Over the next 10 days or so, at MyBookie Sportsbook, you will be able to bet on a whole slew of international friendly games, with the nations taking part in the 2018 World Cup in Russia finalizing their squads ahead of the opening game on June 14. This may actually be the last time that we see the World Cup in its current format, as the 2022 tournament in Qatar will be held in the winter and may be expanded to 48 teams, which is why now being a favorite in the 2018 World Cup odds is more meaningful.
For now, though, it will be the usual 32 nations taking part, and the usual suspects who are in as the favorites. There will be a couple of iconic countries missing this time out, with Italy and Holland both failing to qualify. With all that in mind, let’s take a look at the favorites for the 2018 World Cup.
Analyzing the 2018 World Cup Odds for Top 5 Favorites
NEYMAR: I’m fine, happy, coming back after injury. It’s been 3 months, but I’m happy with the adaptation and everything I’ve been doing. I’m getting better every day. (The fear) is passing, I’m going back to normal. Gradually, with the training, it happens. pic.twitter.com/gKjKj3n4RH
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- 2018 World Cup Odds to Win: +330
This is a team looking for redemption after losing 7-1 to Germany in the last World Cup when the Brazilians were the host nation. Brazil is loaded with talent once again, and it will be Neymar who will be asked to shoulder most of the pressure in this squad.
There is no denying that the Brazilians are arguably the best-attacking team in the world, but as always, the question will be whether the defense will be able to hold up their end of the bargain.
- 2018 World Cup Odds to Win: +380
As far as squad depth goes, there is probably no nation more loaded than the Germans, who also happen to be the defending champions. Germany sent a makeshift squad to Russia for the Confederations Cup last summer, and that group ended up winning the whole thing rather comfortably.
The German squad is so deep that they could very well field two full teams that would be good enough to make a deep run in the tournament. The betting odds may not say it, but they are the favorites in any book.
- 2018 World Cup Odds to Win: +550
This may be the most talented French side that we have seen since they won the World Cup back in 1998. The fact that they can afford to leave the likes of Anthony Martial at home tells you just how good this squad really is.
Paul Pogba has had his detractors during his second stint with Manchester United, but this is the type of stage where he will be given free reign, and he may just show us all exactly what type of player he is.
- 2018 World Cup Odds to Win: +750
Lionel Messi will go down as one of the best players ever to play this game, but if he ends his career without having a World Cup winners medal in tow, there are going to be some who will suggest that he fell a little short of expectations.
It is a little unfair to pin that label on him, though, as one player cannot carry an entire nation on his shoulders, especially when going against other teams who are loaded. Argentina will always be among the favorites, but there are better teams than them in this tournament, so a win is a big ask.
- 2018 World Cup Odds to Win: +700
This is a golden age for the Belgian national side, but one that has yet to yield any fruit. This may well be the best collection of players in the world right now, with the likes of Hazard, Lukaku, and De Bruyne all playing for the same team.
The problem here is that they have failed to turn all that talent into success at a major tournament. The window of opportunity for this group will not stay open forever, and you feel that this World Cup may be now or never for Belgium.