With the World Cup in Russia only a matter of weeks away, fans of international soccer are already starting to place their bets on a number of US betting sites. So much money will be staked on this tournament, which is the biggest in world soccer and the first one since Brazil hosted the last one four years ago in 2014.
How Will the Hosts Fare?
There is a history of the host nation winning the World Cup and it has happened a total of six times in the tournament’s history. The last host nation to win was France back in 1998. Many anticipated a Brazilian victory on home soil in 2014, but they were humiliated 7-1 in the semi final by eventual winners Germany.
Russia is generally 11th in the betting out of 32 teams. With 16 nations advancing from the group stage it’s safe to say that they are expected to make out to the knockout phase – they are in a fairly easy group with Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Uruguay – but anything beyond the quarter finals seems incredibly unlikely.
Who Will Win?
Two nations are fighting it out at the head of the betting for outright favouritism – Germany and Brazil. This comes as no shock whatsoever to soccer fans as they are without doubt the two greatest teams in the world right now. Germany, as current champions, still had to qualify for the tournament following a rule change by FIFA and they made easy work of it, winning all 10 of their games – the only European nation to manage this – and scoring an impressive 43 goals in the process.
Brazil also had an impressive qualifying campaign, amassing 41 points from 18 matches and finishing 10 points ahead of second placed Uruguay.
Other teams to consider include European Championship winners Portugal, South American giants Argentina, former world champions Spain, and perennial under-achievers England – there’s always a distinct feeling that it could be their
Cases can be made for a number of nations to emerge victorious in Russia, but the team we think will be lifting the Coupe du Monde in July is Germany. Only two teams have ever won successive tournaments – Italy in 1934 and 38, and Brazil in 1958 and 62 – and we believe that the top ranked team in the world is the best they’ve ever been.
Betting on the World Cup 2018
No matter who you decide to bet on during the World Cup one thing is certain – the tournament will be a lot more exciting with a bet on it. If you back a team and aren’t impressed with their performance early on in the championships, then you can switch allegiance and back a different nation. The odds will change throughout, but you will be able to bet on who will win right up to the final match.
With some betting sites it will even be possible to bet during the final if they offer an in-running betting option.