Going Brazilian: 2018 FIFA World Cup Betting Futures Odds

2018 World Cup Betting Futures Odds

Four years is a long time. Just ask the Brazil national football team, current World Cup betting co-favorites to win the 2018 edition of the global tournament. That’s right; Brazil has at this juncture in time the same odds as Germany to win the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Germany, not only the current reigning and defending champions, but also the team that made Brazil its little cadela, as Brazilians themselves might say. As people betting on the World Cup surely remember, zee Germans demolished the cariocas 7-1 in the semis of the previous tournament.

The disparity that should be there but isn’t between Brazil and Germany is apparent in all its glory between Spain and Portugal in Group B, who will begin World Cup play against each other in a rematch from their Round of 16 matchup in 2010, in which Spain eliminated Portugal 1-0 on the way to their first and so far only World Cup title. The Iberian Peninsula dwellers have dominated Europe lately the way they used to dominate the New World, winning the last three UEFA European Championship, but can they branch continental dominion out into global conquest, is the question.

World Cup betting futures

  • Argentina +850
  • Australia +20000
  • Belgium +1215
  • Brazil +500
  • Colombia +2850
  • Costa Rica +35000
  • Croatia +4550
  • Denmark +8000
  • Egypt +20000
  • England +1325
  • France +605
  • Germany +500
  • Japan +30000
  • Mexico +6500
  • Nigeria +20000
  • Peru +10000
  • Poland +4550
  • Portugal +2550
  • Russia +2550
  • Senegal +12500
  • Serbia +12500
  • Spain +725
  • Sweden +10000
  • Switzerland +7550
  • Tunisia +50000
  • Uruguay +2550
  • Iceland +20000
  • Iran +30000
  • Morocco +20000
  • Panama +50000
  • Saudi Arabia +50000
  • Korea Republic +5000

Speaking of Spain (where the rain stays mainly in the plain), if there was one thing Lionel Messi dreaded more than the Spanish Tax Agency was Argentina meeting the Red Fury in the first round. “The worst that could happen to us would be to draw Spain at the group stages,” he said, and completely in character, we might add. “I would prefer to avoid them, they’d be tough opponents.” Argentina almost pulled an Italy but managed to qualify by the skin of their teeth at the eleventh hour with a 3-1 win in Ecuador. “I always believed we’d get there, but I thought we would have tied up qualification before the Ecuador game,” Messi added. Next time you’d best not believe, then.

Argentina finds itself, all things considered, in a deceptively tough group (Nigeria, Croatia, and Iceland) nonetheless, as does France. Make no mistake, though; Les Bleus may have assembled their best squad since their World Cup-winning team 1998, which included current manager Didier Deschamps. “I think France will be very strong. When you have a trio like [Antoine] Griezmann, [Alexandre] Lacazette and [Kylian] Mbappe, you have a strong team. The experience that the team has from a generation of veteran players, backed up by these young players, makes them a candidate to win the title,” Brazilian head coach Tite said.  France is the last team whose World Cup betting odds are in the hundreds.

Roo the Day: France versus Australia World Cup Betting

Betting on the World Cup France versus Australia preview

The symbiotic relationship France and Australia share will do, World Cup betting-wise, the Socceroos little good when they face Les Bleus in their tournament-opening game. This isn’t rugby, after all. Then again, the team from Down Under could benefit from the fact that the French think they’re little more than just another shrimp on the barbie. “L’Équipe’s headline was “Aussies with no head,” French journalist Dtrp said, in reference to the managerless Australians.  Aussies with no head? Eh, probably sounded better in the original French. “In terms of the greatest threat to France, L’Équipe also put Denmark first, then Peru, followed by Australia because we don’t know much about the Australia team to be really honest. We only know mainly Tim Cahill’s aptitude for awesome goals in World Cups.”

  • 16 June 2018 13:00 MSK (UTC+3)
  • France vs. Australia

  • Kazan Arena, Kazan

According to Dtrp, France has a tendency to underestimate opponents, something which came back to bite them in the derriere in 2002 and 2010, on both of which occasions they failed to make it past the group stage (and as defending champions, no less, in 2002). And it’s not just the French press that’s counting their poulets before they hatch and betting the World Cup will be a breeze. France avoided “the stronger teams and get Australia, Peru and Denmark” and “should be able to get at least seven points from this group and cruise into the group stage,” says CBS Sports. All of which is not to say of course that the French don’t have the wherewithal to put their World Cup betting money where their mouth is, which they do, in the form of Kylian Mbappe, Antoine Griezmann, Alexandre Lacazette, Anthony Martial, and Ousmane Dembele

French head coach Didier Deschamps has, all things considered, a lot of resources to draw from, even if he does decide to move forward without Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud, whose lack of playing time in the English Premier League is threatening his spot in the national team. assistant coach Guy Stephan even hinted at the possibility that Giroud might want to start looking elsewhere. “It’s clear that playing time is not enough, and Didier has had the opportunity to talk to him about it. Olivier has to find a solution in the weeks to come. A loan deal in January? That’s up to him,” Stephan said.

So not only does France have a wealth of players from which their coach can pick and choose, but they actually have a coach. Former Australian manager Ange Postecoglou quit after the Aussies clinched a spot on the World Cup. What, was he an angel, like Michael Landon in Highway to Heaven? Did he say something to the effect of, “my work here is done, you guys don’t need me anymore, now I have to go and help someone else, presumably in a 48-minute period sometime next week”? Football Federation Australia has put together a committee including former Australia players Mark Schwarzer, Mark Bresciano, and Stan Lazaridis and given them a February deadline to appoint a new head coach who can lead them to World Cup betting success.

On-Again, off-again: Morocco vs. Iran World Cup Betting

Betting the 2018 World Cup Morocco vs. Iran Odds

This Group B World Cup betting matchup will pit against one another two national teams that are just like that annoying couple that’s always breaking up and getting back together again. You know the one. Additionally, members of both squads’ coaching staffs agreed that their tournament opener will be like a final unto itself. Aww, how cute. “It will be like our World Cup final – we’ll play like we are playing for our lives,” Iran coach Carlos Queiroz said, and Morocco assistant coach Mustapha Hadji added that “The first game will be our final. It will be a tough game because we watched Iran in qualifying and they have a very good team and a very good spirit. But if we win, we have a great opportunity to reach the second round. That’s what we are coming for.”

  • 15 June 2018 18:00 MSK (UTC+3)

  • Morocco vs. Iran

  • Krestovsky Stadium, Saint Petersburg

Iran became the first Asian country to qualify for the 2018 World Cup, and in the process set a record for the most straight clean sheets in World Cup qualification with 12 games, or 1121 minutes, without allowing a goal. Morocco defended its way to the World Cup as well. “It’s a great team with fantastic players and a great coach [Herve Renard],” Queiroz, who previously managed Real Madrid and the South African national team, said of the Moroccans. “In qualifying, they did not lose one game nor concede one goal so that tells you everything about the quality of the team.” all things considered, people betting on the World Cup should expect a low World Cup betting total on this one.

Morocco last appeared in a World Cup in 1998, when they drew 2-2 with Norway and beat Scotland 3-0, but a Norway upset over Brazil left them out of the second round. “It was of the law of football. You just have to accept it,” Hadji, who was the 1998 African Footballer of the Year and should not be confused with Johnny Quest’s sidekick, said. “I played in front of all my friends and family so it was a special time. Everyone was waiting for Morocco to make it through to the second round but sometimes that’s just the way it is. Maybe if we got through we would have been beaten badly and people would have forgotten all about it. But we played some very good football and that will always stay in the hearts of the Moroccan people.”

And Iran (I ran so far away, I just ran, I ran all night and day) needs to either get its stuff together or get ready for some serious disappointment, and Queiroz isn’t afraid to rub salt in the wound. “I’m here to say Iran needs special local preparations,” he said. “I don’t care about the threats and what they have been trying to do to stop me talking. The Iranian fans deserve special World Cup preparations. We need to implement special preparations to bring honour and pride. They can fire me, I don’t care, but it’s time to express my opinion because the Iranian fans deserve that and the players deserve full support to be ready for this competition.” Oh my brother, testify! Defy the World Cup betting odds!

Portugal-Spain Iberian Peninsula World Cup Betting

Betting Odds and game preview Portugal vs. Spain

Portugal and Spain, who occupy most of the Iberian Peninsula, will add, in the form of a World Cup betting matchup, a new chapter in the storied history of their relations with one another, which commenced when King Alfonso VII of León and Castile recognized Afonso Henriques as King of Portugal on July 25th 1139, following the Battle of Ourique (which was, by the way, what fans betting on the World Cup would call an upset). Spain and Portugal are the two most recent European champions, and the former eliminated the latter in the round of 16 on the way to winning their first World Cup in 2010.

  • 15 June 2018 21:00 MSK (UTC+3)

    Portugal vs. Spain

  • Olympic Stadium, Sochi

Portugal will, to the surprise of absolutely no one, live and die by Cristiano Ronaldo, who is actually going through a rough patch in the Spanish Liga. “You can only win the European championship and the World Cup by playing well. The concept of what is pretty or not is something else,” coach Fernando Santo said earlier this year. Portugal started their road to Russia with a 2-0 loss in Switzerland, but then went on a nine-game winning run to finish on top of their group on goal difference, turning the tables on the Neutral Ones by the same score in their last game. Ronaldo scored 15 of their goals on the way to his fourth World Cup which, at the ripe old age of 33, is, for all intents and purposes, his final chance to win the big one.

Even with the likes of Ricardo Quaresma, Bernardo Silva, Nani, Joao Moutinho, and Goncalo Guedes on the roster, Portugal’s World Cup betting odds are as good as their most capped player their record scorer with 79 goals, and Ronaldo is well aware of that, throwing a hissy fit every time he doesn’t get the ball in a free kick, penalty, and play, but, as they say, it isn’t bragging if you can back it up, and he backs it up with two European championship finals, one semi-final, one quarter-final and a World Cup semi-final.

Meanwhile, head coach Julian Lopetegui’s youth movement has been a shot in the arm of the Spanish national team, which is undefeated in 16 games under the former Real Madrid, Logroñés, Barcelona and Rayo Vallecano goalie. David de Gea, Koke, Isco, Thiago Alcantara and Alvaro Morata are among the new faces who have come to join the more established Sergio Ramos, Gerard Pique, David Silva (Spain’s fourth highest goal-scorer ever with 11 in 15 matches), Andres Iniesta and Sergio Busquets.

“I believe that the best thing a coach has to do is optimize and make the most of the virtues of his players” Lopetegui said. “I think that the best quality of Spanish players is their passing ability and individual technique. Logically, we have to take advantage of that.” The manager added that “Spain can’t play catenaccio [the Italian “door-bolt” defensive system] because that wouldn’t make the most of the quality of our players.” Instead, the Spaniards has gone back to the “tiki-taka” short-passing style that made them World Cup betting behemoths in 2010.

Group of 77 World Cup Betting: Egypt versus Uruguay

Egypt versus Uruguay 2018 World Cup betting Analysis

Egypt in Uruguay are fellow members of the United Nations coalition of developing nations known as the Group of 77 but will be, as far as World Cup betting goes, foes. The Egyptians have qualified for the tournament for the first time since 1990, which Reuters likens with Sir Galahad finding the Holy Grail. Egypt reached the African playoffs for the previous World Cup but a 6-1 humiliation in Ghana not only took them down a peg but also foretold further misfortune when Egypt was paired up with the Ghanaians again in qualifying for the 2018 finals, though such fears on the part of people betting on the World Cup proved to be unfounded.

  • 15 June 2018 17:00 YEKT (UTC+5)
  • Egypt vs. Uruguay
  • Central Stadium, Yekaterinburg

Retired Egyptian footballer Mohamed ‘El Magico’ Aboutrika, one of the greatest African footballers of all time, expects his home country’s national team to vie for second place with the other three teams that are not Uruguay. “The draw is good for Egypt and also for Saudi Arabia. The order of Egypt’s games by facing Uruguay then Russia then Saudi Arabia is also good,” Aboutrika said. “This group calls us to think about advancing to the next round in the World Cup. I see that the first spot in the group is reserved for Uruguay with Egypt, Russia and Saudi Arabia battling out for the second place.”

“We have a strong motive when we face Saudi Arabia because of the renowned game in the 1999 Confederations Cup and Egypt’s 5-0 defeat. God willing Egypt is capable of qualifying from this group.” Group A World Cup betting faves Uruguay appeared in the World Cup on 12 occasions between 1930 and 2014 and won it in 1930 and 1950 in what became known as the Maracanaço. They have reached the semi-finals five times. Additionally, the Uruguayans have won the Copa America 15 times, most recently in 2011, thus becoming the South American which has won it the most times. The once and future head coach Oscar Washington Tabarez is a legend who coached the national team in Italy 1990, South Africa 2010 and Brazil 2014. The attack-oriented coach is well known for his clever tactics and fatherly approach to his players.  Uruguay qualified for the 2018 World Cup in second place in its group after defeating Bolivia in the final game, 4-2 on October 11, 2017.

Egypt once met Uruguay in a friendly match in 2006 in Alexandria which resulted in a 2-0 Uruguay win.  Uruguay’s lethal attacking line includes Barcelona’s Luis Suarez and Paris Saint-Germain’s Edinson Cavani. The team captain is Diego Godin of Atlético Madrid. Not to be outdone, Egypt manager Héctor Cúper says that Real Madrid has set its sights on forward Mohamed Salah, who currently plays for Liverpool FC. “I’ve received confirmed news revealing Real Madrid’s interest in Salah, but we won’t accelerate these developments,” Cúper said. “For me, he finds himself in an incredible situation at the moment.” Salah, who looks uncannily like Jinder Mahal, has played for Chelsea, Basel, Fiorentina and Roma, and made 22 appearances for Liverpool this season, with 17 goals and five assists. Other English-based players on Egypt’s roster include Ahmed Elmohamady of Aston Villa, Mohamed Elneny of Arsenal, Ahmed Hegazy from West Bromwich Albion and the promising Ramadan Sobhi of Stoke City. It has yet to be seen whether they can defy the World Cup betting odds against Uruguay.