World Cup 2018 Betting Options
England qualified for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia after winning eight of their ten qualification games and finishing top of Group F ahead of Slovakia. Gareth Southgate’s side negotiated the group without too much trouble, chalking up 26 points with a goal difference of +15. The Three Lions were defensively impressive throughout and conceded just three goals during the qualification campaign with Scotland finding the net twice against them during their 2-2 draw.
2018 World Cup Betting Top Bookies
England are not amongst the favourites to win the 2018 World Cup and may find it tough against holders Germany who have been installed as favourites in the betting and have the squad depth to progress deep into the tournament. France and Brazil could also be tough for the Three Lions if the sides meet in the knock-out stages of the competition.
There are also the usual suspects in the shape of Argentina and Spain, who will be determined to add another football World Cup trophy to their collection.
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How to Bet
Betting on these events has never been easier, by simply signing up for one of the many quality outlets that are now present in the market. There will be thousands of options available across bookmakers’ websites, including Bet365, Ladbrokes and SkyBet.
It’s fairly simple technology across the board whether you’re using a desktop PC, tablet or phone. The World Cup betting website in question will likely have the football World Cup advertised on its front page. However, if it does not then you can enter via the football odds or soccer betting tabs located on the side of the page.
With the draw for the tournament now completed, and the World Cup schedule ready, anticipation levels for the World Cup will quickly snowball. If you have a tip for the winners, finalists or even the last four, there will be plenty of options available.
Where to Bet
You cannot go wrong when betting on the FIFA football World Cup as there will be a plethora of options available through a long list of bookmakers. Tracking the best deals will be key as bookies will be aiming to entice new users, so be on the lookout for the best offers, which usually include free bets and enhanced odds.
You can find the top 10 betting sites on our site, with William Hill and Paddy Power offering solid markets for England. Most of the bookmakers will tend to have similar markets, although if you’re after specific or prop bets it might be worth waiting to just before when the action begins to get a better sample size, with the two aforementioned bookies offering World Cup betting odds on the winners at present.
The primary market is the FIFA World Cup winners, although there is always the chance to bet on single games, or even the Golden Ball winner. Betting on the eight group winners and second-placed teams is another enticing option, which in the past has sprung up surprises such as Spain’s failure to progress from their group in 2014.
If you want to be very gutsy betting on the entire group set of fixtures can be made once the World Cup schedule is known – or even just the first, second or third round. An accumulator is an excellent way to ramp up your odds, and the addition of cash-outs with most bookmakers could make it a fruitful endeavour. Make sure to check you can perform the action before betting!
Before the competition begins there will also be stages of elimination. Taking England, for example, the second round looks a possibility after their Euro 2016 demise.
Is this the year for England? The quality of football under Southgate – since he replaced Sam Allardyce last year – has been much-improved in qualifying. Draws in friendly games against Brazil and Germany were another positive step, but whether the Three Lions can continue their form at the tournament remains to be seen.
Dele Alli and Harry Kane’s partnership will be the driving force of any charge for the World Cup. They are England’s best two players right now and almost inspired Tottenham to the Premier League crown last season.
If they improve their standard of performances against stronger teams in the Champions League and continue to enjoy success, there’s no reason why they could not do the same at international level. However, it will need a special effort from all concerned to guide England over the line.
Their recent performances at major tournaments have been dismal. Competing with the likes of Germany, France, Brazil and Argentina will be a tough task and one that could be beyond Southgate’s men. As a result, favouring the usual suspects rather than and outsider could be worthwhile.