Since 1930, the FIFA World Cup has been one of the most popular tournaments on the globe. The soccer festival is held every four years in different countries. Heading into the 2018 FIFA World Cup, Germany looks to successfully defend its title and become just the third team in tournament history to win back-to-back championships. The World Cup kicks off in Russia on June 14 and the championship game will be played on July 15.
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World Cup 2018 Stats and Standings
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World Cup 2018 Outright Odds, Predictions
The 21st edition of the FIFA World Cup gets underway on June 14 in Russia. Launched in 1930, Uruguay was the first team in tournament history to win the World Cup, defeating Italy in the championship. Since then, the World Cup has seen 8 different countries hoist the coveted trophy.
Brazil leads the way with 5 titles, winning the World Cup in 1958, 1962, 1970, 1994 and 2002. Brazil is one of only 2 countries, along with Italy, to have won back-to-back championships. Germany — the defending champions heading into the 2018 tournament in Russia — shares second place with Italy on the countries with most titles. Those soccer powerhouse teams have 4 titles apiece, followed by Argentina (2), Uruguay (2), France (1), England (1) and Spain (1).
While Brazil holds the most championships, it’s Germany that has had the most success in the World Cup. Germany has a tournament record 13 Top 4 finishes and 12 Top 3 finishes.
So which teams have the best shot at making it to the finals and winning it all? Here’s a look at who we think has the best chance, with odds courtesy of Sports Interaction.
Many sportsbooks, including Sports Interaction, has Germany has the odds-on favourite to repeat as champions — something that’s only done twice in the history of the tournament. With the bulk of the 2014 roster coming back, Germany is in good position to make another run at a title. The club should have no issues getting out of the group stage as it will play against Mexico, Sweden and South Korea in the opening round.
The Brazilian national team is among the early favourites to win it all at +480. However, the club has not won a World Cup title since 2002. Going into the tournament in Russia, Brazil will be hungry to snap that drought and the team certainly has the talent to make that happen. PSG star forward Neymar will carry much of the offensive load as the striker has more than 80 caps and has netted over 50 goals in a Brazil uniform.
After coming so close to winning the Euro Championship in 2016, France will be determined to make a deep run in the World Cup as well. France has only won the title one time, in 1998. The driving force for the French national team will be the 1-2 punch of striker Olivier Giroud and attacking midfielder Antoine Griezmann. The two combine for the majority of France’s offence and the club will need them to be sharp if they look to stand any chance of winning it all.
The Ticky-Tacky, short pass game Spain found success with may be a thing of the past, but the club is still one of the best teams in the world when it comes to playing a possession brand of football. Many bettors will be enticed to put money on Spain at +686 to win the championship outright. Spain looked impressive during the qualifying stages, playing 10 matches and posting a record of 9 wins, 1 draw and no losses.
In what will likely be Lionel Messi’s last World Cup, Argentina will look to win the country’s first championship in 32 years. The last time Argentina won the tournament, Messi was not even born. After coming so close in 2014 when the club made the final but fell to Germany, there is added inspiration for Argentina to return to the championship game and winning it all. At +800, look for many bettors to put money on Messi to lift his country to glory.Winner - Argentina (+800) Bet Now Runner Up - Brazil (+480) Bet Now
World Cup 2018 Group Stage Odds, Predictions
Germany is the team to beat heading into the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia this summer. While putting your money on the favourites to get through the group stage, picking the right underdogs and sleepers to shock the soccer world in the opening round is where you can really cash in. There are several groups in the 2018 FIFA World Cup that can make some noise in the early stages of the tournament, including the host Russians, who are +145 underdogs to win their group.
Group A Winner Odds, Predictions
Uruguay will have a favourable path to the knockout stage when the World Cup kicks off on June 14 in Russia. Uruguay are the heavy favourites in Group A, which also includes the host team from Russia, Egypt and Saudi Arabia. Let’s break down the odds and betting lines for the group stage as we also look at which teams will advance from Group A to the second round of the tournament.
There were concerns among the Uruguayan national soccer team leading up to this summer’s FIFA World Cup. A team that prides itself on having one of the best defences in the world, Uruguay struggled to hold on to leads during the qualifying rounds.
That’s when head coach Oscar Washington Tabarez made changes that have not only made Uruguay legitimate contenders to win their group, but also make a deep run in the tournament. Uruguay, which is a +105 favourite to top Group A, ditched its conservative style and opted for an attacking brand of football — one that has paid off dividends going into the 2018 World Cup.
The addition of midfielders Federico Valverde of Real Madrid and Rodrigo Bentancur of Juventus, Uruguay transformed its national team from an ageing group to a young, athletic squad many other clubs will fear. While there is a nice mix of new players on Uruguay’s national team, the club’s success will run through its 1-2 punch of goal-scoring threats Edinson Cavani and Luis Suarez — two forwards capable of winning the golden boot at the World Cup.
Uruguay begins its quest to win its second ever World Cup on June when it they take on Egypt in a Group A opener. As expected, Uruguay heads into its first match as -152 favourites over Egypt — making its first appearance in a World Cup since 1990. Uruguay have a great chance of winning its opening two matches as their next opponents will be Saudi Arabia on June 20. Once again, Uruguay will go into their group stage match as heavy -371 favourites, compared to Saudi Arabia at +1100.
Uruguay’s toughest challenge will come on June 25 when they face Russia, in what could very well determine first place in the group. The early lines have Uruguay as +142 favourites against Russia, which goes into the final round-robin game as enticing +199 underdogs.
Don’t count out the tournament hosts to challenge for first in the group as Russia is a +130 favourite to top the standings. Much like Uruguay, Russia should have an easy passage to the knockout stage with matches against Saudi Arabia on June 14 and Egypt on June 19.
Russia will rely on its attacking game as well as forward Fydor Smolov is due to have a breakout World Cup campaign. Smolov and midfielder Aleksey Miranshuk made up much of Russia’s scoring during the 2017 season. Watch for both to have a huge impact in Russia’s success in the 2018 World Cup.
Russia enters its opening game as overwhelming -314 favourites against Saudi Arabia, who are +1000 underdogs. A draw will pay out at +368 but expect the Russians to come out flying in front of its home crowd. Russia, which is making its 10th appearance on the World Cup stage, will continue its quest with a match against Egypt. Although this is another winnable match, Russia will face a slightly stiffer test against an Egypt team that boasts a little more fire power than Saudi Arabia. Russia still goes into their second group match as -118 favourites.
Russia may have earned an automatic entry as the hosts, but don’t discount what this club can do. In the 2017 Confederations Cup, scored three goals in three matches.
Group A is really going to be a two-team race between Uruguay and Russia, and while Russia will attempt to feed off its home fans to capture first in the standings, Uruguay is too experienced and has too much fire power up front for the hosts to deal with. Group A will be determined in the final game of group stage action when the two favourites clash.
Expect both to advance to the knockout stage with ease.Winner - Uruguay (+105) Bet Now Runner Up - Russia (+130) Bet Now
Group B Winner Odds, Predictions
One thing missing from Cristiano Ronaldo’s remarkable career is a World Cup crown. The super star striker will try to accomplish that feat with Portugal this summer when the FIFA World Cup gets underway in Russia. However, it won’t be an easy task as Portugal was drawn in the same group as 2010 champions Spain, Morocco and Iran. Ronaldo will attempt to carry his country on his back, much like the Real Madrid star did in 2016 when he led Portugal to a European crown.
Two years have passed since Portugal stunned the world and captured the country’s first-ever major international soccer trophy. Can Cristiano Ronaldo and the Portuguese national team ride that momentum and win the World Cup? Ronaldo will have to be better than the last time he stepped on the field in this major tournament when the Real Madrid superstar bagged just 1 goal as Portugal exited the World Cup in the first round.
Now 33 years old, this will likely be Ronaldo’s last legitimate shot at winning a World Cup title and leaving the international game on a high note. There’s only one thing standing in his way to winning Group B — the Spanish soccer team.
Let’s break down all the teams in Group B and look at who has the best chance of coming out on top. Odds are courtesy of Sports Interaction.
Oddsmakers still have Spain as the favourites to win Group B, as the 2010 champions come in at -222 to top the standings in the opening round. Many football experts were ready to write off the ageing Spain, which dominated the international stage for years with its ticky-tacky passing system. However, as players such as Iniesta, Fernando Torres and David Villa have taken a back seat, newcomers Isco, Rodrigo and Alvaro Morata have emerged as Spain’s next generation of stars. Spain showed during the qualification stage, they’re still a team to be reckoned with on the international stage. In 10 matches, Spain posted 9 victories and netted a total of 36 goals for, while only conceding 3. That’s right — 3 goals against. Spain also recorded 7 clean sheets in the qualifying stage, with its largest margin of victory coming in an 8-0 win.
While Spain can score with the best international teams in the world, the club still boasts one of the best defences, led by captain Sergio Ramos, who also happens to be the second-most capped player in Spanish national team history.
“I see Spain with possibilities to win everything,” former Spain international Xavi Alonso said recently. “They have tremendous players who are from a generation who have the experience to know how to play in these competitions.”
Sports Interaction has Portugal as enticing +190 underdogs to win Group B.
Spain will be tested out of the gate, as they will have to face Portugal in the opening match. The winner could very well go on to win the group. Spain goes into that opening match as -116 underdogs, but that line could change the closer we get to the June 15 matchup.
Spain’s next opponent will be World Cup dark horse Iran on June 20. Spain should have little to no problems getting by Iran as the overwhelming -528 favourite. Spain will close out their group stage schedule on June 25 against Morocco, who will be a trendy pick to sneak into the knockout stage. Spain is a -278 favourite against Morocco, which is an early +800 underdog.
Portugal will have a similar path after their opening match against Spain. The club, which also won 9 of its 10 World Cup qualifying matches, will take on Morroco in its second match on June 20. Portugal comes in as the -186 favourites, but expect the line to move as the Moroccan underdogs are more than capable of pulling off an early upset at +567 or a draw at the very least, which is paying +287. Portugal should have no issues getting by Iran in the group stage finale on June 25. Ronaldo and the Portuguese national team are early -279 favourites against Iran — a -800 dark horse to win that game.
This will very much be a two-team race between Spain and Portugal and the winner of that opening clash will likely go on to win the group. Put your money on a well-rounded team like Spain to top Group B and make another serious run at a World Cup title.Winner - Spain (-222) Bet Now Runner Up - Portugal (+190) Bet Now
Group C Winner Odds, Predictions
You have to rewind 20 years ago to remember the last time the France national soccer team conquered the world. France’s World Cup glory in 1998 stands as the country’s first and only championship in the tournament to this day. Going into the World Cup in Russia this summer, France headlines Group C, which also features Australia, Peru and Denmark. Let’s take a look at all four teams and their chances of winning the group in the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
France is only a handful of teams to ever win a Word Cup as the tournament hosts. The team accomplished that feat in 1998 when it defeated Brazil in the championship. To this day, it stands as the country’s lone World Cup crown as France looks to break that long drought this summer.
France was drawn in a favourable Group C along with Australia, Peru and Denmark. It will likely be a walk in the park to the knockout stage for France, but the club is not taking the group stage lightly.
“We have the players, we have everything,” midfielder Paul Pogba told espn.com recently. “We have a good team too, but we need to work still. Against strong teams we have very good results, but against the not-so-strong teams, it’s been more difficult. We have to learn from games like that.”
There will be some added pressure for France as the club goes into the 2018 World Cup in Russia at +521 to win the tournament outright. Only defending champion Germany and six-time champs Brazil have greater odds of coming out on top in the World Cup this summer.
France will pretty much lock up top spot against weaker opponents in their group. The French side opens the tournament on June 16 against Australia. France is pegged as the heavy -458 favourites versus the Socceroo’s — which are +1500 underdogs.
You can say things will get a little tougher in the club’s second match of the tournament against Peru — the country that is making its fifth appearance in the World Cup, but first since 1982. France is once again the overwhelming favourite at -286 and there is no indication the club will not be able to get past Peru, which is a +800 dark horse in the second game of the tournament.
From there, France will move on to what is considered to be its toughest test of the group stage as the team will take on Denmark in the group play finale. By this point, both of these clubs may be 2-0-0 and the winner will top the group. France is the frontrunner in this match at -161 against Denmark at +458.
France currently ranks 9th in the world, but with strikers Olivier Giroud and Antoine Greizmann up front, the French side has the ability to make a deep run and potentially win the entire tournament for the first time in 20 years.
France’s journey to the 2018 World Cup was an impressive one. In 10 qualification matches, Les Bleus picked up 7 wins, 2 draws and 1 loss. France scored 18 goals for while only conceding 6 during that stretch. On top of that, the club also posted 5 clean sheet victories.
While France will likely win the group, which team has the best chance of taking second and also moving on to the knockout stage. Denmark will make a sixth appearance on the World Cup stage — the last one coming in 2010 when the team failed to advance from the group stage. Denmark’s greatest run was also in 1998 when the team reached the quarter-finals in France. At +425 to top Group C, don’t be surprised to see money come in on Denmark when the tournament kicks off.
From there, Peru comes in as a +975 to win the group, followed by Australia at +1700.Winner - France (-333) Bet Now Runner Up - Denmark (+425) Bet Now
Group D Winner Odds, Predictions
The pain still lingers for Argentina. The country fell one victory shy of capturing a third World Cup crown, losing to Germany in the 2014 finale in Brazil. Lionel Messi — arguably the greatest footballer to ever play the sport — is looking to complete a remarkable career with a World Cup title. Will it come in Russia? First, they will have to get through a difficult Group B division that also includes Croatia, Nigeria and Iceland.
There was some concern surrounding the Argentina national soccer team after the club suffered a 6-1 loss against Spain in an international friendly. Many questioned Jorge Sampaoli’s coaching tactics leading up to the World Cup and whether the manager should be the one leading Argentina in the major tournament.
However, Argentina was without Lionel Messi and Sergio Aguero for the match and those two scoring threats will be a key part of the countries run for its World Cup title since 1986.
This will be Messi’s last real chance at winning the World Cup title, missing from his incredible soccer portfolio.
“I dream of winning the trophy in Russia,” Messi told the Independent in the United Kingdom. “My wish is to live something similar to Brazil 2014. You can do everything OK and fail, like Argentina in Brazil.”
Argentina goes into the World Cup as +731 favourites to win — only Spain, France, Brazil and Germany have better odds of capturing the title in Russia. Argentina is also a -167 favourite to win Group D outright, followed by Croatia (+225), Nigeria (+975) and Iceland (+1125).
Messi and Co. begin their quest on June 16 against Iceland — the country that turned heads at the 2016 European Championship. Argentina is the -288 favourite against Iceland, which is making its World Cup debut. Iceland made a shocking run to the quarter-finals at Euro 2016, but teams will know what to expect this time around. The road to the championship continues on June 21 for Argentina as the country will face its toughest challenge of the group stage against Croatia. The Argentinians are once again favoured at -132 against Croatia, which will be looking to advance out of the group stage for the first time since 1998. This will be Croatia’s fifth appearance on the World Cup stage — the last coming in 2014 when the country finished 19th overall.
Argentina will wrap up group play on June 26 against Nigeria as -201 favourites to win the round-robin finale. Nigeria is another team looking to build on a Round of 16 appearances in the last World Cup. However, the challenge will be tough against a much more experienced and talented Argentina side.
The problem has never been scoring goals for Argentina. The country has always been blessed with pure goal scorers from Maradona to Messi. The club has a plethora of options up from for the 2018 World Cup, including Juventus striker Gonzalo Higuain, who has 70 international caps and more than 30 goals in an Argentina kit.
The issue has always been defence with Argentina. Often relying on too much on goalkeeping, Argentina struggled in the qualification stage and were forced to outscore opponents to win games. In 18 matches, Argentina recorded 7 wins, 7 draws and 4 defeats. The club scored 19 goals for during that stretch, but gave up 16 tallies — 11 of which came on the road.
While Argentina will most likely top Group D, which team has the best shot at finishing second and advancing to the knockout stage? Don’t count out Iceland, who at +1125 may seem like a steal considering how well this same team played at the European Championships. The more logical choice will be Croatia, which has a complete team led by veteran midfielder Luca Modric and striker Mario Mandzukic. Croatia can also score with the best teams in the league, but the club boasts the best defensive sides in Group D. In 12 qualifying matches, Croatia scored 19 goals while only giving up 5. There could be an unexpected turn of events in Group D if Croatia beats Argentina in their group round match. For the time being though, it’ll be hard to not put your money on Messi.Winner - Argentina (-167) Bet Now Runner Up - Croatia (+225) Bet Now
Group E Winner Odds, Predictions
Brazil still holds the record for most World Cups, as the country has captured 5 since the tournament’s inception in 1930. However, the Brazilian national soccer team has not hoisted the coveted trophy since 2002 when the World Cup was co-hosted in South Korea and Japan. Brazil is the favourite to win the tournament this summer in Russia and the club should have an easy road to get there playing in a favourable Group E, which includes Switzerland, Serbia and Costa Rica.
How good has the Brazilian national soccer team been over the years? The country has never missed a World Cup since the tournament began in 1930. During that stretch, Brazil has captured 5 championships and continues to be one of the international teams to this day.
Four years ago, Brazil made a run to the semifinals, but a 7-1 defeat against Germany pushed Brazil to the Bronze Medal game, where the club were blanked 3-0 versus the Netherlands.
Heading into the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, Brazil is pegging the Brazilian national team as +473 favourites to win the tournament for a sixth time. Only defending champions Germany has better odds at +392.
Brazil was drawn in one of the easiest groups in terms of competition and are overwhelming -455 favourites to win their division. The Brazilians are in Group D along with World Cup dark horses Switzerland, Serbia and Costa Rica.
Brazil steamrolled through the qualifying stage, posting a record of 12 wins, 5 draws and 1 defeat in 18 matches. Led by superstar striker Neymar, Brazil put up 41 goals for and a 2.28 goals per game average. Brazil has always been an offensively gifted side and that won’t change when the 2018 World Cup gets underway this summer in Russia. What’s impressive about this Brazilian team, however, is its ability to keep opponents off the scoresheet. Brazil allowed just 11 goals in qualifying.
There were some concerns whether Neymar would be able to play for his country in the World Cup after the PSG forward suffered a foot injury. However, the club received some positive news as Neymar is ahead of schedule and should be ready by the time Brazil plays its first match on June 17 against Switzerland. Brazil goes into its opening contest as -281 favourites, according to early odds from Sports Interaction. Switzerland has a legitimate chance of finishing second in the group, but will have a difficult time as +800 underdogs against the five-time champions.
On the other hand, Brazil will not want to take this Switzerland team lightly. The Swiss played 12 qualification matches and posted a record of 10 wins, 1 loss and 1 draw. The club scored an astounding 24 goals for while only surrendering 7 during that stretch. With a 0.58 goals against per game average, Switzerland can slow the pace down and earn a draw, which is paying +375.
Brazil will take on Costa Rica in its second game on June 22. Once again, Brazil goes into that contest as -419 favourites against Costa Rica, +1100 underdogs. Brazil will wrap up group play on June 27 against Serbia. Brazil is listed as -279 favourites against Serbia at +800.
There is no question Brazil will win Group E and advance to the next round. The question is, which team in the division will follow suit? It will be a two-team battle for second with Switzerland and Serbia vying for one position to the knockout stage. The Swiss made an impressive run to the Round of 16 in 2014 and will be looking to make a similar impact in Russia. However, since 1994 the Swiss have not made it past the Round of 16.
Serbia, which is making its 12th appearance on the World Cup stage, returns to the major tournament for the first time since 2010 when the club failed to advance out of the group stage. The last time Serbia made it to a knockout game was in 1998 in France when Serbia advanced to the Round of 16.
The match between Switzerland and Serbia on June 22 will be a key factor on which one of these teams move on to the next round. Switzerland is the slim favourite at +161, but look for bettors to put money down on Serbia at +186.Winner - Brazil (-455) Bet Now Runner Up - Switzerland (+450) Bet Now
Group F Winner Odds, Predictions
Following a seamless qualification stage performance, defending champions Germany are once again the team to beat heading into the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Germany headlines a competitive Group D division, which also includes Mexico, Sweden and South Korea. The German national team is not only the odds-on favourite to top Group F, but also capture its second straight title, potentially tying Brazil for the all-time lead in World Cup championships.
Will Germany win the World Cup again in 2018? Oddsmakers from various sports books have the Germans pegged as the favourites to repeat as champions. Sports Interaction — Canada’s leading online sportsbook — has Germany as the -286 to win outright.
“We want to lift that trophy again,” Germany head coach Joachim Low told FIFA.com.
Germany’s road to the 2018 World Cup was flawless. The club played 10 qualifying matches, winning all 10. Low’s side scored a staggering 43 goals during that span while only allowing 4 tallies in qualifying.
Low has had nothing but success with the national team since taking over head coaching duties in 2008. He’s taken Germany to five major tournaments where the club reached at least the semifinals each time.
Not much has changed since Germany’s 2014 World Cup win. Eight starters from that championship club are due back, including Toni Kroos, Thomas Muller and Jerome Boateng. The depth Germany boasts will be difficult for opponents to deal with, especially during the group stage. The 2014 championship team did have many veteran stars that will not be on the 2018 roster, including Bastian Schweinsteiger, Miroslav Klose and Philipp Lahm. It’s opened the door for the next wave of German soccer stars to move up the ranks. Joshua Kimmich, Timo Werner and Leroy Sane are all among the players that will be on the field come June when the tournament kicks off.
Germany’s quest to repeat will begin on June 16 with a tough matchup against Mexico in the group stage opener. As expected, the Germans head into this matchup as the -195 favourites. This will be sixth consecutive World Cup appearance for Mexico, which has reached the Round of 16 in every one of those tournaments but has failed to go any further. Mexico, which has only made it to the quarter-finals twice in World Cup history, is a +522 underdog against Germany.
In the second group play matchup, Germany will take on Sweden in another difficult contest. Sweden snuck into the tournament and will be without star striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who stepped away from international football after the last European Championship. Sweden’s defence is steady and it could be enough to earn a draw against Germany, which will pay +312.
Sweden has not competed on the World Cup stage since 2006 when it advanced to the Round of 16 in Germany. In 1958 Sweden lost to Brazil in the final and in 1994, the country earned bronze at the World Cup in the United States.
Germany will close out group play against South Korea on June 27. This should be an easy win for Germany, who are heavy favourites at -359.
This will mark the fifth consecutive appearance for South Korea, which finished fourth overall in 2002 when the country co-hosted the tournament along with Japan. However, in 2006 and 2014, South Korea failed to make out it out of the group stage.
The key matchup in Group F will also come on June 27 when Mexico and Sweden face off with a spot in the knockout stage potentially at stake. Mexico goes into the match as the early +148 favourites. However, don’t be surprised to see the money come pouring in on the Swedes, who will look to make a deep run in the tournament. A draw, at +219 is also likely, which would then cause a tie-breaking situation for second place in Group F.
One thing to consider is Germany’s success at World Cups hosted on European soil. Three of the four titles Germany has captured in the past have come in European countries (Switzerland 1954, West Germany 1974 and Italy 1990).
Can Germany add to that collection in 2018? Getting through Group F will be the first step.Winner - Germany (-286) Bet Now Runner Up - Mexico (+525) Bet Now
Group G Winner Odds, Predictions
There were high hopes pinned on Belgium in the last World Cup. The club built a powerhouse team and was poised to make a run for the title before being ousted in the quarter-finals. Headlining a competitive Group G division, which also includes England, Panama and Tunisia, the Belgian national team is once again pegged among the favourites to win the World Cup this summer.
The expectations surrounding England’s national football team are not as high as in the past and this may bode well for the country, which has not tasted World Cup glory since winning it all in 1966. Since that time, there’s been nothing but disappointments and early exits on the World Cup stage and other major international tournaments.
Entering the 2018 World Cup in Russia, England has a little less pressure to worry about as the club is a +115 underdog to win Group G and +1600 to capture the championship outright. With a younger squad ready to take the pitch, look for England to make a resurgence on the World Cup stage.
“The England squad’s quite young, so there’s just a massive bundle of excitement buzzing around,” Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford told Sky Sports recently. “Everyone’s excited to just go there and do as best as we can.”
Rashford is just one of many young stars expected to represent England when head coach Gareth Southgate hand-picks his team prior to the World Cup.
England’s showing at the World Cup four years ago was a miserable one as the club failed to advance out of the group stage. England finished with 2 losses and a draw while only netting 2 goals during that stretch.
England’s road to the World Cup tournament has been an impressive one to say the least. The national team played 10 qualification matches and posted a record of 10 wins, 2 draws and no defeats. England netted 18 goals for during that stretch while only conceding 3. The team also posted 8 clean sheets in the 10 matches — an impressive way to qualify for the World Cup, but can the club carry that success over to Russia?
While England will be able to fly under the radar somewhat, Group G favourites Belgium will be the team to beat in the division when the tournament gets underway on June 14. Belgium made it to the quarter-finals four years ago in Brazil and are -125 favourites to top Group G in Russia.
Belgium boasts 1-2 punch of forwards many national teams can only dream of. The combination of striker Romelu Lukaku and play-making midfielder Eden Hazard will give Belgium the best chance at winning the group and making a deep run in this World Cup tournament. Lukaku made 4 appearances for the national team in 2017 and scored 3 goals in that period. He is one of the best pure goal scorers on the planet and could very well finish as the Golden Boot winner at the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
Belgium and England will both enjoy favourable opening matches when Group G action begins on June 18. Belgium is a -530 favourite against World Cup long shots Panama, which enters its opener as a +1500 underdog. England, on the other hand, will take on Tunisia as overwhelming -315 favourites. The clubs will switch opponents as Belgium takes on Tunisia as -370 favourites on June 23 and England faces Panama as -435 frontrunners on June 24.
With both clubs potentially holding perfect 2-0 records through the opening two matches, the final group division game should determine who takes top spot in Group G. Belgium goes into the final match as the pre-tournament +150 favourites, but expect the money to come pouring in on England, which is an enticing +188 underdog. Sports Interaction has a slew of prop and over/under odds for the match between Belgium and England. With the game go over the projected goals total of 2.5? Based on the firepower both of these clubs have up front, taking a chance on the over — which pays out at -120 — is not a bad idea.Winner - England (+115) Bet Now Runner Up - Belgium (-125) Bet Now
Group H Winner Odds, Predictions
When the 2018 FIFA World Cup gets underway on June 14, one of the biggest questions will be which team can come out on top in Group H? Colombia and Poland are the clear-cut frontrunners, but can Senegal or Japan pull off the upset to grab one of the top two spots in the division and advance to the knockout stage?
While every division in the 2018 FIFA World Cup has a definitive favourite to place first, everything is wide open in Group H. Colombia shocked the world four years ago, making a run to the quarter-finals at the 2014 tournament in Brazil. It turned out to be the national team’s best ever finish at the World Cup stage.
James Rodriguez is the superstar for Colombia and the country’s best shot at making another deep run at the World Cup. Rodriguez scored a tournament-leading six goals in 2014 to walk away with the Golden Boot as the top goal-getter. The attacking midfielder averaged a goal every 67 minutes — his greatest strike of the tournament coming with a magical volley against Uruguay.
Australian forward Robbie Kruse recently told reporters that Colombia is a legitimate contender for the World Cup.
“Obviously, they’re littered with world-class players, there’s no hiding that,” Kruse said as Australia faced Colombia in a pre-World Cup tune-up match. “They’re a wonderful team, they’re one of the top nations in the world and they’re going to the World Cup with a firm belief they can go all the way.”
If Rodriguez can turn in the same performance, Colombia will certainly win Group H. The South American nation enters the World Cup as the group favourites at +125, but they will have stiff competition against Poland, which is a +170 favourite to win the division.
Colombia’s road to the 2018 FIFA World Cup was a rocky one as in 18 qualification matches, the team posted a record of 7 wins, 6 draws and 5 losses. Not a dominating performance by any stretch of the imagination, but Colombia is in the tournament and will kick off the World Cup on June 19 against Japan. As expected, Colombia will open as -129 favourites against a Japanese side not expected to make it to the knockout stage.
The Group H match to circle on your calendars will come on June 24 when Colombia and Poland square off. The contest will have first-place implications and it is believed the winner will go on to win the group outright. Colombia once again goes in as the pre-tournament favourites at +159. Poland will be flying under the radar, but with world-class striker Robert Lewandowski in the lineup, expect the money to come pouring in on the Polish national team. The more logical betting choice to make for this matchup is putting your money down on a draw, which Sports Interaction has at a +214 payout.
Unlike Colombia, the Polish national squad has a remarkable qualification stage, posting a record of 8 wins, 1 draw and 1 loss in 10 matches.
Colombia’s round-robin action will wrap up on June 28 with a matchup against Senegal. This is another winnable game for Colombia, but they won’t take Senegal lightly as the African side comes in as an enticing +284 underdog.
So which team will come out on top in Group H when the tournament officially kicks off this summer in Russia? Expectations will be running high for Colombia after its success four years ago, which may come with some added pressure for players such as Rodriguez to score 5 or more goals once again. This will be Lewandowski’s turn to take the world by surprise as Poland makes its return to the World Cup since 2006, when the club failed to make it out of the group stage. Take a chance on Poland at +170 to win the group as the club will be looking to make an impact in Russia.Winner - Poland (+170) Bet Now Runner Up - Colombia (+125) Bet Now
World Cup 2018 Odds To Advance
The FIFA World Cup knockout stage is when the real action begins. After the group stage, the top two teams from each division advance to the playoffs, where it’s win or go home.
The question is, which teams will advance out of their respective groups and make a run for the championship in 2018? The tournament begins with 32 teams and it’s whittled down to 16 when the knockout stage begins. When the 2018 FIFA World Cup gets underway on June 14, expect the usual suspects to advance to the knockout stage.
Germany, France, Brazil, Argentina and Spain are surely locks when it comes to advancing out of the group stage and to the playoff rounds. Portugal, England and Belgium will be in the thick of the knockout stage battle as well. However looking at the groups heading into the tournament, could any other country shock the world and advance out of the round-robin?
Let’s start with the favourites first as all odds are courtesy of Sports Interaction. Defending champions Germany should have little to no problems reaching the knockout stage in Group F, which also includes Mexico, Sweden and South Korea. It would be a complete shocker if Germany failed to make it out of the group stage considering the four-time champions have never not made it to the knockout rounds. In Germany’s last 5 appearances in the World Cup, the country won it last year, finished 3rd in 2010 and 2006, were runners-up in 2002 and quarter-finalists in 1998.
Online sportsbooks still have Germany as the odds-on favourite to win the title for a fifth time and tie Brazil for the most championships in World Cup history.
“Germany is always among the favourites for winning the World Cup,” said former Germany striker and manager Jurgen Klinsmann. “We have a very good team, full of quality players, but it will be very difficult to repeat the World Cup win from Brazil in 2014.”
Brazil is another team that can automatically book its spot in the knockout stage. Barring a complete meltdown, Brazil will come out of Group E as the -400 favourites to do so. Brazil is joined in the group along with Switzerland, Serbia and Costa Rica. Of those teams, Switzerland is the other club to be on to get to the knockout round. At the 2014 World Cup, Switzerland advanced to the Round of 16 before being eliminated by Argentina.
Which underdogs will you have on your radar to make it to the playoff stage at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia?
Well, what about the hosts? Russia qualified for this year’s World Cup as the hosts, but don’t take the national team lightly. The Russians have struggled over the last 20-plus years — making it to three tournaments during that span but failing to get past the group stage. With a home crowd behind them and the comfort of playing in stadiums they’re familiar with, look for Russia to move on to the playoff stage of the World Cup.
Competing in Group A, Russia is a +145 underdog to win the group, which also includes favourites Uruguay (-105), Egypt (+525) and Saudi Arabia (+3700). Russia’s best showing on the World Cup stage came in 1966 when the club finished 4th overall.
Looking at the other groups, there are certainly other underdogs to put your money on to come out of the group stage.
African nations have made their marks over the last few World Cup tournaments. Nigeria is making its 6th appearance in the tournament and is one away from tying Cameroon for the all-time lead among African countries. The Nigerian national team reached the Round of 16 in 2014 before losing to France. This is the third straight tournament Nigeria has qualified for and as a +975 long shot to get out of the group stage, look for many bettors to confidently place wagers on the team to get out of Group D, which has Argentina (-167) Croatia (+225) and Iceland (+1125).
If you’re looking for another enticing underdog, look no further than Sweden in Group F. The Swedes stunned the Italians to grab the last wild-card spot in the qualification round and head into the World Cup as +600 underdogs to win their group. While that may be a stretch against Germany, Sweden can most certainly advance to the playoff stages.
Round of 16 Contenders and Potential Matchups
The Round of 16 format will potentially bring a plethora of mouth-watering matchups for bettors when the FIFA World Cup gets underway this summer. While some of the Round of 16 clashes will be one-sided, others will see football giants such as Portugal or Uruguay exit in the first stage of the World Cup playoffs.
In Group B, Spain and Portugal will battle it out for first place, with the winner drawing the runners-up of Group A. However, the runners-up in Group B, which could potentially be Portugal if Spain lives up to its expectations of topping their division, will have to take on winners of Group A — likely favourites Uruguay. This would set up a clash for the ages with Portugal likely going into that match as favourites. In fact, looking at the FIFA World Cup outright odds, Portugal has the edge over Uruguay to win it all as both clubs are pegged at +2400 and +3300, respectively.
How do things look for Russia should the hosts advance to the Round of 16? Competing in Group A, Russia will most likely finish second in the division behind Uruguay, thus drawing a difficult knockout stage matchup against either Spain or Portugal, depending on which of the latter teams finish first in Group B.
Another matchup that could very well occur is the cross-over playoff action between Groups G and H. The winner of Group G, which is expected to be either Belgium or England, will draw the runners-up in Group H, likely to be Poland. That means if either Belgium or England finish second in Group G, it would set up a potential date against Colombia in Group H. England will try to avoid that matchup at all costs and win its group over Belgium, which is a -125 favourite to win the division heading into the Round of 16. Don’t discount Poland’s chances of topping Group H and earning an easier Round of 16 matchup. The club has made it past the Round of 16 on three occasions — two of those times finishing third overall in 1974 and 1982.
It will be awfully difficult to bet against Germany to make the Round of 16. The defending champions are heavy favourites to repeat as outright winners and the Germany national team has advanced out of the group stage in every single tournament it has competed in. Should Germany win its group — and there is no indication that won’t happen to this point, the defending champions are in line to face the runners-up of Group E. That position will likely be between a pair of clubs — Switzerland and Serbia. Either way, it won’t be an easy passage to the quarter-finals for Germany.
There is much more at stake in the Round of 16 and beyond as a loss means teams are packing up and heading home, while winners advance to the next stage. Bettors must be extra careful and do their research in order to enhance their chances of cashing in during the World Cup. Which website offers the best odds? How well have certain teams performed against upcoming opponents? These are questions you should be asking yourself before embarking on wagers — especially during the Round of 16, where as we know, anything can happen.
If you’re going to bet on over/under or point spreads, take a look at trends to see how teams have performed straight up or against the spread. All of these things can be done right here on SportsBettingReviews.ca. Once you’ve done your Round of 16 pre-game research, you are ready to make the next step.
Quarter-Finals Contenders and Potential Matchups
Germany and Brazil have reached the quarter-finals on the World Cup stage 17 times apiece, which stands as a tournament record. Other teams to keep an eye on will be Spain and Argentina, who could be on a collision course to meet in an epic quarter-finals clash. Which teams can secure a spot in the final 8 when the tournament kicks off on June 14 in Russia? We break it all down in our FIFA World Cup Quarter-Finals Betting Guide.
Going into the 2018 FIFA World Cup tournament in Russia, defending champions Germany still holds the record for most finishes in the top 8. Germany shares the record at 17 with Brazil as the club has reached the quarter-finals in all but three tournaments (1930, 1938 and 1959).
Will Germany be a sure bet to reach the quarter-finals again in Russia? Take a look at the country’s last four tournament finishes: champions (2014), 3rd place (2010), third place (2006), runners-up (2002). Oddsmakers, including leading Canadian sportsbook Sports Interaction, have Germany as the odds-on favourites to win outright once again at +383.
The road to the quarter-finals should be a rather simple one for the defending champions. Germany headlines Group F along with Mexico, Sweden and South Korea. The national team could very well post a perfect 3-0 record in group stage play, which could potentially set up a match against Group E runners-up Switzerland. Should Germany get past this stage, the club would advance to the quarter-finals on July 7 at Cosmos Arena in Samara, Russia.
The key dates to remember for the quarter-finals will come on July 6 and 7 — two matches on the first day and another two on the next.
Five-time World Cup champions Brazil is another team to watch closely from the opening round and into the knockout stages. Much like Germany, the Brazilian national team has also reached the quarter-final stage a record 17 times. Brazil, who coasted through the qualification stage, heads into the World Cup as -400 favourites to top Group E, which also includes Switzerland, Serbia and Costa Rica. Expect Brazil to win the division and draw the Group F runners-up in the Round of 16, which could potentially be Mexico or Sweden — two national sides Brazil has had success against in the past. With a win over either of those opponents in the Round of 16, that would pave the way for yet another trip to the final 8.
This is where things could get a little difficult for Brazil, as the club would have to face the winner of Group G — potentially Belgium — in a quarter-final clash on July 6th at Kazan Arena in Kazan, Russia.
While the two top favourites — Germany and Brazil — will almost certainly get to the quarter-finals, expect the same from Spain as the country looks to rebound from a dismal 2014 performance when it failed to get out of the group stage. Spain has reached the knockout stage 10 times and have made it to the quarters or beyond on 5 occasions.
Spain is the favourites in Group B, but it’s just a question on whether the country can finish first or place second behind Portugal. This will have massive implications on how tough the road to the quarter-finals will be. If Spain can hold on for first in the group, the 2010 champions will face runners-up of Group A — likely the host team from Russia. That will be an easier path than placing second in the group and having to take on Uruguay in the Round of 16. If the first scenario stands up, Spain could likely take on Argentina in the quarter-finals — a matchup for the ages — on July 7 at Fisht Olympic Stadium in Sochi, Russia.
The quarter-final stage is where the best of the best teams in this World Cup will meet. Only the best survive the one-game knockout to earn a spot in the semifinals, which will be held July 10-11 in Saint Petersburg and Moscow. It’s incredibly important to do the required research before embarking on a wager during the World Cup, regardless if it is in the group stage or the knockout rounds. Be sure to visit our website for the latest news, scores and odds for each matchup. This will enhance your chances of cashing in during the World Cup tournament this summer.
Semi-Finals Contenders and Potential Matchups
The FIFA World Cup semifinals are slated to take place on July 10 and 11 in Saint Petersburg and Moscow, Russia. There are a handful of teams that can reach the final four, but which international sides stand out the most? Both Argentina and Brazil will be looking to rebound after disappointing finishes four years ago and put South American football back on the map when the tournament kicks off this summer.
The 2014 World Cup final is still a painful memory for Lionel Messi and the Argentina national soccer team. Having marched to the championship game at the tournament in Brazil, the Argentinians fell one win short of capturing the World Cup, losing to Germany in the final.
“We want to get rid of the bad taste and win the World Cup,” Messi told si.com in an interview. “To be so close and not being able to lift the trophy on previous occasions was a disappointment for all of us.”
Messi will get another shot and at 30 years old, it will likely be his final shot at winning the World Cup trophy that has eluded him to this point in a remarkable football career.
“We feel that it’s now or never,” he said.
Argentina enters the 2018 FIFA World Cup among the favourites to win outright at +800 — only Germany (+383), Brazil (+479), France (+519) and Spain (+688) have a better shot at capturing the title in Russia.
What does Argentina’s path to the knockout stage — and road to the semifinals in particular — exactly look like?
Headlining Group D along with Croatia, Nigeria and Iceland, it is expected that Messi and Co. should be able to top their division rather easily. That would earn Argentina a berth into the Round of 16 where they would face the runners-up in Group C, which is potentially Denmark or Peru. Things would get more difficult from there, with a potential quarter-final clash for the ages against Spain.
The semifinals are set for July 10-11 and will be held in Saint Petersburg and Moscow. If Argentina gets through what is expected to be a grueling quarter-final stage, the club’s next opponent could very well be Germany — setting up a rematch of the 2014.
While Germany would go into the match as the favourites, Argentina is desperate to return to the final and get another chance at winning the coveted World Cup.
Sports Interaction has Messi as the odds-on favourite at +825 to win the Golden Boot as the World Cup’s leading goal scorer. If the Barcelona star midfielder can live up to those expectations — and there is no indication he cannot — Argentina will be a team to bet on to get to the final four and beyond.
What other teams at the 2018 FIFA World Cup have a good shot of making it to the semifinals? Germany is still the team to beat, so putting your money on the defending World Cup champions is not a bad idea.
However, this could very well be the year for South American teams to shine. Along with Argentina, the Brazilian national team is also looking to rebound after a disappointing finish four years ago.
Brazil has not won a championship since 2002 and head into this summer’s World Cup as +479 favourites to win the title. The five-time World Cup titleholders — competing in Group E along with Switzerland, Serbia and Costa Rica — should have no problem topping their division. The club could potentially face Mexico or Sweden in the Round of 16 — two teams Brazil can advance past to earn a berth to the quarters. In the final 8, Brazil could potentially take on Belgium in what would be the club’s toughest opponent in the tournament to that point. If Brazil makes it to the semifinals, the nation side would potentially have to face with France or Uruguay on July 10 at Krestovsky Stadium in Saint Petersburg, Russia.
Brazil reached the semifinals at the 2014 World Cup on home soil, but were embarrassed by Germany, who went on to win 7-1. Brazil also dropped the third-place match to the Netherlands, walking away without a medal.
Could we be in line for an Argentina-Brazil final? Both countries must make it through difficult semifinals stages to make that dream a reality.
Final Contenders and Potential Matchup
The FIFA World Cup final will be played on July 15 in Moscow, but which nations will clash for the most coveted trophy in soccer? Germany and Brazil are faves to win outright and the two football giants could meet in the final, which would pay out at +1025 if you bet on the scenario prior to the tournament. However, there are a few other potential final matchups to keep an eye on.
Three of the four last World Cup champions have come from Europe. France won the title in 1998 and that was followed by Brazil (2002), Italy (2006), Spain (2010) and Germany (2014).
Will Europe continue its dominance in the tournament or will we finally see a South American team prevail again?
Defending World Cup champions Germany head into this summer’s tournament as the odds-on favourites to come out on top. However, it’s important to note that no country has won back-to-back crowns since Brazil accomplished the feat in 1958 and 1962.
Brazil still has the lead for most World Cup titles in history with 5, but the country has not won the championship since 2002. The Brazilian national team are enticing +480 favourites to win the title and increase that lead for most World Cup crowns. Germany is knocking on the door to tie Brazil as another championship would put the two powerhouse soccer nations in a deadlock for first place.
However, there are other nations to keep a close eye on to win the championship outright. In 2014, Argentina marched to the final only to lose to Germany in the championship game. Superstar forward Lionel Messi is hungry to win his first World Cup — a trophy that he hasn’t been able to add to an amazing resume.
Argentina heads into the World Cup as intriguing +800 underdogs as the country looks to win its first title since 1986. There’s even a chance we could see an all-South American championship with Argentina taking on Brazil for the title.
This year’s World Cup Final will be played on July 15 at Luzhiniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia.
Sports Interaction has a series of World Cup 2018 Finalist Odds. Let’s take a look at some of the likely scenarios and betting lines.
Brazil vs. Germany (+1025)
Two of the best football nations on the planet — Germany and Brazil — could clash in the World Cup final in Russia this summer. Laying down a bet for both of these powerhouse clubs to meet in the championship will pay out at +1025. Germany certainly has the team to defend its crown as Toni Kroos, Thomas Muller and Mats Hummels are just a few of the returning players from the championship team four years ago. Brazil is also a team that wants to snap a long World Cup drought in 2018. Neymar, Thiago Silva and Dani Alves are a few players that make the Brazilian national team a legitimate contender in Russia.
France vs. Spain (+1625)
How about another all-Europe final at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia? Sports Interaction has a France-Spain final among the favourites at +1625. France dominated the Euro 2016 tournament before losing to Portugal on home soil. However, the 1-2 punch of Olivier Giroud and Antoine Griezmann up front make France one of the best offensive teams heading into the tournament. Can Spain restore the same magic that helped the national team win the 2010 World Cup and 2012 Euro Championship? With David de Gea in net, Spain will keep the tournament’s best offensive teams off the scoresheet on most nights.
Argentina vs. Belgium (+4000)
If you’re looking for a longshot final to wager on, take Argentina to face Belgium, which is paying out at +4000 going into the tournament. Argentina will be in the thick of the race to get to the final and the road will be easier playing in a group that consists of Croatia, Nigeria and Iceland. Argentina is +800 to win outright but also keep a close watch on Belgium, which is pegged at +1100 to capture the country’s first-ever World Cup. Belgium has been hyped up for the past few years and 2018 could be their moment. This is a club that posted a record of 9 wins, 1 draw and no losses in 10 qualification matches.