With the 2018 World Cup about to hit us right in the face, we take a look at some possible contenders to become World Champions next month. This promises to be one of the most open contests in many years with the trophy available to anyone who peaks at just the right moment. Will England grab their first world title since 1966 or will it end up in the hands of reigning champions Germany or favourites Brazil? Perhaps we’ll see a newcomer take the spoils – Belgium could prove to be a dark horse in that regard. Either way we’re promised thrills and spills aplenty over the coming weeks and we take a look at who might possibly be crowned champions next month.
Instead of listing every possible contender, we’ve decided to pick out three sides in three distinct categories – namely Good Chance, Outside Chance and Wildcard.
World Cup Winner – Good Chance
France @ 13/2 with BetVictor Bookies
It was disappointment for Les Bleus in the final of the 2016 European Championships when the pressure of being tournament hosts became all too much and they lost to Portugal, however they will be desperate to make amends and this could prove to be the spur which drives them all the way in the 2018 World Cup. France have been involved in two major international tournament finals in the past twenty years and while their consistency may be lacking somewhat, they nevertheless have what it takes to go all the way in Russia. Didier Deschamps has a wealth of talent at his disposal with the likes of Antoine Griezmann, Paul Pogba, N’Golo Kante and Raphael Varane in the ranks and they have a great chance to repeat their success of 1998 when they lifted the world title on home soil.
World Cup Winner – Outside Chance
Belgium @ 11/1 with William Hill Bookies
There is little doubt that this is a ‘Golden Generation’ of Belgium players and they have a chance to step up to the plate when they take to the biggest international stage over the coming weeks. The Red Devils failed to make it past the quarter-finals of the last two major tournaments, however the level of expectation is now sky-high given that they have been placed in what many consider to be a very easy group containing the likes of Tunisia and Panama as well as England. Roberto Martinez’ capability has been called into question but when he can choose from the likes of Romelu Lukaku, Eden Hazard and Kevin de Bruyne, it is hard to escape the conclusion that this side have the potential to go all the way in Russia.
World Cup Winner – Wildcard
Colombia @ 40/1 with Bet365 Bookies
Colombia were perhaps the most entertaining side at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil and they were everyone’s second favourite team thanks to their hugely impressive free-flowing and attacking style of play. James Rodriguez was their star man on that occasion and he claimed the Golden Boot at the tournament, this earning for him a move to Real Madrid from Monaco. Most of the squad are returning for this World Cup and they have been drawn in what is a very wide-open group which also contains Senegal, Poland and Japan. Don’t be surprised if the South Americans put in some more dazzling displays on their way to World Cup glory.