Who will win the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia?

With the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia just around the corner, let’s take a look at the fancied teams, best odds and who we believe will reign supreme in Moscow on July 15th.

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2018 World Cup Betting Tips

Odds correct at the time of writing.

  • Argentina to win the World Cup at 9/1 with Ladbrokes
  • Argentina to win the World Cup and Lionel Messi top goalscorer at 33/1 with Bet365

The Main Contenders

According to the ante post betting odds for this year’s World Cup, the bookies have the likes of Brazil, Germany, Spain, France, Argentina and Belgium among their pre-tournament favourites to lift the World Cup trophy in Russia. Brazil, who are managed by Tite, and Joachim Low’s Germany are the joint 9/2 favourites with Ladbrokes.

Spain, who have massively underachieved in the past couple of tournaments, are available at 13/2 with Betfred. Then come France at 7/1, Argentina at 9/1 and Belgium at 12/1. The Spanish and French both have very strong squads, while the Argentines always seem to be there or thereabouts.

After a strong UEFA Euro 2016 tournament on home soil, Didier Deschamps’ France will be looking to build on that and win their first World Cup for 20 years. On paper, not many nations can rival the strength and ability of France’s squad, with the likes of Antoine Griezmann and Paul Pogba hoping to make a real impact in Russia.

Portugal, who are the current European champions, will also fancy their chances of putting the cat amongst the pigeons in this year’s World Cup. If Cristiano Ronaldo is at his blistering best, the Portuguese have as good a chance as anyone in Russia.

Gareth Southgate’s England are a little further back in the betting, with Bet365 offering the very tempting odds of 18/1 for the Three Lions to go all the way in Russia. England have not lifted the World Cup since 1966, but they head into this tournament full of optimism and belief. In Harry Kane, the English have a world-class striker at their disposal, they also have some top talent glittered all over the pitch. The English boss has picked the perfect blend of youth, experience and talent, which could stand them in good stead.

The Dark Horses

As for the dark horses, it could be worth throwing a few quid on England. Despite feeling confident, not many people will fancy the Three Lions’ chances in the summer. However, since taking over the reins at Wembley Stadium, Southgate has gone back to basics and England are more than capable of ruffling a few feathers along the way.

Southgate has yet to lose a competitive match as England manager, guiding the nation to top spot in World Cup qualifying Group F with eight wins and two draws from 10 games. England’s last competitive loss came to Iceland at Euro 2016. At 18/1 to lift the trophy, England are certainly worth having a punt on.

We also like the look of BetVictor’s huge price of 33/1 for Uruguay to win their first World Cup since 1950. Oscar Tabarez, who guided the country to a fourth-placed finish at the 2010 World Cup, is still in charge and has several top players to call upon. Diego Godin, Gaston Ramirez, Edinson Cavani and Luis Suarez are just a few of their experienced campaigners.

Even further down the line are Adam Newalka’s Poland, who also won eight of their 10 World Cup qualifiers to win Group E ahead of a talented Denmark side. Led by Bayern Munich goal-machine Robert Lewandowski, Poland could be worth keeping an eye on in Russia at the very tempting odds of 66/1 with BetVictor.

Betting Verdict

We have gone with Jorge Sampaoli’s Argentina as our favourites to win the summer’s World Cup. After making hard work of CONMEBOL qualifying, it will be typical of the Argentines to go on and dominate in Russia. Argentina will back themselves to make it out of Group D unscathed, with the likes of Iceland, Croatia and Nigeria standing in their way. After that, Argentina certainly have the knowhow to make it through to the latter rounds.

At the last World Cup in Brazil, Argentina, who were then managed by Alejandro Sabella, made it all the way through to the final in Rio de Janeiro, eventually losing out in extra-time to Low’s Germany. The Argentines have lifted the World Cup on two occasions, with the last coming in 1986 in Mexico. Although Sampaoli’s side will have to beat the best to go one step further and win the World Cup in Russia, we believe that they are well worth taking a punt on at the top odds of 9/1.

At the World Cup in 2014, Lionel Messi did everything in his power to guide his nation to World Cup glory. The little magician practically single-handedly took Argentina to the World Cup final in Brazil, picking up a silver medal to boot. Four years on, Messi has got even better with age, and the Barcelona man will once again be an integral cog in Argentina’s well-oiled machine.

Messi has had another fine season at the Camp Nou, finishing top scorer in La Liga on 34 goals. During a turbulent CONMEBOL WCQ campaign, Messi scored seven times to help his nation progress. Argentina look doomed after a 2-0 defeat to Bolivia – which Messi missed through suspension – with four matches left, but the striker netted a superb hat-trick against Ecuador in the final game to fire Argentina to Russia.

Messi is available at the strong odds of 10/1 with BetVictor to finish top scorer at the 2018 World Cup. With that in mind, take a punt on Bet365’s excellent price of 33/1 for Argentina to lift the trophy and Messi to finish top scorer. The 2018 World Cup promises to be a fascinating competition, with several nations gunning for World Cup glory in Russia.