Understandably, Germany is the opening World Cup betting odds chalk at 5/1. They are the top ranked team in FIFA. As defending World Cup champions, the Germans command respect. Beyond that, public betting money flows to Germany based on their name brand marquee. Few teams in any sport bring the cache of the German national team in soccer. With the best players and coach this is a team that can certainly repeat. Recent performance history is also on Germany’s side. What is not on their side is that the last repeat World Cup champion was in 1962.
2018 FIFA World Cup
Date and Time: June 14 through July 15, 2018
World Cup Betting Online Odds : Germany 5/1
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Germany has finished in the top four in the last four World Cups. Add that to their 2014 title and they become a huge World Cup betting odds favorite. Even with fans that do not follow soccer the Germans are a recognizable brand. Public betting money will flow to them like no other team. Thus, there is the danger of overlay prices. Brazil was the last team to repeat as World Cup champions in 1962. That fact is indicative of the long odds facing any great defending champion. With that in mind Germany could struggle to bring betting value.
Among the assets that make Germany a sportsbook favorite is head coach Joachim Low. Low has led the German national program since 2006 and quickly transformed it. While Germany was always very good they were considered an underachiever. Those days are long since over thanks to Low. Under his leadership Germany has 106 wins, 30 draws and just 24 losses in 160 games. Low has kept his team in top form with 10 wins in 10 qualifying games. They scored a record 43 goals in the process.
Toni Kroos is a key component to Germany’s prospects to repeat as champs. The 28-year-old mid fielder has 12 goals and 82 caps for the Germans. Professionally Kroos has starred for Real Madrid since 2014. In his career there he has posted 10 goals in 118 Apps. Tops among the individual honors for Kroos was his 2014 German Team Player of the Year.
Matchup to Watch
Germany seems to be on a collision course with Brazil for the 2018 World Cup. The danger for bettors will be getting maximum value with the World Cup betting odds. No other team on the board is going to attract as much casual betting money. With that in mind gamblers should consider what a German loss will cost them. It will not be cheap. There are other strong teams in the field that will bring superior bang for the buck.
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Germany deserves all of its respect and accolades as defending champion. No other team can rank as great as far as being a world power. But that does not mean they are the only top team in the field. Far from it. At the end of the day the Germans will be a target. And repeating as World Cup champs has proven to be a daunting task. Germany will be an expensive and hard-pressed team.
World Cup Betting Online Pick: Germany for Fourth Place
Check out the 2018 German Squad!