Football Legends Will Attend the World Cup Draw
Several worldwide football legends will be on hand to help with the 2018 FIFA World Cup draw at the State Kremlin Palace in Moscow, when the destiny of the 32 nations taking part will be decided on Saturday morning.
The distinguished Diego Maradona, from Argentina, is among the eight other first-class players who will be assisting with the draw at the Kremlin, and the whole thing will be presided over by Gary Lineker, a former striker for England who has since become a television presenter. This is even though Lineker has previously called for the federation to be disbanded! His demands were after a series of bribery scandals came to light, and Lineker also went on to question whether Russia should be hosting the World Cup at all, following accusations of that country’s doping of athletes across a range of sports.
Each of the World Cup Winning Nations Will be Represented
The star-studded draw will additionally be including players very well known to punters who enjoy FIFA World Cup Betting, with one from each of the nations to have won the World Cup being present. In addition to the dapper Diego Maradona, already mentioned:
- The great Gordon Banks, from England
- The luminous Laurent Blanc, from France
- The more-than-capable Cafu, from Brazil
- The fantastic Fabio Cannavaro, from Italy
- The dauntless Diego Forlan, from Uruguay
- The marvellous Miroslav Klose, from Germany
- The nimble Nikita Simonyan, for Russia
Maria Komandna, a sports journalist from Russia, will be co-presenting alongside Lineker, while Klose, the former forward for the German team, will be in charge of bringing the World Cup trophy on to the stage.
How the World Cup Draw Works
The draw ceremony splits the 32 finalists into eight different groups and provides plenty of fodder for soccer betting enthusiasts, featuring a team from each of the pots. Only Europe is allowed to have two teams in the same group, and FIFA has changed how the teams are allocated in the draw, using rankings alone for all four of the pots.
The teams' October FIFA ranking is listed after the team:
Pot Number 1: Russia, 65
Pot Number 2: Spain, 8
Pot Number 3:Denmark, 19
Costa Rica, 22
Pot Number 4: Serbia, 38
South Korea, 62
Saudi Arabia, 63
What the Betting World’s Take on the 2018 Cup Looks Like
Germany and France are currently in the lead as far as World Cup 2018 odds are concerned, although Messi’s Argentina is not too far behind.
The current world champions are the favourites to retain the title they worked so hard to earn when they play in Russia next year, but Brazil and Les Blues are frontrunners also. With a total of 23 nations qualifying for the World Cup, the picks are coming in hard and strong, with various opinions as to who is going to be hoisting up the Jules Rimet Trophy.
The Germans, who went on to beat Argentina 1 - 0 in extra time back in 2014, are the natural favourites with 5/1 (6.0) at certain bookmakers to retain the title, and France is being offered at 11/2 (6.50).
Brazil is leading the pack in terms of team from South America at 6/1 (7.0), as they were the first country outside of the hosts to have their place confirmed, thanks to how they dominated during the qualifying games. The team will no doubt be looking to erase the nightmare of their 7 - 1 loss to the Germans in the semi-finals last time.