World Cup 2018 

This entry was posted on Saturday, June 2nd, 2018

Not you Kane

The big quadrennial betting event is here at last. Here to save bookmakers’ asses (unless England manage to win it…) comes Jules Rimet himself. But for the casual punter, there is only one market of interest. Who wins?

The usual names pop up in this one, and rightly so. Germany the holders – shorn now of their inspirational captain Philip Lahm, but with a new generation of exciting talent. Brazil – can they recover from their humiliation in a country familiar to many of their national team? The likes of Jesus, Neymar and Coutinho will hope so. And is this the last chance for Messi, and will he make it count? A lopsided Argentina will be optimistic they can outscore pretty much everyone and go all the way. The French certainly have the players, but this generation have flopped time and again this decade.

Dark horses gallop nearby too. Belgium are so highly fancied, that they may not even fit that tag anymore. Yet is Roberto Martinez really going to win the World Cup? It seems unlikely. Football’s great overachievers Uruguay are in an easy group, and also fancied to go well. Luis Suarez has exited the past two tournaments in shame – is redemption on hand. And He will attempt to add a World Cup to a perfect career, as Portugal look to build on their Euros success.

But our tip at this stage is Spain. Remnants of the glorious side that won in 2010 still remain, and there is fresh talent like de Gea and Isco to feast our eyes on. Take the 11/2 with Paddy Power.

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