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World Cup 2018: Who Are The Favourites to Win in Russia?

- 05:03, 21st March 2018
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All 32 teams have now qualified for the 2018 World Cup as we get ever closer to figuring out who the greatest national side in the world is in the month long tournament in Russia this summer. Ross Casey looks at some stand-out World Cup odds! 

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2014 World Cup winners Germany are the bookmaker favourites to win again in Russia with a best price of 9/2. They followed up last year's success by lifting both the Confederations Cup and the u21 European Championships, so it is little surprise that Joachim Loew's side will prove victorious again! They qualified for the tournament with 10 wins from 10, scoring 43 goals and conceding just four.

Brazil are second in the betting market with World Cup odds of 5/1. They were the only South American side to qualify after just gameweek 15 and lost just one of their 18 matches in the qualifying process! With just 11 goals conceded; making them the best defence too, has Tite got this brand of Samba football spot on heading into Russia 2018?

Next in the outright winner World Cup betting market are France with a best price of 6/1. Didier Deschamps has an embarrassment of riches in terms of the squad he can choose from and that makes it even more unbelievable that they head into the World Cup having dropped seven points in the group stages! Can they win their first World Cup since 1998?

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There is then a bit of a hike in the odds with Spain the fourth favourites at 8/1. Italy were unbeaten in 56 World Cup or Euro qualifiers (42 wins, 14 draws) when Spain defeated them 3-0 in their group encounter in what was a real sign of intent. With the likes of Isco and Marco Asensio coming through the ranks and Alvaro Morata and Iago Aspas beginning to prove their worth - is it time for the resurgence at next year's World Cup?

Argentina are now fifth favourites with a best price of 8/1. I managed to get them at 13/1 the night before they claimed their spot with the magic of a Lionel Messi hat-trick in Ecuador. Make sure you keep a look out for the best World Cup odds. On paper they have a fantastic chance again, but unfortunately for Lionel Messi, they often fall short in these big stage competitions, much to the glee of Cristiano Ronaldo fans.

Behind them are Belgium, who were much fancied at the European Championships of 2016 before amazingly being undone by Wales and a Hal Robson-Kanu pirouette. With a squad that boasts the likes of Kevin De Bruyne, Eden Hazard, Dries Mertens and Romelu Lukaku, they certainly are to be feared and it will be interesting to see how England perform against them in the group stage.

For those of you wondering where England sit in the betting - well they are seventh favourites making them less likely winners than Belgium, but more likely to lift the Jules Rimet trophy than Portugal, who are in eighth. Their best price is 18/1 and the current worse price on backing The Three Lions is 14/1 showing why you should use our World Cup odds comparison service!

Of the rest of the 32 nations, hosts Russia are at 40/1, but after seeing them perform poorly in the Confederations Cup, I can't see them going too far this summer. Mo Salah's Egypt are available at an absolutely massive 250/1 as the rest of their squad is not up to his standard and the absolute outsiders are Saudi Arabia and Panama who are both a best price of 1500/1 - which makes them more likely to win than Leicester to win the Premier League when they did!

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