Since the first tournament took place in 1930, The World Cup has grown in to being the most prestigious footballing tournament on the planet. The tournament usually runs for just over a month and brings a festival feel to any country lucky enough to host it.
2018 will see Russia hosting this prestigious tournament and we’ve put together the latest football news from each partaking country. You’ll find more in-depth and individual analysis by clicking on the country’s name in the below World Cup Groups section, all the latest team news, odds and insight can be found on these pages.
World Cup Odds
Betting odds are now available, so who do you expect to lift the famous trophy in 2018? Reigning World Champions Germany are currently the bookies favourites, with them available at a solid price of 9/2, closely followed by the likes of Brazil (5-1) & France (11/2).
There are thirty-two football teams, including the host nation Russia, who’ll be taking part in the Russian World Cup in 2018 and we’re happy to be able to bring you odds, reviews and our predictions for all the upcoming games.
We’ve explored other betting options too, such as who we think will be the most likely to win the tournaments Golden Boot, just click the link. We’ve also taken a look at the tournament’s previous World Cup winners, going back over 30 years worth of tournaments. Also, we’ve put together a World Cup Stadium guide, where you’ll find all you need to know about this years tournament in Russia.
World Cup Contenders
The first nation that comes to mind when you think of the World Cup is undoubtedly Brazil, with the South American’s leading the way in terms of wins. The Selecao have lifted the trophy a record five times with their most recent victory coming back in 2002 when Japan & South Korea hosted the tournament. The record for the highest total of final appearances comes from the reigning champions Germany however, who reached their eight final in Brazil back in 2014, defeating Argentina in the final. They’re favourites to win the trophy again this time round but they have a real fight on their hands if they’re to secure back-to-back titles.
Fighting Germany for the title will be the likes of Brazil, France, Spain, Argentina and Belgium who all have very strong squads on paper. This years tournament is a very hard one to call with so much quality on display which is great for neutrals all over the world. One thing that will make the 2018 World Cup slightly strange though is the absence of regulars such as Italy, Netherlands and Chile who all failed to qualify from the group stage.
Over the decades a select few football loving countries have continually performed on the World Cup playing stage. The below table details the best performers to date:
World Cup Groups 2018
Use the table below to access more detail for each country represented in the 2018 world cup, just click on the country you wish to explore further
|Group A:||Russia||Saudi Arabia||Egypt||Uruguay|
|Group E:||Brazil||Switzerland||Costa Rica||Serbia|
|Group F:||Germany||Sweden||Mexico||South Korea|
Route to the Final
Progression from the groups can be seen visually below, where you can possibly predict the path that your country may take to reach the final. The final is due to be played out in Moscow, on the 15th of July. There will be a third-place play-off on the 14th in St. Petersburg.
World Cup Betting
There will be a plethora of bets you’ll be able to place come the tournament’s kick-off, all the usual markets including the tournaments leading goal-scorer, individual match betting options will all be available.
To help you out we’ve put together a few more stats that will help give you an idea of what to expect in Russia!
In the build up to the big tournament you can bet on things such as the ‘Golden Boot Winner’, which looks like a wide open contest this year with plenty of top forwards on display. The likes of Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Robert Lewandowski and Harry Kane will all be desperate to make their mark on the biggest stage and they come into this on the back of decent qualifying campaigns on a personal level.
They’re all amongst the favourites to dominate the scoring charts in Russia and it’ll be interesting to see who comes out on top. For a more in-depth look at potential Golden Boot winners check out our Golden Boot odds report by clicking the link.