Five contenders for the World Cup crown in Russia

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The World Cup is fast approaching with squads announced, fans’ tickets booked and organisers making sure all the final preparations are in place before supporters from all around the world touch down in Russia.

Ahead of what promises to be an unmissable feast of football, just who are the likely contenders to lift the World Cup trophy?

Brazil

The south American giants are the only team to feature in every single World Cup, winning it five times along the way. Fast forward to 2018 and Tite’s new-look Brazil are looking as menacing as ever. Neymar is, of course, their star man but other players have really stepped up to the mark since Tite was installed as the team’s new boss. Renato Augusto is in the form of his life, Coutinho’s immense quality make him a handful for any side on his day and Manchester City wonderkid Gabriel Jesus will be full of confidence after making a name for himself in England this campaign.

Group C opponents Switzerland, Costa Rica and Serbia shouldn’t cause Tite’s team too many issues. Advancing to the knockout stages and potentially winning the competition altogether, something many experts feel is on the cards and backed up by odds of 4/1 (Bet365), is looking a strong possibility. 

Germany

Current holders and knockout tournament masters, Germany, love a major football competition. Joachim Low’s team are impossible to ignore. Containing the likes of midfield maestro Toni Kroos, defensive rock Mats Hummels and speed merchant Leroy Sane, Die Mannschaft are certain to go far in the competition.

Currently priced at 9/2 (Ladbrokes) to go all the way in Russia, the opportunity to get World Cup Betting Tips is a tempting one. When assessing the likely contenders for the crown, Germany are always in the hat – just look at their record over the seventy yeats.

Spain

Andres Iniesta, Isco, David Silva, Gerard Pique, Sergio Ramos – the list of undoubted quality the Spanish possess is almost endless. The 2010 winners are currently priced at 6/1 with a number of bookies to win the World Cup and it comes as no surprise given their pedigree.

Morocco, Iran and Euro 2016 winners Portugal – the toughest opponent in their group – shouldn’t cause the Spanish too many issues. Knockout qualification is nailed on and you can bet your bottom dollar that no side left in the tournament at that stage will want to face La Roja. 

France

 

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Currently priced at 6/1 (SkyBet) to win the world’s biggest prize in football, France are also in with a shout of success in Russia. Didier Deschamps’ side is filled with quality all over the pitch, although attitude and perhaps a weak mentality has been levelled at them in the past. Sooner or later, though, the French are expected to peak and with a number of players keen to perform on the world stage, Les Bleus are a dangerous proposition. Group C rivals Australia, Denmark and Peru won’t be relishing the prospect of facing a France team desperate for glory.

Argentina

Lionel Messi’s Argentina are perhaps an outside bet for the tournament, especially judging by the fact they only just scraped World Cup qualification and have a leaky defence, but with arguably the world’s greatest player in their side it’s hard to write them off completely. William Hill currently have them down as 9/1 favourites to win the World Cup which represents great value for a team containing Messi and the likes of Aguero, Dybala, Higuain and Di Maria.

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