The wait is finally over. We are only a few hours away from the highly anticipated tournament at Russia. In about a month, we will all come to know who the winner of the glorious Cup would be. Out of the 32 teams, we take a look at the teams who are most likely to win this World Cup i.e. ‘FIFA World Cup 2018 Champions’.
#1 GERMANY: Given the fact that they will defend the World Cup and they recently won the Confederations Cup, Germany definitely are a force to reckon with. According to bet365, the odds of Germany lifting the Cup is 9/2. Joachim Low’s men have shown over the years that they have the onus to last long in such tournaments. With world class players like Neuer, Boateng, Hummels, Kroos, Ozil, and Muller in the squad, it won’t be shocking if they retain the World Cup.
#2 BRAZIL: Brazil undoubtedly is the favorites of this World Cup. According to bet365, the odds of Brazil winning the World Cup is 4/1. With star players like Thiago Silva, Marcelo, Felipe Luis, Coutinho, Paulinho, Casemiro led by their talisman Neymar, Brazil is expected to reach the final this time. Brazil would be looking to forget their 1-7 defeat to Germany in 2014 and achieve the greatness that everybody expects from them. All eyes would be on Neymar as Brazil look to take their World Cup tally to six this time.
#3 ARGENTINA: For years now pundits have observed that the only thing Lionel Messi needs to cement his status as the best player in football history is the World Cup. Probably the team with best attack line-up in this World Cup, should go for a definite champions spot. The Barcelona star was a beaten finalist in 2014 but the outlook does not look particularly good for 2018. They are priced at 9/1 to win the tournament. The stars of the team Otamendi, Rojo, Mascherano, Angel Di Maria, Banega, Aguero, Dybala, and Messi need to do something out of the world to bring the long-lost glory to their nation.
#4 FRANCE: France is among the favorites to win the competition 20 years after their first and only triumph. It is not surprising to see Les Bleus so highly rated (odds are 13/2) considering that Didier Deschamps has an impressive pool of talent to draw from, which includes the likes of Paul Pogba, Antoine Griezmann, Lloris, Varane, Umtiti, Giroud, Lemar, and Dembele.
#5 SPAIN: The 2010 world champions Spain are not the same Furia Roja that dominated international football from 2008 to 2012, but, with players such as Sergio Ramos, Isco and Andres Iniesta at their disposal, they remain one of the most fearsome teams in the world. The odds of Spain lifting the trophy is 13/2.
#6 BELGIUM: Another outside bet for the 2018 World Cup is Belgium, whose ‘Golden Generation’ – including players like Kevin De Bruyne, Eden Hazard, and Romelu Lukaku – has now reached a level of maturity that should see them mount a serious challenge, something that is reflected in their odds of 11/1. They definitely have the firepower in the paper to life the 21st edition of the World Cup.
Let’s wait and watch who clinches the World Cup in the end, one of the favourites or an underdog. The World Cup never disappoints.