Another summer treat of sixty-four top international matches squeezed into one month? Yes, the World Cup is back with the 2018 edition from Russia and this will be the highlight of the summer and the action kicks off on June 14th with the hosts taking on Saudi Arabia in Group A. You can go to any online bookmaker right now and enjoy plenty of World Cup odds, taking in everything from the Outright Winner market through to the Golden Boot winner at Russia 2018.
While the thrills and spills are happening out on the pitch, there will be just as much excitement off it, as punters look to have their own World Cup success by picking up some nice profit off of winning bets.
Outright Odds* for the World Cup 2018
(betting odds taken on July 2nd, 2018 at 9:32 a.m.)
One of the great ways to get the most out of your betting is to go shopping around for some World Cup odds
. Remember the important rule that you are not limited to just having an account with one bookmaker, you are able to register for many and then just pick the one with the best odds for your particular market option
when it comes down to it. As usual with World Cup betting, jumping on some bets before the tournament kicks off should lead you to some bigger ante-post value in prices.
So to the betting markets in World Cup 2018 odds
. The most popular one is the outright winner market
because everyone wants to be right in this one and basically you have a 1 in 32 shot at being right. Truthfully though, looking at 2018 World Cup betting odds
, things are a lot narrow than that. Even though this looks to be a pretty wide open edition of the World Cup from joint-favourites Germany and Brazil
through to the likes of England and Portugal out in double figures, the winner is only like to come from a handful of teams entering the competition.
Here you can compare the odds for world cup outright bets as well as prices for individual World Cup matches:
Best prices for World Cup 2018 Outright Winner
Best prices for the upcoming World Cup Matches
It is the reigning World Champions Germany and Brazil
who are trading as 9/2 joint-favourites in World Cup Odds
* (betting odds taken on March 15th, 2018 at 3:32 a.m.) with bookmaker Bet365
. There hasn't been anything to split them, while tracking behind them come France, Spain and Argentina
as single figure options. Will Les Bleus be able to live up to their huge potential, or will the Red Fury fire again to put Spine back on top of the World?
Will this be the World Cup where Lionel Messi
really makes his greatest impact of all for Argentina? Argentina are stacked with talent without a doubt, but they had their struggles in qualification. What of England's chances
? Can Gareth Southgate end the recent spate of poor showings by the Three Lions at major tournaments? Can European Champions Portugal
go better and land the World Cup?
World Cup betting markets are so extensive that you can already look far beyond just the Outright Winner category with your online bookmaker. World Cup odds on the Group markets
are of great interest, as this can return some quick profit from your Russia 2018 betting. There usually aren't too many surprises in the groups, simply because of the seedings and how the draw is made, and you can consider the likes of Brazil, Germany and France as bankers in group betting, and throwing them into an accumulator could return even more profit.
There are couple of really interesting groups with Iberian rivals Portugal and Spain
scrapping it out in Group B while there is another big European showdown between England and Belgium
in Group G. There will be high pressure on host nation Russia to qualify given that they have been drawn in a fairly easy looking group against Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Uruguay. Make a correct call on the tighter groups, even in forecasts and you can find some nice profit for yourself.
One of the other most interesting, but one of the more difficult to call of the World Cup markets, is the top goalscorer field
. There are so many World Class strikers around that the tournament will be blessed with, but it is Argentina star Lionel Messi
has been at the head of the market as the outright favourite at a price of 9/1
* (betting odds taken on March 15th, 2018 at 3:32 a.m.). He will get his chances, especially with Argentina being in an easy group to start off with. Brazil will be hoping that Neymar
is fit and ready to lead the challenge for the Selecao and he is the current 10/1 second favourite.
England's goal scoring hopes rest on the shoulders of Harry Kane
, while you have the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo
, Antoine Griezmann
, Timo Werner
, Romelu Lukaku
, Thomas Muller
, Robert Lewandowski
, Edinson Cavani
, Luis Suarez
and Sergio Aguero
all at the tournament. The race for the Golden Boot at the World Cup 2018 looks as if it is going to get pretty intense.
A slightly safer market in comparison to picking an outright winner is the "To Reach Final" markets
. Odds in here will be shorter than picking an outright winner, simply because there is more of a safety net, not having to actually go on and win the tournament. But even safer value can be found in the "To Reach Semi Final' market
where you can back the stronger challengers to be. If picking teams out of 32 still sounds like a tough call, remember that you will only really be selecting from a small list of top nations.
Hoping England go far? Well, there is nothing wrong with a patriotic bet from the heart though, and you can look at England Team Specials
. So take the time now to look around at the bookmakers, and make the most of some early FIFA World Cup 2018 odds
* 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!