World Cup Betting

 

The 2018 FIFA World Cup is getting significantly closer with soccer fans around the world eagerly awaiting a month of top-class sporting entertainment.

The draw has been made, the groups have been decided and the head coaches are busy preparing for the tournament which gets underway in Moscow on June 14th.

Most online bookmakers in Canada have already priced up outright markets for the competition with France predictably dominating the betting. As we get closer to the tournament, a number of other options are likely to be added to betting sites including top goal-scorer and stage of elimination odds for each team involved. You can join thousands of soccer fans around the world and place your World Cup 2018 wagers right now to ensure you catch the early value!

BettingTop10 will be providing daily updates throughout the tournament including important team news, results, the latest betting odds and updated standings throughout the month-long soccer extravaganza. We’ll also bring you the best betting offers from Canadian betting sites to help ensure our readers make the most of the numerous free bets and enhancements which will be generously offered throughout the tournament.

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World Cup Odds

The 2018 World Cup odds are constantly fluctuating and the listed odds are correct at the time of writing.

Outrights

It’s been an interesting battle at the top of the betting between Brazil and Germany with the pair regularly swapping position at the top of the market. Germany are the holders and still look to have an extremely strong squad with plenty of options going forward whilst Brazil embarked upon an incredible qualifying campaign and have the influential Phillipe Coutinho and Neymar Jr in their side. Bodog Sports are currently narrowly favouring Germany, who are listed as 5.50 favourites in their World Cup futures markets with Brazil available at 6.00. France, who have an embarrassment in riches in the forward positions are next at 6.50 whilst Spain are always likely to the make the business end of the competition and can be backed at 8.00. Despite an almost-disastrous qualifying campaign, Sports Interaction still have Argentina fifth in the outright betting at 9.00.

Belgium and England, who have been drawn together in Group G will be hoping to both reach the latter stages of the tournament and are 12.00 and 17.00 respectively with William Hill.

Other markets

There are a number of outright markets which have already been priced up by the likes of Sports Interaction and 5 Dimes and these include ‘The Finalists’ which will require predicting the two teams who will compete in the showpiece event on July 15th 2018. This is a niche but hugely enjoyable market and can provide huge returns if correctly predicted.

It is possible to wager on a team’s stage of elimination and this is a really fun way to keep an interest throughout the tournament. Bet365 are the best online bookmaker this sort of proposition and they offer 5.50 for Spain to crash out of the tournament in the Semi-Finals whilst perennial Quarter-Finalists England are a much shorter 4.00 to leave Russia at the same stage once again.

One of the most popular betting markets at each International tournament is the Top Goalscorer market and there are a number of world-class players on show once again. Despite disappointing in 2014, Lionel Messi is predictably the favourite in this market and can be backed at 11.00 with 888Sport to net the most goals in Russia. His rivals include fellow La Liga star Cristiano Ronaldo who is priced at 12.00 and the hugely unpredictable but talented Neymar, who is currently 13.00 to have a prolific month.

Team with the Most/Fewest goals are fun markets for those who are looking for an alternative to the outright market and this is a great way of getting involved in the World Cup betting right now. France are predicted to net the most goals at 4.95 with Germany close behind at 5.25 following by Brazil 5.50. Panama lead the way in the team to score the fewest goals but will be hoping to surprise everyone on the International stage, they can be backed at 8.50 in a hugely competitive betting market.

Now that the groups have been confirmed, individual betting on each section is available with Bodog Sports who list Germany and Brazil both at 1.35 to prevail in their respective groups whilst Spain are a slightly chunkier 1.50. These are extremely short prices, but why not put them into an accumulator? If you fancy an outsider to spring a surprise and reach the knock-out stage, this is a great way of finding some value. Euro 2016 heroes Iceland are 12.25 to progress and will surely be a popular option for punters.

Alternative World Cup Markets

Some online betting sites in Canada have priced up a number of alternative markets which provide a decent alternative to simply betting on the outright market. These include:

Winning Confederation: Europe and South America tend to dominate this market but will the eventual winner be representing UEFA or CONMEBOL? These two confederations are usually short prices with the remainder of the market significant outsiders.

Group to Feature Tournament Winner: Those who fancy narrowing down the winner of the tournament can also predict which group the champion will emerge from. Section involving Germany and Brazil (Groups F and E) are predictably the shortest prices)

Team to Receive the Most Cards: There are always a few mistimed challenges flying in throughout the four months and punters at some Canadian bookmakers can predict which team will pick up the most cards during the event. This is usually a market which appears closer to the competition getting underway.

Top Assists: Who will set up the most goals at the tournament? 888Sport is one of the Canadian bookmakers who offer this market with Manchester City’s Belgian wizard Kevin de Bruyne joint favourite with Neymar at 11.00.

First Time Winner? Sports Interaction are amongst the online betting sites who offer odds on a first time winner of the tournament. There have only been eight sides who have previously lifted the trophy and with 24 teams vying for first time success, the 4.00 on ‘Yes’ is likely to attract a number of wagers this year.

World Cup Facts

There have been eight winners of the World Cup with Brazil holding the record, having lifted the trophy on five different occasions. Uruguay were the inaugural winners in 1930 but haven’t been successful since 1950. England, France and Spain can boast just one triumph each, in 1966, 1998 and 2010 respectively.

Other winners include: Germany, who are the current holders, Italy and Argentina.

Just Fontaine holds the record for most number of goals in a World Cup tournament having netted 13 times during the 1958 tournament. He averaged over two goals per game. Miroslav Klose holds the record for total number of World Cup goals with the German striking bagging 16 in total.

UEFA are the most successful Confederation in World Cup history, largely thanks to their recent dominance in the competition. CONMEBOL have had nine successes at the FIFA event with UEFA taking the remaining 11.

Brazil lead the way when it comes to most players sent off in a World Cup tournament with 11 in total. The South American side were always likely to be high up the list considering they’ve participated in every single competition since its inception. Argentina have received ten dismissals and are closely followed by Uruguay’s nine.

There are a number of players who have chalked up four assists at the World Cup with Argentina’s Lionel Messi on the list alongside Thomas Muller, Juan Cuadrado and Bastian Schweinsteiger. Michael Ballack and Kaka are close behind with three each.

Surprisingly, Germany have scored the most goals in World Cup history with 224 strikes ahead of Brazil and Argentina but they’ve also conceded the highest amount of goals with 121.

World Cup Prop Bets

There are always a number of World Cup prop bets available ahead of the tournament, many of which require accurate predictions of individual player or team performance. One notable example from the 2014 tournament was the 175/1 bet on Luis Suarez to bit an opponent. Several punters enjoyed a huge payout when the fiery Uruguayan sunk his teeth into Giorgio Chiellini’s shoulder.

More sensible props include ‘Kevin de Bruyne to claim three assists at the tournament’ and ‘Neymar to score and get sent off in the same game’.

World Cup Stadiums

There are 12 World Cup stadiums which are located throughout Russia and will be hosting regular games throughout the tournament. There are 65 games taking place in total and these will be distributed throughout the country with Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium playing host to both the opening match and final in 2018.

1.  Stadium Information: Luzhniki Stadium

City: Moscow

Capacity: 80,000 seats

Opening: 1956

About:This is the largest venue Will host the semifinal and final Saint Petersburg Stadium

City: Saint Petersburg


2. Capacity: 67,000 seats

Opening: 2017

About: will host the semifinal and third place

Fisht Stadium

City: Sochi


3. Capacity: 48,000 seats

Opening: 2013

Will host the quarter final

Ekaterinburg Arena

City: Ekaterinburg


4. Capacity: 45,000 seats

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

Kazan Arena

City: Kazan


5. 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


6. 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


7. Capacity: 45,000 seats

Opening: Under construction

Volgograd Stadium

City: Volgograd

Capacity: 45,000 seats

Opening: Under construction

Spartak Stadium

City: Moscow


8. Capacity: 42,000 seats

Opening: 2014

Kaliningrad Stadium

City: Kaliningrad

Capacity: 35,212 seats

Opening: Under construction


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