World Cup 2018 odds at Betvictor9th June 2018 / lee
The opening fixture of the 2018 World Cup sees host nation Russia take on Saudi Arabia on June 14. The is the curtain raiser to the month-long tournament and while neither of them are likely to go all the way and win the tournament outright, could there be an upset happening? Given that now Russia are the lowest ranked side of all 32 participants in the tournament according to new FIFA listings, it may give rise to the occasion of backing the underdogs Saudi Arabia to the least avoid defeat in the game.
A Saudi Arabia double chance in World Cup 2018 odds at Betvictor is at 2/1 odds* (betting odds taken from June 7, 2018 at 6:24 p.m.). That would be something of an exciting start to the tournament but what about the front-runners in the World Cup 2018 outright winner market? What will they be facing in their opening fixtures at Russia 2018.
Spain versus Portugal – June 15 at 7 PM
This is one of the highlight matches of the first round of the group stage with the two Iberian neighbours going at it. This is in Group B and it is going to be seen as being a group decider even though it is the opening game of the group. With Morocco and Iran to come afterwards, this should be the game that settles who wins this particular group. It is Spain who are 5/6 favourites* (betting odds taken from June 7, 2018 at 6:24 p.m.) in World Cup 2018 odds at Betvictor to win the game, with Portugal, who are the reigning European champions, at 7/2 odds* (betting odds taken from June 7, 2018 at 6:24 p.m.).
The last time Spain and Portugal met was in the 2012 European Championships a game which Spain won on a penalty shootout after a 0-0 draw. The Spaniards dominate the head to head against their neighbours as they are 16-6 ahead with 13 draws from previous meetings. It may be a tight opener though as both teams have failed to score in each of the last five meetings between the pair.
France versus Australia – June 16 at 11 AM
France will be expected to get off to a flying start in a 2018 World Cup campaign as they face big underdogs Australia. France are 1/5 odds-on in World Cup 2018 odds* (betting odds taken from June 7, 2018 at 6:24 p.m.) at Betvictor to get the match win and it should be routine for them. The French have such powerful squad and have so many options and quality of depth that they should power their way through this and it will likely be with a clean sheet as well.
Australia made hard work of qualifying for the World Cup, failing to win their AFC qualification group which sent them through a tough playoff round against Syria which was only settled in extra time in the second leg, and they made their way past Honduras in the inter-Confederation play-offs. It is unrealistic to expect them to produce anything against the French in this opener.
Argentina versus Iceland – June 16 at 2 PM
It will be so interesting to see how Argentina handle themselves against plucky Iceland in their World Cup 2018 opener. Argentina are one of the five sides heading to Russia 2018 trading in single figures in the World Cup outright winner market at Betvictor. But they did have their issues in front of goal during World Cup 2018 qualification which would just raise a little bit of doubt about them even though they can boast the likes of Lionel Messi and Sergio Aguero up front. They aren’t a particularly prolific side despite the talent that they have.
Iceland proved at their fantastic Euro 2016 campaign wasn’t just a one-off fluke as they went out and won their qualification group for the 2018 World Cup ahead of Croatia. That was a great feat for Iceland who are taking part in their first ever World Cup and they will show up with their usual round of resilience and grit and unbreakable team spirit. Will they be able to perhaps frustrated point out of the Albiceleste? The draw is trading at 18/5 odds in World Cup 2018 odds* (betting odds taken from June 7, 2018 at 6:24 p.m.) at Betvictor. This should be really interesting clashed in what is likely to be a tight Group D which also contains Croatia and Nigeria.
Brazil versus Switzerland – June 17 at 7 PM
Brazil are 4/11 odds* (betting odds taken from June 7, 2018 at 6:24 p.m.) to win their opening fixture of the tournament which could also end up being their toughest. A win in the game should set up the Selecao for a comfortable ride through to the knockout phase of the competition. Brazil will then go on to face Costa Rica and Serbia. The South Americans are the outright favourites to win the World Cup outright and anything less the maximum points out of this fixture would be a huge surprise.
Switzerland put together a solid qualification campaign to reach the World Cup-winning nine of their 10 games, but the level of opposition in their group wasn’t very high at all. Three times before Switzerland and Brazil have gone head-to-head and from those previous meetings, things are actually even with one win each and the one drawn fixture. The very first meeting that they had was at the 1950 World Cup which ended in a 2-2 draw. The other two meetings both international friendly fixtures.
Germany versus Mexico – June 17
Germany will get one of their tricky group games out of the way in their opener against Mexico to open up with. Germany are 4/9 in World Cup 2018 odds at Betvictor to win this game. Germany, of course, will want to come out strong and stamp some authority on the group and considering that they are the reigning world champions and are right up there alongside Brazil at the head of the outright winner market, then it’s reasonable enough to issue that they will complete the job by getting three points out of this.
Mexico had a good qualification campaign winning their Confederation with some ease really. Mexico generally turn up to a tournament plenty of energy and they have a great sequence going of qualifying from the group stage of the World Cups. But this is a tough opener for them and El Tri doesn’t look to be carrying too much of an attacking threat with them and they may find hard to bring down a tough German defence.
World Cup 2018 outright winner odds at Betvictor*
* (betting odds taken on June 6, 2018 at 4:03 a.m.)
The World Cup 2018 top goalscorer market at BetVictor shows just what wealth of talent there is at the summer tournament. Which of the leading contenders in the race to finish the tournament as the top goalscorer will open their account in the first round of group stage games? Looking at the games that the leading contenders in the outright winner market will have on their hands in the opening round it is France perhaps who could make the biggest opening impact as they face up to Australia. So that should give their star man Antoine Griezmann a good chance of opening his account and getting up and running in the Golden Boot race. It is Argentina’s Lionel Messi who is the outright favourite in World Cup 2018 odds at Bet Victor in the top goalscorer market.
World Cup 2018 top goalscorer odds at Betvictor*
Lionel Messi 8/1
Antoine Griezmann 12/1
Cristiano Ronaldo 12/1
Harry Kane 14/1
Timo Werner 14/1
Gabriel Jesus 16/1
Romelu Lukaku 16/1
Thomas Muller 20/1
Edinson Cavani 25/1
Luis Suarez 25/1
Sergio Aguero 25/1
Diego Costa 25/1
Robert Lewandowski 33/1
Kylian Mbappe 33/1
Olivier Giroud 40/1
Radamel Falcao 40/1
Mohamed Salah 40/1
Eden hazard 45/1
* (betting odds taken on June 6, 2018 at 4:03 a.m.)
Along with all the match betting is going to be coming your way at Russia 2018, don’t forget all the wonderful submarket betting that will be available each match ahead of kick-off like, any time goalscorer, over/under 2.5 goals. Layered on top of that will be even more options through Betvictor live in-play options on all of the World Cup 2018 matches.
Also don’t forget other markets available beyond the main staples of the outright winner and the top goalscorer, and there are plenty of great options available when you break the tournament down into the group stage betting. There is a big month of football betting ahead get planned, get organised and enjoy the experience.
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* All mentioned odds were valid at the time of writing. Betting odds are subject to fluctuations. Please check the current odds with the respective bookmaker!
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