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There is no bigger competition in football than the World Cup and the 2018 instalment is set to take place in Russia between June 14 and July 15, with 32 national teams from across the globe aiming to lift the famous trophy.

There will be plenty of opportunities to bet on the action and will be there every step of the way with World Cup betting tips, odds, news and promotions – everything you need for betting on this huge international tournament.

From outright tips to special price boosts, money back promotions to betting tips for every single match, our experts will leave no stone unturned to help you try to bash the bookies for a healthy World Cup profit.

World Cup 2018 Schedule

The 2018 World Cup takes place between Thursday, June 14 and Sunday, July 15 and here is a rundown of how the tournament will unfold...

Host nation Russia will kick things off on June 14 when they begin their Group A campaign against Saudi Arabia in Moscow, and the 32 teams will play each of their group opponents once before the group phase concludes on Thursday, June 28.

The knockout stage begins two days later on Saturday, June 30 with two last-16 ties, and the remaining matches in that round will take place over the next three days with two matches being played each day.

The quarter-finals will then be played over Friday, July 6 and Saturday, July 7, with the first semi-final match taking place on Tuesday, July 10 and second being held the following day on Wednesday, July 11.

The two beaten semi-finalists will meet in the third-place play-off on Saturday, July 14, with the World Cup winner being determined 24 hours later with the final taking place at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow in Sunday, July 15. will have all the World Cup betting tips, odds, news and offers you need for every match!

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How to bet on World Cup 2018

Another World Cup year is here and there are a whole host of ways in which you can bet on Russia 2018, both before the tournament and as it unfolds.

The 2018 World Cup gets underway on Thursday, June 14 and ends on Sunday, July 15, and not only can you bet on every single match that takes place in Russia, you can also bet on a number of outright betting markets ranging from the winner of the tournament itself.

Here is a guide to our favourite betting markets, which we will be using regularly when offering our World Cup betting tips…

Outright World Cup Betting Markets

World Cup Winner

The name of this market says it all – you are simply betting on who will be crowned world champions at the end of the final on Sunday, July 15. The usual suspects are at the head of the betting, but that does not mean you cannot make a healthy profit by successfully backing one of them because the bookmakers do not tend to go short with their odds prior to the tournament. For example, at the time of writing current world champions Germany were being priced up as 5/1 joint favourites alongside five-time winners Brazil, while Lionel Messi’s Argentina were available at a price as big as 9/1. So no matter who you back, a tidy profit is on the cards if you successfully predict the winner before the tournament unfolds. And if you want to wait and see how teams perform in Russia you can because this tournament will be available up until the final itself. However, the odds for the leaders will undoubtedly shorten as the action unfolds. 

Name The Finalists

Perhaps you cannot decide between two teams – so why not back them both to reach the final instead? The ‘Name The Finalists’ betting market is simple, you bet on which two teams will go head-to-head for the World Cup Trophy at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on July 15. This market offers an opportunity to make a very healthy profit because there is added risk in you needing two teams to reach the final for this to be a winning bet. But if you back a winner, you will give your account a healthy shot in the arm. Even the shortest priced final, Germany v Brazil, is as big as 12/1 at the time of writing. But of course, once the tournament is underway these odds are likely to shorten.

To Reach Final

This World Cup betting market is very similar to the ‘Name The Finalists’ one, but in this instance you only need to select one team to be in action in Moscow on Sunday, July 15. Fancy Germany to go all the way to the final but not completely convinced they will lift the trophy for the second straight tournament? If so then this is market for you. However, the odds in this market are a good deal shorter than those available in the ‘Name The Finalists’ because there is less risk. They are backable though, but just like the two markets I mentioned before they will get shorter as the tournament unfolds.

Group Winner

The first three markets I have discussed will not lead to a pay-out until the very end of the tournament, but if you want to bet on an outright market that pays out before July 15 then the ‘Group Winner’ one is the World Cup betting market for you. It is simple – just pick a group you wish to bet on and back a team to finish top of the table after all three rounds of fixtures have been played. However, if you are looking to make a profit betting on this market you may have to be selective in which groups you bet on because some will have clear favourites and others will be a lot more competitive. For example, Germany are 20/21 favourites to win their group at the time of writing, but over in Group G you can get 10/11 on Belgium to win the group and 6/5 on England to win it.

Top Goalscorer

Again, this is another very simple betting market – you are betting on which player will score the most goals at this tournament. Of all the World Cup betting markets available for Russia 2018, this is one in which you could make a large profit because the big-name strikers have not tended to win the Golden Boot in recent years. In fact, the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Neymar have never managed to be the top goalscorer at a World Cup and that is why their prices in this market range from 10/1 to 14/1 at the time of writing. Germany midfielder Thomas Muller scooped the award for his five-goal haul in 2010 and Colombian playmaker James Rodriguez took the honours four years later with his six-goal showing in Brazil, so if you successfully back a dark horse to be the World Cup’s Top Goalscorer you could be celebrating a major windfall at the end of the tournament.

World Cup Match Betting Markets


Football betting markets do not come much more simpler than this one – you are simply backing a team to win the game or for the match to end in a draw. This market will be available for every match during the World Cup, but it goes without saying that sometimes it will not offer the most appealing odds. The best chance of making a decent profit in this market comes from what the bookmakers perceive to be a very competitive market – for example, Germany v France or Brazil v Argentina. If a match looks to be one sided then there will be one clear favourite and that team’s odds will not be appealing.


The handicap market is very similar to the ‘Winner’ market, but in this instance you are backing a team to overcome a fictional handicap. For example, Uruguay are 3/10 to beat Saudi Arabia on June 20, but that price offers very little in the way of appeal. However, you can still back the Uruguayans to win the match, at a better price, thanks to the handicap market. In this instance, Uruguay -2 to win the match is available at 11/4. So what does the -2 mean? It means Saudi Arabia will start the game with a fictional 2-0 lead and Uruguay must win by three goals in order to erase the deficit and win the match, landing you a winning bet. On the opposite side, you may believe Uruguay will win by a single goal so you could go Saudi Arabia +2, which is available at Even money. That means if Uruguay win the match 1-0 on the field, Saudi Arabia will actually be 2-1 winners in terms of your bet once the two-goal handicap is applied.


Another way to back a team to win at a better price than the one available in the ‘Winner’ market is to dive into the Half-time/Full-time market. This market requires you to bet on who you think will be winning at half-time and full-time in the match. So for example, you may believe England and Belgium will be drawing at half-time but fancy England to be in front at full-time. Therefore the selection you would make would be Draw/England, which is currently available at 6/1. This market can offer a great way to make a healthy profit because you need two things to happen for it to be a winner.

Winning Margin

Winning margin is another way to back a team at a better price than the one available in the ‘Winner’ betting market – and just like the previous markets I have mentioned this is straightforward. You are merely betting on how many goals a team will win by – Germany to win by 1 goal, Germany to win by 2 goals, Germany to win by 3 goals more etc. So instead of backing Germany to beat South Korea at 1/4, which is hardly tempting, you may fancy them run out comfortable winners by two goals. Backing Germany to win by 2 goals in this instance would give the world champions’ odds of winning match much more appeal at 11/4.

Total Goals

The outcome of the match does not matter as far as this betting market is confirmed – you are merely betting on how many goals will be scored in total. So for example, if you are expecting to see at least two goals you could back Over 1.5 Total Goals, or you may expect to see three or less so you would select Under 3.5 Total Goals. The prices in this market will obviously vary from match to match, so while it may offer a tempting price in one World Cup game it may not be particularly appealing in another.

Both Teams To Score

Just like ‘Total Goals’, this football betting market is not affected by the outcome of a match. When betting on this market you simply need both teams involved in the game to find the back of the net – it does not matter how many times they both score, each team just needs to score at least once. Of course, just like ‘Total Goals’ the appeal of this market will vary from match to match. For example, the odds on both teams scoring will be bigger if one team has a rock-solid defence that rarely concedes, while the price will be short if the match is features to two teams with leaky rearguards.

Match Result & Both Teams To Score

This market combines two of the previous markets I have mentioned – Winner and Both Teams To Score. It is straightforward though and it does offer another opportunity to back a match outcome at a bigger price than the one available in the ‘Winner’ market. In this instance, all you are doing is betting on the outcome of the match and whether or not both teams will score. So for example, you may expect odds-on favourites Uruguay to beat Egypt on June 15 but want a bigger price than 8/11. By going into this market you can get a price as big as 3/1 on Uruguay to win & both teams to score. For this bet to win you just need Egypt to score in a losing effort. Of course, the odds are affected by the likelihood of both teams scoring.

Match Result & Over/Under Total Goals

This is very similar to the last market I wrote about, but instead of backing both teams to score you are simply betting on who will win and how many goals will be scored in the match. For example, when France face Australia on June 16 you may be expecting Les Bleus to win a match that sees at least three goals. Therefore you would back France/Over 2.5 in this market at odds of 21/10. It does not matter if France win 3-0, 2-1 of 10-0 – as long as they are victorious and three total goals are scored then your bet would be a winner. Of course, the odds are affected by the likelihood of goals being scored in the match. 

First Goalscorer

First Goalscorer betting remains one of the most popular forms of betting when it comes to football matches. This market will be available for every single World Cup match and it offers a great opportunity to make a healthy profit because you are simple betting on who will break the deadlock with the game’s first goal. With 20 outfield players on the pitch when the match gets underway, there are plenty of players to choose from and that means even the likes of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo will be available at backable prices. But perhaps you like the look of a goal-scoring midfielder – his odds could be rather sizeable and if he does break the deadlock you will enjoy a very tidy return.

Anytime Goalscorer

Odds in this market are shorter than the First Goalscorer market because you are merely betting on a player to score in the match. It does not matter if he nets first, second, third or last – as long as he finds the back of the net your bet will be a winner. Big name players are usually at short odds in this market, so you often have to be a little creative when picking out a goalscorer. Perhaps one team is excellent at set-pieces, bringing a defender into play in this market at a big price? Or perhaps a side has a midfielder with a knack for ghosting into the box and grabbing a goal here and there? This market can offer good rewards when you successfully back a player that is not exactly prolific in front of goal.

FIFA World Cup History

Most World Cup Wins: 5 - Brazil (1958, 1962, 1970, 1990, 2002)

Most Consecutive World Cup Wins: 2 - Italy (1934, 1938), Brazil (1958, 1962)

Highest Scoring World Cup Final: 7 Goals - Brazil 5 Sweden 2 (1958)

Highest Scoring World Cup Match: 12 Goals - Austria 7 Switzerland 5 (1954)

Most World Cup Goals: 16 - Miroslav Klose (Germany)

Most Goals Scored In Single World Cup: 13 - Just Fontaine, France (1958)

Most Goals Scored In A World Cup Match: 5 - Oleg Salenko (Russia v Cameroon, 1994)

FIFA World Cup Winners

YearHost NationFinal Result3rd Place Play-off Result
1930UruguayUruguay 4 Argentina 2-
1934ItalyItaly 2 Czechoslovakia 1 (AET)Germany 3 Austria 2
1938FranceItaly 4 Hungary 2Brazil 4 Sweden 2
1950BrazilUruguay 2 Brazil 1-
1954SwitzerlandWest Germany 3 Hungary 2Austria 3 Uruguay 1
1958SwedenBrazil 5 Sweden 2France 6 West Germany 3
1962ChileBrazil 3 Czechoslovakia 1Chile 1 Yugoslavia 0
1966EnglandEngland 4 West Germany 2 (AET)Portugal 2 Russia 1
1970MexicoBrazil 4 Italy 1West Germany 1 Uruguay 0
1974West GermanyWest Germany 2 Netherlands 1Poland 1 Brazil 0
1978ArgentinaArgentina 3 Netherlands 1 (AET)Brazil 2 Italy 1
1982SpainItaly 3 West Germany 1Poland 3 France 2
1986MexicoArgentina 3 West Germany 2France 4 Belgium 2 (AET)
1990ItalyWest Germany 1 Argentina 0Italy 2 England 1
1994United StatesBrazil 0 Italy 0 (Brazil won 3-2 on penalties)Sweden 4 Bulgaria 0
1998FranceFrance 3 Brazil 0Croatia 2 Netherlands 1
2002Japan &
South Korea
Brazil 2 Germany 0Turkey 3 South Korea 2
2006GermanyItaly 1 France 1 (Italy won 5-3 on penalties)Germany 3 Portugal 1
2010South AfricaSpain 1 Netherlands 0 (AET)Germany 3 Uruguay 2
2014BrazilGermany 1 Argentina 0 (AET)Netherlands 3 Brazil 0

FIFA World Cup Top Goalscorers

19308Guillermo StabileUruguay
19345Oldrich NejedlyCzechoslovakia
195411Sandor KocsisHungary
195813Just FontaineFrance
19624Florian Albert
Valentin Ivanov
Drazan Jerkovic
Leonel Sanchez
197010Gerd MullerWest Germany
19747Grzegorz LatoPoland
19786Mario KempesArgentina
19826Paolo RossiItaly
19866Gary LinekerEngland
19906Salvatore SchillaciItaly
19946Oleg Salenko
Hristo Stoichkov
19986Davor SukerCroatia
20065Miroslav KloseGermany
20105Thomas MullerGermany
20146James RodriguezColombia

Tips & Betting Advice

Kick off time:

21 April 2018
22 April 2018

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