The 2018 FIFA World Cup will be one of the most competitive tournaments in recent years, with numerous teams in the running to emerge as winners.

The festival of football will provide hundreds of betting opportunities, as punters wager on 64 fixtures during the month-long competition. Reigning champions Germany will be eager to retain their title, but five-time winners Brazil are excepted to provide stiff opposition.

Amazing.bet will keep you updated with the latest betting news and offers, both before and during the tournament, so keep checking back to follow the very best World Cup predictions.

How are the predictions chosen?

Many different factors contribute to betting industry pundits making their World Cup predictions. Form during the qualifying phase is an early consideration, although teams who do well at this stage don’t always carry that form through to the tournament itself. Only eight nations have ever lifted the World Cup, so it can pay to follow those teams when looking for a winner.

Teams who have a favourable game schedule are also popular choices, with an easier route to the final often being the difference between success and failure. Injuries, suspensions and squad harmony also affect World Cup predictions, with betting experts keen to ensure their selections are at their best during the tournament.

Who are the favourites to win the World Cup?

Reigning champions Germany have been inserted as favourites to retain their title in 2018 and many pundits make them their top choice for their World Cup predictions.

In-form Brazil are close behind in the betting as they bid to win the World Cup for the sixth time. France, Argentina and Spain are also among the front-runners in the betting, whilst Portugal, Italy and England should also be in the mix.

Chile and Ivory Coast are lively outsiders, but history suggests the tournament will be won by one of the world’s leading football nations.

Teams

Hosts Russia have been joined by Brazil, with 30 other teams set to take their place alongside that pair at the tournament.

France’s new generation of stars have been impressive during qualification, bringing back memories of their 1998 World Cup winning squad. Spain, Italy, Belgium and England have also looked strong, whilst Poland and Germany have enjoyed untroubled qualifying campaigns.

Argentina are among the favourites to win the tournament, although they have struggled at times during the qualifiers. Ivory Coast’s squad has looked impressive and they may feature as a fancied outsider in many people’s World Cup predictions.

Previous World Cups have benefitted from a strong showing by the hosts, and Russia will hope they can perform better than they did in France at the 2016 European Championships where they exited the tournament at the group stage.

Incoming information

The 2018 World Cup is scheduled to begin in Moscow on June 14. In the run-up to the tournament, Amazing.bet will bring you World Cup predictions as well all the latest betting news, offers and promotions from leading bookmakers.

With every match set to be broadcast live on television, there will be plenty of opportunities to wager on the tournament including the top goalscorer market, group winners and live in-play betting.

Make sure you follow Amazing.bet both before and during the tournament, as we regularly update all the information you’ll need to maximise your enjoyment of the greatest football show on earth.