Sports fans from all over the world will get to enjoy a real football feast this summer as the 2018 FIFA World Cup has just kicked off in Russia. The action started on June 14, when hosts Russia met Saudi Arabia.
Everyone knows that the FIFA World Cup is the biggest betting event of the year, and with the contest in full swing, bookmakers have already named their favourites to take the trophy home, but they are constantly amending the odds depending on current results.
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When it comes to the overall winner of the football competition, the top five seems to be made up of Germany, Brazil, Spain, France, and Argentina. As you can see, England is not in on this list. Though they had an unbeaten qualifying campaign and stepped into the tournament with a positive mindset under Gareth Southgate, it’s safe to say that bookmakers do not consider them strong contenders for World Cup glory.
When the group draw took place in Moscow in December 2017, England was handed a dream group, to be honest, as they were paired with Belgium, Tunisia and Panama in Group G. Nonetheless, if before the draw England’s national football team was priced at 18/1 at Sun Bets, OddsMonkey, William Hill and other bookies, the odds have dramatically dropped after the world found out the final groups. They were only priced at 16/1 after the draw, so they are far from favourites.
According to bookmakers, the odds for England to reach the quarter-finals sit at 8/11, to reach semi-finals at 5/2, and to be one of the two finalists 14/1.
More than that, the Three Lions are not favourites to win the group either. It seems that Belgium is at the top of the list with 4/6 odds. Meanwhile, England is priced at 6/4, and Panama and Tunisia both rank outsiders.
Harry Kane is favourite to be England’s top scorer, with odds of 5/4, followed by Raheem Sterling and Dele Alli with 11/2 and 7/1, respectively.
When it comes to the probable stage of elimination for England, bookies say that they are most likely to make it to the last 16. The odds are as follows regarding elimination: Group Stage 4/1; Last 16 2/1; Quarter Final 5/2; Semi Final 5/1.
Germany, on the other hand, are top favorites to win the competition. They have been grouped with Mexico, Sweden and South Korea.