Fri, May 18, 9:02am by Staff Writer
With the domestic leagues of Europe all drawing to a close it can only mean that the FIFA World Cup is not far away. A feast of football awaits for all fans with the World Cup being held in Russia. 32 teams will be vying to be named the best team in the world. The tournament kicks off on 14th June 2018 with hosts Russia taking on Saudi Arabia.
Despite their Bundesliga Champions, Bayern Munich, failing once again to reach the Champions League Final, Germany remain installed as favourites to lift a 5th World Cup trophy. They are current holders after an emphatic win in Brazil in 2014. A tournament in which they humiliated the hosts and current joint favourites 7-1. Germany are currently priced at $5.50.
Brazil have been boosted by the addition of star player Neymar to their squad, although concerns remain for his injury. The Paris St-Germain striker fractured a metatarsal in March that put his World Cup hopes in doubt. His potential rapid recovery as well as host of other stars named in the squad make them a serious threat in the tournament. They stand at $5.50 alongside Germany as they bid for an impressive 6th trophy.
Spain broke their World Cup struggles in 2010 as they lifted the trophy for the first time ever. Although the country has an incredible record in club football across all competitions, they had failed to deliver on the national level. Home grown Spanish talent continues to thrive in all the top domestic leagues in Europe and they are assembling a squad who could push forward a secure a second victory at $6.50.
Boasting a talented line up including the likes of Paul Pogba, Karim Benzema and Antoine Grizemann amongst many others, France have the potential to be outside victors in Russia. It has taken time to mould together this group of young players, but the 2018 World Cup could be their time to shine. They are priced at $7 and they will be favourites to advance from a group including Australia, Peru and Denmark.
A Lionel Messi inspired Argentina scraped into this World Cup following a disappointing qualification campaign. They will undoubtedly looking to him again at the tournament as they aim 3rd World Cup which has eluded them since 1986. They are priced at $10.
For several years Belgium have been producing fantastic footballers who are performing at the highest levels in club football. Kevin de Bruyne will come into the World Cup as arguably one of the best players in the world after his season with Manchester City in the EPL. They have, however, struggled on the biggest stage before and need to overcome those fears. They stand at $11.
They may have one of the best domestic leagues in the world, but England have not won a World Cup since 1966. Those years of wait have hurt the proud football nation as their clubs like Manchester United and City, as well as Arsenal, Liverpool and Chelsea have dominated, their national side has failed to match those expectations. At $17 the wait appears like it could continue.
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