Picking the winner of the World Cup is frequently a struggle between who you think will win and who you want to win.
And this year won’t be any different.
While Brazil and France may have the strongest teams at the competition, there will be football fans at home hoping that Lionel Messi of Argentina or Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal will win the World Cup in what will be their final appearances.
Following the FIFA World Cup disaster in 2018 Russia, Germany began their road to redemption on November 23, in similar disastrous fashion.
Germany suffered a shock defeat, at the hands of Asian underdogs Japan.
Despite leading the game 1-0 at half time, Germany conceded two goals in the second half eventually losing the match!
On the same day, Spain began their tournament in Qatar in emphatic fashion. They triumphed 7-0 over a clueless Costa Rican side.
(Pass, pass, pass and pass!)
Brazil and Serbia will play each other in their season’s first game on November 25.
A day before Japan caused an upset over the Germans, Saudi Arabia shocked Lionel Messi’s Argentina!
On the other hand, Belgium narrowly won their game against Canada by winning 1-0.
Brazil begins their World Cup on the 24th of November when they play against Serbia.
Among other major teams that have played their first match, England had the most convincing start as they thrashed Iran 6-2.
Even France had an impressive start with their 4-1 victory against Australia.
Keeping the controversies aside, this World Cup has given some of the most thrilling matches of football so far.
The actual football has been interesting, and no side should be taken lightly.
With that said, what does the market think on who will win it all?
Now remember these things can be extremely volatile and they are reflective of the results that have gone so far.
For example, Germany and Argentina might have slipped because of their opening match stumbles.
Where as Japan and Saudi Arabia might have climbed the ladder of outright odds!
At the time of writing (24th November) the following sides are the favourites to win the World Cup!
Who will win the World Cup?
Straight off the bat…
Brazil are the favourites to win the World Cup.
(When are they not?!)
The odds that the World Cup trophy ends in Rio De Janeiro stands at 4.00.
After a thumping win over a clueless Costa Rican side, Spain are the 2nd favourites to win the World Cup with the odds of 7.50.
And who can argue after they played such a good brand of football in their first game.
Tied with the Spanish are the English according to the bookmarkers. They too have the odds of winning at 7.50.
The 6-2 thrashing of Iran must have helped!
The defending champions are next on the list with still impressive odds of 7.92 to win the World Cup.
And despite losing their opener to Saudi Arabia, Argentina is the last team to have odds less than 10, to win the World Cup.
The current odds that Messi has his fairy tale ending stands at 9.92.
If we come a little down, we can find the Dutch and the Germans, who’s odds of winning are at 13.00 and 14.67 respectively.
Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal has the odds of 15.00 to win the World Cup.
Now who actually might end up winning the World Cup, is a rather difficult question.
But most neutrals would agree that although unlikely (and the odds reflect that), an Argentina vs Portugal final would be the dream thing!
But the market thinks differently.
The odds suggest that Brazil are likely to lift the World Cup and be the World Champions for a record 6th time!