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Handicapping 2018 World Cup Gambling Futures & Odds

2018 World Cup Futures

A lot of the talk right now is whether Russia should still get a chance to host the World Cup in 2014. Whether they will or won’t is politics so lets focus on who will that event, regardless of where it is played. Here is a look at the odds of the top contenders so far. [ad-1519080]

World Cup Favorites / Lines

(All Odds from Bovada)

Germany 5/1

The Germans were far from a surprise winner this time, just nobody could have predicted they would beat Brazil the way they did. The well documented overhaul of their system has worked wonders and they have lots of talented players that will make them the favourite to repeat in 2018.

Argentina 8/1

I really thought that Argentina would ultimately win this time and continue that winning on South American soil thing. 4 years from now Lionel Messi will be 31 and though you cannot doubt his talent you can doubt whether he will still be an elite player that far into the future given his stature.

I would expect these odds to fluctuate as it is not really clear who the next wave will be at the moment.

Brazil 8/1

Nothing could have been more disappointing for Brazilians than seeing their home team get embarrassed like they did in the semifinals.
Still this club is always going to have talent the mighty Neymar will be just 26 when Russia rolls around. Fred might not be as much of a factor so they will need players like Bernard and Oscar to step up in the midfield.

Spain 8/1

The Spanish embarrassed themselves in Brazil. They looked old and slow and if they are going to be considered a contender they are going to have to find some young talent.

The well is rarely dry for Spain but replacements are needed for the likes of Iker Casillas and David Villa. There were only two players on the squad younger than 25 this time around.

I would wait to see what this club looks like at the Euro before jumping in with a bet.

France 10/1

The French showed well in Brazil. Most of their key players could still be in their prime when Russia rolls around but this club needs to develop some scoring beyond Karim Benzema who will be 30 then. They especially need the French clubs to coach up their young talent.

Netherlands 12/1

The Dutch were loaded up front this year and nearly made it all the way back to the title game.

The only reason they are below Spain and France is that so many of their key players are on the wrong side of 30, especially up front. This may have been the golden age for Holland but they have nothing much to show for it.

They are going to have to develop an  entirely new attack for 4 years from now.



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