World Cup 2018 Odds
When the FIFA World Cup rolls around in 2018, what’s the one thing that will be even more abundant than goals and questionable tackles? That’s right – odds. Throughout the 2018 World Cup, the leading online bookmakers will be flooding their pages with betting lines on any and all outcomes.
2018 World Cup Betting Top Bookies
Naturally, with such much going on in the football betting around over the coming months, it won’t be easy keeping up with the latest news, action and World Cup odds. Fortunately, that’s why we’re here to help. Inside our dedicated World Cup betting hub, you’ll find all the best odds from our partner sites.
Understanding Our World Cup Odds
In simple terms, football betting odds refer to how likely a bookmaker thinks an event is to occur. The “how likely” sentiment is represented by a figure that also indicates the amount you stand to win if your pick is correct.
For example, if you check out one of our top partners, Sky Bet, you’ll notice that the site’s odds makers believe Germany are most likely to win the 2018 World Cup. How do we know this? Simple – because the odds have been set at 9/2, which is a shorter price than the next placed team, Brazil (5/1).
Breaking Down the Odds
There are two points that need to be addressed here. In terms of the financial stake and subsequent reward, the number on the left is what you stand to win when you invest an amount equal to the number on the right. In the above examples, you’d win £9 if you bet £2 on Germany and £5 if you wagered £1 on Brazil.
This brings us on to our second point – which team is more “likely” to win in the eyes of the odds makers? The easiest way to think about this is that the closer a number on the left is to 1, the better a team’s perceived chances are. In the case of France, the bookies think they have a 1 in 6 chance of winning the FIFA World Cup.
In contrast, Germany has a 2 in 9 chance. But we thought you said the number closest to 1? In situations where the number on the right isn’t 1, you simply divide the number on the left by the one on the right 1. Put simply, when you divide 9 by 2, you get 4.5. This, as you can see, is closer to 1 than 6. So, in this instance, Germany are the betting favourites.
How the Odds Are Set
Now, it’s important to note that the odds don’t dictate the action i.e. just because the bookies have picked out a favourite, it doesn’t mean that team will definitely win. In reality, World Cup odds are based on a variety of factors, including: previous form, recent results, fixtures, squads, venues and a myriad of additional factors that could affect a team’s performances such as the weather. The great thing about this is that you can actually do your own research and then use our odds options to make the best picks possible.
Who Are the Favourites to Win the World Cup?
Now you know what the odds mean, we can start to unravel who the potential winners and losers might be at the 2018 World Cup. Taking a looking through some of the top bookmaking sites – NetBet, William Hill and Ladbrokes – the following teams standout as potential winners:
- Germany = 9/2 favourites
- Brazil = 5/1
- France = 11/2
- Spain = 13/2
- Argentina = 8/1
For the England fans among you, the Three Lions are currently out at 20/1 for the World Cup.
World Cup 2018 Teams: Who to Look Forward To
Russia will welcome 31 teams to the 2018 World Cup, which means there will be 32 nations competing for glory. The action kicks-off on June 14, 2018, as the hosts face Saudi Arabia in the opening game.
There will be eight groups containing four teams in each, with the seeded teams who are most likely to progress to the next stage listed below:
Beyond the Odds: Get the Latest World Cup Information
Perhaps the most important thing about betting on the World Cup is staying in touch with the latest new, results and team reports. Having a constant flow of odds is great, but if you’re reading through our pages without a clue about what’s happening on the pitch, the numbers will be useless.
We don’t want you to miss out on anything, which is why we’ll be posting updates throughout the tournament. As well as keeping you in touch with the latest goings on, our information pages will keep you engaged with the tournament from start to finish.