World Cup 2018 Betting

World Cup Final

Monday, July 16

croatiaCroatia

vs

FranceFrance

at 01.00 a.m – Luzhniki Stadium

Croatia 4.50 | Draw 3.25 | France 1.90

 
Match Predictions | Other Bookmakers

 

 



The soccer tournament will feature 32 national teams in the World Cup Group Schedule, including 31 national teams that were determined through qualifying competitions along with the host team that automatically qualified for the World Cup.

Of the 32 teams, a total of 20 teams will make back-to-back appearances after the last edition of the World Cup tournament in 2014. Panama and Iceland will both be making their first appearances at the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Bettors can look forward to 64 match ups that will be played in 12 different venues situated in 11 cities.

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The 2018 Soccer World Cup is right around the corner and Bettingtop10 has you covered in this ultimate betting guide. The action kicks off on Thursday, June 14 with the opening clash between Russia and Saudi Arabia. All the groups are set with 32 countries involved.

Most Australian sports betting sites have odds available for the World Cup already. Some of the future betting markets include World Cup winner, picking the two final teams, group winner and more.

In this World Cup betting guide, we will provide expert predictions and tips for finding a winning bet. We’ll also update this guide with the latest odds and betting markets available at Australian betting sites.

World Cup Betting Our Way

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If you’re eager to bet on the 2018 World Cup then get in early to receive the best odds!

Currently there is a number of future markets available for betting. Firstly, you can bet on the overall winner before the Cup even starts. Otherwise, if you’re looking for an underdog, betting before the Cup will gather the best odds. Teams such as Argentina, Belgium, England and Portugal are well priced at the moment. But their odds will shorten as they progress throughout the tournament.

Another betting market is the top goalscorer for the World Cup. Strikers such as Neymar, Messi and Ronaldo are expected to compete for this award. Other betting markets include betting on teams to qualify from a group, group winner, team to reach the final, team to reach the semi-finals or quarter-finals.

All the Latest World Cup Odds

As the World Cup starting date approaches, the potential for odds fluctuation is high. This could be due to injuries per team or results from International friendlies before the tournament.

In Russia 2018, the Germans are the main favourites to win the World Cup. They’re the current champions from 2014 and their squad is always strong. They have played impressively well in the last few World Cups so it is hard to bet against them. In terms of odds, they are currently paying $5.75 at Unibet and $5.50 at most other popular Australian betting sites. France and Spain are the next favourites, however they both have challenging group draws. The French have to play against Denmark and Peru which both rank inside the top 12. While for Spain, they’ve been drawn against their arch rivals – Portugal. Argentina is next in the betting and you can’t rule out a side with Messi up front.

Brazil $5.50 (Bookmaker.com.au)

France $7 (Bet365)

Belgium $13 (Ladbrokes)

England $19 (Centrebet)

Uruguay $26 (Bookmaker.com.au)

Russia $41 (Centrebet)

There is currently seven teams under the $2 mark. So there is value for Portugal ($2.25) and Poland ($3.50) for the 8th spot. The semi-finals odds provide more value as it’s a harder bet. But the reward is worth it. The reach the final odds almost double in value compared to the semi-finals and this is again dominated by the favourites. In general, it’s tough for a team outside the top 8 to reach the final so it’s recommended to bet on the favourites. 

In the group betting markets, you can bet on the winning team per group or the two teams to qualify in each group. Picking the winning team per group is a tougher bet compared to betting on two teams to qualify and this is reflected in the odds. But in the end, most of the favourites are paying under $1.10 to quality per group so it’s better to bet on the winner. Such as Brazil is $1.30 to win Group E at Sportsbet . Another popular betting market is the top goalscorer. The likes of Neymar from Brazil and Lionel Messi from Argentina are the main favourites. They both can’t be split at CrownBet as they are paying $10.

 

Winning Confederation

UEFA $1.38

CONMEBOL $3.10

CAF $67

CONCACAF $81

AFC $101

(CrownBet)

Group to feature Tournament winner

Group F $4.75

Group E $5

Group B $5.50

Group C $5.75

Group D $6.50

Group G $6.50

Group A $16

Group H $19

(CrownBet)

Will there be a 1st time winner?

No $1.27, Yes $3.80 (CrownBet)

Soon to be posted by the bookmakers:

  • Number of goals
  • Team to receive most Cards
  • Top Assists
  • Team to score most goals
  • Team to concede most goals
  • Best finishing position

BettingTop10 World Cup Predictions

In Group A, Uruguay and Russia are expected to compete for the top position. So there is value in that group and it will likely come down to the match between Uruguay and Russia. With home field advantage, Russia is a good value bet.

Group B is an interesting one as Spain and Portugal were drawn against each other. They are both expected to qualify, it just depends on which team will finish first. Spain has performed better at the World Cup in the last few years so they are the safe bet. But Portugal is better value in the odds.

France is the favourite in Group C but this is one group that could surprise the World Cup with an upset. Denmark and Peru are ranked inside the top 12 FIFA rankings. So they can challenge France. But in the end, France should just win this group.

Argentina should comfortably win Group D against three middle of the pack teams. They made the final in 2014 and have a strong squad.

Group E is expected to be dominated by Brazil and we can’t see otherwise. The battle for second will be interesting between Switzerland and Serbia. We would take Switzerland.

In Group F, Sweden and Mexico will likely compete for second place. Mexico would be our pick.

Group G is fairly even between Belgium and England for the top two spots. England has won just one of their last 7 World Cup matches. So an underdog team like Tunisia is a team to watch in this group. Belgium should win Group G.

Group H looks to be the most even based on predictions as Japan is still a 24% chance to qualify. Poland would be the best bet to finish first as currently rank 7th in the world. Colombia should also qualify as they rank 13th in the world.

The world Cup winner prediction

They both have easy group matches and should receive an easier passage to the final.  They have an impressive World Cup record and they’ll be hard to stop in 2018.

quarter final odds

In the markets to reach the Quarter finals at Bet365, Brazil, and France are all paying $1.50. They would be safe bets in our predictions for the Cup. There is a chance of underdogs reaching this stage so don’t fear teams over $2 such as Portugal, Uruguay and Poland.

semi finals odds

The Semi Finals markets are similar to the Quarter finals with Brazil and France at $2.20 (Ladbrokes). Spain and Argentina are the next best bets around the mid $2 mark. It’s hard to see a team outside of the top 8 making the semi-finals so it’s recommended to bet on the top teams.

The final odds

To reach the final, we are backing Spain and Brazil to face off for the 2018 World Cup title. They are both paying $3.50 to reach the final at Ladbrokes.

Top Goal scorer odds

For top goalscorer, there is value for the German pair of Timo Werner ($17) and Thomas Muller ($26) at Bet365. Lionel Messi is the favourite at Bet365 ($10) and will be hard to stop around the goals. Neymar is paying value at Bet365 for $11. However, he just suffered an ankle injury and that will be something to monitor come June.

World Cup Betting Tips

Regardless of whether you’re betting on the Socceroos or another FIFA World Cup team, you need to follow a set of basic principles. Although the odds will change and form will come and go, the following tips should stand you in good stead however the action is flowing:

  • We’re Here to Help: The only reason we’ve created a World Cup 2018 betting hub is so you can get more out of the event. It doesn’t matter if you’re a seasoned pro or a novice, our betting hub provides a great way to catch up with the latest results, learn a bit more about the best bets and find the most lucrative odds and offers. Basically, the information is all here, so don’t be afraid to use it.
  • Take It Slow: Don’t blow your roll in the first few days of the 2018 FIFA World Cup. There will be 32 days of action and multiple matches per day when the tournament kicks off in Russia, so be prepared to take things slow. Indeed, it’s often the case that the best Aussie online sportsbooks save their best odds and bonuses until the knockout stages.
  • Collect the Best Bonuses: We’ve already told you that United AU will be giving you $80 free when you sign up, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg. When the World Cup 2018 finally kicks off, there will be dozens of daily offers for you to claim. From no lose bets and enhanced final odds to accumulator deals, you can unlock a ton of added value when you check out our partner sites.

The World Cup 2018 Schedule

When the World Cup kicks off in Russia on June 14, 2018, the world will be watching. So that you can stay in touch with the event from this side of the world, we’ve listed the general schedule below. Using this, you can plan your betting activities each day as the 32 teams play for a place in the final:

  • Group Stages = June 14 to June 28 x4 matches per day
  • Round of 16 = July 30 to July 3 x2 matches per day
  • Quarterfinals = July 6 X2 matches and July 7 x2 matches
  • Semifinals = July 10 and July 11
  • Third Place Playoff = July 14
  • Final = July 15

other Predictions

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  3. Preview of each country

World Cup facts

List of all World Cup winners:

Year Team
1930 Uruguay
1934 Italy
1938 Italy
1950 Uruguay
1954 West Germany
1958 Brazil
1962 Brazil
1966 England
1970 Brazil
1974 West Germany
1978 Argentina
1982 Italy
1986 Argentina
1990 West Germany
1994 Brazil
1998 France
2002 Brazil
2006 Italy
2010 Spain
2014 Germany

Most number of goals in a WC

German striker Miroslav Klose holds the record with 16 goals from 2002 to 2014.

Which confederation has won the most WC

UEFA countries have won the World Cup on 10 occasions.

 The records for assists (the player)

Thomas Muller (4), Bastian Schweinsteiger (4), Juan Cuadrado (4) and Lionel Messi (4)

 The team that scored the most goals in a WC

Hungary scored 27 goals in the 1954 World Cup.

The team that received the most goals in a WC

16 by South Korea in 1954.

At William Hill, you have the ability to bet on prop bets for the World Cup. This is called their “BuildABet” feature. As the World Cup draws closer, other bookmakers will offer similar bet types such as Sportsbet’s BYO markets.

Stadiums

Russia 2018 will feature 13 different stadiums throughout the country. Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow holds the largest amount of seats (80,000) and therefore will host the World Cup final on July 15. It was opened in 1956 and is one of the oldest Soccer stadiums in Russia.

Opening match: Luzhniki Stadium

Final: Luzhniki Stadium

 

Luzhniki Stadium

City: Moscow

Capacity: 80,000 seats

Opening: 1956

This is the largest venue

Will host the semifinal and final

 

Saint Petersburg Stadium

City: Saint Petersburg

Capacity: 67,000 seats

Opening: 2017

Will host the semifinal and third place

 

Fisht Stadium

City: Sochi

Capacity: 48,000 seats

Opening: 2013

Will host the quarter final

 

Ekaterinburg Arena

City: Ekaterinburg

Capacity: 45,000 seats

Opening: Built in 1957 has been redesigned for the World Cup

 

Kazan Arena

City: Kazan

Capacity: 45,000 seats

Opening: 2013

Will host a quarter final

 

Nizhny Novgorod Stadium

City: Nizhny Novgorod

Capacity: 45,000 seats

Opening: Built between 1955 and 1956 has been redesigned for the World Cup

Will host a quarter final

 

Rostov Arena

City: Rostov-on-Don

Capacity: 45,000 seats

Opening: Under construction

 

Samara Arena

City: Samara

Capacity: 45,000 seats

Opening: Under construction

Will host a quarter final

 

Mordovia Arena

City: Saransk

Capacity: 45,000 seats

Opening: Under construction

 

Volgograd Stadium

City: Volgograd

Capacity: 45,000 seats

Opening: Under construction

 

Spartak Stadium

City: Moscow

Capacity: 42,000 seats

Opening: 2014

 

Kaliningrad Stadium

City: Kaliningrad

Capacity: 35,212 seats

Opening: Under construction

Additional World Cup Facts

To help get you in the mood for the next World Cup, we’re going to leave you with a few interesting facts. Once you’re done reading these, we’d suggest checking out the rest of our World Cup coverage as well as the latest deals on our partner sites:

  • Australia didn’t enter the World Cup between 1930 and 1962.
  • The 1974 World Cup in Germany was the first time the Socceroos played in the main event.
  • To date, the 2006 World Cup was the best performance by an Aussie Team (they reached the Round of 16).
  • Australia’s biggest ever world cup qualifier win (as of 2017) was 31-0 against American Samoa.
  • The current Jules Rimet trophy will need to be upgraded or changed in 2038 as it will run out of space for the winner’s names.
  • Australia’s first match will be against France, and the last time they met in 2003, France won 6-0. Let’s hope the Socceroos can turn those scores around.
  • Also in Australia’s group is Peru, who are returning to the World Cup for the first time since 1982.
  • 30% of the World Cup finals have been won by the host nation.
  • This is the first time since 1958 that Italy has failed to qualify for the tournament. They are one of the eight previous winners not taking part in the 2018 World Cup.


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