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Russia 2018 is fast approaching and we take a look at some of the teams that are expected to be among the World Cup favourites this summer with the biggest prize in international football on offer.

Who will win the World Cup?

It's not easy to call who will lift the trophy at the moment, with squads still to be announced and form for key players could fluctuate between now and the end of the domestic season. One thing's for sure, the FootballTips team will have you covered with outright tips not only on who will win the World Cup, but with outright World Cup group tips, top goalscorer tips and individual match-by-match previews with our best bets.

Germany - 9/2

Leading the way in the betting at the moment are current holders Germany. In Joachim Low they possess a manager that has lifted the trophy before and whilst several star players decided to step down following victory in South America four years ago, a raft of new talent is coming through the ranks in the likes of Timo Werner and Leroy Sane. What's more, die Mannschaft won every single one of their qualifying matches ahead of this tournament - ignore them at your peril.

Brazil - 5/1

One of the teams that Low's men overcame en route to lifting the title was the 2014 hosts Brazil and they have recovered very well since that 1-7 humiliation in the semi-finals four years ago. With Neymar four years older and wiser, he'll be expected to lead from the front for the Seleccao and you will be hard-pushed to find a nation more determined for success this summer following the manner of that exit last time out. 

France - 11/2

Following those two in the pecking order is France, who last managed to lift the trophy 20 years ago on home soil. In the European Championships two years ago they were unable to repeat success despite being the hosts, but few can argue against the talent they have in their squad and the depth they have in each position has been highlighted in recent years.

Spain - 7/1

Spain's era of domination came to an end in Brazil but they have a supremely talented squad to take to Russia with a point to prove as will Argentina and in particular their skipper Lionel Messi, who has won everything there is to win in the domestic game with Barcelona in Spain, but will undoubtedly be desperate to get his hands on the biggest prize of all for his nation this summer.

The best of the rest

Euro 2016 winners Portugal, led by Messi's rival for the moniker of the world's best player Cristiano Ronaldo, will be tough to overcome as will Belgium, who boast Premier League superstars Eden Hazard and Kevin de Bruyne amongst their ranks whilst this tournament also proves a chance for English talent like Harry Kane and Dele Alli to announce themselves on the world stage.

World Cup outright odds

No matter which side you're backing for the trophy you can get the best odds from William Hill and we've created a table below with the odds for each of the biggest hitters this summer.

Germany currently lead the way in the betting, although some bookmakers price Brazil at the same odds. A win for die Mannschaft would see them draw level with the Seleccao on five World Cup wins each.

France, Spain and Argentina have all been among trophies in recent years and all possess world class squads who will put up a fight of their own in Russia.
TeamOdds from William Hill 
Germany9/2
Brazil5/1
France11/2
Spain7/1
Argentina8/1
Belgium12/1
England16/1
Portugal25/1
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For more World Cup coverage from the FootballTips team check out our 2018 guide to Russia

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