World Cup favourites
June 14-July 15, 2018 -- The FIFA World Cup takes place in Russia, with 32 teams competing to be crowned World Champions. Host nation Russia will open the tournament against Saudi Arabia, in Moscow, on June 14.
Brazil are considered the favourites to win the World Cup, with a 21% chance, according to a study of all teams’ relative strengths and previous performances.
Predictions based on one million simulations by Gracenote -- who captures, curates and distributes in-depth sports data -- estimates
percentage chance of each World Cup match being a win, draw or loss for each of the teams.
Teams from Europe and South America are predicted to dominate second round – with only Mexico, from Central America, anticipated to qualify from rest of the world.