World Cup 2018 Schedule

World Cup 2018 Schedule

The announcement of the World Cup schedule is always something that has football fans from around the world salivating. The tournament will get underway on June 14 in Moscow but there is still plenty to be decided before the full line-up can be established.

We’ll provide a look at how the World Cup schedule is set to play out, with the event concluding on July 15 with the showpiece at the Luzhniki Stadium in the capital.

It’s a terrific time of year for sports fans, many of whom will dedicate their entire summer to catching every moment of the tournament and watching every single match live, and our guide will hopefully whet the appetite further.

Betting will also provide a huge interest in the tournament with many different markets available ahead of the commencement. The outright market is already available with a number of top Irish bookmakers and Germany are at the top of the betting ahead of Brazil and 2010 winners Spain.

How many matches will take place in Russia 2018?

In total, there will be 64 matches taking place, which will conclude with the final on July 15. There will also be a third-place playoff that will be hosted in St. Petersburg 24 hours earlier. The World Cup schedule begins with Group A which will feature the hosts Russia. They are led by coach Stanislav Cherchesov, who took over following a disappointing spell under Leonid Slutsky, who was subsequently appointed as Hull City manager in the English Championship.

There will be just one match taking place on the opening evening with the next Group A match getting underway the following day in Yekaterinburg. The World Cup schedule continues with two group B games later that evening.

When do the remaining Qualifiers for the tournament take place?

The full World Cup schedule cannot be determined until we know which nations are likely to be involved. The usual protagonists in the betting such as Germany, Brazil and France are all heavily predicted to feature prominently and they’ve all overseen successful qualifying campaigns so far.

In the South American qualifying group, all of the sides are pitched into a single standing with Tite’s resurgent Brazil nine points clear of the rest of the pack. They have Neymar in their ranks and he will be determined to land the Golden Boot at the tournament and is likely to be one of the favourites in the betting. Their recent results have been very impressive and their next fixtures arrive on September 1 and 5 before a mouthwatering clash with Chile at the start of October. The final set of matches in this group conclude on Tuesday, October 10.

European teams also still have four matches left to play as they compete for a place at the tournament. The September 1-2 fixtures are swiftly followed by a second set just four days later. The group deciders take place on October 6 and the 9. Once these have completed, the full World Cup Schedule and line-up can begin to take shape. The Republic of Ireland are currently level on points at the top of the group and one of their upcoming fixtures comes against joint-leaders Serbia on September 5.

Finally, the Asian qualifying group is extremely close to concluding, with just two matches left for each team to secure their passage to Russia 2018. It is make or break for the likes of Australia and Saudi Arabia, with the final couple of fixtures getting underway on August 31.

How will the schedule look?

The World Cup schedule will begin to take shape once the draw has taken place at the beginning of December in Moscow. All of the teams will be decided by this point and the excitement is ramped up significantly. More betting markets such as ‘To Finish Top/Bottom of the Group’ will also be priced up.

The first two games will be staggered before the third and final contests in each group will kick off concurrently to avoid any advantages or disadvantages.

There will be a two-day break between the conclusion of the group stages and the beginning of the knock-out competition. There will also be a short rest period between the quarter-finals, semi-finals and overall final.

It is set to be a terrific feast of football in Russia and fans all around the world cannot wait for kickoff in June.

World Cup 2018 Qualifiers

Times are listed according to the host country.

August 31st
Group Countries Local time Bet Now
Group E Uganda vs Egypt 16:00 Bet Now
Group A Guinea vs Libya 17:00 Bet Now
No Group Venezuela vs Colombia 17:00 Bet Now
Group B Thailand vs Iraq 19:00 Bet Now
No group Chile vs Paraguay 19:30 Bet Now
Group B Japan vs Australia 19:35 Bet Now
Group B Portugal vs Faroe Island 19:45 Bet Now
Group A China PR vs Uzbekistan 20:00 Bet Now
Group A Syria vs Qatar 20:00 Bet Now
No Group Uruguay vs Argentina 20:00 Bet Now
Group A Luxembourg vs Belarus 20:45 Bet Now
Group A France vs Netherlands 20:45 Bet Now
Group B Hungary vs Latvia 20:45 Bet Now
Group B Switzerland vs Andorra 20:45 Bet Now
Group H Belgium vs Gibraltar 20:45 Bet Now
No group Korea Republic vs Iran 21:00 Bet Now
No group Peru vs Bolivia 21:15 Bet Now
Group A Bulgaria vs Sweden 21:45 Bet Now
No group Brazil vs Ecuador 21:45 Bet Now
Group H Greece vs Estonia 21:45 Bet Now
Group H Cyprus vs Bosnia and Herzegovina 21:45 Bet Now
September 1st
Group Countries Local time Bet Now
Group E Ghana vs Congo 15:30 Bet Now
Group B Nigeria vs Cameroon 17:00 Bet Now
Group D Cape Verde Islands vs South Africa 17:30 Bet Now
No group USA vs Costa Rica 18:55 Bet Now
No group New Zealand vs Solomon Islands 19:35 Bet Now
No group Trinidad and Tobago vs Honduras 20:00 Bet Now
No group Mexico vs Panama 20:30 Bet Now
Group C San Marino vs Northern Ireland 20:45 Bet Now
Group C Czech Republic vs Germany 20:45 Bet Now
Group C Norway vs Azerbaijan 20:45 Bet Now
Group E Denmark vs Poland 20:45 Bet Now
Group F Slovakia vs Slovenia 20:45 Bet Now
Group F Malta vs England 20:45 Bet Now
Group A Tunisia vs Congo 21:00 Bet Now
Group C Morocco vs Mali 21:00 Bet Now
Group F Lithuania vs Scotland 21:45 Bet Now
Group E Romania vs Armenia 21:15 Bet Now
Group E Kazakhstan vs Montenegro 22:00 Bet Now
No group Brazil vs Ecuador 21:45 Bet Now
Group H Greece vs Estonia 21:45 Bet Now
Group H Cyprus vs Bosnia and Herzegovina 21:45 Bet Now

 

September 2nd
Group Countries Local time Bet Now
Group B Zambia vs Algeria 15:00 Bet Now
Group C Gabon vs Ivory Coast 17:00 Bet Now
Group G Albania vs Liechtenstein 18:00 Bet Now
Group D Serbia vs Moldova 18:00 Bet Now
Group I Finland vs Iceland 19:00 Bet Now
Group D Wales vs Austria 19:45 Bet Now
Group D Georgia vs Ireland 20:00 Bet Now
Group D Senegal vs Burkina Faso 20:00 Bet Now
Group G Spain vs Italy 20:45 Bet Now
Group I Croatia vs Kosovo 20:45 Bet Now
Group I Ukraine vs Turkey 21:45 Bet Now
Group G Israel vs Macedonia 21:45 Bet Now

 

September 3rd
Group Countries Local time Bet Now
Group B Faroe Islands vs Andorra 17:00 Bet Now
Group A Netherlands vs Bulgaria 18:00 Bet Now
Group A Belarus vs Sweden 19:00 Bet Now
Group H Estonia vs Cyprus 19:00 Bet Now
Group H Gibraltar vs Bosnia and Herzegovina 19:45 Bet Now
Group B Hungary vs Portugal 20:45 Bet Now
Group A France vs Luxembourg 20:45 Bet Now
Group B Latvia vs Switzerland 21:45 Bet Now
Group H Greece vs Belgium 21:45 Bet Now

 

September 4th
Group Countries Local time Bet Now
Group B Cameroon vs Nigeria 18:00 Bet Now
Group C Northern Ireland vs Czech Republic 19:45 Bet Now
Group F England vs Slovakia 19:45 Bet Now
Group F Scotland vs Malta 19:45 Bet Now
Group E Armenia vs Denmark 20:00 Bet Now
Group C Azerbaijan vs San Marino 20:00 Bet Now
Group A Libya vs Guinea 20:00 Bet Now
Group C Germany vs Norway 20:45 Bet Now
Group E Montenegro vs Romania 20:45 Bet Now
Group E Poland vs Kazakhstan 20:45 Bet Now
Group F Slovenia vs Lithuania 20:45 Bet Now

 

September 5th
Group Countries Local time Bet Now
No group Solomon Islands vs New Zealand 14:00 Bet Now
No group Colombia vs Brazil 15:30 Bet Now
Group E Congo vs Ghana 15:30 Bet Now
No group Honduras vs USA 15:36 Bet Now
No group Bolivia vs Chile 16:00 Bet Now
No group Ecuador vs Peru 16:00 Bet Now
Group B Iraq vs UAE 17:00 Bet Now
Group C Côte d'Ivoire vs Gabon 17:30 Bet Now
Group D Burkina Faso vs Senegal 18:00 Bet Now
Group A Qatar vs China PR 18:00 Bet Now
Group A Congo DR vs Tunisia 18:30 Bet Now
Group I Iceland vs Ukraine 18:45 Bet Now
Group D South Africa vs Cape Verde Islands 19:00 Bet Now
Group C Mali vs Morocco 19:00 Bet Now
No group Iran vs Syria 19:30 Bet Now
Group D Republic Of Ireland vs Serbia 19:45 Bet Now
No group Uzbekistan vs Korea Republic 20:00 Bet Now
Group B Australia vs Thailand 20:00 Bet Now
No group Paraguay vs Uruguay 20:00 Bet Now
No group Egypt vs Uganda 20:00 Bet Now
No group Costa Rica vs Mexico 20:05 Bet Now
No group Saudi Arabia vs Japan 20:30 Bet Now
Group B Algeria vs Zambia 20:30 Bet Now
No group Argentina vs Venezuela 20:30 Bet Now
Group D Austria vs Georgia 20:45 Bet Now
No group Italy vs Israel 20:45 Bet Now
Group G Liechtenstein vs Spain 20:45 Bet Now
Group G FYR Macedonia vs Albania 20:45 Bet Now
Group I Kosovo vs Finland 20:45 Bet Now
No group Panama vs Trinidad and Tobago 21:05 Bet Now
Group D Moldova vs Wales 21:45 Bet Now
Group I Turkey vs Croatia 21:45 Bet Now

 

October 6th
Group Countries Local time Bet Now
Group C Mali vs Côte d'Ivoire 19:00 Bet Now
No group USA vs Panama 19:35 Bet Now
Group D Republic of Ireland vs Moldova 19:45 Bet Now
Group D Georgia vs Wales 20:00 Bet Now
No group Costa Rica vs Honduras 20:00 Bet Now
No group Mexico vs Trinidad and Tobago 20:30 Bet Now
Group D Austria vs Serbia 20:45 Bet Now
Group G Spain vs Albania 20:45 Bet Now
Group G Italy vs FYR Macedonia 20:45 Bet Now
Group G Liechtenstein vs Israel 20:45 Bet Now
Group I Croatia vs Finland 20:45 Bet Now
Group I Kosovo vs Ukraine 20:45 Bet Now
Group I Turkey vs Iceland 21:45 Bet Now
October 7th
Group Countries Local time Bet Now
Group D South Africa vs Burkina Faso 15:00 Bet Now
Group E Uganda vs Ghana 16:00 Bet Now
Group D Cape Verde Islands vs Senegal 16:30 Bet Now
Group A Guinea vs Tunisia 17:00 Bet Now
Group B Nigeria vs Zambia 17:00 Bet Now
Group B Cameroon vs Algeria 17:00 Bet Now
Group B Faroe Islands vs Latvia 17:00 Bet Now
Group H Gibraltar vs Estonia 17:00 Bet Now
Group H Bosnia and Herzegovina vs Belgium 18:00 Bet Now
Group A Libya vs Congo 18:00 Bet Now
Group A Sweden vs Luxembourg 18:00 Bet Now
Group C Morocco vs Gabon 20:00 Bet Now
Group B Switzerland vs Hungary 20:45 Bet Now
Group B Andorra vs Portugal 20:45 Bet Now
Group A Belarus vs Netherlands 21:45 Bet Now
Group A Bulagria vs France 21:45 Bet Now
Group H Cyprus vs Greece 21:45 Bet Now
October 8th
Group Countries Local time Bet Now
Group E Denmark vs Romania 18:00 Bet Now
Group F Slovenia vs Scotland 18:00 Bet Now
Group E Poland vs Montenegro 18:00 Bet Now
Group F Slovakia vs Malta 18:00 Bet Now
Group F Lithuania vs England 19:00 Bet Now
Group E Egypt vs Congo 19:00 Bet Now
Group C Norway vs Northern Ireland 20:45 Bet Now
Group C Czech Republic vs San Marino 20:45 Bet Now
Group C Germany vs Azerbaijan 20:45 Bet Now
Group D Kazakhstan vs Armenia 22:00 Bet Now
October 9th
Group Countries Local time Bet Now
Group I Iceland vs Kosovo 18:45 Bet Now
Group D Wales vs Republic of Ireland 19:45 Bet Now
Group D Serbia vs Georgia 20:45 Bet Now
Group G Albania vs Italy 20:45 Bet Now
Group G FYR Macedonia vs Liechtenstein 20:45 Bet Now
Group G Israel vs Spain 21:45 Bet Now
Group D Moldova vs Austria 21:45 Bet Now
Group I Ukraine vs Croatia 21:45 Bet Now
Group I Finland vs Turkey 21:45 Bet Now
October 10th
Group Countries Local time Bet Now
No group Australia vs Syria TBD Bet Now
No group Honduras vs Mexico TBD Bet Now
No group Panama vs Costa Rica TBD Bet Now
No group Trinidad and Tobago vs USA TBD Bet Now
No group Brazi vs Chile TBD Bet Now
No group Ecuador vs Argentina TBD Bet Now
No group Paraguay vs Venezuela TBD Bet Now
No group Uruguay vs Bolivia TBD Bet Now
No group Peru vs Colombia TBD Bet Now
Group B Portugal vs Switzerland 19:45 Bet Now
Group A Netherlands vs Sweden 20:45 Bet Now
Group A France vs Belarus 20:45 Bet Now
Group A Luxembourg vs Bulgaria 20:45 Bet Now
Group B Hungary vs Faroe Islands 20:45 Bet Now
Group H Belgium vs Cyprus 20:45 Bet Now
Group H Estonia vs Bosnia and Herzegovina 21:45 Bet Now
Group B Latvia vs Andorra 21:45 Bet Now
Group H Greece vs Gibraltar 21:45 Bet Now

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