The 2018 FIFA World Cup will take place in Russia between the 14th June and 15th July. It will be the first World Cup to be held in Eastern Europe and the first anywhere in Europe since Germany in 2006.
There will be 32 teams participating in the tournament, 31 of which must qualify to join Russia, who qualify automatically as hosts of the event.
The 2018 World Cup will have a total of 64 matches, which will be played in 12 different stadia across 11 cities in Russia. The final will take place on the 15th July in Moscow at the Luzhniki Stadium.
1. Favourites to Win World Cup 2018
The World Cup is rarely won by a team considered to be an outsider, therefore it is wise to look towards the favourites when placing a bet.
Germany are currently the bookies favourites to win the 2018 World Cup. The defending champions have taken control of their European qualifying group and should have no problem making it to Russia. However, you must go back to 1962 to find the last time a team won back-to-back World Cups, which shows history is against Germany.
Still, at 6.50 with Bet365 they make a tempting bet. They also won UEFA Euro U-21 Championships and Confederations Cup. Joachim Löw has plenty of great players to choose from when building his World Cup ultimate team.
Brazil are the last team to win two World Cup finals in a row and have already secured their place at the 2018 World Cup. Having been embarrassed in-front of their own fans by Germany in 2014, Brazil have recovered well and sit top of South America qualifying.
Brazil have reached the quarter-finals or better in each of the last six World Cup finals, winning two of them but have not reached the final since 2002. Brazil once again look like a team capable of going deep at the World Cup and can be backed at 8.00 to lift the 2018 World Cup in Moscow.
Other nations considered strong contenders include Spain (10.00), Argentina (10.00) and France (8.00). However, these teams still have work to do to qualify for the tournament.
World Cup 2018 Winner - Best odds
2. Other Bets
One country which has a team packed full of talent yet to reach its full potential at a major finals is Belgium. They are in a strong position to qualify and boast a tremendous team, including the likes of Eden Hazard, Kevin De Bruyne, Thibaut Courtois, Vincent Kompany, Raja Nainggolan and Romelu Lukaku.
If Roberto Martinez can gel this group of players as a team, they could lead Belgium to their first World Cup title. You can back Belgium at 17.00 with Bet365 or Ladbrokes.
Another European nation worth considering is Portugal. This will be Cristiano Ronaldo’s final attempt at winning the World Cup and having helped his team to the 2016 European Championship, they certainly have what it takes to win at major tournaments. However, with Pepe, Bruno Alves and Jose Fonte all aged 34 or over by the time the 2018 World Cup begins, they may struggle defensively. Portugal are 26.00 with Bet365 and William Hill to win the World Cup.
Looking outside of Europe and recent Copa America winners Chile could cause a surprise in Russia. La Roja still have work to do to qualify for the tournament but with Alexis Sanchez and Arturo Vidal in their ranks, have some very talented players. Chile are on offer at 34.00 to win the World Cup with William Hill and Ladbrokes.
3. World Cup Winner Prediction
If we would have to predict the winner right now, it would be Germany. There is still one year left and with latest Confederations Cup success Joachim Löw shown that he can create some incredible team even from young players. German football has some bright future ahead!
Keep an eye on all the odds in the build up to the 2018 World Cup, as there will be movement in the prices as teams continue the qualifying process. Don’t forget to open an account at JohnnyBet and become part of the community for free. Why not join the Tipsters League and see if you can predict the winner of the 2018 World Cup?