World Cup Bets 2018 – Outright / Group Winner & Golden Boot Odds

World Cup Bets

Everything is prepared now for the 2018 World Cup, which is being hosted by Russia. With the draw having been made, all the participating teams know what they will be facing in the group stage. They will also perhaps be able to plan a little further ahead and see who potentially they could be meeting in the play off stages of the competition.

It is important to look at the fixtures not only in the group stage, but when it comes to who the team you are thinking about backing for glory, it’s good to be aware of who they could potentially run into after the first stage of action. If for example, the team you are backing is going to bump into Brazil in the round of sixteen most likely, that selection may warrant further consideration.

The World Cup is a feast of summer football and of course, it brings with it some major quality international football betting. Here we look at some of the most popular markets and provide our tips for World Cup 2018 betting.

Outright Winner

Thirty-two teams may be entering the fray at Russia 2018, but it is likely that you are really only picking from a four-nation field. Who are they? Germany, Brazil, Spain and France. You would expect all of them to be knocking around the semi final berths. But imagine if those four strongest teams all did, who is likely to come out on top? Germany who won the title four years against Argentina are the 9/2 favourites* (betting odds taken at 8:50 p.m. on April 5th, 2018).

They are going to be a major threat once again with such a good, well-knit and dynamic group of players. They are as good, if not better than they were four years ago. Their biggest challenger is likely to be Brazil who are bursting at the seams with talent and they will be hoping that their star man Neymar will remain fit throughout the entire tournament. However, looking at the two, while the Selecao can boast a strong starting eleven, Germany unquestionably have more depth in their squad.

World Cup 2010 winners Spain look back to being at their very best once again and it wouldn’t be a huge surprise, looking at them, if they are sitting on top of the world once again. They are oozing class and are a little sharper and direct than their style of play was eight years ago. They could have a star on their hands in striker Isco who could them to something special once again. They have every chance of being in the picture.

It’s hard to see a weak spot with Spain at the moment but then the same came be said of France in terms of talent. They have great variety and strength to call on from the bench, as well as world-class players in every department from Antoine Griezmann up front to Hugo Lloris between the sticks. Spain and France aren’t a bad Each Way bet in the outright winner market at Bet365.

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)


Group Winner

This is a great market and quite a valuable one too because it generally isn’t too hard to pick out the group toppers. Brazil, France and Germany look the clearest cut of the group winners. It’s a little harder to call other groups, like Group G where England and Belgium are, and Group B which has Spain as favourites but will face a challenge against Portugal.

Argentina haven’t been in great form and could be under threat from Croatia, while host nation Russia are looking pretty poor and there is every chance that Uruguay will beat them to the punch in Group A. The most wide open of the pools is Group H with Poland, Senegal, Colombia and Japan.

Group Qualification

If you are looking for just a bit more security in your group betting, then you’ll want to dip into the To Qualify market. Naturally strong teams in easy groups aren’t going to be value, but you can sort of get a picture in most of the 2018 World Cup groups as to who is likely to muscle their way through to the knockout stage. There’s enough value here, even in looking at teams like England, Switzerland and Senegal to qualify who aren’t necessarily favourites to win their groups. Basically, you are looking at the groups who have only one stand out strong side because it’s then mostly a two-way scrap for the second spot (not factoring in the group outsider).

Golden Boot

This is a market which always incites a lot of pre-tournament interest and one that does not always necessarily land at the feet of an out and out striking superstar. Who would have picked out James Rodriguez four years ago? Thomas Muller eight years ago? Davor Suker in 1998? Oleg Salenko in 1994? Salvatore Schillaci in 1990? The 2014 World Cup is blessed with tremendous forward talent, with the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, Neymar, Edinson Cavani, Gabriel Jesus, Isco, Luis Suárez, Sergio Aguero and England’s main man Harry Kane.

As Argentina aren’t looking great it’s worth opposing Messi who is the 9/1 favourite at bet365* (betting odds taken at 8:50 p.m. on April 5th, 2018). A fit Neymar would be a more viable option as Brazil play a much more attacking and open game than their South American rivals do. If he is fit, then at 10/1 odds* (betting odds taken at 8:50 p.m. on April 5th, 2018) in the bet365 Top Goalscorer market, the Brazilian is well worth considering. Picking a main striker from a team who is likely to be in the semi finals at least is a solid strategy.


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