2018 World Cup Outright Winner Odds

Football fans are always keen to place their bets in plenty of time ahead of a major tournament and a popular bet among punters is the outright market – World Cup Winner. The outright market is always the most popular way of betting and most online betting sites in the UK will have these priced up as soon as the qualification process has been confirmed. Here at BettingTop10, we take a closer look at the World Cup 2018 outright market.

Which team will win the 2018 World Cup is a topic which will be discussed throughout a number of workplaces and pubs across the country and many punters choose to put their money where their mouth is when it comes to selecting a winner of the tournament.

2018 World Cup Winners Odds

Many of the world’s footballing powerhouses will feature in the tournament and it looks set to be a fascinating battle between the favourites in the outright market. Each online bookmaker will provide their odds in accordance to each country’s chance of lifting the Jules Rimet Trophy and comparing the different prices is a great way of finding the extra value in the outright market. Our table compares the latest outright betting odds from the best online betting sites in the UK.

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How the 2018 World Cup Outright Market Works

The outright market is one of the simplest to understand and it is simply a case of predicting the 2018 World Cup winners. This requires your selected team to progress through each of the rounds and triumph in the final. The various stages of the tournament will undoubtedly throw up a few challenges and very few outright selections land without a few scares along the way.

Group Stages

Sides have been drawn into groups of four (A-H) and the top two from each of these sections will progress to the next round. Every side will play each other once at a pre-selected venue in Russia. If two teams are tied on points at the end of the group stage, the team who have scored the most goals will progress.

Knock-Out Rounds

Teams who progress from the group stage will be drawn against one another in the knock-out rounds. For example, the winner of Group A vs the runner-up of Group B. These are staged as one-off 90 minute fixtures with the winner progressing through to the next round. If it’s a draw, an additional 30 minutes will be played. A penalty shoot-out will follow and this can be one of the cruellest ways to watch your outright selection exit the competition.


Similar to the knock-out rounds, these will feature the final eight teams left standing in the competition and may be decided in extra time or by a penalty shoot-out.


There is a huge prize at stake each of the four sides who have been consistent enough to progress to the semi-finals. The two winners will book themselves a place in the World Cup final whilst the remaining two will compete in a third-place play-off.


This showpiece event which takes place on the 15th July will help determine who will be the 2018 World Cup winners. It can be heart-breaking for the opposition but if you’ve backed the winner, it can be a hugely triumphant occasion. Each-Way bets will pay first two places (1/2 odds) so if you’ve backed a bigger-priced side and they’ve reached the final, it can still be a lucrative outcome.

World Cup Predictions

Brazil and Germany have been jostling for favouritism in the outright market but the South American side have to be favoured to land their sixth World Cup title. They have been exceptional under coach Tite and they will be determined to put a torrid 2014 tournament behind them. The Samba Boys have got a decent probability of becoming the 2018 World Cup winners and with stars such as Neymar, Phillipe Coutinho and Gabriel Jesus, they possess plenty of ability.

Germany are the current holders and coach Jochim Low has signed a new contract to remain in the dugout. They will be chasing Brazil all the way and have a terrific record in this competition. The Germans are constantly developing new talent and have a squad blessed with ability.

France have the greatest strength in depth with players such as Antoine Griezmann, Paul Pogba, Kylian Mbappe and Ngolo Kante all at their disposal. Les Blues reached the final of Euro 2016 and they always progress deep into these competitions. Didier Deschamps must find a way of keeping his squad content during the month-long event but they have a great chance of reaching the latter stages.

Argentina had a poor qualification campaign and almost didn’t make it to the tournament. Lionel Messi is a talisman though and he can significantly change a game. He is likely to help guide his side to the latter stages of this tournament and alongside talented players like Angel Di Maria and Sergio Aguero, they shouldn’t be short on creativity.

2010 World Cup winners Spain are also likely to provide a threat. Their team may be ageing but they have a number of new players coming through and with the likes of Isco and David Silva, they are always going to create plenty of chances.

There are a number of outsiders who could potentially reach the final of the tournament including Portugal, who were excellent at the Euros in 2016. Poland have the prolific Robert Lewandowski and aren’t afraid to pour forward whilst Sweden, who knocked Italy out in the qualifiers should not be underestimated.

Things to Consider

It is incredibly easy to place an outright bet on the World Cup 2018. Every online betting site will have a huge number of markets but the outright is always the most popular. Once you’ve placed your bet, simply sit back and wait for the tournament to get underway on June 14th.

Before placing a wager on the tournament, always study a team’s potential route to the final. If you can plot their fixtures, this will help narrow down the field. If your side is likely to face France and Spain en-route to the final, it might be best to over-look them. If you are looking for a potential 2018 World Cup winner, it is best to find a team who will face easier opposition in the round of 16 and quarter final stages.

NEVER bet on a team if there are any signs of disharmony in the camp. If there have been rumours of a dressing-room divide or one player has been sent home or forced to train individually, this isn’t good for morale and can be a sign of a negative atmosphere.

Some teams are brilliant in qualifiers but consistently fail to perform in tournaments and this mind-set can be difficult to shift. This is something else to consider.

Other Possible Bets

There are a number of tournament bets which can be placed with the majority of online betting sites. Group Winner markets are always popular and can be ideal for accumulators. This requires correctly predicting a side to finish top of their respective group. Most of the bigger sides will finish on top however some groups contain one or two bigger sides (Belgium and England / Spain and Portugal) and they can provide real value in this market.

Top Goalscorer markets are always extremely popular and can be intrinsically linked to the outright betting. If a side is expected to progress to the final, their strikers will have more opportunities to find the back of the net. Gabriel Jesus and Lionel Messi are extremely popular in this market as Brazil and Argentina will be expected to reach the final four.

World Cup punters can also predict the stage of elimination for each individual side. Some teams routinely exit at the Quarters stage and huge prices are available for narrowing it down. These markets allow bettors to predict whether sides will make it out of the group stage, to the semi-finals or even to reach the final.

Interesting World Cup Winner Facts

There have been eight different winners of the World Cup with Brazil having been victorious on five different occasions. Their last success came in 2002. Uruguay were the first champions and they added a second in 1950.

Brazil were the last side to win successive World Cups when they wrapped up back-to-back tournaments in 1958 and 1962. Germany will be aiming to end that record in Russia. Italy are the only other side to have secured back-to-back successes at the World Cup.

Five World Cup finals have needed extra time or penalties to separate the two sides including 2010 and 2014 with both games finishing 0-0 after 90 minutes.

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