Updated 2018 World Cup Futures Odds: Brazil Favored Despite Tough Road


Tim Groothuis-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: Neymar

The Highlights

  • Brazil (+275) remain the favorites to win the World Cup despite the toughest quarterfinal matchup.
  • England’s Harry Kane (-340) is the heavy favorite to win the Golden Boot and holds a two-goal lead over Belgium’s Romelu Lukaku.
  • Brazil’s Alisson Becker still leads the way for the Golden Glove, but England’s Jordan Pickford has narrowed the gap.

Updated 2018 World Cup Odds

Brazil are still the favorites at +275 odds, but they’re on the tougher side of the bracket and will have to go through Belgium just to get to the semifinal.

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Sweden’s run to the quarterfinal is the most impressive. They entered the tournament at 325-1 to win it all but are now down to 18-1.

The four favorites to advance in the quarterfinals would create semifinal matchups of Brazil vs. France, and Croatia vs. England.

Golden Boot (Most Goals)

Harry Kane is now the clear -300 favorite as he holds a two-goal lead over Romelu Lukaku. England are favorites to get past Sweden and would likely be small favorites against Croatia in the semifinal (and bigger favorites vs. Russia), so more games are likely.


Belgium are underdogs against Brazil and would likely be small underdogs to France in the semifinal, so Lukaku’s path to the final is mathematically more difficult.

Golden Glove (Best Goalkeeper)

Pickford, Akinfeev and Subasic all helped their teams win in penalty kicks, a big boost for goalkeepers to win the award considering it’s not purely based on stats. They’ve each seen their odds improve the most since the beginning of the tournament.

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