The World Cup is right around the corner!
After four long years of waiting, excitement over this year’s tournament is already widespread.
The tournament is set to kick off on Thursday 14thof June, with the first match between Saudi Arabia and Russia, with a long journey ahead to reach the final on Sunday 15thof July.
Speculation is rife over which country is going to walk away as this year’s champion after Germany landed their fourth win in the 2014 World Cup.
As this year’s tournament draws ever closer, most of the world has its eye on Brazil to land their sixth win, but what are the odds of Brazil taking home the win, and is it worth placing a bet on Brazil?
In this article:
Let’s kick things off with a look at the odds.
Odds and Predictions
It will come as no surprise that Brazil is pitted as one of the favourites to win the 2018 World Cup.
With five wins under their belt already, they rarely fail to be up there with the top teams when the World Cup is concerned.
After the shock of Italy and the Netherlands missing out on a place to join this year’s 32 teams, the top five favourites seem pretty set, consisting of Brazil, Germany, France, Spain, and Argentina.
Alongside Germany, Brazil is on the receiving end of some of the best odds of winning this year’s tournament.
Depending on which betting platform you use, the odds of Brazil winning the World Cup change a little, but for the most part, their odds are pretty set at 9/2.
This means that for every 2 units that are bet, you’ll walk away with 9 units and your initial bet if Brazil wins.
Most of the popular betting sites, including:
- Sky Bet
- William Hill
…are all offering odds of 9/2.
These match the odds that are being offered up for Germany but show significant variance to the average of 11/2 on offer for a bet on France.
For a slightly more out-there bet, Unibet is offering odds of 19/4, 10Bet are offering odds of 75/19, and 188Bet are offering odds of 23/5.
Brazil in Last World Cup
Brazil did fairly well in the 2014 World Cup, which was the first time that they played on home soil in 64 years.
In the 2014 World Cup, Brazil had odds of 3/1 from Sky Bet of winning the tournament, beating the actual winner, Germany, who at the same time had odds of 5/1.
As host of the World Cup, they bypassed the need to qualify for the group stages but still went on to come out as first in their group after landing a win against Cameroon and Croatia, and a draw against Mexico.
To reach the quarter-finals, they won against both Colombia and Chile, before facing off against Germany.
After losing to both Germany and the Netherlands, they finished the World Cup in fourth place; a better performance than in 2010 where they were eliminated in the quarter-finals after a loss to the Netherlands.
Brazil is in Group E of the group matches this year, facing off against Switzerland, Costa Rica, and Serbia.
Brazil is certainly the favourite amongst Group E to take the first spot and move onto the round of 16.
The battle will be on between Switzerland, Costa Rica, and Serbia, to see who will be joining Brazil in the next stage of the World Cup.
As it stands, it seems that Switzerland is the next favourites to progress, with odds averaging a range of 80/1 to 100/1 of winning the World Cup outright, with a few variances.
Serbia is the next favourite, followed by Costa Rica who is considered one of the underdogs of this year’s tournament.
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Bet on Brazil
In the 2018 World Cup, the prime spot for who’s going to come out on top is an almost even split between Germany and Brazil; the 2014 winners and the country who have the most wins under their belt.
Germany is on a winning streak at the moment, but Brazil has very good odds of not only making it to the final 16 but landing the top spot.
In their first match against Switzerland, Brazil has winning odds of 2/5, following on with 2/7 odds against Costa Rica, and 4/9 odds against Serbia.
Going on their past history of qualifying from the group stages, and progressing to the quarter and semi-finals, Brazil is seen as a very safe bet; just as they have been for many years.
However, they haven’t won a World Cup since 2002, while Germany has the latest win under their belt on Brazil’s home-soil.
This year’s line-up of players may land Brazil their 6th win though, with their released line-up full of high-profile players, including Roberto Firmino, Thiago Silva, and Dani Alves.
History says that they are more than in with a chance of winning the tournament, and the odds of 9/2 certainly speak in their favour.
Brazil is shaping up to be a major contender in this years’ World Cup and is one of the safest teams to place a bet on, alongside Germany, France, and Spain.
With the relatively similar odds amongst the top four, and breaking into the top six, there is little variance between the major contenders.
One of the best strategies going into the World Cup is to check around the bookmakers and dig out those varying odds.
While the majority of sites are offering odds of 9/2, there are a few gems that are offering slightly different and more rewarding odds.
It can also pay off to split your bets, and perhaps choose one of the teams with high-paying odds that have had a good run over the past few years.
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Belgium, England, and Portugal, along with Argentina, who have proven themselves to perform well in the World Cup, are still up there amongst the top teams but offer much more favourable odds if they take home the cup.
So even though Brazil have not won a World Cup since 2002, they still have a very good chance at being the World Cup 2018 champions.
There will be some tough competition from Germany in particular but it would be worth considering placing a bet on these World Cup professionals and possibly make a nice profit from them.
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