Tue, Jul 12, 9:39am by Staff Writer
The World Cup in Russia is still two years away and with the Euros and Copa America now complete, you can feel the tingle of excitement.
Waiting for the world’s most watched sporting event is worse than sitting around your living room as kid praying that Santa will slide down the chimney a few months early.
Not only do you have four years between each event to do other than cry about how bad your club side is and scratch your bum, but you are also subjected to things like Euros and the Copa.
These competitions are great in their own right but just can’t quite reach the fever pitch that is created by football on the world stage. On no other occasion would I label Ecuador Vs South Korea a must watch event, but for some reason when they are playing for that little gold statue it becomes just that.
So with the count down well and truly underway here is my look at the teams most likely to take home the title in Russia.
The Germans really failed to get out of first gear in the recent European Championships. The scary thing is though, they still made it to the semi-final stage. Their showing in France will certainly disappoint the defending World Champions. Many of the big names failed to show and redemption can only be achieved by defending their crown in Russia. The Germans are always worth a bet at a major championships and getting on them early could well be the thing to do.
Brazil are always the sentimental favourites when the World Cup comes around and with five titles under their belt they know what it takes to win and are always there or there about. They probably lack the quality all over the park that they had in their 1970 squad or the steel that made them champions in 1994. But they always have a knack of developing one or two world-class players and if the likes of Neymar and Coutinho can be joined by a couple of new faces in Russia then the Brazilians could very well win their sixth world title.
If the German’s European campaign was poor then England’s was simply shambolic. After being knocked out by Iceland and taking a lot of criticism for playing people out of position coach Roy Hodgson quit his post. It’s a familiar tale for The Three Lions fans who have watched their team fail on the big stage time and time again. With this in mind you may wonder why I am including them in the top three contenders list. Well much of that depends on who they get to replace Hodgson. Early rumours are that Jurgen Klinsmann will take up the post after a successful stint in the American hot seat. If this is the case and he can implement some of that successful German mentality on his new squad then $15.00 could be a great bet.
William Hill’s market has Euro 2016 champions Portugal as a $21 shot, while beaten France are $11. Chile, off back-to-back Copa America victories, are $34. Argentina, who have lost Lionel Messi to retirement, are $7.50 second favourite.
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