The World Cup is coming up and many bookmakers are already offering nice odds on a variety of teams to win the prestigious tournament. You’ll find odds ranging from 2.0 to 20.0 with some outrageous offers even including a combined total of over 100.0! It might be fun to place a wager on the outcome of the tournament, but which teams are you going to choose?
Do you think France will finally end their losing streak and bring home the cup? Will Brazil continue their dominance in the world of football? Or will one of the teams overseas grab the crown?
These are the kinds of questions that football fans around the world are asking themselves right now as the World Cup fever is taking over the sport.
Which Teams Are You Going to Back?
The best way to make the most of the World Cup is to back the right teams. England, Spain, and Germany are the favorites to win the upcoming tournament, but which one is going to be your pick to triumph?
It’s clear that the favorite is going to be England, who are currently rated as the third best football team in the world, just behind Argentina and Brazil. Captain Wayne Rooney leads the team into the World Cup as one of the bookmakers’ favorites for this year’s edition. The Three Lions will be looking to repeat their 2014 performance when they upset Italy in the quarterfinals before losing to Germany in the semifinals. Can they pull off another stunning upset and win the tournament?
Spain also boasts an incredible record at the World Cup having won it five times out of ten appearances. They’re going into the World Cup as the second favorite behind England, with their star-studded squad, including the likes of David De Gea, Sergio Ramos, and captain Carles Puyol. It’s going to be a tough battle between these two great teams as they vie for the prize.
Argentina vs. Brazil
Argentina and Brazil are tied for the second spot as the third best football teams in the world. They’ve played each other 102 times out of a possible 108 games with the series tied at 56 wins apiece. The last World Cup was held in Brazil and the country’s football fans are desperate for their team to bring the silverware home after it finished bottom of its group, failing to win a single game. This year’s edition will be hosted by Brazil and the team will be looking to restore a little bit of pride after a disappointing performance at the last tournament. Messi, one of the greatest players of all time, will be looking to lead the team to the promised land.
These two classic South American sides will be going head-to-head in what is always a tense encounter. Brazil is the heavy favorite as they’re going into the World Cup as reigning champions and a team that has serious pride to protect. Argentina doesn’t seem to have quite the same confidence as they failed to win the last World Cup despite possessing one of the best players in history in Lionel Messi.
France vs. Italy
The final spot at the top of the world rankings goes to France, who are currently ranked fourth, just behind Argentina and Brazil. Captain Antoine Griezmann will be looking to lead his side to the promised land as France are qualifying for the World Cup for the first time since 1958. It will be their fifth consecutive appearance at the big tournament and they’re hoping that, this time, they can go all the way. Griezmann is one of the finest players in the world and, at 26 years of age, he is likely to take the captaincy on for the duration of the tournament. With the French team full of potential and talent, it’s going to be an upset if they don’t at least reach the semifinals this year.
Italy went through a rough patch when they failed to qualify for the last World Cup, although they did manage to win the title in 1962. Since then, they’ve had little to show for their efforts as they failed to qualify for the next four tournaments. Captain Francesco Totti, who is entering his 20th season, will be looking to guide this young side to victory as they strive to make it back to the top. The Azzurri haven’t won the World Cup since 1990 and while this may be a tall order, it’s a team built on talent, speed, and ruthlessness.
Other Popular Teams
There are a variety of other teams that bettors may want to consider backing. Portugal and Mexico are both ranked sixteenth in the world and will be looking to make it to the quarterfinals in order to capture some well-deserved glory. Portugal boasts an incredible eleven players that have scored at least ten goals in European competitions this season, including the likes of Joao Moutinho, Andre Silva, and Rui Patricio. Mexico, on the other hand, will be relying heavily on Javier Hernandez, a former Manchester United player, as he leads the team into the World Cup. The German team, who recently qualified for the tournament, are also a side that you may want to consider backing. They’re ranked twentieth in the world and boast an incredible attacking line-up, including Mesut Ozil and Thomas Muller. Do you think one of these teams is going to make it all the way to the finals?
With the World Cup rapidly approaching, football fans are itching to find out which teams they should be backing to secure a place in the tournament. You may have heard of a few of the teams mentioned here, but how well do you know the others? Which teams do you think are undervalued and which ones are you going to avoid at all costs?