2018 World Cup Betting Futures Odds

Going Brazilian: 2018 FIFA 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.