Germany opened as the World Cup betting odds favorite as a 5/1 choice. Certainly, the Germans are one of the elite teams heading into the 2018 tournament. Super Power status must also be bestowed on Co-favorite Brazil. Lurking right behind is France, Argentina and Spain. Of the 32 teams competing for the 2018 FIFA World Cup these are unquestionably the top five. Sobering for the Germans is the fact that the last team to repeat as World Cup champions was Brazil in 1962. As a result gamblers would be wise to shop for alternatives.
2018 FIFA World Cup
Date and Time: June 14 through July 15, 2018
World Cup Betting Online Odds : Brazil 5/1, Germany 5/1, France 7/1, Argentina 9/1, Spain 9/1
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Brazil damaged their reputation badly with a fourth-place finish in 2014. Adding insult to injury was that they were the host team that year. Yet their status as a World Cup betting odds favorite is understandable. Currently they are ranked second in the world by FIFA. And they just may have the most natural ability in the entire field. Rich is a team history that boasts a total of five World Cup titles. No country owns as many championships. For all of those reasons and as gold medal winners in the 2016 Olympics they began to repair their status with gamblers.
Germany has the sportsbook status of being a soccer behemoth. With their 2014 World Cup they are a top public team. Add to that a 2017 Confederations Cup they have remained in top form. Perfection was achieved in 2018 qualifying action with ten wins in ten games. Opponents were outscored 43-4 by the Germans in those ten matches. Also, of note is that Germany has finished no worse than fourth since 2002. Overlays remains the constant worry of bargain hunters. Just one loss will be disastrously damaging to bankrolls. And repeating has been nearly impossible for defending champs.
Furthermore, France continues to get a lot of love to the astonishment of many. FIFA has them ranked only ninth in the world. Only once have the French won the World Cup, in 1998. Last time around in 2014 France finished in the quarterfinals. Impressive is their qualifying record of seven wins, two draws and a loss. In addition, and less impressive was their 18-6 goals vs. goals against ratio.
Erratic Argentina always gets a lot of consideration from World Cup gamblers. Captain Lionel Messi is one of the most recognizable players on Earth. Recent history has been a disappointment for the Argentines. Especially relevant is that their last championship was in 1986. However, they were runners up in 2014. Such improvement has remained in the minds of handicappers. Argentina is currently ranked fourth in the world.
Spain is ranked sixth by FIFA has been as high as third this year. Champions in 2010, they got fat and happy with a group stage finish in 2014. Captain Sergio Ramos commands respect as one of the top defenders in the game.
Matchup to Watch
Germany is too obvious and public for World Cup betting odds value. Brazil will get a lot of cash their way as well. Argentina may be the Super Power with the most appeal.
2018 FIFA World Cup Betting Odds Picks
Argentina should build on their 2014 momentum. Lionel Messi makes them a terrifying team to face.
World Cup Betting Online Pick: Argentina
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