World Cup 2018 Betting Guide: Odds & Betting Tips
Our World Cup football betting guide includes betting tips, previews and the best betting odds
From June 14 to July 15, Russia will host the 2018 FIFA World Cup. The 32 teams that will participate in 21st edition of the prestigious competition were divided into 8 groups of 4. A total of 64 matches will be played in 12 venues. We’ll introduce you to the best 2018 World Cup betting tips, all you need to know about the favourites, where you can find the best odds and provide you group predictions, knockout tips as well as free predictions for every single match.
- World Cup Betting Odds & Favourites
- World Cup 2018 Groups – Odds & Predictions
- World Cup 2018 Betting Tips
- World Cup Knockout Fixtures & Tips 2018
- World Cup 2018 Best Free Bets
World Cup Betting Odds & Favourites
Aaaaah… There’s nothing like placing an outright World Cup bet before the competition starts. So let’s check out the World Cup winner odds first and then discuss a bit about the favourites to win the 2018 World Cup.
World Cup Odds To Win
|26||South Korea||501||Bet Now|
|29||Costa Rica||501||Bet Now|
|31||Saudi Arabia||1001||Bet Now|
FIFA World Cup 2018 – Outright Winner odds shown may vary. Please check all aspects of your bets before placement.
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World Cup 2018 Winner Prediction
Let’s have a look at the favourites to win the international competition held in Russia this summer, now that we’ve seen the World Cup winner odds.
After lifting the trophy last time out in 2014, the Germans are joint-favourites again. But their actual selection is very different to the World Cup winning squad of 2014: Phillip Lahm, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Lukas Podolski, Miroslav Klose and Per Mertesacker are gone.
However, that didn’t seem to cause any harm if we come to think that they won all 10 matches in the World Cup qualifiers. Joachim Low’s team only conceded 4 goals in the respective campaign. Der Panzer showed impressive teamwork throughout the campaign netting 43 goals, with no less than 21 players putting their name on the scoresheet. On top of that, the defending champions seem to have found a true number 9 in Timo Werner, who scored 7 goals in 12 caps, causing havoc in the opposition defence even when he didn’t manage to put it through the posts.
Winning the World Cup shouldn’t look less likely for Germany, even after their poor performances in recent friendlies; this kind of complacency is pretty normal in test matches.
The Brazilians will be looking to rebuild their reputation in Russia, having left their home World Cup after being hammered 7-1 by Germany in the semi-finals. Coach Tite seems confident that his squad went ‘back to playing like Brazil again’ and their recent results certainly back that statement.
Selecao finished 10 points clear of Uruguay in the CONMEBOL World Cup qualifiers. Brazil became the first nation to secure qualification for Russia 2018 after defeating Paraguay 3-0 on 28th of March 2017. Tite made history becoming the first coach to lead the five time World Cup champions to a seven wins streak in the qualifiers, subsequently extending the run to 9.
Punters believe that the most successful team in World Cup history relies on Neymar, who’s currently recovering from surgery on a fractured metatarsal in his right foot. Although his World Cup participation is not in doubt, his capability to perform at his best is currently unknown. Nevertheless, the five time World Cup champions have many outstanding attackers at their disposal, like Gabriel Jesus, Roberto Firmino, Willian, Philippe Coutinho and Douglas Costa.
1998 World Cup winners France have one of the best squads as per usual, although this turned out to be more of a problem for Les Blues ever since Didier Deschamps captained the squad to victory on home soil two decades ago.
Les Tricolores failed to impress during the qualifiers, scoring only 18 goals, but their hopes are high knowing that Antoine Griezmann was the leading scorer at Euro 2016, banging no less than 6 goals. On top of that, Deschamps has quite a bit of talent to choose from: Kylian Mbappe, Ousmane Dembele, Alexandre Lacazette, Paul Pogba, Thomas Lemar, Kingsley Coman and more.
They’ve definitely got the players but can Didier Deschamps turn these stars into a team? Experts believe France could be thinking about winning the 2018 World Cup if their key players stay fit and if Deschamps will find a solution for the error error-prone defence.
After the humiliating group stage exit in 2014, Spain’s current World Cup squad looks very solid, despite the fact that only a few of their 2010 World Cup winners might travel to Russia, namely Andres Iniesta, Gerard Pique, David Silva, Cesc Fabregas and La Furia Roja and Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos.
Although most of the faces have changed their main asset remains the technical excellence, an example of which was the 6-1 demolition of Argentina. Spain are yet to lose in 18 games under current boss Lopetegui, looking good in all areas, with maybe one exception only.
The Spaniards were lacking a striker since Fernando Torres and David Villa went past their best, but Lopetegui might have just found a solution for that: Alvaro Morata – the striker he used during Spain’s UEFA Euro Under-21 triumph in 2013. But neither him, nor Diego Costa haven’t shown good form at their clubs recently.
During the past decade Argentina showed us why having top players doesn’t imply having a top squad. This time out, the Albiceleste possesses an impressive attack: Lionel Messi, Sergio Aguero, Gonzalo Higuain, Paulo Dybala, Mauro Icardi and Angel Di Maria. Head coach Jorge Sampaoli’s biggest concern is that some of these outstanding performers occupy the same spaces and play the same way, so he might even have to leave one of them at home.
Even if it may seem really hard to believe, the South Americans barely made it to the World Cup finals. More so, Sampaoli was in charge only during Argentina’s last four matches and they are expected to play just one more friendly before their debut in Russia. It doesn’t sound very promising, I know…
Anyway we’d want to put it, this will be Messi’s tournament (and Ronaldo’s as well). The Barcelona legend is at the peak of his powers at the age of 30 and he will most likely retire from international football after the 2018 World Cup. The five times Ballon d’Or winner had already announced his retirement in 2016 right after losing the 4th major final with Argentina, only to reconsider his decision a few days later.
On top of that, the pressure seems to be piling on him; Sampaoli said: “Messi has a revolver put to his head called the World Cup and if he doesn’t win it, he’s shot and killed. As a result, he can’t enjoy his talent. The negativity surrounding international football damages Messi.” Although this will undoubtedly be Lionel Messi’s last chance to win the FIFA World Cup trophy, it doesn’t seem very likely to happen, does it?
Belgium’s brilliant squad includes many world class Premier League players such as Chelsea’s Thibaut Curtois and Eden Hazard, Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne, Manchester United’s Romelu Lukaku and the Tottenham centre backs Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen.
Their best result at the World Cup is the fourth position obtained in 1986, but the current players look like they could do better: Belgium scored no less than 43 goals in the qualifying group and the team is now unbeaten in 16 games. This didn’t prevent Kevin De Bruyne publicly questioning his managers’ ability.
Even so, the former Everton boss seems to be a much better solution than his predecessor, Marc Wilmots, whose tactics were heavily criticised at the 2014 World Cup and Euro 2016. Everybody agrees Belgium have the talent to win the competition, so it will be all up to Roberto Martinez to get the most out of this fantastic squad, and with the help of former World Cup winner Thierry Henry as his assistant, there’s no reason to think he won’t.
England heads into the 2018 World Cup without its greatest top scorer, Wayne Rooney, who retired from international football last year; that might not necessarily be a bad thing if we look at his replacement Harry Kane – the most prolific goal scorer in world football during 2017.
In fact, Kane is probably the best choice when it comes to England World Cup betting. Tottenham’s striker is among the favourites to win the World Cup 2018 Golden Boot Award. However, England’s fortunes don’t rely on Spurs’ top scorer performances; the midfield and defence will also have to do their bit.
The good news is England’s World Cup squad is filled with pacey players, from the defenders all the way to the forwards. Raheem Sterling, one of the quickest of the lot, has been in sensational for Man City this season and things were no different for Tottenham’s Eric Dier. Gareth Southgate’s improving team has filled everyone with a bit of optimism regarding England’s World Cup chances of success.
The Three Lions’s undeniable progress seems to be enough to see them through to the round of 16, but will they be able to take on the big names of International football in the later stages of the competition? Everybody in the UK hopes for it, but many believe England’s luck at the World Cup won’t change just yet.
European champions Portugal are one of the sides who just don’t seem to have the right momentum to reach the final of the Russian World Cup. With the likes of Renato Sanchez and Andre Gomes out form and with many other players well into their 30’s: Jose Fonte (34), Pepe (35), Bruno Alves (36) and Ricardo Quaresma (34), among others, Fernando Santos might just not have the right material to defeat the top sides in Russia this summer.
Who would’ve thought that Cristiano Ronaldo and Co. would defeat France to win the UEFA Euro 2016 a couple of years ago? Well, probably nobody but now’s a different story, as we’ve got the best two South American sides in the mix as well: Brazil and Argentina. Remember that in 2014 World Cup Portugal failed to progress past the group stage…
All the eyes are on Cristiano Ronaldo, the Real Madrid star who’s going to have his last shot at becoming world champion with Portugal. The 33 year-old legendary forward will be looking to add more silverware to his cabinet, although he won’t be as stressed as Messi, due to the fact that he already won a gold medal in France two years ago. Let’s not forget that Ronaldo is currently the third top scorer of all time in international football and that he could become second if he scores 4 more goals.Learn how to bet on football and win – See Full Article
World Cup 2018 Groups – Odds & Predictions
Only half of the 32 teams will go through to the next round. After showing you the odds for each nation to win their respective group we’ll provide you a few World Cup 2018 group stage predictions and betting tips.
World Cup 2018 Group Betting Odds
Group-winner odds have changed quite a bit since online bookies initially published them right after World Cup group draw was made.
Group A Odds
|Saudi Arabia||41.00||Bet Now|
Group B Odds
Group C Odds
Group D Odds
Group E Odds
|Costa Rica||21.00||Bet Now|
Group F Odds
|South Korea||21.00||Bet Now|
Group G Odds
Group H Odds
FIFA World Cup 2018 – Group Winner odds shown may vary. Please check all aspects of your bets before placement.
World Cup Group Predictions
Find group stage analysis and predictions for the 8 groups in the 2018 FIFA World Cup:
Group A Predictions
Arguably the weakest group in the tournament, Group A features the two lowest-ranked nations that will participate at the 2018 World Cup in Russia, namely Saudi Arabia and the host country Russia. The other two teams are far from being exciting, but at least they feature a few classy players between them.
Note that Egypt’s Mohamed Salah scored the most goals in the CAF qualifiers (5 goals in 5 matches), whereas Uruguay’s Edinson Cavani was the top scorer in the South American qualifiers (10 goals in 15 matches).
Group A Betting Tips:
Exact Finishing Order (1st & 2nd placed): 1. Uruguay. 2. Egypt @ 7.00 – Bet Now
Team in bottom place: Saudi Arabia @ 1.40 – Bet Now
To score most goals in the Group Stage: Edinson Cavani (Uruguay) – Bet Now
Group B Predictions
The second day of the World Cup brings us the clash that will undoubtedly decide who takes the first place in Group B: Portugal vs. Spain. Iniesta and Co. finished the qualifying group unbeaten, smashing Italy 3-0 on home turf. Lopetegui seems to have coped well with the change of generations, whereas Fernando Santos may struggle to get more out of his veteran squad.
Neither Morocco, nor Iran are in the same league as their opponents and the third place battle won’t be that interesting. Most likely Morocco will beat out Iran for third position in the group.
Group B Betting Tips:
Exact Finishing Order (1st & 2nd placed): 1. Spain 2. Portugal @ 2.50 – Bet Now
Team in bottom place: Iran @ 1.70 – Bet Now
Group C Predictions
An extremely favourable draw sees France as huge favourite to win this group. Let’s be honest: does anyone see Antoine Griezmann, Kylian Mbappé, Paul Pogba, N’Golo Kante and the other world class players finish 2nd in this group?
Danes didn’t impress during the qualifiers and they’re tactic is to place all eggs in the Christian Eriksen basket; unless the Spurs midfielder is in top shape, his side won’t shine. Peru has a young hard working side that might just grab the second place if Eriksen won’t be in form during the finals, while Australia appears to be a certain candidate for the fourth place.
Group C Betting Tips:
Team in bottom place: Australia @ 1.85 – Bet Now
Exact Finishing Order (1st & 2nd placed): 1. France 2. Peru @ 3.50 – Bet Now
Group D Predictions
Argentina, Croatia, Iceland and Nigeria – this is the Group of Death at Russia 2018. Although we have a clear favourite, let’s not forget that Messi, Higuain, Aguero and Co. almost missed out on qualification to the tournament. On the other hand, Iceland impressed again, topping the qualifying group that included Croatia, Ukraine and Turkey.
Even though Croatia had to defeat Greece in the play-offs to qualify for Russia 2018, a team that includes Luka Modric, Mateo Kovacic, Ivan Rakitic, Ivan Perisic and Mario Mandžukić is surely capable of reaching the knockout stages.
Nigeria was in Pot 4 for the draw, but nonetheless the African side lead by Gernot Rohr defeated Argentina 4-2 in a friendly match played in Krasnodar last November.
Group D Betting Tips:
To Qualify: Croatia @ 1.50 – Bet Now
Croatia’s Top Scorer: Mario Mandzukic @ 3.00 – Bet Now
Group E Predictions
Brazil have seemingly got an easy job, but things might just get a little bit more complicated if Tite’s boys won’t win the first two matches against Switzerland and Costa Rica. Anyway, Neymar and Co. will have the final game against Serbia to secure their presence in the next round.
Costa Rica caused a big upset in 2014 and their team looks ready to repeat that, having qualified to the finals with 5 wins and one draw from an easy group. Switzerland lost their final qualifying match against Portugal, ending up in the play-offs; despite the fact that they are ranked 6th in the world, Vladimir Petkovic’s side barely got past Northern Ireland with a 1-0 win on aggregate.
Serbia doesn’t look capable to pose any threats during the World Cup matches. Their rugged team managed to win an easy qualifying group with only two points clear of Northern Ireland.
Group E Betting Tips:
Exact Finishing Order (1st & 2nd placed): 1. Brazil 2. Costa Rica @ 7.00 – Bet Now
Team in bottom place: Serbia @ 4.00 – Bet Now
Group F Predictions
Germany should have an easy passage into the knockouts. The reigning champions should have no trouble winning their first three World Cup matches. Even though Sweden shockingly knockout out Italy in the 2018 World Cup play-offs, Janne Andersson’s looks very poor compared to Mexico from a technical point of view.
South Korea is likely to finish bottom of the pile, having no strengths other than being a hard-working squad. The Taegeuk Warriors struggled away from home during qualifying, only winning 4 out of 10 games in the World Cup Qualification Asia.
Group F Betting Tips:
Exact Finishing Order (1st & 2nd placed): 1. Germany 2. Mexico @ 3.00 – Bet Now
Team in bottom place: South Korea @ 4.00 – Bet Now
Group G Predictions
Belgium might be one of international football’s best sides, but England seems to have a better manager and the players themselves appear to have a better understanding on the pitch. Gareth Southgate’s squad displayed tactical awareness and good chemistry throughout the qualifying campaign, something that cannot be said about Belgium.
Tunisia has never progressed out of the group stage and they don’t look like they are going to pull an upset just now. Panama, on the other hand, has qualified for the first time on goal difference against Honduras with just 3 wins in 10 games. Panama’s squad total market value doesn’t reach one million Pounds.
Group G Betting Tips:
Exact Finishing Order (1st & 2nd placed): 1. England 2. Belgium @ 2.70 – Bet Now
Team in bottom place: Panama @ 1.53 – Bet Now
Group H Predictions
Poland were impressive at Euro 2016 and their form tells us that Adam Nawałka’s side should perform well, especially that several thousands of Poles are expected to travel to Russia to support their favourites. Robert Lewandowski is on fire, having score 16 goals in qualifying – a European record.
Colombia didn’t impress during the qualifiers, having grabbed most points against the teams who failed to make it to Russia 2018; Radamel Falcao and James Rodriguez did show a decent form playing for their clubs this season. On the other hand, it is expected that Senegal could be the only African side to reach the knockout stages. The squad’s top players Sadio Mane, Idrissa Gueye and Cheikhou Kouyate comfortably won their qualifying matches, finishing the group unbeaten, 5 points clear of Burkina Faso.
Japan finished just one point ahead of Saudi Arabia and Australia in the World Cup Qualification Asia. This group could be very open, although The Samurai Blue appears to be the squad that’s least capable to reach the last 16.
Group H Betting Tips:
To win group: Poland @ 2.90 – Bet Now
Team in bottom place: Japan @ 2.35 – Bet Now
World Cup 2018 Betting Tips
If 2018 World Cup betting tips is what you’re looking for, then bellow you’ll find World Cup betting tips for all of the 64 matches in the tournament. The Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow will host both the opening match, Russia vs. Saudi Arabia, as well as the 2018 FIFA World Cup Final. Good luck!
June 14 (Group Stage):
Russia vs. Saudi Arabia (Match 1) – Under 2.5 @ 1.74 – Bet Now
June 15 (Group Stage):
June 16 (Group Stage):
France vs. Australia (Match 5) – France -1.5 @ 1.68 – Bet Now
Argentina vs. Iceland (Match 6) – Under 2.5 @ 1.70 – Bet Now
Peru vs. Denmark (Match 7) – Peru +0.5 @ 1.76 – Bet Now
Croatia vs. Nigeria (Match 8) – Croatia @ 1.85 – Bet Now
June 17 (Group Stage):
Costa Rica vs. Serbia (Match 9) – Costa Rica +0.5 @ 1.84 – Bet Now
Germany vs. Mexico (Match 10) – Germany to score in both halves @ 2.28 – Bet Now
Brazil vs. Switzerland (Match 11) – Brazil to win to nil @ 1.98 – Bet Now
June 18 (Group Stage):
June 19 (Group Stage):
June 20 (Group Stage):
June 21 (Group Stage):
June 22 (Group Stage):
Brazil vs. Costa Rica (Match 25) – Costa Rica +2.5 @ 1.44 – Bet Now
Nigeria vs. Iceland (Match 24) – Both teams to score @ 1.98 – Bet Now
Serbia vs. Switzerland (Match 26) – Under 2.5 @ 1.61 – Bet Now
June 23 (Group Stage):
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June 25 (Group Stage):
Saudi Arabia vs. Egypt (Match 33) – Egypt @ 1.75 – Bet Now
Uruguay vs. Russia (Match 34) – Uruguay DNB @ 1.76 – Bet Now
Iran vs. Portugal (Match 35) – Under 2.5 @ 1.72 – Bet Now
Spain vs. Morocco (Match 36) – Spain to win to nil @ 2.00 – Bet Now
June 26 (Group Stage):
Australia vs. Peru (Match 37) – Peru @ 2.20 – Bet Now
Denmark vs. France (Match 38) – France @ 1.63 – Bet Now
Iceland vs. Croatia (Match 39) – Under 2.5 @ 1.57 – Bet Now
Argentina vs. Nigeria (Match 40) – Both teams to score @ 1.71 – Bet Now
June 27 (Group Stage):
Mexico vs. Sweden (Match 41) – Mexico DNB @ 1.83 – Bet Now
South Korea vs. Germany (Match 42) – Germany to win to nil @ 2.00 – Bet Now
Serbia vs. Brazil (Match 43) – Brazil -1.5 @ 2.10 – Bet Now
Switzerland vs. Costa Rica (Match 44) – Costa Rica +0.5 @ 1.84 – Bet Now
June 28 (Group Stage):
Japan vs. Poland (Match 47) – Poland @ 1.92 – Bet Now
Senegal vs. Colombia (Match 48) – Senegal +0.5 @ 1.94 – Bet Now
England vs. Belgium (Match 45) – Draw @ 3.20 – Bet Now
Panama vs. Tunisia (Match 46) – Under 2.5 @ 1.68 – Bet Now
World Cup Knockout Fixtures & Tips 2018
World Cup predictions and betting tips will be added after the group stage will be completed and the World Cup 2018 knockout fixtures will be announced. World Cup 2018 route to the final:
June 30 (Round of 16):
1A vs. 2B (Match 49)
1C vs. 2D (Match 50)
July 1 (Round of 16):
1B vs. 2A (Match 51)
1D vs. 2C (Match 52)
July 2 (Round of 16):
1E vs. 2F (Match 53)
1G vs. 2H (Match 54)
July 3 (Round of 16):
1F vs. 2E (Match 55)
1H vs. 2G (Match 56)
July 6 (Quarterfinals):
Winner of Match 49 vs. Winner of Match 50 (Match 57)
Winner of Match 53 vs. Winner of Match 54 (Match 58)
July 7 (Quarterfinals):
Winner of Match 51 vs. Winner of Match 52 (Match 59)
Winner of Match 55 vs. Winner of Match 56 (Match 60)
July 10 (Semifinal):
Winner of Match 57 vs. Winner of Match 58 (Match 61)
July 11 (Semifinal):
Winner of Match 59 vs. Winner of Match 60 (Match 62)
July 14 (Third-Place Match):
Loser of Match 61 vs. Loser of Match 62 (Match 63)
July 15 (Championship):
Winner of Match 61 vs. Winner of Match 62 (Match 64)
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