended with youth and experience, particularly as you would expect, in midfield.

But will Spain have the man upfront to get them the goals? That’s really the one grey area about the Spaniards and the challenge of the 2018 World Cup. Then there is France who makes up the leading pack at the French squad and it’s hard to see where any weaknesses or any cracks are. They have world class goalkeeping, they have a miraculous blend of power and creativity in the middle of the Park, and it’s all topped off with the goal scoring threat of Antoine Griezmann. The one question mark over France and why they are not shorter price, is that their head coach Didier Deschamps hasn’t always got things tactically correct such as in the 2016 European Championships final where they lost to Portugal after abandoning their positive play to go cautious. The squad is there, are the tactics and mental fortitude?

Who will win 2018?

A good way to look at your World Cup 2018 betting is perhaps to look for the squad who have the least question marks over them and as far as we can see that is Brazil. You will see a little bit more tactical nous from manager Tite and they now have a great balance between front and back on the pitch. The fact that they are more of an efficient team as opposed to just being relient on Neymar, that is such a benefit for them.

They are no longer just a good team with a superstar, they are a great side stacked with superstars. Snap up the latest World Cup betting odds on Brazil, or whoever your fancy is to win the tournament, before those prices come tumbling down when the strong teams get up and running.



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