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The eagerly awaited finals of World Cup 2018 get underway with the opening match between Russia and Saudi Arabia on 14th June which, like the 2018 World Cup Final itself on 15th July, will be held at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.

As the big kick-off approaches, there will be a myriad of World Cup 2018 betting offers and a bucket load of World Cup free bets offered by the leading online bookmakers, but there are already plenty of interesting World Cup bets to be had.

Video: Latest World Cup 2018 Betting Odds

As well as the popular Outright Winner, Top Scorer and Group Betting odds, there is also lots of 2018 World Cup betting markets such as Number of Yellow/Red Cards (Over/Under), Total Goals, Top European team and many more for those looking to find a bit of early World Cup betting value.

France are our World Cup bet to be crowned champions at Russia 2018



Our 2018 World Cup Betting Tips:

  • World Cup 2018 outright winner: FRANCE @ 6/1 (7.00) with Sportingbet
  • World Cup 2018 Top Goalscorer: HARRY KANE @ 17/1 (18.00) with 888sport
  • To win Group A: URUGUAY @ 6/5 (2.20) with Boylesports
  • Top Mexico Goalscorer: HIRVING LOZANO @ 8/1 (9.00) with Bet Victor

World Cup 2018 Betting – The Main Contenders

With no clear World Cup betting favourite going into the 2018 tournament, giving outright winner predictions on who will lift the FIFA World Cup trophy as World Cup winners at Russia 2018 is not easy.  

Defending champions Germany currently head the outright World Cup 2018 betting and they certainly warrant some careful consideration.  

Brazil have improved enormously since the appointment of Tite as head coach and qualified impressively.  They are less reliant on Neymar than four years ago and look a far more balanced team going into Russia 2018.  It would be no surprise to see them prevail in Russia, but could they have peaked too soon?

The best betting option for the World Cup 2018 winner at present could be FRANCE though. .

Didier Deschamps’ French squad ticks all the boxes in terms of quality, strength in depth, big match experience and in looking to be somewhere near their peak.  

Having failed to live up to expectations in the final of Euro 2016 (see video below) on home soil against Portugal two years ago, they will also have extra incentive to go one step further on this occasion.

Spain, Argentina and Belgium will all have their supporters too and none can be discounted.


England World Cup 2018 Betting

There is always plenty of patriotic backing when it comes to England World Cup betting, although following their humiliating exit to Iceland at Euro 2016, expectations are perhaps somewhat more realistic going into World Cup 2018.  


The qualifying campaign was efficient, but few neutral observers will be expecting England to go all the way and at best World Cup odds of 20/1 (Stan James) to win the trophy.


World Cup 2018 Goalscorer Betting

Lionel Messi is the current favourite to finish as top goalscorer, but he lacks the supporting cast with Argentina that he has at Barcelona and might be restricted in his opportunities to score goals.  The same can be said for Cristiano Ronaldo with regards to Portugal and Real Madrid.  Neymar tends to play a more central role for Brazil than he does for Paris Saint-Germain, but there are plenty of players to share the goals in the Seleção squad, so again he perhaps isn’t the best bet.

England might not have what it takes to win the World Cup, but in Harry Kane they do have a genuine contender for World Cup 2018 top goalscorer.  England should certainly qualify alongside Belgium in Group G and in Panama and Tunisia they face what look to be two of the weakest teams in the competition.  

Kane could help himself to a few goals in those games to give himself a chance of a decent overall tally.  At 17/1 with 888sport, Kane could give England fans something to get excited about.

On an individual team basis, Hirving Lozano could be a value bet at 8/1 with BetVictor to be top goalscorer for Mexico.  At the time of writing the 22 year-old is the leading scorer in the Dutch Eredivisie with 13 goals in his first season in European football and is a near certain starter in Juan Carlos Osorio’s starting XI.  Those odds are simply too big not to backed.


World Cup 2018 Group Betting

Host nation Russia are by some distance the weakest of the top seeds at World Cup 2018 and Uruguay look more than capable of topping Group A as a consequence at 6/5 with Boylesports.

Unlike the Russians, Uruguay possess a squad laden with quality and in strike duo Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani they perhaps have the best attacking duo in the finals.  The defence features the formidable Atlético Madrid pairing of Diego Godín and José María Giménez, whilst the midfield has benefited from the recent introductions of talented youngsters such as Federico Valverde and Rodrigo Bentancur.

In a group also featuring Egypt and Saudi Arabia, Uruguay look the class act and are more than capable of topping the group.


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