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The countdown to the 2018 World Cup has begun!
The group stages of the World Cup begin in June, kicking off 64 incredible matches where anything can happen. If you have never placed a bet in your life, THIS is the time!
Basically every sportsbook will have tons of markets and odds for the World Cup, they’d be crazy not to. So you will be spoiled for choice when placing bets on your favorite national teams this year.
The 32 teams entered are broken down into 8 groups of 4 teams each. The Group stage is a round robin where each team plays 3 matches. The top two teams advance to the Knockout stage, a single elimination tournament beginning with the Round of 16, followed by quarterfinals, semi-finals, the third place match (the losing teams in the semis), and the final.
The final will be held on July 15, 2018, at Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia. Germany, the reigning World Champions, is fighting for back-to-back World Cup Trophies. They are among the favorites, who also include Brazil, Spain, and France.
Let’s take a look at a few of the favorites.
Die Mannshaft has a rich World Cup history, having earned the most top-four finishes (13), medals (12), and finals appearances (8). For the 2014 World Cup, Germany embarrassed hosts Brazil 7-1 before an exciting final with Argentina, where they went to extra time and came away with a 1-0 win. The team has won it all 4 times and would only be the third squad in history to conquer back-to-back titles. This hasn’t been done since Brazil in the 60’s.
This year’s German national team is looking strong to go far again. They have been drawn into Group F with Mexico, Sweden, and South Korea. Bookmakers are heavily favoring Germany to come out on top of their group, with Mexico a likely second.
Keep an eye out for Thomas Müller, who only needs six goals to surpass fellow German, Miroslav Klose, as the top scorer in tournament history. Klose recorded 16 total World Cup goals during his career, while Muller is sitting at 10. Muller scored 5 goals in each of his first 2 World Cup tournaments, winning the Golden Boot in 2010 and the Silver Boot, as well as the Silver Ball, when they won in 2014.
Bet on Germany at Bet365!
After four years of trying to forget what happened in the last World Cup, Brazil is ready for revenge. Ladbrokes has Brazil tied with Germany at 5/1 to reach the final. The Brazilians have the most World Cup titles in history with 5. They’ve never failed to qualify for a World Cup in the history of the event.
Typically, teams do not perform as well as they should when they are not on their home continent, so right away you think the Europeans have an advantage. But Brazil has won the World Cup in Europe before (Sweden 1958). In fact, all 5 times they’ve hoisted the trophy has been on away soil. This year they are in Group E with Switzerland, Costa Rica, and Serbia.
The Seleçao is full of talented players like Philippe Coutinho, Roberto Firmino, and Gabriel Jesus, but if you like wagering on the top goalscorers market, Neymar is your man to watch for Brazil. William Hill is giving him 10/1 to be the top goalscorer of the 2018 World Cup.
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