World Cup 2018 Prediction & Betting Odds

7th December 2017 | World Cup Betting category: World Cup Betting & Odds
World Cup Betting & Odds

The dates are set, the draw is done, the fixtures are lined up and now the countdown to the World Cup 2018 is really on. The draw was made on December 1st, 2017 and so the group stage is all line up and teams now know who they have to prepare to meet at the tournament. The current reigning champions are Germany, who took a 1-0 win over Argentina in the 2014 World Cup Final are heading back to the tournament as joint favourites along with South American giants Brazil.

They are joint 5/1 favourites with William Hill to lift the trophy and the Germans would equal Brazil’s record of five titles if they can get their hands back on the title. If Die Mannschaft were able to do it, then they would be just the third nation ever to have won it back to back, joining the elite club that Italy and Brazil have joined already. Russia 2018 will be the 21st World Cup and the event will be hosted across several time zones, but all but one of the twelve venues are actually west of the Ural mountains to keep things manageable. Still, there will be a lot of travel for teams.

Panama an Iceland are the only two nations who will be making their debut in the World Cup. From the 2014 edition of the tournament, twenty of the teams that played there will be back four years later for the 2018 edition. After winning their qualification group ahead of Serbia, Iceland created a bit of history for themselves in becoming the smallest nation ever to play at a World Cup. Panama, thanks to luck and drama managed to squeeze their way to the tournament at the major expense of the USA.

World Cup 2018 Draw

Group A: Russia, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Uruguay
Group B: Portugal, Spain, Morocco, Iran
Group C: France, Australia, Peru, Denmark
Group D: Argentina, Iceland, Croatia, Nigeria
Group E: Brazil, Switzerland, Costa Rica, Serbia
Group F: Germany, Mexico, Sweden, South Korea
Group G: Belgium, Panama, Tunisia, England
Group H: Poland, Senegal, Colombia, Japan

World Cup Betting Odds

Germany 5/1, Brazil 5/1, France 6/1, Spain 15/2, Argentina 9/1, Belgium 12/1, England 16/1, Portugal 25/1, Russia 33/1, Uruguay 33/1, Colombia 33/1, Croatia 40/1, Poland 40/1, Denmark 80/1, Switzerland 80/1, 100/1 bar

The Front Runners for World Cup 2018

Germany 5/1

The Germans have an embarrassment of riches in their squad. If you needed proof about their development system, they send what was pretty much a C-side to the Confederations Cup in the summer of 2017 and still managed to win the thing outright. They won all ten of their qualification matches and were scoring for fun along the way, conceding just four goals in their ten games. They are the epitome of tournament efficiency and should be well back in the mix.

Brazil 5/1

The Brazilians impressed a lot in the South American qualification zone and there is no tougher qualification process than CONMEBOL. The Selecao won the group with games to spare at the end of the day and that will make them dangerous at the World Cup 2018. They have some sparkling young talent in the likes of Neymar, Roberto Firmino and Gabriel Jesus up front, while Roma goalkeeper Alisson is really impressing this season. They don’t have the youngest of defences but should go deep in the competition.

France 6/1

The French are really the only ones, who can match Germany in terms of talent in the depth of their squad. They are absolutely packed with talent and options in all departments and they should be a side who most of the others will want to avoid. However, the one question about them is their mentality. Think of their group stage exits in 2002 and 2010. When the going gets tough, will the French have enough to dig deep and battle their way through? It’s not all just about the glamour and beautiful football.

Spain 15/2

The 2010 champions had a disastrous title defence in 2014 as they were hammered by the Netherlands in the group stage and they failed to get to the knockout stage of the competition. The Roja were also ditched out of the round of sixteen at Euro 2016 by Italy after only finishing second in their group to Croatia. Their midfield isn’t as dominant as it was when they won the tournament back in 2010 and there is going to be a lot of pressure riding on the shoulders of Alvaro Morata to produce the goals. There’s not much else up top for them.

Argentina 9/1

Coach Jorge Sampaoli has a tough job on his hand. He is an attack minded coach, who likes to get that high press going, but it was a matter of grinding things out in qualification. While Brazil were stomping all over everybody else, Argentina really struggled only averaging around a goal per game. Will Sampaoli get them going the way he really wants to hit when they hit Russia 2018? Will Lionel Messi have the tournament of his career?

England’s Draw

England got themselves a draw better than they could have hoped for really. They could have had some tough opposition and while they go against Belgium, who are ranked 5th in the World, it is much better than them having had to face someone like Germany or Brazil. Belgium are 10/11 odds on favourites at William Hill to win Group G with England at 11/8. The Three Lions don’t actually have a bad projection ahead for the round of sixteen as they will face someone from Group H which contains Poland, Senegal, Colombia or Japan in the round of sixteen. The level of toughness steps up following that though as someone like Brazil or Germany could be waiting in the quarter finals.


Germany looks the best option to go with in terms of winning the tournament. They have so much talent in their squad and they are so efficient and brilliant at handling tournament football that they should go far and get close to retaining their title. Argentina have now been backed back into an unappealing price given their qualification campaign and if Croatia can avoid France in the round of sixteen, then they have a good chance as a dark horse because there is probably no better midfield in the tournament than there is.

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