2018 World Cup: Five Leading Contenders In Russia

Tipsters REview - 08-Jun-2018

 

2018 World Cup: Five Leading Contenders In Russia

With less than two weeks until the 2018 World Cup gets underway, excitement is growing ahead of international football’s showpiece tournament. Fans from all over the world will travel to Russia this year in a bid to watch their nation lift the Jules Rimet Trophy but, sadly, only one can prevail.

In 2014, Joachim Low’s Germany emerged victorious after a gruelling clash with Argentina – and lots of punters will be backing Deutschland to defend their crown this summer. Without further ado, let’s look at five of the leading candidates for World Cup glory. Read on for our top tips on international football’s most prestigious competition.

FRANCE

Les Bleus are stacked with talent and Didier Deschamps’ side could feature prominently at the business end of the tournament. France will be looking to improve on their second-place finish at the 2016 European Championships and plenty of tipsters will fancy the 1998 World Cup winners to claim the Jules Rimet Trophy for the second time.

With the likes of Antoine Griezmann, Kylian Mbappe and Paul Pogba, France could run riot in the final third. On paper, France might even be the strongest team in the tournament but is Deschamps the right man to make the most of that talent? Only time will tell.

 

ARGENTINA

There are major question marks over Argentina’s ability to defend – and with good reason. Had it not been for the magisterial Lionel Messi, Argentina might have failed to qualify for this summer’s event; a hat-trick from the Barcelona man secured their spot in Russia. Named as FIFA's Player of the Tournament in 2014, Messi will once again try to inspire Argentina to the latter stages of the competition.

Like France, Argentina’s main area of expertise is in attack. Messi is the main man but the likes of Gonzalo Higuain, Sergio Aguero and Paulo Dybala make up one of the toughest units in world football. Write Argentina off at your peril – the 2014 runners-up will fancy their chances of going one better this summer.

BELGIUM

Drawn into Group G alongside Gareth Southgate’s England, Belgium are expected to go far in this summer’s tournament. Often labelled as ‘dark horses’ for these events, Belgium are now experienced enough to compete for a maiden World Cup success. Roberto Martinez was a solid enough manager at club level but can he take the Red Devils to the Moscow showpiece?

Eden Hazard and Romelu Lukaku could light up this year’s competition – the former ended the campaign in red-hot form for Chelsea whilst the latter heads to Russia relatively fresh after suffering a minor injury in April. Belgium are an interesting pick according to most tipsters and must be taken seriously; talent is not an issue but a mental block could hinder their chances of success.

BRAZIL

With just one defeat in 20 matches under Tite, Brazil are the form nation going into this summer’s World Cup. Their sole loss came against Argentina; losing to Messi and co is by no means disheartening. Neymar marked his return from injury with a goal in the 2-0 victory over Croatia earlier this month and Brazil were looking very strong indeed.

As of June 4th, Tite’s men are 5/1 with the online betting website Betway to win the World Cup for a record sixth time and they will be a popular pick with fans from across the world. Brazil are arguably the most complete nation in the competition and this could be their time to shine after falling short on home soil four years ago.

GERMANY

According to ESPN, Germany are on their worst run of form in 31 years – hardly ideal ahead of a World Cup. Low’s side will have to deal with the added pressure of heading into the tournament as defending champions but Germany can cope with that. The 2014 winners are on the verge of history; victory here will cement their status as one of international football’s greatest nations.

You could argue that this Germany team isn’t quite as strong as it was four years ago, or even two years ago when they faced Finland in Dortmund, but Low will use all of his experience throughout the competition. World Cup knowledge is vital, particularly in the latter stages of the tournament, and the Germany boss could make all the difference come July.

 


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