The 2018 Football World Cup will be here before you know it. The tournament will take place in Russia this time around, and you can be sure the matches will be as fierce and competitive as they always are. Although many great teams will be competing, there are a handful that stand out above the rest. Now is the time to start placing your bets on who you think will win. If you’d like, you can view your World Cup 2018 bets here. Now let’s take a look at the five teams most likely to win next year.

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France: Although they narrowly qualified to play at the World Cup in Russia, France is still many people’s number one pick to win. This is due to a number of new, young talents that are playing on their team. Led by veteran player Karim Benzema, recent victories have many football fans believing they have the potential to go all way this year.

Germany: Of course, one can’t overlook Germany at the upcoming World Cup. In the past, Germany has performed more consistently than nearly any other team. They’ve already won the World Cup four times in the past, making them second only to Brazil. This year, they seem poised to compete as solidly as always. Their qualifying campaign has been incredibly impressive, and their team will most likely consist of players who were part of the 2014 winning lineup. This makes them definite contenders for the team most likely to win this year.

Brazil: As mentioned before, Brazil has won more World Cups than any other team in history with five previous victories. Even when they don’t win, they’ve often finished within the top four. For this year in particular, they have a superstar in the form of Neymar competing with them. This, along with new coach Adenor Leonardo Bacchi, better known as Tite, make them a team you should certainly keep your eye on.

Spain: Much like France, Spain has recently introduced a number of new, talented players to their team. Many are looking to players like Sergio Ramos, Gerard Pique, and Andres Iniesta to lead their team to greatness. They also have a new coach in the form of Julen Lopetegui, who is replacing the great Vicente del Bosque. Although they’re still considered underdogs in many ways, they’re nonetheless one of the big teams to watch this year.

Argentina: Featuring Lionel Messi, who many consider to be one of the greatest football players of all time, Argentina seems poised to win its first World Cup. Messi recently performed a hat trick against Ecuador to qualify his team for the tournament, leaving some to feel he’s in the best shape of his life. Argentinian fans have been looking forward to winning the Cup for years now, and some believe this could be the year they do it.

Of course, it’s important to keep in mind that football is an unpredictable game. No one can truly know for sure who’s going to win. Keep this in mind while you place your bets, and have fun watching the game.