Since overtaking Germany on the World Cup betting odds, Brazil are the team to beat at the 2018 World Cup. They have +400 World Cup 2018 odds to win their sixth World Cup title—this time, under the guidance of coach Tite, who entered the scene at a time when Brazil was failing to even qualify for the 2018 World Cup. Tite turned things around, and the team earned 10 victories and two ties in the remaining qualifications. Other than Germany, their strongest competition for the title will come from perennial powerhouses like Spain, France, and Argentina. We’ll break down the top five teams to win World Cup glory.
Brazil +400 World Cup Betting Odds
Favoured by —350 odds to win Group E, the Seleção have won four back to back international friendlies, including a victory over Germany on March 27. The 21-year-old Manchester City forward Gabriel Jesus, who’s part of Tite’s regular XI, got them the only goal they needed to send the Germans packing. Playing left of Jesus in 4-3-3 formation at the World Cup will be Neymar, who was injured in February. He returned to the pitch in an international friendly against Croatia on June 3 and scored a goal.
Germany +475 World Cup Betting Odds
After a perfect 10 wins in 10 qualification matches in the UEFA Group C, Germany came back down to earth with two losses, three ties and one win in four international friendlies. Goalkeeper Manuel Neuer has returned since breaking his foot last September, debuting in Germany’s 2-1 loss to Austria. His most recent game, a 2-1 victory over Saudi Arabia, showed that he’s still in fine form after the hiatus.
Spain +600 World Cup Betting Odds
Spain will look to repeat the success they had at the 2010 World Cup, where they earned their only World Cup title. A group stage exit at the 2014 World Cup and a round of 16 exit at Euro 2016 left manager Julen Lopetegui with a puzzle to solve. So far, his approach has been solid. Many players on his squad were selected for their multi-dimensional abilities, proving that Lopetegui values flexibility as much as skill. Captained by Sergio Ramos, Spain’s squad will feature a good mix of players from the 2010 World Cup-winning team and fresh talent.
France +700 World Cup Betting Odds
After scoring the most goals of any player at the Euro 2016, Antoine Griezmann will lead France to their 15th World Cup appearance. They have a plethora of world class talent, including 25-year-old Paul Pogba. But getting them to gel will be coach Didier Deschamps’ top challenge. Things are going smoothly going into the tournament; France have won three and tied one of their last four international friendlies.
Argentina +900 World Cup Betting Odds
Coach Jorge Sampaoli had to do a last-minute replacement when Manuel Lanzini suffered an injury that sidelined him from the tournament. Enzo Perez, who plays for an Argentine club, will take his place. Their most important player is 30-year-old Lionel Messi. The FC Barcelona forward made sure Argentina qualified for the World Cup by scoring in a hat trick in a must win game against Ecuador. He hasn’t slowed down since, scoring another hat trick in an international friendly on May 29 against Haiti.
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*Odds as of June 12, 2018