The competition to become the World Cup winners has never been a snap. In FIFA World Cup 2018, stunning goals and challenging start of some candidates like Germany or Argentina has signaled an engaging race to the Golden trophy and it is not easy to predict the winner. So which team have the best odds to reach the final of FIFA World Cup 2018 at Luzhniki stadium? Let’s scroll down to see our specific analysis of some potential candidates below!
Although they failed to win the opening match with a 1-1 draw against Switzerland, Brazil still showed why they are one of the best candidates for the world champions with the tough 2-0 win against Costa Rica in the added minutes. However, considering their pre-World Cup performances, ESPN predicted that Brazil will at least be present in the final match at Luzhniki stadium. In four friendly games before World Cup, they had scored 9 goals in total and conceded no goal.
With a high-quality squad that includes Neymar, Coutinho, Marcelo, Casemiro…, the five-time World Cup can pose a genuine threat to their opponents’ net. How far do you think Brazil can go this year?
Whoever has watched the opening match between Spain and Portugal must accept that Spain is still a big power in the football world. In comparison with themselves four years ago in Brazil, Spain is now the fantastic combination of the old and young generation. Andres Iniesta, Sergio Ramos and Diego Costa are the experienced who can lead the energetic young players like Isco, Koke, Asensio, etc. to the victory.
Though the head coach Julen Lopetegui was dismissed just 2 days before the opening day, it doesn’t seem to affect the spirit of those Spaniards. They still show up great team play in two Group stage matches and there are high chances that Spain will be one of the finalists in Moscow.
The stunning 1-0 loss against Mexico in the first match was such a disappointment for Germany fans around the world. Though they do not have a good pre-World Cup preparation, Germany is highly rated with proficient players like Manuel Neuer, Toni Kroos or Mats Hummels.
Can Germany make it again like what they did in 2014 and break the World Cup curse? Only time will tell. But we strongly believe that they’ll at least get to the semi-final or even become one of the finalists.
France is also another top challenger that doesn’t have an easy beginning this year. Nevertheless, they still get the ticket to the Knock-out stage after two tough wins over Australia and Peru. In Euro 2016, a united team play and incredible performances of Antoine Griezmann carried the Les Bleus to the Final. This year, Griezmann and his teammates are expected to do what Zinedine Zidane had done 20 years ago to win the second Golden trophy and with a solid squad, there are high chances that they will be qualified for the semi-final.
The Euro 2016 champions still show that they are not easy to be defeated as they possess the best football player in the world, Cristiano Ronaldo. Just look how he carried Portugal to the European Championship two years ago and his hat-trick against Spain, there is no doubt that Portugal will be qualified for the Knock-out stage and can even go further with the wing named Cristiano.
Presently, Cristiano Ronaldo is 34 years old and this year would be the last time we see him in the FIFA World Cup competition. Therefore, we all know that he is trying his best to bring the glory to his country. Do you believe that the Selecção das Quinas can reach the Final in Moscow? Let us know your prediction in the comment section below.
Croatia is really a must-watch team in World Cup 2018. Although they had to go through the play-off to go to Russia, their 3-0 victory over Argentina with the fantastic performance of Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic show that Croatia is becoming a genuine power in football world this year.
After finishing 1st in the Group stage, Croatia is going to meet Denmark or Australia in the Knockout and obviously, it is not too difficult for them to reach the quarter-final.
During their journey to Russia, the team of Gareth Southgate only conceded 3 goals. This year, England is claimed to have the third-youngest squad with the average age of 26 years and 18 months old. Experienced Joe Hart was replaced by Jordan Pickford (Everton) and midfielder Jack Wilshere was dropped at home. Instead, many young players have the opportunity to be present in the starting lineup such as Dele Alli, Jesse Lingard, Raheem Sterling and of course, striker Harry Kane. Those changes seem to work well as England has their first win in FIFA World Cup 2018 against Tunisia. Moreover, Group G is not too challenging so it is likely that England and Belgium will soon get the ticket to the next round.
Belgium is possessing a great squad with excellent players like Eden Hazard, Kevin De Bruyne and Romelu Lukaku. Their defense is quite solid with Thibaut Courtois as the goalkeeper and captain Vicent Kompany. However, the weakness of the Red Devils is that they have little experience playing a big game like FIFA World Cup. The Group stage would be easy as Panama and Tunisia are not great dark horses. But when playing in the Knock-out, they must really find a proper tactic and stay 100% focus to go through top challengers like Spain, Brazil or Germany.
This article is our general review of top 8 best football teams in Russia international competition 2018. So which team have the best odds to reach the final of FIFA World Cup 2018? Please let us know your prediction in the comment section below.