Update: As the knockout stages are over and teams prepare for the World Cup quarter finals, we thought we'd have a look at the latest World Cup predictions. Remember when Germany was the second favourite to win? Well, that is definitely not happening anymore. If you're curious about the current situation and are looking for those World Cup odds that come with less risk (albeit lower payouts), keep reading our updated article below to see who is the most likely to win the World Cup 2018.
Brazil is still the favourite to win this prestigious competition this year. This is indicated by Brazil's lower Outright odds when compared to other teams. At Bethard, for example, odds for Brazil to lift the trophy are currently 3.90, meaning that those who back Brazil will get £39 for every £10 they bet on Brazil if this team really does win the World Cup. These odds are lower than they used to be before World Cup kickoff though, as they used to be 5.00 or more at a number of betting sites. France seems to be the second favourite to win, with odds of 5.00, followed by England, at odds of 6.20! These are followed by Belgium, Croatia, Uruguay, Russia and Sweden, the other remaining teams. Of course, betting on the least favourites will give you a higher return if the team does win, so if you'd like to get predictions and betting tips about each upcoming match, we suggest you explore our videos on the World Cup 2018 highlights page.
When it comes to Outright Winner odds, England has moved up the list, especially after it won the round of 16 match against Colombia via a penalty shootout. Harry Kane has scored a total of 6 goals already, which has also made him the favourite top goal scorer across our recommended betting sites. England's quarter final match will be against the underdog Sweden, and the odds are in favour of England winning this match as well (although we must keep in mind that Sweden has really impressed during this World Cup, and should not be underestimated!). The English players seem to be in good shape too, with no significant injuries to report, and their victory over a penalty shootout will certainly have a positive effect on their mindset, since they've now proved that history need not repeat itself.
Before the World Cup kicked off, we had looked at Sports Radio Station talkSPORT's predictions for all stages of the World Cup. According to talkSPORT's Super Computer, the below teams would qualify from the Group Stage. Let's see where it went wrong:
So what's the outlook for the quarter finals? The odds indicate that France will win the game against Uruguay on Friday, and that Brazil will win against Belgium. Things seem to bode well for England, given the significantly lower odds for England to win against Sweden, whereas it is being predicted that Croatia will defeat Russia on Saturday. Here are the current odds being offered at Bethard sportsbook:
France Win - 2.05
X - 3.20
Uruguay Win - 4.55
Brazil Win - 2.15
X - 3.45
Belgium Win - 3.70
England Win - 1.86
X - 3.25
Sweden Win - 4.70
Russia Win - 3.95
X - 3.05
Croatia Win - 2.15
If you intend to bet on the World Cup Winner, placing a bet on Brazil will be the less risky one. However, if you'd like to take even less risk, there are other betting markets available. For example, if you have a hunch that either England, Belgium and France will win, you can place a bet on Europe as the winning continent (admittedly, at low odds of 1.40 at Bethard sportsbook). Alternatively, Unibet sportsbook is still offering odds on a team finishing in Top 2 or Top 4, so if you feel confident that it will be one of two or four teams, now's your chance to place another low-risk bet! You could also attempt to place a few fixed odds bets and see if you can hedge these bets by taking advantage of changing in-play odds during the matches. You could do this, for instance, if Sweden score early during the match but you still think that England will make a good comeback, since then the odds for England to win will be higher.
For more World Cup betting tips, we suggest you have a look at our highlights section here, where we've published some exclusive video interviews with fantasy football expert Russell Cane. Russell discusses the possible outcomes of individual matches, and shares his tips on the best bet types to place. Be a part of the action this World Cup and bet with more confidence!
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