World Cup 2018 Betting

The World Cup 2018 Winner is France

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WC winnersMost online bookmakers in the UK have an extensive range of World Cup 2018 odds and markets available and it’s a great chance for punters to put their bets. Ante-Post markets are plentiful and they range from the ‘Outright Winner’ through to the ‘Top Goalscorer’. Thousands of UK football fans have already placed their World Cup 2018 fancies and we’ve got all the details on how you can join them.

BettingTop10 is providing daily updates throughout the tournament including information on the key team news, injuries, results, group standings as well as offering the latest betting odds for each of the important clashes. We are also bringing you the best betting offers from UK betting sites to help ensure you can find the best value and take advantage of the best free bets throughout the tournament.

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World Cup Betting Markets

There are hundreds of different markets available and UK betting sites are constantly adding to them.

There is so much variety and more betting possibilities than ever before. Sites such as 888Sport have already priced up each game whilst William Hill allow players to predict which teams will win and many other markets to be on.

Here at BettingTop10, we recommend taking time to look through the different markets which will enable you get ahead of the crowd.

The outright market has been particularly competitive with France and Croatia. Have you place your ante-post selection yet?

World Cup Betting Odds

World Cup Odds

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


William Hill currently have France as the favourites at 5/1 with Joachim Low’s side aiming to become the first side to win successive World Cups since 1962. They beat Argentina in the 2014 final and could have eight players in their starting line-up who possess a World Cup winners medal. They don’t appear to be any weaker and have upcoming stars such as Leon Goretzka and Timo Werner, who will provide some extra energy and unpredictability to their side..

888sport have France at 9/2 and this is the biggest price available on the South American side. The 2002 winners sailed through qualification and were the first team to book their place at the tournament. They’ve been dealt an easy-looking group and will be popular in the outright betting market.

10Bet have France at 10/1 with Didier Deschamp’s side packed full of talent and looking like real contenders. The 1998 winners couldn’t get over the line in Euro 2016, losing out to Portugal but they will fancy their chances of making amends in Russia.

888sport list France as the favourites for the tournament at 9/1 with La Roja possessing a number of experienced heads and watertight defence which will be difficult to penetrate. They have drawn in Group B alongside near-neighbours Portugal.

Other Markets

Predicting the winner of the tournament is not for everyone and there are lots of great alternative markets available for those who prefer to look at different aspects of the competition.

Top Goalscorer is always a very interesting market and the aforementioned Lionel Messi has been installed as the 10/1 with 10Bet. He is closely followed in the market by fellow La Liga star Cristiano Ronaldo and the highly unpredictable Neymar who is 11/1 with 10Bet. This bet requires your chosen player to outscore all of the other competitors at the tournament so looking for a side who will progress to the latter stages is always advised.

For punters who fancy a team to progress to the latter stages but aren’t convinced that they will complete the job done can explore the ‘To Reach the Final’, ‘To Reach the Semi-Finals’ and ‘To Reach the Quarter-Finals’ markets. This would only require a team to make it to the final two/four or eight and bets will be paid out before the end of the tournament. The favourites, France are 7/2 to reach the final with Bet365.

The aforementioned Teams to Score the Most Goals/Fewest Goals are other options available for World Cup 2018 punters.

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Favourites Teams to Win the 2018 World Cup

Favourites to Win the 2018 World Cup

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Alternative World Cup Markets

There are more markets available to UK punters than ever before and we take a look at some of the alternative options.

First Time Winner: A small amount of UK online betting sites now 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 possibility of a first time winner is an exciting prospect and is around 6/1.

Group to Feature Tournament Winner: If you wish to narrow down the winner of the tournament, you can also predict which group the champion will come from. Decent prices are still available for these as the majority of the biggest teams were seeded and have been drawn in different groups.

Winning Confederation: Europe and South America tend to dominate this market and that is expected to continue in 2018. Will the eventual winner be representing UEFA or CONMEBOL? These two confederations are usually short prices and dominate the market.

Team to Concede the Most Goals: There are some defensively susceptible teams in the tournaments and sides such as Iran and Panama are priced up prominently in this market. Look for a side who have been dealt a tough draw and find themselves in a section with one of two free-scoring teams.

Team to Receive the Most Cards: There are bound to be a few moments of indiscipline and a few meaty challenges flying in! Some UK bookmakers have markets available on which team will collect the most bookings throughout the tournament.

Top Assists: Who will set up the most goals at the tournament? UK betting sites such as 888Sport have already formed this market and there are a number of creative players listed who should all have a huge impact on the tournament.

World Cup Predictions

World Cup Predictions

William Hill’s odds predict that France will narrowly edge out Croatia in the final with the sides priced at 9/2 and 5/1 respectively. Sportingbet have priced France at 6/1 giving them a terrific chance to gate-crash the party.

All of the UK online bookmakers are predicting Lionel Messi to bounce back from a disappointing 2014 World Cup and he is rated as a 10/1 chance with NetBet, 10Bet and 888Sport to finish as the tournament’s top goal-scorer.

The bookmakers also gave England a good chance of making the quarter-finals. The Three Lions were disappointed after exiting at the group stage in Brazil but usually reach the last eight and a standout.

Croatia and France are widely tipped by the bookmakers to make it through to the semi-finals.

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World Cup Prop Bets

World Cup Prop Bets

There are always a large number of prop bets ahead of any tournaments with the likes of #YourOdds from William Hill, it’s easier than ever before to place audacious and exotic bets on the event.

One Previous example was a wager on Luis Suarez to bite an opponent at the 2014 World Cup. This payed out when he gnawed on the shoulder of Chiellini during Uruguay’s group stage match with Italy.

More sensible prop bets could include ‘Harry Kane to score the most goals and get the most bookings’.

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World Cup Facts

World Cup Facts

Before we leave you to enjoy the best World Cup betting action in the UK, here are a few facts to whet your appetite:

  • Almost 50% of the world’s population watched the 2010 World Cup final.
  • There were no football World Cup events in 1942 and 1946 because of World War II.
  • Brazil has played in every World Cup since it started in 1930.
  • The first ever FIFA World Cup goal on July 13, 1930, by France’s Lucien Laurent.
  • The current FIFA World Cup Trophy will need to be upgraded or changed in 2038 as it will run out of space for the winners’ names.
  • Despite the tournament having been in existence since 1930, there have only ever been eight winners of the World Cup. Brazil hold the record, having lifted the trophy on five different occasions. Uruguay were the inaugural winners in 1930 but haven’t been successful since 1950. Germany were the 2014 winners and knocked our in this World Cup.
  • UEFA are the most successful Confederation in World Cup history, largely thanks to recent wins in the competition. CONMEBOL have managed nine successes at the FIFA event.
  • The record for highest number of goals in a World Cup tournament goes to Just Fontaine. He netted 13 times during the 1958 tournament and averaged just over two goals per game. Miroslav Klose holds the record for total number of World Cup goals with the German striking 16 times in total.
  • Germany have scored the most goals in World Cup history with 224 and this leaves them narrowly ahead of Brazil and Argentina but they’ve also conceded the highest amount of goals with 121.
  • Lionel Messi may be one of the favourites in the top goalscorer market but he’s also leading the way in the assist charts having chalked up four so far at the World Cup. He’s listed alongside Thomas Muller, Juan Cuadrado and Bastian Schweinsteiger. Michael Ballack and Kaka had three each.
  • Brazil can lay claim to having the most players sent off in a World Cup tournament with 11 in total. The South American side have competed in more tournaments than any other side which helps explain this figure. Argentina have received ten dismissals with Uruguay suffered nine.

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World Cup Stadiums

World Cup Stadiums

There are 12 stadiums being used throughout the World Cup 2018 and they are spread across Russia. A number of them are already being used for Premier League matches whilst others have been specifically built for this event. There are 65 games taking place in total with the opening game and the final both being played at the Luzhniki Stadium.

Stadium List:

  • Luzhniki StadiumCity: Moscow

Capacity: 80,000 seats

Opening: 1956

This is the largest venueWill host the semifinal and final


  • Saint Petersburg StadiumCity: Saint Petersburg

Capacity: 67,000 seats

Opening: 2017

Will host the semifinal and third place


  • Fisht StadiumCity: Sochi

Capacity: 48,000 seats

Opening: 2013

Will host the quarter final


  • Ekaterinburg ArenaCity: Ekaterinburg

Capacity: 45,000 seats

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


  • Kazan ArenaCity: Kazan

Capacity: 45,000 seats

Opening: 2013

Will host a quarter final

  • Nizhny Novgorod StadiumCity: 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 ArenaCity: Rostov-on-Don


Capacity: 45,000 seats

Opening: Under construction

  • Samara ArenaCity: Samara


Capacity: 45,000 seats

Opening: Under construction

Will host a quarter final

  • Mordovia ArenaCity: Saransk


Capacity: 45,000 seats

Opening: Under construction

  • Volgograd StadiumCity: Volgograd


Capacity: 45,000 seats

Opening: Under construction

  • Spartak StadiumCity: Moscow


Capacity: 42,000 seats

Opening: 2014

  • Kaliningrad StadiumCity: Kaliningrad


Capacity: 35,212 seats

Opening: Under construction

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