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2018 World Cup winner odds: Germany favourites to retain the title in Russia

Dean Smith 1 Dec 2017
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Will the Germans be celebrating with the World Cup trophy again? (credit: Getty Images)

World Cup winner odds for the 2018 tournament in Russia. Germany are favourites to retain the trophy they captured in Brazil four years previously. Read on for all the World Cup 2018 betting odds.

All eyes on international football are now turning towards the 2018 World Cup in Russia, for which Germany are favourites to retain the biggest prize in global football.

World Cup 2018 contenders


After their success at Brazil 2014, the Germans head the bookmakers’ outright betting for the next World Cup in Russia in 2018 at best odds of 5/1 with William Hill. Being much closer to home will help in terms of conditions and Die Mannschaft looked strong in the 2016 European Championship before losing to hosts France in the semi-finals.

Joachim Low will still be at the helm when this tournament comes around and having led his nation to the semi-finals of all four tournaments he has taken charge of, the ex-Stuttgart boss will hope to retain the World Cup as the likes of Emre Can, Julian Draxler and Leroy Sane continue their development in the build-up to the tournament.

During the qualification phase, South American arch-rivals Brazil and Argentina have taken contrasting routes to securing their places in Russia.

Following the devastation of their 7-1 semi-final hammering by Germany in their ‘own’ 2014 tournament, you can have no doubt Brazil - 11/2 with BetVictor to win the 2018 World Cup - and Neymar in particular will be keen to show in Russia why they remain the most successful international football team of all time.

They will head to the 2018 World Cup with renewed confidence having become the first country, apart from hosts Russia, to book their place in the finals with four matches of the South American qualifying campaign to spare.

Argentina, meanwhile, who can be backed at 9/1 with BetVictor, found it more difficult, being involved in a terrific scrap for the four automatic South American places, plus the one play-off spot against a nation from a different continent, and scraping through to complete the South American contingent along with Uruguay, Colombia and Peru.

Being so far away from home is sure to affect some of the players, but many Argentine and Brazilian stars now play in Europe and will not be too inconvenienced by colder conditions in Russia in 2018.

Lionel Messi reversed his decision to retire from international football after the 2016 Copa America and the Albiceleste can also call on other world-class attacking stars including Sergio Aguero and Gonzalo Higuain.
Could Paul Pogba lead France to glory in Russia? (Getty Images)

Although France (6/1 with Paddy Power), runners-up on home soil in the 2016 European Championship, fell at the final hurdle of that tournament against Portugal, with young stars such as Anthony Martial, Antoine Griezmann, Paul Pogba and Raphael Varane you cannot help but feel Didier Deschamps' squad will not only improve technically before this tournament but will be spurred on further by that disappointment. 

Also among the leading contenders are the 2010 winners of this competition, Spain, available at 8/1 with William Hill.

While not the force they were at one time, La Furia Roja still possess arguably the best system in the world for producing young players. Manager Julen Lopetegui has been a key part of that with his work as a youth coach within the national set-up and it will be interesting to see how the transition into a new era takes shape.

World Cup 2018 long-shots


Other European big-hitters are England (20/1 with William Hill) and their Group G opponents Belgium (14/1 with SunBets).

Belgium are still enjoying the fruits of their 'golden generation' with many high-class players who ply their trade in the Premier League such as Eden Hazard, Kevin De Bruyne, Jan Vertonghen, Toby Alderweireld and Romelu Lukaku, while the Three Lions are hoping Gareth Southgate is the man to finally get the best out of what is undoubtedly a talented young squad.

Further out in the betting at 28/1 with William Hill are the Portugal side who were victorious at France 2016. Their victory in Paris came as a shock to the football world and they may lack the strength in depth to challenge for another trophy in Russia.

2018 World Cup outright best odds


  5/1 Germany (William Hill)
11/2 Brazil (BetVictor)
  6/1 France (Paddy Power)
  8/1 Spain (William Hill)
  9/1 Argentina (BetVictor)
14/1 Belgium (SunBets)
20/1 England (William Hill)
28/1 Portugal (William Hill)
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2018 World Cup winner odds: Germany favourites to retain the title in Russia

World Cup winner odds for the 2018 tournament in Russia. Germany favourites to retain the trophy they captured in Brazil four years previously. Read on for all the World Cup 2018 betting odds.

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