Tips & recommendations World Cup 2018

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Four years never seems to take a long time to come around, not when there is the matter of a World Cup. The 2018 World Cup will keep punters happy and on the edge of their seats during the summer. The big kick off is set for June 14th with host nation Russia taking on the challenge of Saudi Arabia in the Group A opener.

What kind of impression will the host nation make? Can they shake off some relatively poor form to make a good run in the tournament? Seven matches are all it takes to win the World Cup, but in the harsh light of day, even that sprint feels like a football marathon.

But the build-up to the World Cup is the valuable time for your football betting, as you can look towards some great ante-post prices. The most popular market, of course, is the Outright Winner and the latest edition of the world’s greatest football tournament has four strong challengers who are expected be knocking on the door of success.

Reigning champions Germany are the 9/2 outright favourites at bet365* (betting odds taken at 8:31 p.m. on April 5th, 2018) to get their hands on the title in Russia on July 15th when the Final will be played. Their main threat according to World Cup betting odds are Spain, France and of course, Brazil.

This could be a big tournament for the Germans who would pull level with Brazil as the most successful nation in the history of the World Cup with five wins if they are successful. Four years ago the Germans humiliated the Brazilians 7-1 in the semi finals. The Germans are so good at tournament football and have a powerful young squad at their disposal once again. But there should be fireworks to come from Brazil who aren’t short of talent.

From Philippe Coutinho to Neymar and Gabriel Jesus, the Brazilians can really light up Russia 2018 and they will be keen to put the nightmare of four years ago behind them. With an easy group stage campaign, they will quickly shorten in odds. Brazil are the only non-European nation to win a World Cup when it has been hosted in Europe (winning at Sweden 1958).


Winner Odds*

Germany 9/2, Brazil 4/1, France 13/2, Spain 6/1, Argentina 10/1, Belgium 11/1, England 18/1, Portugal 25/1, Uruguay 33/1, Croatia 33/1, Colombia 40/1, Russia 40/1, Poland 50/1, bar 100/1* (betting odds taken at 7:46 p.m. on April 5th, 2018)

Spain have been looking like a growing force once again on the World Stage and they are looking very good value at 6/1 odds* (betting odds taken at 8:31 p.m. on April 5th, 2018) to go all the way and repeat their 2010 success. La Roja laid down a huge show of dominance by hammering Argentina 6-1 in a friendly in March 2018. Their slick style of play could once again get them close.

France, the 1998 World Cup winners have a tremendously talented squad. They have the scoring power and creative midfield strengths and they boast one of the best keepers in the world in Hugo Lloris. They have more strength in their squad, more options available than perhaps anyone else in the tournament. They are much more than just a strong starting eleven. They have all the tools in place to make a real shot at winning this and the front four in World Cup betting odds look pretty evenly matched.

Thirty-two hopeful nations will kick off the tournament and only one will be left standing on July 15th when the final whistle is blown on the competition. When looking at outright odds for your 2018 World Cup betting, it is always worth remembering that realistically, if you are considering a team who are in double figures, then you are already looking at a dark horse.

Anything beyond the teens and you are simply looking at long shots. A lot of big nations fell into the latter in ante post World Cup betting prices, like England, Belgium, Uruguay and Portugal. Competitive some of those teams may be, but tough perhaps to see them making the grade in terms of winning the tournament outright.

So while patriotic bets are par for the course when it comes to the FIFA World Cup, always bet with your head and not your heart. England are 18/1 odds* (betting odds taken at 8:31 p.m. on April 5th, 2018) for a reason. Portugal may have the world’s best player in Cristiano Ronaldo and they may be reigning European champions, but at 25/1 shots, it’s unlikely that they are going to get within touching distance of the famous Jules Rimet trophy.

There’s nothing wrong with having an exciting dark horse bet of course, but you are probably going to be better served in backing the teams in the chasing pack for a Stage of Elimination wager as opposed to outright. Most punters will be eying up Belgium and Argentina as the dark horses this time around.

The group stage of Brazil 2018 is where the bulk of the betting is going to be done and where a lot of value is. Dip into those Group Winner and To Qualify markets, especially in the groups where things aren’t so clear-cut. Group B houses both Spain and Portugal for example, while in Group D England and Belgium will be going head to head for supremacy.

Wide open groups like Group A which has Russia, Uruguay and Egypt may offer value in the To Qualify Market if you were to say back Mo Salah’s Egypt to progress. At the end of the day, the tournament will probably be taken by one of the big guns. Those who can step up when it matters most, having the ideal blend of skill, grit and an ace-up-their-sleeve in the form of a genuine match-winner.

One quick word about World Cup 2018 match betting. Never overlook the value that can be found with live in-play betting. Whenever there is not enough value in an outright market for a game, such as when Brazil take on Costa Rica. Raise those live in-play windows, sit back and enjoy a whole host of new markets getting opened up to try and pick up some extra value while judging the flow of the game.

Thirty-two teams. 12 venues. 64 matches. Be patient, look for value and grab as much of it as you can in the ante-post markets.


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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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