Spain to win the World Cup 2018
This World Cup 2018 Winner Tips talks you through the top four countries to watch and some outsiders that also have a great chance.
There are four main favourites in the bookie’s eyes – Germany, Brazil, France and Spain. Brazil are looking to bounce back from a disastrous 7-1 loss to Germany back in 2014. Spain and France are hoping to dethrone defending champions Germany after both having poor campaigns in 2014.
AccaDoo are going for Spain to triumph. They failed to qualify from their group in 2014, getting hammered by the Netherlands and Chile. Neither of whom are in this World Cup. We’re expecting big things from this experienced and talented lineup. They are ranked eighth in the world going into the tournament but with Ramos leading the troops, we think they’ll come away with the trophy.
Spain sailed through qualification, winning nine and drawing one of their ten games while scoring 36 goals and conceding just three. Doesn’t get much more convincing than that.
Manager Lopetegui blended new players, including Real Madrid’s Marco Asensio and Atletico Madrid’s Saul Niguez, with the experienced core. The standout performance in qualification was the 3-0 win over Italy in September at the Bernabeu, where Madrid’s Isco scored twice in a comprehensive 3-0 victory. Isco will be one to watch this tournament as he reaches his prime.
Veteran midfielders Sergio Busquets, Andres Iniesta and David Silva will be key to their tournament and their experience should pay dividends. Also, their defence looks rock solid with Ramos, Pique in front of the best goalkeeper in the world, David De Gea.
People are afraid to tip Argentina after their less than convincing qualification but they have quality running through their side and at 9/1, wouldn’t be the worst bet in the world. They finished runners-up last time and have the likes of Messi, Angel Di Maria, Sergio Aguero and Gonzalo Higuain in their ranks.
Can Belgium or Portugal ruffle some feathers? Their groups certainly allow them to cruise through to the knockout stages and who knows what can happen from there? Form and momentum plays a huge part as well as the quality of the players in their lineups. There’s the Ronaldo factor to consider for Portugal – he always steps up in the big moments but is that enough to carry them to a final? Probably not.
Belgium’s ‘golden generation’ are now peaking and need to deliver. They have remarkable quality in every department, starting with Courtois in goal. Jan Vertonghen, Toby Alderweireld and Vincent Kompany are all solid defenders while Mousa Dembele and Radja Nainggolan are no slouches in midfield. It is their attacking prowess that will strike fear into most, including England who face them in the group stages.
Kevin De Bruyne is one the best playmakers in the world, along with Hazard and Dries Mertens. Up top they have the beast Lukaku who is always a handful.
Do England have what it takes to challenge too? No. We don’t think so. At 18/1 they are poor value and are unlikely to make it past the Quarters. Sure they have some good players in Kane, Alli, Rashford and co but the depth and creativity needed to win this World Cup will be huge. This is going to be one of the most exciting and closely fought contests in the history of the tournament.
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