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For the first time since 1990 Germany captured the World Cup, winning in dramatic fashion in extra time over Argentina 1-0. It was a microcosm of the 2014 World Cup tournament, capping off one of the best in history.
After all of the questions and problems surrounding the host-nation of Brazil, by many accounts everything was considered a success.
While Germany will bask in its victory for the next four years, the rest of the world turns its sights to Russia in 2018. That will be the site of the next World Cup, as Russia will host another mega-event, coming off of the Olympics in Sochi.
There is still a full four years to go, but oddsmakers at Bovada Sportsbook are fielding wagers on the winner already. Of course, there are no real surprises when it comes to selecting the top favorites to win the 2018 World Cup. After all, only eight teams in history have won the World Cup. Germany’s victory was the country’s fourth, so it was no stranger to hoisting arguably the most-coveted trophy in the world.
Obviously when you come in as the defending champion, that sets you up well with oddsmakers. Germany is the current favorite to repeat the World Cup victory in 2018. At 9/2, the Germans are twice the favorite as the nearest competitor.
That team just so happens to be the one that Germany beat in the final. Argentina, behind Lionel Messi, is getting the nod as the second overall favorite for 2018. This assumes a lot between now and then, but it’s a chance to get in on solid 7/1 profit margin.
After the disappointing semifinal loss, Brazil will try to regroup from the World Cup at home, and go across the world to Russia. At 8/1, Brazil is perceived to be a big threat to win a sixth World Cup.
How about the United States?
You know, that team that everyone ‘believes will win’. The team that made is through the group of death and ignited a country where soccer has been second tier in the sporting world for decades. This World Cup could be a paradigm shift in the eyes of Americans and their attitudes towards soccer.
Coming into this World Cup, the United States was set at 100/1. Their odds for the 2018 World Cup have been set at 33/1, which sets them just on the outside looking in at the top-10 favorites. This is still a notable improvement on the world stage, and the U.S. appears to have a bright and promising future.
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Odds to Win 2018 World Cup!