With the final group games of matches today and tomorrow and ten days into the tournament, who do we think look the favourites to go all the way in the tournament now and with the 2022 World Cup in Qatar?
Brazil is still the favourite, according to Stats Perform’s artificial intelligence model, which estimates the probability of every match outcome using team rankings and betting odds based on historical team performance.
And not to mention they have the most the South American’s have one of the most talented squads in the tournament. Even Sky Sports Jamie Carragher has gone with Brazil, the former England and Liverpool defender has said; “Neymar’s in great form again – I have gone with Brazil as I feel it could be their time again.”
Gary Neville, Jamie Carragher’s sidekick on Monday Night Football has also gone for the team in yellow by saying;
“We always feel we have got great players in this country and we do, but when you look at the Brazil squad you think, ‘Oh my God – where have they come from?’ It was the same when I was playing in tournaments. They had incredibly special players. I’m quite confident they will win it.”
But the former England record goal scorer Alan Shearer has gone with the romantic idea of Lionel Messi and Argentina finally lifting the World Cup trophy;
“Argentina. It will be a great way for Lionel Messi, the best player in the world, to go out. It could be a defining moment for him – he has probably been the greatest player we have ever seen, but the thing that is always chucked at him when comparisons are made between him and Diego Maradona is that he has never won the World Cup. If he was to win this one, that would pretty much be the end of that debate – and what a story it would be.”
This next stage of the tournament is where it really heats up and the pressure will really mount on the likes of Lionel Messi, Harry Kane, Kylian Mbappe to produce for their countries. Bet365 is your one stop for the latest odds on who will finally lift the trophy come the 20th of December, I for one hope it is the best player to ever play the game in Lionel Messi. It would be a fitting end to an unbelievable career, can the Argentines do it..?