There is always much speculation over who will win the World Cup. The competition kicks off in November in Qatar, and as usual, those in the know are keen to get their opinions heard. This year, according to the journalists at profitsquad.com, the winners are most likely to be one of the four countries, Brazil, France, England, or Argentina. Although the odds may vary, bookmakers generally agree that Brazil has an approximately 20% chance of winning, France 14% and England and Argentina tied for 13%.
Brazil has a solid team, although they lost to Argentina in the Copa America final last year, their recent form has been excellent. Their previous win was in 2002, and they have previously won four other world champion titles. They are in Group G, playing against Switzerland, Cameroon and Serbia and moving on from this group should be a walk in the park for them.
France has been drawn into Group D and will face Denmark, Tunisia, and Australia. They are also predicted to breathe through this stage as the easy winners. Of course, one of the reasons why they are in the top four favourites is because they are the titleholders. If they retain their World Cup title for the second year, they become only the third country to do so. Italy won twice in 1934 and 1938, and hot favourites Brazil won in 1958 and 1962. Their only sticky point in the group stage will be Denmark because they have twice beaten France in the nations league.
Under the management of Gareth Southgate, England did not do well in the nations league campaign and was defeated in six matches at home and away. Hungary beat them on home soil, and Italy took the victory in Milan. However, on paper, the squad is solid, and Harry Kane is one of the best players of the current age. The team is also under pressure to perform well since the Lionesses lifted the women’s World Cup trophy. The last World Cup win for the men’s England squad was the well-documented 1966 victory. England will begin their Group B matches against Iran, followed by the USA and Wales.
Argentina starts their World Cup campaign in Group C. Their first match will be against Saudi Arabia, and they will then go on to play Mexico and Poland. Again, pundits predict this will be a relatively easy stage. They will be placing much hope on Lionel Messi, and this will be his last ever World Cup. They may find something of a challenge against Mexico but statistically speaking, it should be an easy win for Argentina.
Finally, Spain could be worth a punt if you’re looking to place a bet on a cheeky outsider. They last lifted the trophy in 2010 and did well in the nations league. It is a relatively green, young team however, they have shown great promise and could be the surprise of the tournament.