World Cup Odds Drifting After International Break

Alex Campean

Friday, March 30, 2018 1:48 PM UTC

Friday, Mar. 30, 2018 1:48 PM UTC

We are happy the International break is over, and the most important leagues enter in the final third of the season but there are some important aspects we should debate as the 32 national sides are preparing for the World Cup in Russia.

How Brazil Look Without Neymar

Brazil and Germany are joint favorites to win the World Cup in Russia being priced at +450 with Coral. Before facing Germany last Tuesday, Brazil destroyed the World Cup hosts 3-0 with stunning goals from Inter Milan’s Miranda and Barcelona’s Coutinho and Paulinho. They were ready to play against Germany and determined to revenge the 7-1 utter humiliation from the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. And they did it, despite not being able to use their superstar with Neymar inured, winning 1-0 away by taking advantage of Germany’s poor performance and cementing World Cup contenders status. Brazil's defense was rock-solid in Munich, not giving any space to their opponents, and Manchester City’s Gabriel Jesus' goal proved to make the difference. Neymar should be able to return just before traveling to Russia and add more quality inside the team.

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Without Messi, Argentina Conceded 6 Against Spain

Argentina suffered a shocking defeat at the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium in Madrid last Tuesday, losing 6-1 against the hosts. This negative result is the joint-worst defeat in their soccer history, equaling the 6-1 loss against Czechoslovakia in the 1958 World Cup. What went wrong? Argentina without Lionel Messi is not like Brazil without Neymar. Messi was filmed leaving the stands after Spain’s 6th goal, but he encouraged his teammates after the match, saying they will come through this together. He is the leader, the playmaker, the brain and without him in the starting XI Argentina are just not a top team. Argentina coach Jorge Sampaoli has used more than 55 players since he took the job, and that’s definitely not a good sign for a team preparing to win the World Cup. Not calling Juventus superstar Paulo Dybala for the friendly matches is a huge mistake, and Sampaoli needs to stop the experiments if he wants to earn silverware. After the last results Spain went from +800 to +600 with 5Dimes to win the World Cup trophy and Argentina dropped from +900 to +1000 with 188Bet.

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England Rock-Solid Defense Under Southgate

Gareth Southgate might be the perfect coach to lead the Three Lions at the World Cup this summer. England’s performance and results against the Netherlands and Italy are signs of progress under Southgate. England were unlucky not to win both friendly matches during the International break being denied by a late VAR penalty decision with Italy’s Lorenzo Insigne scoring the equalizer. England are unbeaten in their last 8 fixtures, winning 5 of them and keeping 6 clean sheets in the process. Southgate says he already has 20 of the 23-player roster slots filled and is likely to announce the team traveling to Russia before the next friendly match against Nigeria on June 2. England’s chances of winning the World Cup trophy are small, but if you are looking for a dark horse they might be perfect choice. They are priced at +1600 with PaddyPower to win the tournament with their superstar striker Harry Kane being priced at +1700 with Unibet to be World Cup’s top goalscorer.

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