Every four years, a global phenomenon grips folks all around the globe. Football fans—including die hard lovers and casual spectators—come together over a simple sport. The tournament captures the minds and hearts of almost everyone on the planet.
Among these, there’s another group of fans that literally shakes with excitement. Gamblers are on the edge of their seats for this event that only happens once every four years. They have all waited for so long to get their hands on some of the biggest opportunities ever. With tens of bookmakers, hundreds and thousands of markets, a gazillion odds to ponder over, it is a season ripe with opportunity.
Well, you can guess that we’re in on the excitement as well. We have launched a series of special World Cup articles. Each covers one of the 32 World Cup teams in detail, including squad, performance history, match odds and more. You won’t be heading into this fortuitous season blind!
In this article, we will focus on the odds on Argentina to win World Cup 2018. All eyes are on Messi’s home team. Will they finally head to World Cup Finals? Who are the team that will flank the world’s best football player? What are the odds on Argentina winning 2018 World Cup? All that and more, below.
Argentina World Cup 2018: World Cup History
Three-time runner up (2014, 1990 and 1930), winners in 1978 and 1986 and 20 World Cup appearances (playing in all but four World Cup tournaments). 14-time winner of Copa America, gold medal at the Olympics in 2004 and 2008. The Argentina national football team is one of the most successful national football teams in the world.
However, their road to Russia 2018 was riddled with hardships. The team cycled through three coaches. They almost failed to qualify before a hat trick from Messi saved the day. Despite fielding Europe’s best attacking players, the team only scored 19 goals in 18 qualifying matches.
Given their glorious history and troubled past few months, the question on everyone’s lips is: what are Argentina World Cup 2018 odds?
Argentina World Cup 2018: Team
Argentina’s crowning pride and glory is Lionel Messi who plays for Barcelona. This five-time world player of the year has single-handedly brought his country’s team to Russia with his goals and leadership. It is most likely his last international football tournament (he turns 31 in June) and you can bet how hard he’ll play to make it his best one yet.
Besides Messi, the team is dripping with talent. The team is filled with Premier League players, including Sergio Aguero and Nicolas Otamendi from Manchester City; West Ham’s Manuel Lanzini, Marcos Rojo from Manchester United and Chelsea’s Willy Caballero. However, it is an inexperienced squad. 14 players have never been to a World Cup before.
However, key players like Gonzalo Higuain have recently not been in their top form. And, let’s not forget how the team plays without Messi. Messi did not play in their last friendly against Spain and it ended in disaster (6-1). The odds Argentina win World Cup 2018 rests on how Messi’s leadership and how these players come together on the pitch.
- Goalkeepers: Sergio Romero, Willy Caballero, Franco Armani
- Defenders: Gabriel Mercado, Javier Mascherano, Nicolas Otamendi, Federico Fazio, Marcos Rojo, Nicolas Tagliafico, Marcos Acuna, Cristian Ansaldi
- Midfielders: Manuel Lanzini, Maximiliano Meza, Lucas Biglia, Ever Banega, Giovani Lo Celso, Angel Di Maria, Cristian Pavon, Eduardo Salvio
- Forwards: Paulo Dybala, Lionel Messi, Sergio Aguero, Gonzalo Higuain.
The team is now led by coach Jorge Sampaoli. It’s their third coach in less than a year, after Gerardo Martino and Edgardo Bauza stepped down. The team under his leadership has so far only managed one win in four official matches.
Sampaoli has also made some controversial decisions, such as excluding one of the top five scorers in the world (Mauro Icardi, who scored 29 Serie A goals this season).
Argentina World Cup 2018 Odds
Here are the betting odds Argentina to win World Cup 2018:
Odds Argentina World Cup 2018 Matches
- Argentina vs. Iceland (Saturday, 16th June 2018)
- Argentina 4/11
- Draw 10/3
- Iceland 10
- Argentina vs. Croatia (Thursday, 21st June 2018)
- Argentina 3/4
- Draw 5/2
- Croatia 19/5
- Argentina vs. Nigeria (Tuesday, 26th June 2018)
- Argentina 1/2
- Draw 3
- Nigeria 11/2
The odds and predictions above were provided by SkyBet. Fun fact: do you know Nigeria and Argentina have played in the same group for four World Cups? This is in 1994, 2002, 2010 and 2014. Argentina has beat them every time.
Odds of Argentina World Cup Top Goalscorer
- Lionel Messi 4/6
- Gonzalo Higuain 8/1
- Sergio Aguero 8/1
- Mauro Icardi 12/1
- Angel Di Maria 14/1
Odds on Argentina Winning 2018 World Cup
The current odds for Argentina to win world cup 2018 stands at 11/1. The odds for Argentina’s stage of elimination are as follows:
- Group Stage 6
- Last 16 5/2
- Quarter Final 10/3
- Semi Final 5
- Runner Up 9
- Winner 11
World Cup 2018 Argentina Fixtures
Argentina kicks off the World Cup season in Group D. To really get comfortable with Argentina to win world cup 2018 odds, you had better follow each of these matches closely.
Argentina vs. Iceland: Saturday 16th June, 11:00 PM (Local Time), Spartak Stadium, Moscow
Argentina vs. Croatia: Thursday 21st June, 8:00 PM (Local Time), Nizhny Novgorod Stadium, Nizhny Novgorod
Argentina vs. Nigeria: Tuesday 26th June, 9:00 PM (Local Time), Saint Petersburg Stadium, St. Petersburg