2018 FIFA World Cup Soccer Preview, Odds, Picks & Predictions
World Cup at a GlanceWhere: Russia
Date & Time: June 14 – July 15, 2018
Quick Picks: France at 6/1, Germany at 9/2, Brazil at 5/1, Spain at 7/1, Croatia at 40/1, Iceland at 200/1
They will play the games at 12 different venues/fields in 11 host cities throughout Russia with the finals taking place on July 15 at Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia.
The tournament will consist of 32 national teams, which 31 were qualifiers and the Russian National team being given an automatic bid due to their host status. Germany will be trying to repeat as the champions this year but there are several contenders that will give them a run for their money.
The 2018 Groups are now set and the schedule is in place for the teams to begin playing on June 14. The teams below have been divided into the following groups:
- Saudi Arabia
- Costa Rica
- South Korea
Spooky Express Leans To France Over Germany
One of the teams that we think will give Germany the best competition is France. France has the deepest team and I think they are one of the few teams that can win the Cup. Didier Deschamps took over this team in 2012 and this could be the first time we see France play up to their potential. Germany’s Mats Hummels recently made a comment about France being very deep and talented stating, “They have an incredible breadth of young players. I’ve never seen anything like that.”
We also like Germany and think they also have a good chance to win the World Cup as well, but also have an unknown uncertainty about them as well. For that simple reason, we are putting France ahead of Germany to win the 2018 FIFA World Cup…..but we still like Germany as our second choice.
At this point although it is very early we are leaning to France over Germany but you will need to check back with us closer to June to get our finalized World Cup picks and how we think it will all play out for the World Cup Finals. We have several months between now and the first game and these are just our first instinctive leans although our individual brackets will probably not be changing.
Croatia May Shock Some People
The super longshot that we are willing to play will be Croatia. Croatia has a very tough group, but we still think that if they can somehow get out of the group, they have a chance to make a nice little run in the 2018 FIFA World Cup. They will match up against Argentina, Iceland and Nigeria in Group D but when they can get out of this group, they will be very tough to beat and the experience will help them in the World Cup!
Iceland Small But Talented!!!
The Iceland team is very small in terms of population and talent but they are really good. We will be taking a shot at them winning their group at nice odds and throwing a few bucks on them to win it all, which would be absolutely mind blowing for the soccer world. Obviously it is not a pick that we would consider putting any significance behind but worth a shot at how talented this tiny country is. They did well 4 years ago stunning everyone and I think they can do it again to a certain degree!
Two More Teams To Consider
Argentina and Spain are two more teams that have legitimate shots at winning the 2018 FIFA World Cup. We like Spain better than Argentina here and if there is a 4th team (outside France, Germany and Croatia) I would throw in the mix, it would be Spain. Spain has something to prove this year after seriously dropping the ball in their last go around. They failed to get out of the group stage in 2014, going 0-2 vs. Netherlands, Chile and their only win coming against Australia to finish group play 1-2. In qualifying play, they only gave up 3 goals in 10 games and were one of the highest scoring teams in qualifying posting 36 goals overall.
Argentina were the runners up in 2014 and will return this year with a talented group of individuals who will attack the ball. They will be led by Lionel Messi, who many are now calling one of the greatest soccer players of all time.
Spooky Express early leans for the 2018 FIFA World Cup
These plays are a our very early selections for what we are looking at. These are absolutely not set in stone and this article will be updated in a few months as we get closer to the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Although Brazil is a strong choice to get to the Finals we will look to beat them as one of the favorites and hope to cash a bigger winning ticket.
Check out our individual Group previews as well.
France at 6/1
Germany at 9/2
Spain at 7/1
Croatia at 40/1
Iceland at 200/1