Top Teams for the 2018 World Cup
Every 4 years, the World Cup dominates the football betting markets around the globe. From sports fans to avid fanatics, punters and even those that know very little about the game all get in on the action. Such is the power and popularity of the tournament that sporting world focuses all their attention to football and who will make it through to the finals.
This year, the world’s biggest football tournament is being hosted by Russia, and will kick-off on the 14th of June. Despite some organisational issues, the 2018 World Cup is ready for thousands of fans to descend on the stadiums while those at home catch the action via broadcast or live stream. For anyone interested in betting on the outcome of a game or the overall results, the more information you have, the greater your chances are of placing a winning bet. To help you out, we’ve taken a look at the top teams, and some that might just cause an upset:
In 2014, Brazil hosted the tournament for the second time. Much was expected of the team, as they are currently hold highest-ranking in the history of the tournament. They have 5 titles to their name and have lifted the trophy in 1958, 1962, 1970, 1994 and 2002. In 2014 the Brazilian side succumbed to the pressure of playing at home, and only managed fourth place. Despite this, they go into the 2018 World Cup as favourites, and a chance to redeem themselves.
Germany comes into the 2018 World Cup as reigning Champions. They defeated Argentina in the finals 4 years ago and also have the second most titles to their name. Germany currently holds 4 titles, winning in 1954, 1974, 1990 and 2014. This year, they are back in action and will be looking to equal Brazil’s record of 5 trophies. They have the skills and the determination to do it.
Argentina is a nation with a proud football heritage and a surprisingly proficient team. They are the runners up from 2014 and have 2 titles to their name. While their most recent win came in 1986, they have a secret weapon in the form of Lionel Messi, possibly one of the greatest players of all time. This could just be the year that Argentina adds another Winners Trophy to their cabinet.
Spain stunned the sporting world in 2010 when they defeated the Netherlands in the final to claim their very first title. Eight years on, they are still one of the highest ranked sides in the world, and have the potential to take down even the biggest teams.
France is certainly one of the leading football nations. They have a dynamic team, and a history that includes one title in 1999, one second place finish, and two 3rd place finishes. Betting sites have France just below Brazil and Germany as favourites, and many believe that this side may very well take home the 2018 World Cup.
Teams that Could Surprise Us
One of the great things about the tournament is that every team has the opportunity to upset the status quo. In 2002, the novice team from North Korea made it all the way through to the quarterfinals.
This time around there are plenty of teams that have the skill and the opportunity to win the 2018 World Cup. England is certainly one such team, having already won in 1996. Uruguay are another team packed with potential, and have won the world champions title twice in the early days of the tournament. Portugal, Belgium, the Netherland and Colombia are no strangers to international football either, and have extendedly talented sides with the desire and ability to win in Russia.
We may see the 2018 title go to one of the favourites, but we may also see a surprising end result, and that’s part of the appeal of the beautiful game.