The wait is almost over. FIFA World Cup 2018 will kick-off on 14th June in Russia. The hosts will entertain Saudi Arabia immediately after the opening ceremony at the Iconic Luzhniki Stadium. Germany is the defending Champion and many expect them to challenge once again. Five-time winners Brazil is also expected to rise to the occasion with a great show. All 32 nations participating have an equal chance of winning the trophy as things stand now. However, there are few who stand a better chance.  Today, as we continue with the build-up, we want to look at five countries with best odds to win the showdown this year.

5. Argentina: Odd +950 or 9/1

Argentina lost 1-0 to Germany in FIFA World Cup 2014 held in Brazil. It was the first time a European country had lifted the trophy in South America. Lionel Messi star-studded side has under-achieved according to pundits and Russia showdown will be their last chance. According to two different betting sites, the two times winners have a +950 or 9/1 chance of lifting the trophy this year. They must start well in Group D against Nigeria, Croatia, and Iceland.

4. France: Odd +650 or 11/2

1998 FIFA World Cup winners France has a +650 or 11/2 chance of lifting the crown in Russia this summer according to two betting sites. Le Bleus Coach Didier Deschamps has selected the second youngest squad this year. It means the European nation is not 100% expecting to lift the trophy but rather build a team capable of challenging for the trophy in four years time in Qatar. However, anything above the quarterfinals will be a good tournament. The most important task, for now, is to get positive results in Group C against Denmark, Peru, and Australia.

3. Spain: Odd +600 or 6/1

2010 FIFA World Cup champions Spain is back to the top after a poor show in Brazil finals. The team now has a young squad supplemented by some very experienced players. Top of that list is Sergio Ramos and Andres Iniesta. La Roja chances of lifting the World Cup stand at +600 or 6/1 according to two betting sites. They will first need to deal with European Champions Portugal, Morocco and Iran in Group B to reach the last 16.

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