Soccer fans are already anticipating the start of the World Cup 2018 and making their predictions for the tournament. Even before the qualifiers have been completed, the lineup for Russia is starting to take shape and speculation has already begun about which sides should be favourites for the event.

The global spectacle will be watched by millions around the world and predictions will be rife. Here at, our experts will be taking a look at the tournament in greater detail and we’ll be providing regular updates on the latest betting odds for the tournament as well as the latest offers for World Cup 2018 punters. You won’t miss a thing ahead of kick off!

What Factors are Taken into Consideration When Making Predictions?

While FIFA rankings are always something to bear in mind, many football fans and enthusiasts prefer to look at current form when making predictions for major tournaments. Momentum is key and sides such as Brazil, who are on unbeaten streaks, are usually preferred to faltering teams like Argentina.

World Cup 2018 predictions also greatly depend on squad selection. If key players are missing or carrying knocks going into the tournament, they may be discounted by many experts. A hectic domestic schedule can sometimes leave players from the European leagues going into the tournaments with fatigue and that can have an effect on team predictions.

In December 2017, the groups will be drawn in Moscow and that looks set to have huge implications on the online betting odds. Final predictions will also begin to change as each side’s potential passage to the final is mapped out by fans and pundits alike. If one of the favourites have been drawn in a difficult group or look set to meet a huge tournament rival in the round of 16, this could alter betting tips and predictions ahead of the showpiece.

Who are the Favourites to Win the World Cup 2018?

Unsurprisingly, Germany are top of the pile in both the football betting and predictions. They were victorious at the Confederations Cup in Russia so they have played in this country before and they completed the triumph with an under-strength squad. They should also have goalkeeper Manuel Neuer back for this after his length injury.

Brazil, who have been exceptional recently and in many people’s qualifiers predictions, are also likely to be strong and are second-favourites in the betting. Spain are also prominent in the World Cup 2018 odds.

Which Other Teams are Being Predicted for Success?

France continue to find new ways of falling short of expectations, but many people are predicting that Didier Deschamps’ men take the World Cup 2018 by storm. Few people would have opted for 0-0 in the score predictor for their recent qualifier against Luxembourg but Les Bleues just lacked a cutting edge and that could be a problem in this tournament despite their seemingly endless pool of talent.

Belgium will take their role as dark horses for the tournament once again whilst the likes of Colombia, Chile and Uruguay could all be underestimated here.

More Information and Predictions to Come

As we get closer to the World Cup 2018, we’ll bring you more information about the tournament and update the betting odds throughout. More markets will be formed once the qualifiers have been completed and sides have guaranteed their place in Russia.

We’ll bring you the latest predictions for the tournament as we look ahead to another global spectacle and all the information on the teams, players and betting odds can be found right here.