While many of the competing country’s at World Cup 2018 dream of lifting the trophy in Russia, there a few nations whose dream could be a reality this summer.
Here are the favourites to win World Cup 2018 this summer:
Brazil are the favourites to lift the trophy this summer. The Selecao under astute boss Tite looks to be strong in every area of the team, from back to front.
In goal, they have the in-demand Roma stopper Alisson, who in the last season has established himself as one of the most highly-rated players in his position in the world, while in attack there are the likes of Neymar, Gabriel Jesus and Philippe Coutinho.
The world champions are another team that looks strong in all departments. Die Mannschaft once again made light work of qualifying, topping their qualification group with a perfect record.
Joachim Loew has immense talent at his disposal and the German boss could even afford to leave the likes of Leroy Sane and Mario Gotze out of his 23-man squad for this summer’s tournament.
France has one of the most talented squads in the international game. Les Bleus have a number of talented individual players, including the likes of Antoine Griezmann, Kylian Mbappe and Paul Pogba.
Didier Deschamps side also has the likes of Ousmane Dembele, Nabil Fekir and Thomas Lemar available for selection in his squad. There is no doubt the talent is there, it is just whether Les Bleus can gel together and produce their top form.
La Roja has enjoyed a revival under former youth team boss Julen Lopetegui. The former world champions fell at the group stage in 2014
However, the emergence of the likes of Marcos Asensio and Isco on the international scene has helped the national team get back on track in the international game.
While La Roja does have an abundance of technically gifted players, the lack of a prolific goalscorer in the team could prove to be a problem for Lopetegui’s side.
Looking at their qualification results, though, it seems that La Roja can do fine without an established striker, as they scored a whopping 36 goals in qualifying.
Argentina made it to the World Cup final last time out in Brazil, only to suffer a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Germany. The South American giants struggled to qualify for Russia 2018, only sealing qualification in the last game courtesy of a Lionel Messi hat-trick.
In terms of attacking talent, the Albiceleste seem to have formidable attacking options on paper. However, for some reason, the likes of Lionel Messi, Sergio Aguero, Paolo Dybala and Gonzalo Higuain have never quite hit it off at international level.
At the other end of the pitch, Jorge Sampaoli’s side does not have an established number one goalkeeper. Meanwhile, questions have been asked of the centre-back pairing of Federico Fazio and Nicolas Otamendi in the past. Despite the aforementioned problems, the South Americans cannot be written off completely though.