World Cup 2018 Betting

Taking place every four years, the World Cup is the pinnacle of international football. 32 teams from various continents across the globe take part for a festival of football and due to it's popularity, betting on the World Cup is a big thing indeed.

Ever since the first tournament in 1930, the competition has grown and grown to form its current state today and can now boast as being the most widely viewed sporting event on the entire planet, exceeding even the Olympics. From individual games, to the outright winners to how far England will (Or won't go..) there are stacks of betting opportunities.

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The 2018 competition is being held in Russia from the 14th June to the 15th July. It will be held across 12 venues in 11 host cities with the qualification process under way. At this early stage, Russia are the only country to have sealed their qualification as the host nation.

How to Use Your Free Bet on the 2018 World Cup

By the time the World Cup rolls around in the summer, virtually everyone will be glued to their T.V screens watching all of the action unfold. With World Cup fever englufing the nation, it will also become a huge event for the bookmakers. Of course from the outset one of the most popular bets is the outright tournament winner and there's usually good odds available given just how open the nature of these kind of tournaments can be. Another similarly popular option in the ante-post market is the tournament's top scorer. This market virtually reads as who's who of World football, where the likes of Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Antoine Griezmann, Neymar and Harry Kane are all likely to feature heavily. These two markets can also be combined as a double which is another popular option ahead of the tournament getting underway.

When the tournament itself rolls around, the focus will switch first of all to how well teams will fare in their resepective groups. There's the chance to bet on which teams will win each group and also who will qualify in second place. Such is the nature of the seedings is that there will usually be a clear favourite to win each group but there's also usually a 'group of death' where things are a little more tricky to predict. 

Another big market that you're sure to see a lot of marketing related to is England's stage of elimination. Expectations for Gareth Southgate's men are likely to be fairly low when they head over to Russia so the shortest priced option is the market is likely to be either the last 16 or quarter final stages. This will obviously be dependent on the group stage draw but nonetheless the more patriotic punter maye be inclined to have a little wager on the Three Lions ending all those years of hurt. 

The World Cup brings a whole feast of football over the course of a month. The finals themselves will actually see a total of 64 games so you can also delve in to a whole host of markets related to individual matches, including popular options such as:

  • First Goalscorer
  • Correct Score
  • Half-Time/Full-Time
  • Both Teams to Score
  • Total Goals Over/Under

Who will be the favourites?

Germany won their fourth title in Brazil in 2014 and as reigning champions, they will go to Russia as favourites. In the 2017 Confederations Cup, Die Mannschaft swept all before them to claim even more silverware and in qualifying they were the only side to boast a 100% record by winning all 10 of their games. The likes of Phillip Lahm, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Miroslav Klose have all retired but the Germans still look the team to beat. 

After the heartbreak of losing in the semi-finals on home soil, Brazil will be out to set the record straight in Russia. They dominated the South American qualifiers, finishing top of the standings whilst losing just one game in the process. New coach Tite has a fine record since taking charge in 2016 and when you look at a side consisting of Neymar, Gabriel Jesus and Philippe Coutinho going forward, you have to consider them as potential contenders. 

France are another side well worth considering when it comes to using a free bet on the 2018 World Cup. They went very close to winning the Euro's on home soil in 2016 and have almost an embarrassment of riches within their squad. Antoine Griezmann provided the spark up-front to lead them to the final of Euro 2016 and he'll be looking to follow up his top scoring salvo in that competition by replicating it on the world stage. 

Argentina with Lionel Messi and co. should not be dismissed despite their patchy qualification results whilst Spain, the 2010 champions, are also looking strong once again.