World Cup 2018 Teams / Groups – Favourites & Winner Odds

World Cup Teams

Thirty two teams will be taking part in Russia 2018, but how many of them will really be thinking that they can win it? Who will punters be putting their stock into to go all the way to the final and lift the title? Heading back to the tournament as the reigning champions are Germany, who produced a dramatic extra-time success against Argentina four years ago in Brazil.

World Cup 2018 Groups

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

The Favourites

Germany are the 9/2 favourites at bet365* (betting odds taken at 7:46 p.m. on April 5th, 2018) to win the title once more this go around. They are one of four teams (at the time of writing) to be in single figures in the World Cup winner market at bookmaker bet365. Joining them in that status are Brazil, France and Spain. So is the winner going to come from that small group?

Spain have started to look all-powerful and all-conquering once again and thumped Argentina in a friendly in March 2018. That prompted their odds to be shaved down to get their hands on the title. France have an enviably deep squad, stacked with talent and potential from front to back and that is bound to help them go deep into the tournament and no-one is going to want to go up against them.

Brazil will be looking to bounce back from the nightmare they suffered in the 2014 World Cup semi-finals where they were destroyed 7-1 by eventual winners Germany. That will have wounded the pride of the Selecao, and they have a tremendous squad stacked with world-class talent to compete again.


Chasing Pack

Leading the chasing pack is Lionel Messi’s Argentina, who have been struggling for form for a while but will still get plenty of backing. The Red Devils of Belgium are one of the leaders in the chasing pack to get their hands on the title, while England at 18/1 odds with bet365* (betting odds taken at 7:46 p.m. on April 5th, 2018) will have to shake off some poor performances in recent major tournaments to get themselves in the picture.

Other strong options with a dark horse label on them will be Belgium, England and Uruguay. Interestingly Belgium and England are together in the same group and there is the strong likelihood that they will be two getting through from it so they should comfortably be in the round of sixteen. Uruguay are a genuine dark horse challenger.

The South Americans can boast a rich history in the World Cup and they have a powerful front line duo of Edinson Cavani and Luis Suarez. That is a strike force that will strike fear into any defence which they may come across. They are one of those tough teams that are more than capable of pulling off an upset.

Former Winners

Seven of the eight nations who have previously won a World Cup will be back at this year’s tournament. The only exception is Italy who were knocked out by Sweden in the UEFA qualification play-offs. Brazil are the all-time leaders with five World Cup wins, but Germany are right on their heels with four and so they could level it up if they pull off a repeat of four years ago. The other former winners taking part are Argentina, Uruguay, France, England and Spain.


The World Cup will get two debutants this year and that is Panama, who sprung a surprise in coming through a dramatic finish in CONCACAF, and European nation Iceland who produced that fantastic run two years ago at the European Championships, which included a win over England.

Winner Odds*

Germany 9/2, Brazil 4/1, France 13/2, Spain 6/1, Argentina 10/1, Belgium 11/1, England 18/1, Portugal 25/1, Uruguay 33/1, Croatia 33/1, Colombia 40/1, Russia 40/1, Poland 50/1, bar 100/1* (betting odds taken at 7:46 p.m. on April 5th, 2018)


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