France won the 21st World Cup which began in Russia on June 14, 2018 by beating Croatia 4-2 in the final to lift their second title. Get the latest 2022 Football World Cup betting tips, odds & predictions for the tournament that will be held in Qatar.
The knock-out stage of the 2018 World Cup has begun and already seen some big-team casualties. Teams like Germany, Argentina and Spain have already been knocked out of the tournament and it will be interesting to see if the world sees a first-time winner of the World Cup this year.
Some of the teams to watch out from this stage onward will be Belgium, Croatia, France and Brazil, who have all shown the mettle they are made of going into the next round.
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Beyond them, it is likely that the winners will be a European nation. Brazil in 1958 are the only South American team to win a World Cup in Europe, and although they have qualified strongly this time around under new coach Tite, it is questionable whether they will be strong enough to compete with the world’s best in European conditions come next June.
There are also the psychological wounds inflicted on Brazil by their semi-final thrashing at home at the hands of Germany during the last World Cup.
Elsewhere, the South American challenge might come from Argentina, Chile and Columbia. However, none are yet certain to qualify directly from the group phase, Argentina has issues with its defence, the Chilean squad is ageing and Columbia are inconsistent.
Given this, and the fact that neither Africa nor any of the other confederations are likely to muster a serious challenge in 2018, then the winner is likely to be European. But, if not Germany, who?
France could be a strong bet, as they have a number of emerging young talented players like Kylian Mbappe, Ousmane Dembélé, and Thomas Lemar, augmented by existing talent in the form of Paul Pogba and Antoine Griesman.
Spain won the cup in 2010 and can be expected to perform well again, whilst Italy, with a strong Juventus core, are always dangerous in tournaments.
Outsiders to lift the Cup next July could be Portugal or Belgium. Portugal won Euro 2016, although they may be considered too dependent on Cristiano Ronaldo, whilst Belgium currently have the so-called “golden generation” of players, with the likes of Eden Hazard, Romelu Lukaku and Kevin de Bruyne.
However, doubts remain over the ability of coach Roberto Martinez to meld these diverse talents into a winning team, and the mental strength of the players.
Our Football World Cup betting tips & predictions for the 2018 edition says it’s going to be Germany again.