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Brazil Rises to Top of 2018 World Cup Odds

Brazil's Odds To Win The 2018 FIFA World Cup

After closing out their pre-tournament schedule of friendlies over the weekend with a fourth straight clean-sheet victory, Brazil has emerged as a +400 favorite on the 2018 World Cup betting odds.

The Canarinho are coming off a decisive 3-0 victory over Austria as -200 favorites, and have outscored opponents by a wide 22-2 margin while compiling an 8-3-0 win-draw-loss record in 11 overall contests ahead of their matchup against Switzerland at Rostov Arena that opens their FIFA World Cup group stage schedule on Sunday.

Brazil’s ascension to the top of the World Cup odds has been powered by the recent strong play of Neymar Jr.

Sidelined since February by a foot injury, the Paris Saint-Germain superstar has looked fit since making his return in Brazil’s 2-0 win over Croatia as -150 chalk on June 3. The 26-year-old potted the game winner and added a goal in Brazil’s win over Austria, and is now set as a +900 favorite to be the top goalscorer at Russia 2018.

Teammate Gabriel Jesus has also continued the strong play that netted him six goals during CONMEBOL World Cup qualifying, scoring five times in his past seven appearances, and sits as a +1400 wager on the World Cup top goalscorer odds.

 

Germany, Spain Next on Odds to Win the World Cup

Brazil remains closely trailed on the World Cup odds by Germany at +475, with Spain following at +600, France at +700, and Argentina rounding out the favorites at +900.

While Brazil has soared, Germany has struggled in pre-tournament friendly competition, but ended an 0-3-2 run with last week’s narrow 2-1 win over Saudi Arabia as lofty -2000 favorites. Inconsistent offensive production has been an issue for Germany. The defending World Cup champions have scored just six total goals over their past six matches, and will be without 2014 World Cup hero Mario Goetze and budding star Leroy Sané in this year’s tournament.

Spain remains unbeaten in 20 matches since making a disappointing Round of 16 exit from Euro 2016 with a 2-0 loss to Italy. The Spaniards are pegged as a strong +300 bet to reach the World Cup final, but will face a tough test during the group stage after drawing into Group B alongside defending European champions Portugal, and a dark horse Morocco squad that arrives in Russia riding an 18-match unbeaten streak.

France is expected to enjoy an easier road against Denmark, Australia, and Peru in Group C action, and is listed as a massive -1100 favorite to advance to the knockout stage. However les Bleus closed out their pre-tournament schedule on a worrisome note, settling for a 1-1 draw with a youthful USA squad as heavy -600 chalk last Saturday.

Led by Lionel Messi, who sits at +1100 on the top goalscorer odds, and a strong +900 wager to claim a second straight World Cup Golden Ball award, Argentina has much to prove after a shaky run through CONMEBOL World Cup qualifying, but has fallen to defeat in two of their past four friendlies.

Further down the odds to win the World Cup, Belgium sits at +1100, ahead of England at +1600, and Portugal at +2500, while Uruguay trails at +2800.

 

*Odds as of June 12, 2018

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