The last few days were quite turbulent, bringing some interesting news to the bettors along with odds changes in all major Sportsbooks, including Delaware Park Sportsbook, so we’ve prepared the 2018 FIFA World Cup winners odds update along with a brief recap of all intriguing facts.
2018 World Cup Winners Odds Update
|Brazil +400||Germany +450||Spain +600 → +650|
|France +650||Argentina +900||Belgium +1100|
|England +1800 → +1600||Portugal +2500 → +2200||Croatia +3300|
|Uruguay +3300 → +2800||Colombia +4000||Russia +4000|
|Poland +5000 → +6600||Switzerland +10000 → +12500||Denmark +10000|
|Mexico +10000||Sweden +15000||Egypt +15000 → +20000|
|Serbia +20000 → +15000||Senegal +20000||Peru +20000 → +15000|
|Iceland +20000||Nigeria +20000||Japan +30000|
|Australia +30000||Morocco +50000||Iran +50000|
|Costa Rica +50000||Tunisia +75000||South Korea +75000|
|Saudi Arabia +100000||Panama +100000|
Brazil and Germany Topping the List, Spain is a New Mystery
Brazil is still the strongest favorite to beat the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, according to Delaware Park Sportsbook, while the defending champion Germany is right behind Selecao with no odds changes on these two teams as both rivals can count on all 23 players with no injury worries among the squad. Germany had some poor displays prior to the 2018 World Cup, and the manager Joachim Low omitted the talented Leroy Sane from the squad, but the bookmakers expect to see Die Mannschaft’s real face in Russia, while Brazil looks like a well-organized team, determined to challenge the FIFA World Cup Trophy.
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Spain sacked Julen Lopetegui two days before the opening game against Portugal after Lopetegui announced he would lead Real Madrid next season. The Spanish Football Federation felt betrayed, deciding to sack Lopetegui and bring the team’s director Fernando Hierro as a replacement. The bookies enhanced the odds at +650 on the Red Fury from previous +600, as this decision could be a real shock for Spaniards. Hierro is a legendary defender, but he’s an inexperienced manager, although was a national team’s director in two spells. Surely, the bettors shouldn’t expect some changes in Spain’s style of play or even in the starting lineup, as same players are still there, while the Red Fury doesn’t change the playing system, insisting on a famous Tiki-taka passing style and a high pressure whoever is at the helm.
The odds on France are unaltered at +650, although the Blues will have some worries about their defensive line after Djibril Sidibe’s injury, as he was the first option on the right flank. Sidibe could be replaced 24 hours before the first match against Australia, but it’s still unknown how bad his injury is at the moment. Argentina stays at +900, showing some signs of improvement in recent friendlies while wagering on Belgium at +1100 could be a right choice, as the Red Devils seem like a strong team with some exceptional individuals among the squad. If they stay healthy, Belgium could reach pretty far at 2018 FIFA World Cup, despite some mental barriers in the past.
England, Portugal, and Uruguay Are All Improving, Others Need Miracle Including the Hosts
England will have the third-youngest team in Russia, but there are some terrific players who can make the difference such as Harry Kane or Raheem Sterling, while the Three Lions looked compact in the last few games. Their defensive work is improving, no doubt, which could be a decisive factor when England face heavyweights. Portugal is another tough team who could make an upset at the 2018 World Cup, particularly after that EURO 2016 victory, while Cristiano Ronaldo will have a significant support from some young lions in the team. However, Portugal’s defense is quite old and slow, so they could struggle against pacier sides in Group B.
Uruguay made the major improvement on the bookmakers’ favorites list, as La Celeste was a +3300 favorite to beat the 2018 World Cup a few weeks ago, but with some steady performances in recent games, Uruguay made the bookies to reconsider their odds. La Celeste’s sturdy defense should be their biggest strength in Russia, while Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani both look ready for the challenge. Croatia completes the top ten, but the Blazers will have a bumpy road with a stiff competition in Group D, while their defensive work is still an issue.
All other contenders, including the host nation Russia will have a mountain to climb with all their flaws relative to the strongest teams at the 2018 World Cup. Colombia is a quality side who could make some noise, and with the odds at +4000, Los Cafeteros are an interesting selection. Poland lost Kamil Glik due to a shoulder injury, and he was a defensive rock, so the Eagles could struggle at the back, while their group is a tricky one with Senegal and Colombia alongside. Russia at +4000 looks like a ridiculous wager, as the hosts are the lowest ranked team at this World Cup. Denmark, Mexico, and Switzerland are all well-organized teams who will eventually fail along the way, for sure.
The rest will try their best, but FIFA World Cup is a special tournament where upsets are pretty common, but rarely when it comes to the ultimate winner. From this point of view, if anyone besides the top ten favorites beat the 2018 World Cup, it would be a massive sensation.
The Pick: Spain at +650 or Belgium at +1100