The Highlights

  • Germany-Brazil is the most likely 2018 World Cup Final matchup at 12-1
  • A France-Brazil rematch of the 1998 World Cup Final is 25-1
  • A Germany-Argentina rematch of the 2014 World Cup Final is 40-1

We’re nearing the start of the 2018 World Cup and just over two months away from one country lifting the trophy in Moscow, Russia on July 15th.

 

A World Cup Final matchup of Germany vs. Brazil is listed as the most likely scenario at 12-1 odds. It’s hard to mention these two countries without remembering the 2014 World Cup semifinal when Germany embarrassed Brazil, 7-1, on their own turf, and it would be fascinating to see a rematch this summer to win it all. Brazil did get some redemption by defeating Germany for the gold medal at the 2016 Olympics, which was also played in Brazil.

Here’s a look at the odds for most likely 2018 World Cup Final matchups (via 5Dimes):

Keep in mind that there’s a predetermined bracket after the group stage, so Germany could face Brazil in the Round of 16 if either country fails to win its group.

I’ll be rooting for an Argentina-Belgium World Cup Final matchup at 50-1 odds since I’ve got a futures ticket on both to lift the trophy.

To get a clear glimpse of every team’s journey and tournament scenarios, here’s a great visual breakdown via World Soccer Talk.

Cover photo features Germany’s Sami Khedira and Brazil’s Bernard battling for possession

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