Andrew Wilson |  Tue 05/12/2017 - 16:31 EST

Best Odds And Predictions For The 2018 World Cup

The nations are set, the groups are finalized, and the odds are out. The 2018 FIFA World Cup is approaching, and it is never too early to take a look at the futures. From Germany to Panama, and everyone in-between all 32 nations are varying for their part of sport's immortality when the event kickoffs in Russia on June 14, 2018. Previewing the best futures/odds and underdogs to wager on the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

2018 World Cup Candidates

Scheduled to start on June 14, the 2018 FIFA World Cup will run until July 15 with 64 matches total played at 12 different venues. In total 32 countries are playing in the 2018 World Cup, divided into eight groups varying in quality and difficulty.

The group that instantly sticks out is Group B. Group B is comprised of Portugal, Spain, Morocco and Iran. Although Morocco and Iran are not much of soccer powers, both Portugal (the reigning Euro Cup champions) and Spain (2010 World Cup and 2012 Euro Cup champions) are both in the top-eight for best odds to win the 2018 World Cup.

There are a few notable admissions from this rendition of the World Cup. The two largest are Italy and the United States. Italy is typically one of the best soccer nations in the world, but a 1-0 loss to Sweden ended their World Cup dreams in 2018. Although the United States is not a known superpower in Men’s soccer, they had made seven straight World Cup appearances.  

Best Odds And Predictions For The 2018 World Cup

Sports Interaction is already offering various odds for the upcoming World Cup on everything from the outright winner to each group winner to what point does each team finish (Round of 16, Quarterfinals…etc.). Early lines are indicating some good wagering opportunities on just about every type of betting option currently available.  

Best Odds And Predictions For The 2018 World Cup

Best Outright Winner Odds

Germany, Brazil and France lead the World Cup odds, each sitting between +475 to +575. These odds are not strange for anyone who follows soccer as these three countries have combined to win ten World Cups. After the top three teams, the remaining odds on the 29 other nations to win range from Spain at +725 to Panama at +105000.

Since every country is at +475 odds or higher, it is entirely possible (and plausible) to place multiple wagers on the outright winner. Germany at +475 is the best bet. The Germans consistently build a strong team with better balance and fewer egos than other nations. They are the reigning champions and played one of the most dominant games in World Cup history in 2014 when they beat Brazil (in Brazil) in the semi-finals 7-1.

The best strategy is to pair Germany with either Spain (+725), Argentina (+875) or Portugal (+2600). Spain won the tournament in 2010 and had made enough adjustments from their disappointing 2016 Euro Cup. Spain is one of the best defensive teams in the tournament, able to slow some of the best offences in the world and control the game.

Argentina has strung together a string of runner-up finishes, including the 2014 World Cup. There are reasons to believe they can get over the hurdle in 2018, especially when the nation is captained by arguably the best player in the world, Lionel Messi.

Portugal is full of talent (featuring the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo), and they are the reigning Euro Cup champions. At +2600 odds, they are fringing on an underdog, but overall they have the offensive capabilities to compete with just about anyone. 

Best Underdogs 

Outside of the typical soccer powers, the rest of nations participating are set as substantial underdogs. From Russia at +3500 to Panama and Saudi Arabia at +104900, 22 fit into the underdog category. Picking the best underdogs is no easy task. However, placing a few small (but smart) wagers on these underdogs could lead to great payouts if they manage to pull off the upset.

At +9900, Mexico pops off as an intriguing underdog. Group E is not easy, with Germany, Sweden and South Korea. However, if they can make the Round of 16, they could make some noise. Another intriguing underdog is Sweden at +10900. Sweden made the tournament by beating Italy and could use the experience/ and momentum from the upset to underachieve at the 2018 World Cup. Essentially whichever team makes it out of Group E with Germany is the best underdog. 

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Thursday 14 June
Saudi Arabia 11:00 Russia +1160 -286 Odds
Friday 15 June
Uruguay 08:00 Egypt -135 +460 Odds
Iran 11:00 Morocco +260 +133 Odds
Spain 14:00 Portugal -110 +350 Odds
Saturday 16 June
Australia 06:00 France +1630 -435 Odds
Denmark 12:00 Peru +108 +290 Odds
Iceland 09:00 Argentina +1195 -286 Odds
Nigeria 15:00 Croatia +390 -116 Odds
Sunday 17 June
Serbia 08:00 Costa Rica +106 +295 Odds
Switzerland 14:00 Brazil +765 -244 Odds
Mexico 11:00 Germany +765 -227 Odds
Monday 18 June
South Korea 08:00 Sweden +295 +115 Odds
Panama 11:00 Belgium +2465 -588 Odds
England 14:00 Tunisia -286 +915 Odds
Tuesday 19 June
Japan 08:00 Colombia +460 -137 Odds
Senegal 11:00 Poland +255 +130 Odds

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