As the FIFA World Cup heats up, it’s time to look at the odds of the likely winners in Russia. From the start, this year’s tournament has been a rollercoaster ride. With Video Assistant Referee (VAR), penalty shots and some interesting reactions from players, this World Cup is worth watching. If only just to see Brazilian player Neymar da Silva Santos Junior’s acting skills at work.
It’s no secret that footballers take injuries very seriously. However, it’s become somewhat predictable for some players to overact their injuries to get penalties. Luckily, the new VAR makes this a little harder to pull off. In many group matches, the system has proven to be useful to ensure fairness during games. Additionally, the VAR operators are mainly impartial, so there’s no chance of scandalous results.
With so many factors at play, it might seem difficult to predict a winner. At this stage, most bookmakers are offering odds on Brazil winning, or even France. This year’s FIFA World Cup hosts, Russia, have surprised many bookies and bettors. England has also defied the odds by making it this far. So, check out these odds for the overall winners before placing your bets:
As you can see, Brazil is favoured, with France, England and Belgium close behind. Croatia, Uruguay, Russia and Sweden are the least likely, according to the statistics. However, there is still a chance for all eight teams. So, we recommend watching the quarterfinal matches this Friday and Saturday. First up is Uruguay against France and Brazil against Belgium. Sweden and England will play on Saturday, and Russia will be playing Croatia.
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