We are getting closer to the 2018 FIFA World Cup and teams are still fighting for their ticket to Russia. Keep in mind only 32 teams will make the final cut, let’s look at Futures odds for the 2018 FIFA World Cup with defending holders Germany still the favorites.
The 2018 FIFA World Cup will begin in Russia in a little more than a year and national clubs are still fighting for one of the 32 spots in the prestigious quadrennial Soccer tournament which is scheduled to be played from June 14 through July 15, 2018. The games will be played in 12 stadiums in 11 cities through European Russia—to keep Time-travel manageable in the geographically massive 11-Time Zone nation—with the exception of one venue west of the Ural Mountains. It will be the first World Cup ever held in Eastern Europe with host nation Russia getting an automatic bid into the 64-match tourney. The 2018 World Cup Final will be held at Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on July 15, 2018.
Some national clubs like Russia, defending World Cup winners Germany, Portugal and 2015 CONCACAF Cup-winners Mexico all be participating in the 2017 Confederations Cup later this month (June 18-July 2) for a warm-up tourney. El Tri has the unenviable task of facing Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal on Sunday, June 18 in its opening Group A fixture from Kazan Arena in Kazan.
2018 FIFA World Cup Odds—(Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook, June 10, 2017)
Czech Republic 150/1
Ivory Coast 150/1
South Korea 200/1
Costa Rica 250/1
Republic of Ireland 250/1
Northern ireland 500/1
South Africa 1,000/1
New Zealand 2,000/1
Trinidad & Tobago 2,000/1
Conclusions & Trio of Early Speculative 2018 FIFA World Cup Futures Picks
2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying isn’t over yet, but we have a decent idea who the elite nations are who will be participating in Russia next summer and which ones really have a shot at holding that coveted trophy. At the moment, a club worth looking at are the defending World Cup champions Germany—which became the first European (or other) nation to win in South America in the 2014 World Cup—coached by Joachim Löw and featuring GK Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich), Thomas Müller (Bayern Munich), Toni Kroos (Real Madrid) and Marco Reus (Borussia Dortmund) among others.
Predicted 2018 World Cup Finalist: Germany and Chile2018 World Cup Picks: Germany 9/2, France +750, Chile 30/1