The 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia begins on June 14th, 2018, and until July 15th, 2018, the best 32 national soccer teams from all over the world will decide who will become the world soccer champion. These teams earned their places through qualifying rounds, and at the final tournament, they will play in the round-robin group stage divided into eight groups. The top two teams from each group will advance to the knock-out stage starting from the Round of 16, so after 64 games in total we'll find out who will lift the FIFA World Cup Trophy.
Watched by billions of people, the FIFA World Cup is the most interesting sports event for many bettors worldwide, as there is plenty of betting options during the tournament, but also way before it starts.
Brief History of the FIFA World Cup
The FIFA World Cup is the quadrennial international soccer tournament established in 1930 when the first championship was held in Uruguay with just 13 entrants and hosts as the first-time winners after a 4-2 victory over Argentina in the final match. The next one in Russia will be the 21st FIFA World Cup in the history, as only on two occasions the World War II interrupted the process and the sixth in a row with 32 teams in the final draw. Brazil is the most successful nation with five World Cup titles, while the defending champions Germany and Italy both have four trophies apiece. Only five more teams managed to beat the FIFA World Cup so far – Argentina and Uruguay with two titles each, and Spain, France, and England all with one trophy apiece.
|1974||West Germany||West Germany||Netherlands||Poland|
|2002||South Korea / Japan||Brazil||Germany||Turkey|
Since 1982 FIFA rewards the best individuals of the World Cup tournament establishing a Golden Ball Award for the best player, and the Golden Boot Award for the top goalscorer, while in 1994 FIFA inaugurated a Golden Glove Award for the best goalkeeper of the tournament. At the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, the organizer will have an award for the best young player, too, whilst the best eleven of the tournament will be picked up by an online pool. Each World Cup has it's own stars and heroes, as it's a perfect opportunity for one player to prove his quality, and this summer in Russia, we'll see some of the greatest players in the history of soccer such as Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, and Neymar, so the bettors and soccer fans can expect to see plenty of moments to remember.
|Year||Golden Ball||Golden Boot|
|1982||Paolo Rossi||Paolo Rossi|
|1986||Diego Maradona||Gary Lineker|
|1990||Salvatore Schillaci||Salvatore Schillaci|
|1994||Romario||Oleg Salenko and Hristo Stoichkov|
|2006||Zinedine Zidane||Miroslav Klose|
|2010||Diego Forlan||Thomas Muller|
|2014||Lionel Messi||James Rodriguez|
FIFA World Cup Betting Options
The FIFA World Cup offers numerous options and markets to the bettors, and we can split it into two different sections – betting on games and betting on the outrights. Betting on games means the bettors can choose between standard soccer odds (three-way, totals, spread, both teams to score yes/no etc.) on each game of the FIFA World Cup, and it is the most common way of laying bets, as the bettors try to nail the winner, the number of goals scored in the match or which team will manage to score in the game.
On the other side, betting on the outrights implies plenty of markets on each team's achievements at the World Cup along with the odds on potential winners of FIFA's awards. The outrights are quite popular among the bettors, as they can pick up the potential winner of the FIFA World Cup, predict the winners of each group, top two and the bottom-placed teams, bet on how far will each team reach or how many points it will earn in the group phase.
2018 FIFA World Cup Latest Odds
We'll start with the outrights and show you the latest odds on the 2018 FIFA World Cup Winner, along with the markets on a Golden Boot and Golden Ball winners, while the bettors should check out all remaining odds as some of them are available only before the beginning of the World Cup. However, we can expect to see some odds changes shortly before the start or during a tournament, depending on eventual results, injuries, and performance, so let's see who are bookies' favorites to win the 2018 FIFA World Cup at this moment.
2018 FIFA World Cup Winners Odds
|Brazil +400||Germany +450||Spain +600|
|France +650||Argentina +900||Belgium +1100|
|England +1800||Portugal +2500||Croatia +3300|
|Uruguay +3300||Colombia +4000||Russia +4000|
|Poland +5000||Switzerland +10000||Denmark +10000|
|Mexico +10000||Sweden +15000||Egypt +15000|
|Serbia +20000||Senegal +20000||Peru +20000|
|Iceland +20000||Nigeria +20000||Japan +30000|
|Australia +30000||Morocco +50000||Iran +50000|
|Costa Rica +50000||Tunisia +75000||South Korea +75000|
|Saudi Arabia +100000||Panama +100000|
We notice six strong contenders to win the 2018 World Cup in Russia, including the defending champions Germany, while only Belgium out of these six sides has never won the World Cup Trophy. Brazil is set as the biggest favorite by the bookmakers due to a pure quality in the squad, and Selecao will have a huge motive to win the title after a disappointing performance on the home soil four years ago.
Germany and Spain are both exceptional teams with plenty of talent among their squads, while France is arguably the strongest side on paper here. Argentina probably has the weakest team among the biggest favorites, but with Lionel Messi onwards everything is possible.
England, Portugal, Croatia, Uruguay, Poland, and Colombia are all strong teams who can fight with the heavyweights, and depending on the potential form, some of these can make an upset and go all the way. Some teams such as Mexico, Switzerland, and Denmark are all tricky opponents to beat, but they would be overjoyed even with the Quarter-Finals. All other teams don't look serious enough to challenge the World Cup title, including the host nation, as it would be a massive surprise to see Russia in the Final.
Golden Boot Winners Odds
|Lionel Messi +900||Neymar +1000||Antoine Griezmann +1200|
|Cristiano Ronaldo +1400||Gabriel Jesus +1600||Harry Kane +1600|
|Timo Werner +1600||Romelu Lukaku +1800||Luis Suarez +2500|
|Diego Costa +2500||Edinson Cavani +2500||Gonzalo Higuain +3300|
|Robert Lewandowski +3300||Kylian Mbappe +3300||Thomas Muller +3300|
|Sergio Aguero +3300||Mohamed Salah +4000||Eden Hazard +5000|
|Radamel Falcao +5000||Roberto Firmino +5000||James Rodriguez +6600|
Betting on the potential top goalscorer of the FIFA World Cup is a huge fun, but it is quite difficult to predict who will win the Golden Boot, as often some surprising names upset the odds. In the previous tournament, the Colombian playmaker James Rodriguez won the award with six goals on his account, although he was considered as a talented midfielder who create chances for his teammates, while in USA 1994, the Russian striker Oleg Salenko bagged five goals in one game, winning the Golden Boot, despite he was a quite unknown player at the time.
Golden Ball Winners Odds
|Neymar +800||Lionel Messi +800||Antoine Griezmann +1200|
|Cristiano Ronaldo +1600||Kevin De Bruyne +1600||David Silva (+2000)|
|Eden Hazard +2000||Isco +2000||Paul Pogba +2500|
|Leroy Sane +3300||Harry Kane +3300||Philippe Coutinho +3300|
|Tini Kroos +3300||James Rodriguez +5000||Raheem Sterling +5000|
|Christian Eriksen +6600||Sadio Mane +10000||Alan Dzagoev +15000|
The last winner Lionel Messi will try to become the first player ever to win the Golden Ball two times in a row, and if he manages to make it so, it would mean we'll see Argentina at least in the Semi-Finals. The best player of the FIFA World Cup is someone who leads his team to the great achievement, and Messi will need some help from his teammates, just as everyone on the list. Hereof, the bettors should consider teams' chances at the 2018 FIFA World Cup first, and then pick up their favorites to win the Golden Ball.
Group Stage First-Round Games and Odds
|Date||HOME||AWAY||1||X||2||O/U 2.5 Goals|
These are the current odds, but changes could be caused by eventual injuries or some specific situation in the teams. As you can see, there are some colossal favorites among the group stage first-round games, so the bettors should pay attention to those encounters and try to beat the spread. The upsets are always a possibility at the FIFA World Cup, but after a proper analysis, the bettors should be able to select the right markets.
For those bettors willing to try out their luck and lay some bets on soccer during the FIFA World Cup, we are providing a special guide on “How to Bet on the FIFA World Cup 2018”. Also, don’t forget to visit our team previews for each national team participating at the event.