2018 World Cup favourites: who you want in the office sweepstake

The sweepstakes have been prepared and the favourites are now revealed.

The 2018 World Cup kicks-off in a matter of days and, while the 32 nations prepare, offices across the country will be too.

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Sweepstakes have become a big tradition in the English workplace and there's sure to be plenty happening before this tournament begins in Russia.

It's a difficult tournament to predict this year, so we've called upon the bookmakers to reveal their top tips for the tournament.

Here's the favourites - and teams to avoid - if you're doing a sweepstake for the 2018 World Cup:

Who do I want?

Everyone wants to pull out the favourite, and it's two famous names topping the bookmakers' tip lists.

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Perhaps no surprises here as Brazil and Germany (both 9/2) are the current favourites to win the tournament.

Also worth a shout are Spain (6/1), France (6/1) and Argentina (9/1).

Don't complain if you pull any of those five out of the hat!

Any dark horses?

There's plenty of dark horses who could give you an outside chance of winning.

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Belgium (10/1) are always a good outside bet, but seem to struggle in major tournaments.

Meanwhile Portugal (25/1) are the reigning European champions and could well be a threat.

Uruguay (28/1) and Croatia (33/1) are the other dark horses who might not be the worst teams to pick up in the sweepstake.

Who do I want to avoid?

There are plenty of long shots who you will want to avoid.

Saudi Arabia (2000/1) are the tournament's big outsiders, and are closely followed by Panama (1000/1) and Tunisia (1000/1).

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You'll do well to avoid these teams in the sweepstake, otherwise you may be saying goodbye to your entry fee.

What if I get England?

While the nation may not hold out much hope for England, the bookies are tipping them as outsiders.

With odds of 16/1, the Three Lions might not be the worst team to pull out of the sweepstake this year.