FIFA World Cup 2018

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Who are the 2018 World Cup favourites?

Germany claimed their fourth World Cup in 2014 and Die Mannschaft could be the team to beat in Russia, with the online bookmakers making them the outright favourites to lift the trophy, although they will have stiff competition from several other countries.

Brazil are the most successful country in the history of world football and will be bidding to land a sixth World Cup success, although the South American side haven’t triumphed in this tournament since 2002 and they will hope for Neymar and Gabriel Jesus to shine in attack. Brazil are the main focus of this extensive betting guide to the outright winner for the Russia World Cup.

France are also on the betting shortlist to win the 2018 World Cup, with Les Bleus having reached the final of Euro 2016 before losing to Portugal. Kylian Mbappe’s meteoric rise continues at Paris Saint-Germain, while Paul Pogba and Antoine Griezmann also give the French hope they can win a second time after that famous 1998 triumph.

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Spain also cannot be discounted, with La Roja boasting a squad of world-class players and several experienced success in the 2010 World Cup including Andres Iniesta, Sergio Ramos and Gerard Pique. Alvaro Morata is also emerging as a top-class striker and the strength of the Spanish league could see this team go very close.

When is the World Cup in Russia?

The 2018 World Cup takes place in Russia between 14 June – 15 July 2018, with thirty-two teams from around the world competing for the biggest prize in world football. The current favourites in the outright betting are Germany, closely followed by Brail, France and Spain.

Why is World Cup betting so popular?

The football World Cup captures the imagination across the globe. Football is the number one sport in most countries and this tournament is the pinnacle, with thirty-two teams competing and these nations are regarded as being the best on the planet.

The 2018 World Cup is a month-long tournament and there are several games taking place on a daily basis, especially in the early stages where customers are able to place a multiple bet on the matches and potentially stand to enjoy a large return on their stakes.

Every World Cup game is also televised which means that In-Play betting makes a huge amount of appeal. If you’re able to watch a particular football match, then you can log into your bookmaker account and place a bet on the live odds which are changing according to what’s happening on the pitch.

Many people also enjoy betting on the winner of the 2018 World Cup, with this sort of antepost bet allowing for customers to enjoy the whole tournament providing their team remains in the competition. There are often Cash Out possibilities associated with this sort of bet which means you can make a profit without waiting for the bet to either win or lose.

How can I enjoy free bets on the 2018 World Cup?

The World Cup is amazingly popular from a betting perspective and that means that the online bookmakers are willing to offer generous bonuses to potential new customers. It’s a competitive landscape for operators and they are very keen to get new players on board for this betting bonanza.

The great news for betting customers is that it leads to bigger welcome bonuses than the normal offer, while you might also find bookmaker price boosts when it comes to the 2018 World Cup. Price boosts are an excellent way of backing a team to win their game at odds which are way larger than the norm.

With World Cup price boosts, you are usually limited to a certain stake when it comes to inflated odds, while free bets usually require customers to open a betting account, make a first deposit and place a certain number of bets to generate a free bet amount.

Free bets are a great way to get started with a bookmaker. You can try out their service at little risk to yourself, while you can take a chance on a selection at larger odds for a big potential win which would get you off to a flying start with your chosen bookie.

In-Play betting on the 2018 World Cup

We recommend this type of World Cup betting if you’re interested in a thrilling and rollercoaster experience! The 2018 World Cup will see eight groups of four teams compete against each other in a round robin format before a knockout phase where the action gets even more exciting.

With all of the World Cup games being televised, it means that online bookies will be falling over themselves to offer In-Play betting for every match, with hundreds of markets available. Naturally, you will be able to bet on the winner of each game, while markets like Next Player to Score, Next Team to Score and Total Goals are also popular with customers.

In-Play betting on World Cup football allows customers to watch the game before making a decision on where to place their bet. You can assess which team is dominating or alternatively which players look the most likely to score before placing a bet.

The bookmaker In-Play odds are constantly changing and some bookmakers actually offer In-Play free bets. Bet365 have often given free bets to customers providing that they place a pre-match qualifying bet which then triggers the complimentary wager.

Betting on England at the 2018 World Cup

England betting is very popular and that involves having bets on each England match that takes place, with record turnover numbers expected in the United Kingdom when it comes to the Three Lions.

Particular bets include England to win each group game, First Goalscorer in those particular matches along with other popular markets such as Total Goals, Both Teams to Score and Correct Score. Click here to see our expert's hand picked England World Cup Betting Specials.

Some punters will have a patriotic wager on England to win the World Cup, although others are more likely to bet against them considering a poor recent track record in the competition.