2018 WORLD CUP OUTRIGHT WINNER TIPSEveryone has their own ideas of who is set to win the World Cup. In fact, most pundits are fairly torn. There are few sides full of real world-class, in-form players this summer, which really does make it anyone’s game.
The Germans have been without Neuer since September, Neymar is still recovering from a metatarsal injury, the Belgians are as yet unproven on the world stage.
There are so many questions to be ask, which is why so many tipsters are pulling away from backing the bookmakers favourite to win the World Cup.
We’re no different. It’s going to take a different sort of nation to step up this summer, and it could well be one of these...
SpainSpain are hardly an underdog, but after a catastrophic World Cup 2014 and a Round of 16 knockout at the Euros, they have an awful lot to prove.
There squad has changed somewhat, yet still contains the familiar base of Sergio Ramos and Gerard Pique, followed by the likes of David Silva, Andres Iniesta and Sergio Busquets.
Most of their squad are going into the tournament in a run of form, none more so than goalkeeper David De Gea.
Goalkeepers really can win tournaments and we’d back Spain’s odds of 13/2 based on him alone.
They won’t have it easy in Group B, but get through that and we wouldn’t be surprised to see them go all the way.
BelgiumThere’s something that’s not really clicked over the past few years with Belgium, almost like they’re 11 superstars rather than a team.
That couldn’t be clearer in their defeat to Wales and Roberto Martinez has worked hard to instil a team ethic ahead of the summer.
Most looking to bet on the World Cup will find them as outsiders at 12/1 with the bookmakers, which makes them ideal for a free bet.
Another side full of in-form players, they’ve got Premier League Champions, FA Cup winners and a striker who has continued to find the net all season. Why wouldn’t you back them this time around?
FranceIt’s been 20 years since France last lifted the World Cup. Captain that day was Didier Deschamps, so it seems almost like a fairytale he would lift it as manager two decades on.
The French have a relatively straightforward route into the knockout stages, with Group C betting odds suggesting they’ll have no real challenges.
Top the group and they’d likely face Croatia or Iceland, a side they beat 5-2 in the knockout stages two years ago.
We fancy the French to have built even further from their Final loss at Euro 2016, they’ve added some exciting young talent. The only real issue is the lack of form of Paul Pogba and Hugo Lloris.
ArgentinaLionel Messi probably has one more World Cup left in him after Russia 2018, but he won’t be wanting to leave it until Qatar to lift it.
In his quest to finish off the trophy cabinet, Argentina could be real threats, particularly going forward.
They have Messi, Sergio Aguero, Gonzalo Higuain and Paulo Dybala within their attack, a force that would terrorise even the strongest of defences.
Reaching the Final four years ago, Paddy Power have them at a large 10/1 to go one better. It’s certainly possible though.
Group D poses few threats and it’ll likely be a favourable tie against Peru or Denmark in the Round of 16. From there on in, anything can happen.