The World Cup 2018 kicks off on June 14 in Russia. Thirty-two teams will be vying for the Jules Rimet trophy and a place in the tournament final on July 15 in Moscow. Brazil head into the tournament as the sportsbooks’ favourite at 11/4, according to Bet365. Check out our betting tips for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
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Outright Betting Tips: World Cup Winner Prediction
Our bet : Brazil (Odds: 11/4)*
Who will win the World Cup? That question will come back over and over in the coming weeks.
Brazil have an incredible ensemble of players currently. Led by Paris Saint-Germain forward Neymar, the Brazilians have quality players at every position. Manager Tite has brought back the flair and style that the Selecao lacked in 2014. The previous manager, Dunga, had made defense the main focus of his team. However, the side wasn’t convincing, and in the end, the defense capitulated as Germany scored seven goals against Brazil in the semifinals.
Neymar is just getting back to full fitness. The player missed the final three months of the club football season with PSG due to a foot and ankle injury. There is the possibility he could re-aggravate the injury and miss matches at the tournament. If Neymar goes down, the likelihood of Brazil winning the World Cup changes greatly. The team may have talented players across the pitch, but Neymar makes Brazil tick.
After suffering an injury against Colombia in the quarterfinals of the 2014 tournament, Brazil lost the semifinal against Germany and the third-place game to the Netherlands. Brazil needs Neymar to stay fit and injury-free during the competition. If he does, the Brazilians are the best team in Russia. Neymar is 10/1 to win the Golden Boot award, according to Bet365.
Teams to reach the semifinals
Our bet: Brazil/France, Croatia/England
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Four heavyweights of international football will compete in the World Cup semifinals. Brazil will top Group E and face off with Group C winner France on July 10 in St. Petersburg.
France manager Didier Deschamps has a fantastic side of proven players. Led by Antoine Griezmann, France (4/1) have the potential to upset Brazil. France were runners-up at Euro 2016 as Griezmann topped the goalscoring charts.
Against Brazil in the semifinals, Tite’s side will have too much-attacking might for the French’s defence. Brazil have numerous ways to beat teams, and Neymar is the most prolific. Philippe Coutinho, Willian, Marcelo and Roberto Firmino make this Brazilian team far deadlier than recent incarnations.
In the other semifinal to be played July 11 in Moscow, Croatia (6/1) will clash with England. Croatia had a terrible time in Brazil four years ago as the side crashed out of the tournament at the group stage. Since Euro 2016, Julen Lupetegui has taken over the side and transformed it.
England has a clear table to reach the semi-finals now that Germany has been eliminated. There are questions around Southgate’s attack. Can Harry Kane maintain his level of performance? Will the young generation raise its level? It will mostly depend on them to reach the final.
Teams to reach the quarterfinals
Our bet: Brazil/Belgium, France/Uruguay, Croatia/England
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Brazil will take on Belgium (11/1) in Kazan on July 6. Brazil will top Group E while Belgium will finish first in Group G. The Belgians are a talented side and Roberto Martinez’s team scored 43 goals in qualifying. But the Belgians didn’t compete against the likes of Brazil. Belgium were flat-track bullies in qualifying, and Brazil will get by them in the quarterfinals.
France will clash with Uruguay. France are better than they were two years ago and has a golden generation on its hands, however. Deschamps will guide his side through thanks to Griezmann or Mbappe’s goals.
Only July 7 in Samara, archrivals Sweden and England (18/1) will renew hostilities. The English have improved in the two years since Roy Hodgson left the manager’s position. Forsberg and the Swedish seem in a good shape but without it will be complicated for them.
Betting tips on the best scorer of the World Cup
Our bet: Harry Kane (Odds: 7/4*)
Harry Kane made a sensational beginning of World Cup. With a clear table, he should be able to score more goals in the round of 16 and the 1/4 finals.
If England qualifies and go far in the tournament, it will mostly be thanks to his performances.
Will it finally be England’s tournament? It’s not impossible even though teams as Spain or Brasil still seem stronger.
These betting tips are purely subjective and do not engage We Are Bettors. Always bet with your head. Odds may vary.
*All the odds provided in this article are correct at the moment of publishing.