The World Cup kicks-off in Russia on June 14, and the usual suspects are among the nations most fancied to lift the famous trophy aloft in Moscow.
England fans looking to back Gareth Southgate's men will get healthy odds on a first tournament victory since 1966.
A south American team has never won the World Cup in Europe, while Germany are aiming to be the first team since Brazil in 1962 to retain the trophy.
This is who the experts are backing to prevail this summer.
Who will win it?
Paul Hayward (Chief sports writer)
Brazil looked shot to bits four years ago, but have recovered and are blessed with match-winners.
Jamie Carragher (Telegraph Sport columnist)
Brazil. Ready to make amends for four years ago.
Jason Burt (Chief football correspondent)
There are favourites - including Germany, Spain, Argentina, Belgium and France - but Brazil have the strongest line-up and coach.
Sam Wallace (Chief football writer)
Doubts remain over Didier Deschamps, but France have the players to go all the way.
Alex Scott (Former England international and Telegraph Sport columnist)
Germany. Their blend of experience and the youth coming through, I think they look frightening.
Jeremy Wilson (Deputy football correspondent)
Spain. Yes, they dipped after their golden era but the squad remains packed with vast quality in every position.
Oliver Brown (Chief sport feature writer)
France. Blessed with depth and youth in all departments.
Matt Law (Football news correspondent)
Jim White (Telegraph Sport writer)
France. Any side that is so endowed with attacking strength it can leave out Anthony Martial and Alexandre Lacazette is on to something.
James Ducker (Northern football correspondent)
Spain. They probably have the most balances team and are back in form.
Ben Rumsby (Sports news correspondent)
Either Brazil or Germany, but I have a feeling it will be Brazil.
England will reach the...
The second round, or quarter-finals if the draw works out well.
Quarter-finals. That would be a good achievement.
Quarter-finals. Getting out of the group is the minimum and getting through a knockout tie - at least one - would be one.
Quarter-finals, providing they can make use of their attacking attributes and compensate for defensive weakness.
Quarter-finals. But once they come up against a top side, I can't see them progressing.
Semi-finals. There is understandable pessimism, but the Champions League suggested that English players are better than we often think.
Quarter-finals. Even a runners-up finish in Group G likely to be rewarded with winnable second-round match against Colombia or Senegal.
Last-16. Quarter-finals would be seen as a successful tournament, but I suspect Gareth Southgate's team will fall just short of that goal.
The quarter-finals, after an encouraging group stage and a fluky victory over Colombia in the last-16.
Quarter-finals. And I'd say that would constitute a success.
Quarter-finals. They should, anyway. The draw could hardly have been made easier for them.
Which big team will flop?
France. Plenty of good players, but Didier Deschamps may be a handicap.
Portugal. Euro 2016 winners but I can't see the same impact here.
Portugal. They can never be ruled out with Cristiano Ronaldo, but the European champions do look limited.
Belgium have the players, but of all the bug guns they seem the most dysfunctional.
France. It will go one way or the other with the. But there is always a row in them.
Germany's World Cup record is extraordinary, but with doubts over Manuel Neuer's fitness, they are not the force they were four years ago.
Portugal. Far too reliant on Cristiano Ronaldo.
Argentina. Unless Lionel Messi can carry the team on his own, then Jorge Sampaoli's team may struggle.
Brazil. A surfeit of talent, for sure, but the risk is they will not cohere.
I'm not sure about flop, but something irrational is telling me France may disappoint.
Doubt any will, but England are the most likely to.
Who will win the Golden Boot?
Neymar has returned fresh and is a decent bet at 12-1.
Neymar. Fit again and sure to be a star of the tournament.
Lionel Messi. It's his last chance at a World Cup. Or Neymar. Outside bet? Timo Werner of Germany, or even Harry Kane.
Robert Lewandowski is a great striker in his prime and with tournament experience.
Thomas Muller. Germany didn't get the Golden Boot when they won it in 2014, but this time you can't dismiss what Muller can do.
France should go far into the tournament and Antoine Griezmann is among the most consistent forwards in the world.
Antoine Griezmann. The most coveted striker in Europe for a reason.
Romelu Lukaku. I expect Belgium to go far and and Lukaku to score a lot of goals.
Sergio Aguero, with a couple of hat-tricks along the way.
Lionel Messi. Fourth time lucky.
Neymar. Will be on a mission after the agony of four years ago.