The World Cup: A Full Picture of the Qualified Teams
The full puzzle to the World Cup jigsaw is almost complete now with only the draw left to decide who England will be knocked by.
Peru were the final nation to qualify, beating New Zealand 2-0 to secure their place among a South American stronghold.
Following their dramatic exit against Germany last team round, Brazil join the Kaiser among the World Cup favourites and will be certainly worth a free bet or two to gain revenge on the World Champions.
So, who’s made the grade? Who are the 32 teams on the plane to Russia 2018?
Africa will send a total of five teams to the World Cup with all sitting in the final two pots for the draw thanks to their FIFA ranking.
Tunisia, Egypt and Senegal are the three highest ranked teams and will be pulled from Pot Three, while Nigeria and Morocco will enter the World Cup among the lowest ranked teams.
Africa Odds For The World Cup:
Nigeria – 100/1
Senegal – 150/1
Egypt – 250/1
Morocco – 250/1
Tunisia – 500/1
The FIFA World Cup would seem strange without Japan and South Korea these days and both have managed to make to Russia, sitting in Pot Four ahead of the draw.
In that pot, they’ll be joined by Asian nations Saudi Arabia, the lowest ranked team in the competition.
Iran are the only country to qualify from Asia that make Pot Three, thanks to a ranking of 34th in the world.
The Australians have also made Russia, with the club beating Honduras in the play offs. They’ll join Japan in Pot Four.
Asia’s favourites for Russia 2018:
Japan – 150/1
Australia – 250/1
South Korea – 250/1
Iran – 250/1
Saudi Arabia – 500/1
Europe’s nations make up the bulk of Russia 2018 favourites with Germany given the best chance of retaining their title according to the bookies.
They’ll be joined in the highest pot for the draw with France, Belgium, Portugal and Poland alongside Russia, with England and Spain potentially being drawn in a difficult group coming out of Pot Two.
Switzerland and Croatia will join the Three Lions in Pot Two as Euro 2016 surprise package Iceland will make up Pot Three with Denmark and Sweden.
The only European nation in the final pot will be Serbia who could cause plenty of problems for the bigger boys.
Europe’s World Cup odds:
Germany – 5/1
France – 11/2
Spain – 15/2
Belgium – 14/1
England – 20/1
Portugal – 25/1
Croatia – 33/1
Russia – 33/1
Poland – 50/1
Sweden – 66/1
Switzerland – 80/1
Serbia – 100/1
Denmark – 100/1
Iceland – 150/1
Costa Rica were the surprise package in Brazil and will once again be looking to cause a few upsets as they progress.
Most certainly worth a few World Cup free bets, the Central American nation will be drawn in Pot Three.
The USA are one of the more notable absentees this upcoming summer with Mexico the highest ranked team coming from North and Central America.
The Mexicans will be drawn in Pot Two, while Panama, making their debut at the World Cup will be drawn out of Pot Four.
North America’s World Cup odds:
Mexico – 66/1
Costa Rica – 250/1
Panama – 500/1
As always, South American sides will be causing the most excitement pre-tournament.
Brazil will be desperate to make up for their embarrassing exit last time round and plenty of World Cup betting will be heading in their direction.
Of course Lionel Messi will also be one of the World Cup Golden Boot favourites as he looks to get his hands on the one trophy he’s yet to win.
Both nations will enter the draw from Pot One, while the three other South American nations in the tournament, Colombia, Uruguay and Peru, will be drawn from Pot Two.
The South American World Cup odds:
Brazil – 5/1
Argentina – 8/1
Colombia – 33/1
Uruguay – 33/1
Peru – 150/1