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. Our football experts will 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 World Cup predictions for every single match. Enjoy our World Cup Betting preview and don’t let Roland Garros or any other sporting event stand in your way:

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  1. World Cup 2018 Knockout Stage Predictions – Fixtures (World Cup route to final 2018), predictions and tips from the final 16 games (sorted by date) – Round of 16: June 30, July 1, July 2, July 3; Quarterfinals: July 6, July 7; Semifinals: July 10, July 11; Third-Place Match: July 14; World Cup 2018 Final: July 15
  2. World Cup 2018 Betting Tips – World Cup betting tips for all of the 48 matches in the group stage of the tournament (sorted by date): June 14, June 15, June 16, June 17, June 18, June 20, June 21, June 22, June 23, June 24, June 25, June 26, June 27, June 28
  3. World Cup 2018 Odds To Win & Favourites – World Cup outright odds for all the 32 teams and betting previews for the favourites: Germany, Brazil, France, Spain, Argentina, Belgium, England & Portugal
  4. World Cup 2018 Groups Odds & Predictions – Group stage analysis and group betting tips (outright predictions) for each of the 8 groups: Group A, Group B, Group C, Group D, Group E, Group F, Group G, Group H
  5. World Cup 2018 Free Bets – You can claim your World Cup free bets and betting bonuses here

 

World Cup 2018 Predictions – Tips At A Glance

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World Cup Knockout Fixtures & Tips 2018

Route To 2018 World Cup Final Russia

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):

France vs. Argentina (Match 49) – Over 2.0 AH @ 1.97 – 4-3
Uruguay vs. Portugal (Match 50) – Draw @ 3.00 – 2-1

July 1 (Round of 16):

Spain vs. Russia (Match 51) – Over 2.0 AH @ 1.72 – 1-1 (1-2 p)
Croatia vs. Denmark (Match 52) – Croatia To Qualify @ 1.44 – 1-1 (2-1 p)

July 2 (Round of 16):

Brazil vs. Mexico (Match 53) – 2-3 Goals @ 1.97 – 2-0
Belgium vs. Japan (Match 54) – 2-3 Goals @ 1.97 – 3-2

July 3 (Round of 16):

Sweden vs. Switzerland (Match 55) – Over 3.5 Cards @ 1.51 – 1-0 [5 Cards]
Colombia vs. England (Match 56) – Over 3.5 Cards @ 1.50 – 1-1 (1-2 p) [7 Cards]

July 6 (Quarterfinals):

Uruguay vs. France (Match 57) – Both To Score @ 2.39 – 0-2
Brazil vs. Belgium (Match 58) – Brazil To Qualify @ 1.58 – 1-2

July 7 (Quarterfinals):

Sweden vs. England (Match 59) – England -0.5 Corners @ 1.77 – 0-2 [1-6 Corners]
Russia vs. Croatia (Match 60) – Croatia To Qualify @ 1.60 – 1-1 (1-2 p)

July 10 (Semifinal):

France vs. Belgium (Match 61) – Both To Score @ 1.95 – 1-0

July 11 (Semifinal):

Croatia vs. England (Match 62) – Under 2.5 @ 1.61 – 1-1 (2-1 et)

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July 14 (Third-Place Match):

Belgium vs. England (Match 63) – Belgium To Win 3rd Place @ 1.67 – 2-0

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July 15 (Championship):

France vs. Croatia (Match 64) – France To Win Trophy @ 1.44 – 4-2

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World Cup 2018 Betting Tips

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 – 5-0

June 15 (Group Stage):

Egypt vs. Uruguay (Match 2) – Uruguay @ 1.75 – 0-1
Morocco vs. Iran (Match 3) – Morocco DNB @ 1.57 – 0-1
Portugal vs. Spain (Match 4) – Under 2.5 @ 1.71 – 3-3

June 16 (Group Stage):

France vs. Australia (Match 5) – France -1.5 @ 1.68 – 2-1
Argentina vs. Iceland (Match 6) – Under 2.5 @ 1.70 – 1-1
Peru vs. Denmark (Match 7) – Peru +0.5 @ 1.76 – 0-1
Croatia vs. Nigeria (Match 8) – Croatia @ 1.85 – 2-0

June 17 (Group Stage):

Costa Rica vs. Serbia (Match 9) – Costa Rica +0.5 @ 1.84 – 0-1
Germany vs. Mexico (Match 10) – Germany to score in both halves @ 2.28 – 0-1
Brazil vs. Switzerland (Match 11) – Brazil to win to nil @ 1.98 – 1-1

June 18 (Group Stage):

Sweden vs. South Korea (Match 12) – Sweden DNB @ 1.52 – 1-0
Belgium vs. Panama (Match 13) – Belgium -1.5 @ 1.53 – 3-0
Tunisia vs. England (Match 14) – England to win to nil @ 1.90 – 1-2

June 19 (Group Stage):

Colombia vs. Japan (Match 16) – Under 2.5 @ 1.67 – 1-2
Poland vs. Senegal (Match 15) – Poland DNB @ 1.61 – 1-2
Russia vs. Egypt (Match 17) – Egypt +0.5 @ 1.94 – 3-1

June 20 (Group Stage):

Portugal vs. Morrocco (Match 18) – Portugal @ 1.53 – 1-0
Uruguay vs. Saudi Arabia (Match 19) – Uruguay -1.5 @ 1.83 – 1-0
Iran vs. Spain (Match 20) – Spain to win to nil @ 1.55 – 0-1

June 21 (Group Stage):

Denmark vs. Australia (Match 21) – Denmark @ 1.75 – 1-1
France vs. Peru (Match 22) – Over 2.5 @ 1.92 – 1-0
Argentina vs. Croatia (Match 23) – Croatia +1 @ 1.52 – 0-3

June 22 (Group Stage):

Brazil vs. Costa Rica (Match 25) – Costa Rica +2.5 @ 1.44 – 2-0
Nigeria vs. Iceland (Match 24) – Both teams to score @ 1.98 – 2-0
Serbia vs. Switzerland (Match 26) – Under 2.5 @ 1.61 – 1-2

June 23 (Group Stage):

Belgium vs. Tunisia (Match 27) – Belgium to win to nil @ 1.79 – 5-2
South Korea vs. Mexico (Match 28) – Mexico @ 1.95 – 1-2
Germany vs. Sweden (Match 29) – Germany @ 1.48 – 2-1

June 24 (Group Stage):

England vs. Panama (Match 30) – England -2 @ 2.20 – 6-1
Japan vs. Senegal (Match 32) – Senegal DNB @ 1.76 – 2-2
Poland vs. Colombia (Match 31) – Poland +0.5 @ 1.52 – 0-3

June 25 (Group Stage):

Saudi Arabia vs. Egypt (Match 33) – Egypt @ 1.75 – 2-1
Uruguay vs. Russia (Match 34) – Uruguay DNB @ 1.76 – 3-0
Iran vs. Portugal (Match 35) – Under 2.5 @ 1.72 – 1-1
Spain vs. Morocco (Match 36) – Spain to win to nil @ 2.00 – 2-2

June 26 (Group Stage):

Australia vs. Peru (Match 37) – Peru @ 2.20 – 0-2
Denmark vs. France (Match 38) – France @ 1.63 – 0-0
Iceland vs. Croatia (Match 39) – Under 2.5 @ 1.57 – 1-2
Argentina vs. Nigeria (Match 40) – Both teams to score @ 1.71 – 1-2

June 27 (Group Stage):

Mexico vs. Sweden (Match 41) – Mexico DNB @ 1.83 – 0-3
South Korea vs. Germany (Match 42) – Germany to win to nil @ 2.00 – 2-0
Serbia vs. Brazil (Match 43) – Brazil -1.5 @ 2.10 – 0-2
Switzerland vs. Costa Rica (Match 44) – Costa Rica +0.5 @ 1.84 – 2-2

June 28 (Group Stage):

Japan vs. Poland (Match 47) – Poland @ 1.92 – 0-1
Senegal vs. Colombia (Match 48) – Senegal +0.5 @ 1.94 – 0-1
England vs. Belgium (Match 45) – Draw @ 3.20 – 0-1
Panama vs. Tunisia (Match 46) – Under 2.5 @ 1.68 – 1-2

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World Cup Betting Odds & Favourites

Aaaaah… There’s nothing like placing an outright market bet on the World Cup 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

1 Brazil Flag Brazil 5.0 Bet Now on Brazil
2 Germany Flag Germany 5.5 Bet Now on Germany
3 Spain Flag Spain 7 Bet Now on Spain
4 France 7.5 Bet Now on France
5 Argentina 10 Bet Now on Argentina
6 Belgium Flag Belgium 12 Bet Now on Belgium
7 England Flag England 17 Bet Now on England
8 Portugal Flag Portugal 26 Bet Now On Portugal
9 Uruguay Flag Uruguay 29 Bet Now on Uruguay
10 Croatia Flag Croatia 34 Bet Now on Croatia
11 Colombia Flag Colombia 41 Bet Now on Colombia
12 Russia Flag Russia 41 Bet Now on Russia
13 Poland Flag Poland 67 Bet Now on Poland
14 Denmark Flag Denmark 101 Bet Now on Denmark
15 Mexico Flag Mexico 101 Bet Now on Mexico
16 Switzerland Flag Switzerland 126 Bet Now on Switzerland
17 Serbia Flag Serbia 151 Bet Now on Serbia
18 Sweden Flag Sweden 151 Bet Now on Sweden
19 Peru Flag Peru 151 Bet Now on Peru
20 Senegal Flag Senegal 201 Bet Now on Senegal
21 Egypt Flag Egypt 201 Bet Now on Egypt
22 Nigeria Flag Nigeria 201 Bet Now on Nigeria
23 Iceland Flag Iceland 201 Bet Now on Iceland
24 Japan Flag Japan 301 Bet Now on Japan
25 Australia Flag Australia 301 Bet Now on Australia
26 Morocco Flag Morocco 501 Bet Now on Morocco
27 South Korea Flag South Korea 501 Bet Now on South Korea
28 Iran Flag Iran 501 Bet Now on Iran
29 Costa Rica Flag Costa Rica 501 Bet Now on Costa Rica
30 Tunisia Flag Tunisia 751 Bet Now on Tunisia
31 Saudi Arabia Flag Saudi Arabia 1001 Bet Now on Saudi Arabia
32 Panama Flag Panama 1001 Bet Now on Panama


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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. Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani’s team didn’t make it unfortunately… and no African teams made it either.

Germany

Germany 2018 World Cup Russia

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. But let’s not forget that no football team has repeated as world championsince Brazil, in 1958 and 1962. Although, Real Madrid just won their third consecutive Champions League final, becoming the ony team who has done it twice in history. So, Germany to win the World Cup in Russia doesn’t seem so unlikely now, does it? After all, they seem the strongest European team in the competition. We expect them to at least reach the final!

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Brazil

Brazil 2018 World Cup Russia

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.

Bookies expect Brazil to win or at least to make it to the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on July 15th.

Brazil have switched from being a popular selection to favouritism early this year. Bet now on the World Cup winner at the best available odds!

 

France

France 2018 World Cup Russia

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.

Les Blues are packed with talent and potential, but can they repeat their 1998 triumph? Back France to win the Russian World Cup at the best available odds with this bookie!

 

Spain

Spain 2018 World Cup Russia

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 were undefeated in 20 games under former 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 double solution for that: Valencia’s Rodrigo and Atletico’s Diego Costa, both brazilian born strikers. However, Julen Lopetegui was fired two days before the competition started because Real Madrid announced that he was to become their new manager. His replacement is former Madrid legend Fernando Hierro, who will manage Spain at the World Cup. This shocking decision might just be beneficial for the players, who love to express themselves and shouldn’t be affected by having more freedom on the pitch.

Also, the spainiards have also got an incredible bench, meaning that fatifue and injuries shouldn’t pose any problems to their head coach.

La Roja should bounce back after their disappointing performances at the last two major tournaments. Bet now on the former European and World champions Spain!

 

Argentina

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?

This is Lionel Messi’s last chance to achieve his dream: win a major trophy with his national team. It’s now or never for Argentina – wager on the Pumas to lift the trophy!

 

Belgium

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. However, we must not forget that Belgium never won a major competition…

Belgium’s squad looks exciting, but is Roberto Martinez the right guy for this kind of job? Back Premier League’s crème de la crème to go all the way this summer in Russia!

 

England

England 2018 World Cup Russia

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? The English fans are hoping that their team will reach the final and that Harry Kane will end up being the World Cup 2018 top goalscorer and maybe even that his colleague Dele Alli will shock the world by winning the Golden Ball, but the problem is that from all the World Cup teams we’re talking about in this favourites section, England seems to be the most overrated (according to the odds).

Could the growing optimism amongst patriotic punters mean that England might actually get things right this time? Only the fearles will bet on the Three Lions to succeed!

 

Portugal

Portugal 2018 World Cup Russia

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.

European champions Portugal’s tournament-winning stars seem to be lacking form, but they weren’t highly regarded in France either. Back Cristiano Ronaldo’s national team!

 

World Cup 2018 Groups – Odds & Predictions

World Cup 2018 Groups

Only half of the 32 football 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.

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World Cup Group Predictions & Betting Odds

Group-winner odds have changed quite a bit since online bookies initially published them right after World Cup group draw was made. Find the group stage analysis and World Cup predictions for the 8 groups in the competition:

Group A Predictions

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

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Group B Predictions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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6 Comments
  1. Ivan says

    England don’t seem to have what it takes I’m afraid… My World Cup 2018 winner prediction would be Spain: They’ve finally got a decent striker after Villa and pretty much top players on every position, not to mention De Gea’s awesome form. The perfect mix of veterans and young talent. Brazil will probably fail at some point, just like back in 2014 when they were battered by Germany…

    1. Stu says

      Spain without Morata. Who would’ve thought. Honestly speaking the World Cup outright odds are a joke. Brazil can never be favourites, no sir. Germany and France look stronger, Spain might do alright. England back home on the first plane after the group stages, hehe

  2. Robbie says

    Nice betting preview. Groups D and H are really tough to predict IMO. There’s no way you can tell how those teams will show up and who will need what result during the last match in order to advance. What do england need to get through to the next round? A miracle I’d say, hehe. Honestly, we will probably fail to defeat Spain/Portugal in the round of 16.

  3. Tommye says

    Can’t see Colombia defeating Senegal, they’re just overrated because they’ve got a few big names. I’d grab Senegal to get through to the last 16 and maybe them to win the tournament or reach the semis with the intention of selling the bet after I see who they will face next…

  4. Ribeiro says

    Favourites performed poorly, all of them except Belgium. Who do you think can win the competitio guyz??

    1. BettingInstitute says

      England, Belgium, Croatia and Senegal showed good form so far. The other favourites may have been unconvincing as of yet, but those world class players usually deliver in key moments, so we shouldn’t write off the likes of Germany, Spain & France. It’s really hard to say who can go all the way at this point, but the good part is that the competition is really exciting!

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