World Cup Odds 2018
Ireland’s FIFA World Cup odds may have taken a battering thanks to a poor run in the 2018 qualifiers, but that doesn’t mean you should give up on the competition just yet. Even if the Tricolour isn’t waving high in Russia in the summer of 2018, there’s plenty of action for you to sink your teeth into when you open our World Cup betting hub.
Using our unique position in the football betting industry, we’re able to pool the best odds from the leading bookmakers throughout the world’s most watched sporting competition. Indeed, as more than 3.2 billion viewers tune in to see who will win, you can get the latest and greatest odds right here.
Whether Ireland’s odds are long or short, we’ll make sure you can point, click and get the best betting lines throughout the World Cup. From the outright winner and top scorer to the media’s Golden Ball pick, we’ll give you the best odds all day, every day.
Understanding Our World Cup Odds
World Cup odds are simply a way of expressing the likelihood of an event happening in numerical form. Now, it’s important to add the caveat is that odds are only a bookmaker’s perception of how an event will go down. In short, it’s their opinion. Now, this opinion is based on a myriad of factors, including:
- Previous form
- Recent results
- The players in a team
- The playing conditions
- The venue and more…
Any savvy bookmaker will review every variable ahead of a World Cup match and then come up with XX is this likely to win while YY is this likely. Once the odds makers have made their assumptions, they will put a number to it. These numbers are what you’ll see when you scroll through the betting pages of partner sites such as Betfair and Paddy Power.
These numbers actually have a dual function. In one sense they tell you how likely a team is to win (in a bookmaker’s opinion). In another sense, they refer to amount you can receive based on your stakes. In basic terms, when you see odds such as 5/1 and 2/1, the latter will be designated as the favourite (i.e. more likely to win) because the figure on the left is closer to one.
This rule also holds true if you see odds of 9/2 or 10/3. In situations like this, you simply need to divide the number on the left by the number on the right. The figure you’re left with can then be linked to 1 i.e. 9 divided by 2 = 4.5/1 and 10 divided by 3 = 3.33/1.
As well as indicating the potential likelihood of an event occurring, odds tell you your potential return. If an event is listed as 5/1, that means you have to stake €1 to receive a profit of €5. Basically, everything is based on the difference between the left and right numbers.
Who Are the Favourites to Win the World Cup?
OK, if we assume the Republic of Ireland won’t be front runners for the FIFA football World Cup in 2018, who are the top dogs? Well, at this stage, Paddy Power has the following outright odds:
- Germany = 5/1
- Brazil = 13/2
- France = 7/1
- Spain = 9/1
- Argentina = 9/1
For the Republic of Ireland fans among you, the boys are currently rated at 150/1 for the World Cup.
World Cup 2018 Teams: Who to Look Forward To
When the 2018 World Cup kicks off on June 14, 2018, in Russia, 32 teams will be in the mix. With 32 days to see who can come out victorious, the games will be coming thick and fast during the early stages.
As we’ve said, the teams listed above are among the betting favourites, but who else could be in the mix? Well, the following nations will probably be there or there abouts when the Jules Rimet starts to gleam:
- The Netherlands
Beyond the Odds: Get the Latest World Cup Information
Odds without information are no good to anybody. Because of this, we’ve made it our mission to bring you the latest news from the World Cup. From Ireland’s qualification exploits to the start of the competition itself, we’ll give you all the updates you need to stay on top of the action
Indeed, it doesn’t matter if you’re joining us via your desktop or mobile, our World Cup betting hub will provide a one-stop-shop for everything to do with the competition. In fact, with our regular updates and daily odds, you shouldn’t any issues get more value from the 2018 World Cup than ever before.