To become the FIFA World Cup champions you need a quite talented team, but also a great mental groundwork combined with exceptional team spirit to exceed all troubles along the way and make it to the top. The bettors should know that in twenty World Cup final tournaments thus far only eight different nations have managed to lift the World Cup Trophy, while plenty of gifted teams couldn’t go all the way. Brazil is the most successful country with five titles so far, Germany and Italy both have four trophies each, Argentina and Uruguay are behind with two victories apiece, while England, Spain, and France all have one title each.
At the 2018 World Cup in Russia, the bettors will see all past winners, besides Italy, but there will be some strong teams who will search for their first ever triumph. The bettors should pay attention to those sides, as the odds on any team to become the first time winner are set at +350, according to BetDSI Sportsbook, so let’s take a closer look at each team separately.
The Red Devils have one of the most talented generations in their history, so the bookies set them as the sixth biggest favorites to beat the 2018 FIFA World Cup with the odds at +1100. Eden Hazard – Kevin De Bruyne – Romelu Lukaku axle will be a massive offensive threat for any side at the tournament, while with some experienced players at the back such as Toby Alderweireld, Vincent Kompany, and Jan Vertonghen, the Red Devils look ready to finally make something big on the greatest soccer tournament.
Belgium had a nice draw, placing them in the Group G alongside England, Tunisia, and Panama, so the Red Devils should easily qualify for the Round of 16 where they could meet someone from Group H. With no heavyweight rivals until the Quarter-Finals, Belgium can build up the form and prepare the team for the most important matches of the tournament, as they could easily meet Brazil or Germany in the battle for the place in Semi-Finals. In the past, Belgium has always failed at the first difficult hurdle, but this time, their team seems capable of making that big step forward, so the bettors should necessarily keep track of Red Devils.
The current European champions are coming to Russia as the eighth strongest favorite to win the World Cup trophy with the wages at +2500, but when you have Cristiano Ronaldo in the team, everything is possible, even beating the FIFA World Cup. CR7 had a magnificent season with Real Madrid, winning the UEFA Champions League for the third consecutive time while bagging exactly one goal per game on average in 44 appearances in all competitions. This could be the last chance for the 33-year old forward to lift the World Cup Trophy, so he’s certainly determined to lead his team all the way.
Portugal will play in the Group B where they should finish above Morocco and Iran to qualify for the second round, while Uruguay could be a toughest potential rival in the Round of 16, so Cristiano Ronaldo and co. will surely have some close-fitting opponents. Likewise, Portugal is not only Ronaldo, as the talented forwards Bernardo Silva, Goncalo Guedes, and Gelson Martins are all tremendous players, while at the back, some experienced guys like Pepe and Jose Fonte will hold the things. Portugal possesses plenty of qualities among the squad, so they could upset the odds this summer.
Unlike Belgium or Portugal, the Blazers will have a difficult task in the group stage, as all other three teams in the Group D are strong opponents who can make a surprise. The Blazers will be +300 underdogs against Argentina, while they are slight favorites in both matches against Nigeria and Iceland. However, Croatia was beaten by Iceland in the qualifying round, so the Blazers will need their best form to even qualify for the knock-out phase.
Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic are both world-class midfielders, and this duo will lead the side and orchestrate the play along with the skillful winger Ivan Perisic, but the key for Blazers’ eventual success will be their defensive line. Both Dejan Lovren and Domagoj Vida are prone to making mistakes, whilst the 22-year old Tin Jedvaj doesn’t have enough experience to become the leader, so Croatia could have some serious issues at the back. Hereof, I don’t believe the Blazers are capable of winning their first World Cup title, as I just cannot see them beating two or three heavyweights in a row.
Los Cafeteros were brilliant in Brazil 2014, reaching the last eight for the first time in their history with four wins out of four games, but in the Quarter-Finals, they lost to the hosts Brazil 2-1 in a spectacular encounter. The leader of this 2014 team James Rodriguez is now a 26-year old superstar, and the winner of the Golden Boot Award from the previous tournament will be a key player for Los Cafeteros in Russia. The captain Radamel Falcao should be another invaluable member, as the 32-year old striker is still a great danger in the box, while Colombia’s top assist-maker from 2014 Juan Cuadrado is also in the plane for Russia.
Colombia is a well-organized team capable of beating the strongest sides in the world, but they should have a bumpy road at the 2018 World Cup. Los Cafeteros will play in the Group H alongside Poland, Senegal, and Japan, while Belgium or England will wait in the Round of 16. If they replicate performance from the last World Cup, we could see Colombia in the Quarter-Finals once again (the odds are set at +187), while this Colombia team has some young guns in the squad who can make it even further. However, I don’t believe they are capable of winning the title.
The hosts are always some kind of favorites, but this Russia side will be the lowest ranked team at the 2018 FIFA World Cup, so it would be a massive surprise if Sbornaya reaches the Final and beat the World Cup. The bookmakers set the odds at +4000 on the hosts to win the trophy, but I think the wages should be greater than +10000, as Sbornaya looks like a mediocre team who could struggle to qualify from their Group A.
However, the competition in the Group A is arguably the weakest one at the 2018 World Cup, so with a strong teamwork, Sbornaya could make it through to the second round where they should meet Spain or Portugal. Therefore, I don’t suggest betting on the Russians, as I’m convinced they would not make it to the Quarter-Finals here.
The Pick: Belgium (+1100)