World Cup 2018 Betting Specials
In addition to World Cup Winner and World Cup Golden Boot, there are lots of available antepost betting markets for the 2018 tournament that will take place in Russia next summer.
A variation on World Cup Winner is Name the Finalists, where punters look to back the two teams that will meet in the World Cup final and it’s little surprise to find Germany and Brazil at the top of the market at 13.00 (12/1) with bet365.
LeoVegas offer 17.00 (16/1) about France clashing with Argentina, while you can get 41.00 (40/1) with bet365 that Brazil make the final and line up against a free-scoring Belgium side.
In addition, you can bet on Top European Team where Germany and France head the market, along with Top South American Team although bear in mind that there could be a dead heat when it comes to these markets.
The Top African team could be simply the side that make it to the last sixteen phase and Senegal are 3.00 (2/1) with bet365 to be the best performers on their continent, with Nigeria trading at odds of 3.25 (9/4).
The bookmakers also offer betting markets for each team which generally revolve around the top scorer for each nation and their stage of elimination.
Messi and Neymar to top score for their nations?
Lionel Messi is the 1.66 (4/6) favourite with bet365 to score the most goals for Argentina, while many will be keen to get with Neymar at 2.00 (evens) with the same bookmaker that the PSG star scores the most goals for his native Brazil.
As you might expect, Cristiano Ronaldo is a warm favourite at 1.40 (2/5) to be the top-scoring Portuguese player, with the Spain Top Goalscorer market looking more open and Alvaro Morata is the uncertain favourite at 3.00 (2/1) to outscore the likes of Diego Costa and David Silva.
The Uruguay top scorer market looks to be a race between Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani who are both priced at 2.25 (5/4) and it’s a surprise to see Radamel Falcao priced as big as 6.00 (5/1) to score the most goals for Colombia, with bet365 expecting Carlos Bacca and James Rodriguez to stand more chance.
Will Werner strike for Germany?
Timo Werner could the answer to Germany’s striker shortage and he’s priced at 4.50 (7/2) to score the most goals for Die Mannschaft, with Thomas Muller priced at the same odds and Sandro Wagner is a 6.00 (5/1) poke.
France are also among the World Cup favourites and Antoine Griezmann is the most guaranteed forward to start which is illustrated by the 3.00 (2/1) about the Atletico Madrid player top-scoring for Les Bleus, although Alexandre Lacazette and Olivier Giroud are priced at 6.00 (5/1) with bet365.
Perhaps the best value bet at this stage is the 2.00 (evens) that Romelu Lukaku scores the most Belgium goals considering that the striker filled his boots during qualifying, although Dries Mertens, Kevin de Bruyne and Eden Hazard might all chip in with goals against the likes of Tunisia and Panama.