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2018 FIFA World Cup Odds Update

June 14 is fast approaching and with it, the kick-off of the 2018 FIFA World Cup. The tournament will begin with 32 teams and although any team can win, an underdog nation winning the World Cup is rare historically. Let’s have a look at the top contenders for the 2018 World Cup, starting with the heavyweights.

Group A
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  • Egypt

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  • Russia

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  • Saudi Arabia

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  • Uruguay

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Group B
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  • Iran

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  • Morocco

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  • Portugal

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  • Spain

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Group C
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  • Australia

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  • Denmark

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  • France

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  • Peru

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Group D
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  • Argentina

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  • Croatia

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  • Iceland

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  • Nigeria

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Group E
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  • Brazil

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  • Costa Rica

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  • Switzerland

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  • Serbia

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Group F
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  • Germany

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  • South Korea

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  • Mexico

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  • Sweden

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Group G
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    • MP
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  • Belgium

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  • England

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  • Panama

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  • Tunisia

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Group H
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  • Colombia

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  • Japan

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  • Poland

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  • Senegal

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    Best Odds to Win the World Cup

    Brazil +450, Germany +450

    Brazil and Germany both feel like the perennial favourites every time the World Cup rolls around, and for good reason. Brazil have won the World Cup five times in their history, which is more than any other team. Germany, meanwhile, are the defending champions and now have four World Cup titles to their name. They’ll be looking to match Brazil with their fifth World Cup title in 2018. These two countries find themselves deadlocked at +450 on the World Cup odds board in the FIFA futures market.

    Brazil may have revenge on their mind after Germany embarrassed them with a 7-1 semifinal elimination in 2014. If Brazil and Germany play as they’re expected to, we could see another Germany vs Brazil final this year. Both teams are in favourable groups and should advance out of the group stage and into the round of 16 easily. Since 2002, Germany haven’t finished lower than third place in the World Cup. Brazil finished fourth in 2014 and haven’t won the World Cup since 2002, when they beat the Germans.

    The 2018 Brazilian and German teams are once again loaded with talent and can score in bunches. Brazil scored 41 goals in 18 qualifying games, while Germany tied a qualifying record with 43 goals in 10 straight wins. Germany also stifled opponents’ attacks, allowing only four goals in those 10 dominating wins.

    2018 World Cup Odds: A Step Behind the Best

    France +650, Spain +650

    Despite the World Cup’s long history, only eight countries have won the title. The two newest countries to join this exclusive club are France and Spain. France reached the soccer pinnacle in 1998, and Spain achieved the World Cup glory more recently, in 2010. So when analyzing the World Cup betting odds, it’s easy to see why France and Spain are considered contenders for this year’s tournament. In addition to both teams’ recent success at the tournament, they boast a lot of talent. Manchester United teammates, Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial, will lead France. Pogba will be returning for his second World Cup after appearing with France in 2014. Only 22-years-old, Martial is one of France’s youngest stars and will be making his World Cup debut this year if he’s selected. Martial made France’s 2016 Euro squad and with nine goals this season for Manchester United, he looks ready to make his World Cup debut. Since France’s World Cup victory in 1998, the team hasn’t advanced past the quarterfinals, so they’ll be looking to their young stars to step up and help propel them further through the tournament.

    Spain followed their 2010 World Cup victory with a group stage exit in 2014. The odds of that happening again are slim. Spain are expected to win their group, but even if Portugal are able to stun Spain and escape victorious from Group B, Spain should definitely be able to finish ahead of Iran and Morocco to secure their spot in the round of 16. Captained by Real Madrid defender, Sergio Ramos, Spain will lean on Ramos, who will be competing in his third World Cup. He debuted in 2010 when Spain were crowned champions. The Spanish team will once again rely heavily on Ramos’ stellar shut down ability, as he’s one of the best defenders in the world.

    Match-Up of the Day

    World Cup 2018 odds: The Best of the Rest

    Argentina +900, Belgium +1100, England +1600, Portugal +2500

    For aging stars such as Argentina’s Lionel Messi and Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo, 2018 is likely their last chance to achieve World Cup glory. Argentina finished painfully close in 2014, losing to Germany 1-0 in the final. They’ll be hard pressed to get there again, but this could be their last great chance with Messi. The same can be said about Cristiano Ronaldo. He’s still Portugal’s best player by a wide margin, but he too is getting older and may not be competing in four years. Portugal are coming off a European Championship in 2016, so that should give the team and bettors alike some confidence going into the 2018 World Cup.

    Belgium and England find themselves together in Group G and will be doing battle to see which team can escape Group G victorious. The good news for both of those teams is that Tunisia and Panama round out Group G, which should guarantee both of these contending teams a spot in the knockout round despite having to go head-to-head in the Group Stage. For a full list of World Cup betting odds, check out the FIFA World Cup section of the sportsbook.
     

     

    *Odds as of May 1, 2018