From a betting point of view, betting on the World Cup winner is the most popular. In the 2018 World Cup in Russia, France have the best final odds followed by France. This is no big surprise since they are also the top two ranked FIFA teams in the months leading up to the tournament. The odds for the World Cup winner will change up to and during the tournament depending on how that team is doing.

Knock Out Stage

2018 World Cup Winner Odds

France has the best odds to win the 2018 World Cup and below is a full list of the teams in the tournament and their odds to win it all.

sports interaction
betway sports

Why should Croatia win the World Cup?

Croatia are often underestimated and dismissed as a team that could make it to a World Cup final but punters do that at their own peril. This proud footballing nation have always been known for working together as a unit but also having star players to provide that extra quality when needed. That makes them dangerous and gives them a fighting chance of going all the way. In ’98 it was Golden Boot winner Davor Suker inspiring Croatia and twenty years on, it’s Luka Modric. The Real Madrid playmaker is one of the finest passers in world football and has the ability to single-handedly drive the Croatians forward. Modric also gives his team and nation belief and that is the most sought-after trait needed to win a World Cup. Bet365 have Croatia at odds of 7.00 to win the World Cup.

Why should France win world cup?

This French team have all the required attributes needed to win a World Cup. They are solid at the back and dangerous going forward, which makes them hard to prepare for and then play against. Deschamps has made them far from one dimensional and the French coach knows exactly what it takes to win a World Cup final as he led the national side to victory on home soil twenty years ago.

Teenage sensation Kylian Mbappe is one of the hottest prospects in world football and with the youngster leading the line, France won’t lack for goals, creativity or pace. Another of the strengths the French possess is that their dominant midfield is able to dictate the pace of the game and in doing so wrestle the upper hand back when under the pump. Very few teams are able to decide how quickly they will play but France are one of the fortunate few that can. William Hill has Les Bleus at 7/2 to win the World Cup and repeat their heroics of 1998.

How It Works

As stated before the finals odds bet is an easy one to make simply pick a team you think will win the tournament and if they win you get paid out. You have to wait until the group stages are over and then the knockout rounds until the finals. You can make many other bets while the tournament is going on and in your winner bet you have to wait until the tournament is over. No matter how much the winner odds change up to and during the tournament you are locked in on the odds that you receive when you place your bet.

The Contenders

The teams with the top five betting odds 2018 World Cup are  France, Argentina, Spain and Belgium. They are not only the favourites, but each is also the favourite to advance out of the groups. France have won the most World Cup trophies, and France is coming off a 2016 European Championships win, which they won on their soil. Longshots don’t win the World Cup, and the betting odds reflect that.

How to Bet the Winner

As stated before, in order to bet on the World Cup winner you need to find a legitimate sportsbook such as Bodog and Sports Interaction and look at the odds for the winner. Pick the team that you think will win and make that bet. If the team that you picked in the finals odds bets wins the tournament, you will be paid out. The odds will change for teams during the tournament depending on how they are performing and how they do even before so for the same reason as well as others such as key injuries. For example, if a team has good betting odds 2018 World Cup and they lose their first group match their odds will likely go down, or if a key player is injured in a friendly or in their league before the World Cup, then their team’s odds may go down as well. You can make the finals bet even through the groups and even the knockout stages. The odds will change for teams and the ones that you received when you made a bet are the ones you are locked in on.

Other Bets

While the finals odds bet is one of the most popular outright World Cup bets there are many others. From betting on individual matches to what team will advance to the quarterfinals and semifinals, there is no lack of betting options. There are bets you can make on teams as well as individual players such as which player will be the top goal scorer or which player will win the Golden Ball for the best player. You can bet on the group winner and the overall winner to which team from their respective qualifying region, i.e. Asia, Europe, will have the best showing. Proposition bets are also aplenty during the World Cup in both team and player wagers. Find the best odds possible for you bet you want to make to get the best payout.

Interesting World Cup Facts

  • France has the most World Cup titles with five followed by defending champion Germany with four.
  • Only eight countries have won the World Cup with those including Brazil, Italy, Germany, Argentina, England, Uruguay, Spain and France
  • Brazil, Germany, Italy, Argentina, and Uruguay have won the World Cup at least twice.
  • Holland has been to the finals three times but has lost every time.
  • The last three World Cup finals have gone to extra time.
  • Germany’s Miroslav Klose (2002–2014) is the player who has earned the all-time top scorer in the finals with a total of sixteen goals.
  • Just Fontaine of France has the record for the most goals ever scored in a World Cup game with thirteen in 1958.
  • Mário Zagallo of Brazil and Franz Beckenbauer of West Germany are the only people to have won the World Cup as both manager and player.