The 2018 World Cup in Russia is now only seven weeks away as 32 nations collide in an attempt to win the most prestigious trophy in football.
With every tournament comes betting opportunities and heading into the tournament is where you can find some juicy odds. Here are five World Cup 2018 tips for you to consider:
Germany 5.8 to win World Cup with Betfair
We correctly picked the winner four years ago and we’re sticking with Germany once again in Russia. European nations have won the last three tournaments, two of them being outside of their own continent and Joachim Low’s side seem to be the best right now. There are certainly doubts over whether the head coach will get it right tactically because we’re not a huge fan but with the likes of Marc-Andre ter Stegen, Joshua Kimmich, Mats Hummels, Toni Kroos, Leroy Sane, Thomas Mueller and Timo Werner we cannot look beyond them in 2018.
Lay Russia to Qualify at 1.36 with Betfair
The hosts haven’t had a competitive match since Euro 2016 where they picked up only one point in the group stage. Russia have an ageing defence and not very many talented stars in truth. However, they are a favourable group and open with Saudi Arabia. Uruguay should be good enough to win the group whilst if Mohamed Salah continues his domestic form over to the international scene then Egypt could pip Russia in making the knockout rounds. Russia have never progressed past the group stage in their three previous attempts. They’re nearly 3/1 not to progress on home soil.
Germany to beat Mexico at 1.67 with Betfair
The defending champions being their 2018 campaign on Sunday 17 June with a match against Mexico. The Central American nation hold the World Cup record for most defeats in finals and I can see Germany adding to that. Four years ago Germany started their tournament with a 4-0 thrashing of Portugal and eight years ago put the same scoreline over on Australia. With the pool of players they have I cannot see anything but a winning start from Joachim Low’s side. 4-0 anyone?
Germany-France final is 14/1 with Bet365
Though Brazil’s odds have come down since winning the Olympics and breezing through qualifying, many punters are choosing between France and Germany to go all the way. Provided they both win their respective groups as expecting then they will be on the opposite side of the draw meaning they can only meet in the final. Argentina are the only non-European nation to reach either the past three World Cup finals and they relied on a penalty shootout to beat Netherlands in the semi-finals.
Belgium to beat Panama -2.5 is 17/10 with Unibet
Belgium start their tournament against debutants Panama. The European nation have an array of attacking talent at their disposal with the likes of Eden Hazard, Kevin De Bruyne, Dries Mertens, Michy Batshuayi, Yannick Carrasco and Romelu Lukaku and I see them making a statement in their opening game. They are nearly 2/1 to win by three goals or more.