Tue, Feb 6, 1:45am by Staff Writer
The 2018 FIFA World Cup is getting closer and it’s a good time to check on how the bookmakers are pricing the 32 participants in the event.
From a home perspective, Australian football has been making headlines in recent weeks, led by the signing of new Socceroos coach Bert van Marwijk.
Australia, who snuck into the final 32 by winning consecutive two game ties against Syria and Honduras, are priced at $276 for overall glory, 25th favourite in the market.
You can also get them at $101 if you feel the side is capable of reaching the final.
Australia will play in Group C in the tournament which features football powerhouse France, Denmark and Peru.
France are a $6.50 third favourite in outright betting, with Denmark at $81 and Peru a $126 chance.
The outright betting market is led by 2014 World Cup winners Germany, a $5.50 favourite, closely followed by Brazil at $6.00.
Spain ($7.00), Argentina ($9.00), Belgium ($11.00) follow France, with England at $17 and European champion Portugal available at $21.00.
For those looking for value, Poland are rated a $51 chance with Mexico available at $101 and you can get Japan at a rather long $251.
If you have an interest in host nation Russia, they are at $41 to triumph on their home soil.
The Golden Boot market offers some interesting options with Brazilian and Paris Saint Germain star Neymar an $8.00 favourite.
World football superstars Lionel Messi of Argentina and Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal are available at $10 (second favourite) and $13 (fifth favourite) respectively.
For those looking for value down the list, Poland and Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski is at $34 and you can get 2014 World Cup Golden Boot winner James Rodriguez of Colombia at $51 to repeat the feat in Russia.
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