2018 Fifa World Cup Futures Predictions
To Win World Cup
Brazil is the most complete team in the tournament while Belgium is undervalued at these odds. The Belgians have the talent to beat anyone in this tournament.
To Reach Quarter Final:
Portugal will likely have to get by Uruguay to get through to this stage but it is tough to count out the European champions. I believe they are the better team. Peru is getting great value here. They were only slightly behind Argentina (they’re most likely 2nd round draw) in qualifying and I can see them being the surprise of the quarter finals.
Top Goal Scorer:
I have Brazil, Germany and Belgium as my top scoring teams of the tournament this year so it only makes sense to go with the top goal scoring threat from each team in this spot.
Uruguay will be a big bet. They have by far the easiest group draw and should coast through it. Belgium only has one real test in their group in England. However I believe they are a much more complete team and should be able to take advantage of England’s back line which could be their undoing this year. Colombia comes out of arguably the most competitive group but are the most talented side and have great value at +140.
Peru might be the most undervalued team in this tournament and I am very surprised to be seeing Denmark favored over them to advance. The second spot in Group E should come down to Switzerland and Serbia. I favor the quality at the back of Switzerland to be able to edge out the offensive creativity of Serbia to grab the second spot. Mexico’s biggest challenge to qualify will be Sweden but the Mexicans are a class above a rather boring Sweden team which does not have the goal scoring threat to advance in this tournament.
To Not Qualify:
The only reason the hosts have a chance of advancing is because of their easy draw. In reality the Russians lack creativity and are too slow at the back to do any damage in this competition.
PANAMA not to score +400
IRAN not to score +700
Panama is going to be simply overmatched in group play going up against very tough competition in Belgium, England and Tunisia. Iran is a talented side but sit in arguably the tournaments hardest group. Their best chance to score will come against Morocco who showed a very good defense in pretournament competition.
BRAZIL & GERMANY to make quarters +125
LUKAKU/RASHFORD/POGBA to score 5+ goals combined +175
BRAZIL & GERMANY to make quarters & Uruguay to win Group A +300
BRAZIL & GERMANY to win all group games & PANAMA & IRAN to lose all group games +4000
Brazil & Germany to make the quarters should be a no brainer. Lukaku could score these 5 goals by himself so having Pogba and Rashford here helps. Uruguay to win Group A is a different bet so it is nice to get the extra value here. The last bet on this list is a long shot but I believe it has a ton of value.
Best of luck to everyone this World Cup.