World Cup odds 2018: Predictions, picks, and teams to fade from proven computer model


We’re nearing the start of one of the world’s biggest sporting events, the 2018 World Cup, which kicks off in June from Russia. Germany is the favorite to win it all at 9/2, followed by Brazil at 5/1 and France at 6/1. Before you make your picks on World Cup futures, you need to see what European soccer expert David Sumpter has to say.

Sumpter is an applied mathematician who wrote “Soccermatics,” the book that shows how math works inside the game. Together with experienced analysts, Sumpter developed the powerful Soccerbot model.

The Soccerbot reads current odds and all team performance data, calculates key metrics and predicts upcoming matches. In the two-and-a-half seasons since it was born, the Soccerbot is up 1800 percent on bookmakers’ closing odds. That’s right — 1800 percent.

Now, he has examined the sports book odds of every team winning the 2018 World Cup and locked in his top targets and teams you need to avoid like the plague. He’s only sharing it over at SportsLine.

We can tell you he’s eyeing Belgium, who’s getting 10/1 odds.

“Belgium boasts one of the most young and talented squads in this competition,” Sumpter told SportsLine. “The Red Devils topped their qualification group in style, winning nine out of their 10 matches. Belgium’s attack, spearheaded by Premier League playmakers Eden Hazard, Kevin De Bruyne and Romelu Lukaku, scored 43 goals in qualification. This could be the year the talented youngsters cash in.” 

One surprise: Sumpter wants no part of Argentina, even though they’re the fifth-biggest favorite to win the 2018 World Cup at 8/1 and have arguably the best payer in the world, Lionel Messi.

“Sorry, Messi, it hasn’t happened before and I think it will be difficult this time, too,” Sumpter told SportsLine. “Argentina had to win its final match in its South American qualifying section just to qualify for the 2018 World Cup. With so many questions regarding who’s in and who’s out of the starting 11, I can’t see this team challenging for the title in Russia.”

Sumpter is also eyeing two teams with odds longer than 30/1. Anyone who backs these underdogs could hit it big.

Who is Sumpter backing to win the 2018 World Cup? And which massive long shots can go all the way? Check out the odds below and then visit SportsLine now to see Sumpter’s World Cup futures bets and analysis for the 2018 World Cup, all from a European soccer expert whose model returned an 1,800 percent profit on the bookmakers’ closing odds.

Germany 9/2
Brazil 5/1
France 6/1
Spain 7/1
Argentina 8/1
Belgium 10/1
England 16/1
Portugal 25/1
Uruguay 28/1
Colombia 33/1
Russia 33/1
Croatia 40/1
Poland 50/1
Mexico 80/1
Switzerland 80/1
Denmark 80/1
Sweden 100/1
Senegal 125/1
Serbia 150/1
Egypt 150/1
Iceland 150/1
Japan 200/1
Nigeria 200/1
Peru 200/1
Costa Rica 250/1
Morocco 300/1
Iran 300/1
Australia 300/1
South Korea 400/1
Tunisia 500/1
Panama 1000/1
Saudi Arabia 1000/1

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