The 2018 FIFA World Cup is less than a month away and there are loads of different ways to make the tournament even more exciting by having a bet on it. You might want to try and pick the winner of the World Cup or which player will be the tournament’s top goalscorer. Alternatively, you can give yourself more chances of winning by trying to pick the winning continent.
Why not join millions of punters this summer by having a bet on the team you think will be the World Cup Winners. If you think experience counts for plenty, it’s easy to narrow down this year’s 32 teams to just seven teams who have lifted the World Cup before. Brazil, who have won the World Cup a record five times, are the current favourites at 9/2 to win a sixth World Cup. However, it’s worth noting only one of those successes came on European soil. Therefore, perhaps four-time winners Germany could be a better option as they look to defend the title they won in 2014 in Brazil. Three of their four wins have come in Europe and, after becoming the first non-South American team to win a World Cup in South America, they must have an outstanding chance back in Europe. The list of previous winners who have qualified for the 2018 World Cup Finals is completed by Uruguay, Argentina, France, Spain, and England.
However, there’s also nothing wrong with taking the jingoistic approach and betting on the country you were born in or currently live in. Therefore, Portugal may be popular, especially as they won Euro 2016 and are captained by their talisman Christiano Ronaldo. You could even take a punt on the complete outsiders Saudia Arabia at odds of up to 2,000/1 – if you think miracles can happen. However, it has to be Germany for me.
2018 World Cup Winner Tip: Germany
Trying to pick which player will win the Golden Boot by scoring the most goals during the World Cup Finals is always a popular bet with punters. However, it’s not always as easy as picking the best striker from the team you think will win the competition. That strategy is an option though, as three of the last 10 winning teams have also produced the Golden Boot winner. They were Mario Kempes for Argentina in 1978, Paolo Rossi for Italy in 1982, and Ronaldo for Brazil in 2002.
If you think Argentina can repeat that feat, then Lionel Messi could be an interesting favourite for the top scorer market at 10/1. However, the Barcelona star has yet to truly dazzle on the World Cup stage, a comment that also applies to Christiano Ronaldo. If the world’s two best strikers don’t deliver the goods, perhaps it will be Neymar for Brazil, and he’s fancied by many to improve on his tally of four goals in the 2014 World Cup Finals. England’s Harry Kane is also fancied in many quarters to replicate his fellow countryman Gary Lineker who won the Golden Boot back in 1986. However, it is German players who have won two of the last three Golden Boots with Miroslav Klose winning in 2006 and Thomas Muller winning in 2010. Muller also finished second in 2014 as he helped Germany to World Cup success. However, the Germans look likely to give a World Cup Finals debut to youngster Timo Werner who could be each-way value with most bookies betting four places.
2018 World Cup Top Scorer Betting: Timo Werner (each-way)
If you’re struggling to narrow down the teams you fancy to win the World Cup, you may want to consider giving yourself multiple ways to win by betting on which continent will win the 2018 World Cup.
Europe is the firm favourite to win this market at around 4/11, but you do get 14 teams running for you. That list includes fancied teams like Germany, France, Spain, Belgium, England, and Portugal. You also get the hosts Russia, as well as Croatia, Poland, Switzerland, Sweden, Denmark, Serbia, and Iceland.
However, if those odds are on the short side for you, how about a bet on South America being the winning continent. You can get around 2/1 and, as Brazil and Argentina have won seven of the last 15 World Cups between them, those odds look quite big. Of course, you also get two-time winners Uruguay, 2015 quarter-finalists Colombia, and Peru running for you. However, if you fancy having a multitude of outsiders running for you then how about 33/1 about all the teams from the rest of the world â€“ though, it’s worth noting, that winners have only come from Europe or South America so far. It’s hard for me to go against Europe in this market with my main fancy being Germany but, for those who can see the obvious value in backing South America, I wouldn’t dream of trying to put you off.
Winning Continent at the 2018 World Cup Tip: South America
You may also wish to bet on which team will perform best in markets like the Top African Market. This market is currently headed by Senegal and Nigeria, both of whom have made it to the quarter-finals of previous World Cups. However, you might want to take these two on with third-favourites Egypt, who will have this year’s English Premier League goal-scoring sensation, Mo Salah, hoping to blast them into the latter stages of the competition from a weak looking Group A.
There are also markets in which you can try and predict what stage of the competition teams will reach, such as to reach the quarter-finals. It’s no surprise to see the first seven teams in the outright winner betting all quoted at odds-on to reach the quarter-finals, but it’s worth remembering there were a few surprises at Brazil 2014. They included Colombia, who are 2/1 to repeat the feat here despite being favourites to win Group G and possibly avoid one of the bigger teams in the last-16. Don’t rule out a complete shock either as Costa Rica also made it to the quarter-finals in 2014.
Betting on who will win each of the eight World Cup Groups is also usually very popular, especially with punters who love to combine their selections in accumulators. Therefore, it’s easy to imagine the bookies will be inundated with accumulators comprising Spain to win Group B, France to win Group C, Argentina to win Group D, Brazil to win Group E, and Germany to win Group F.
There are also a lot of Team Specials, which include betting on the stage of elimination and top goalscorer for each team. There will certainly be plenty of Russian supporters hoping that Fyodor Smolov shoots Russia to World Cup glory. Once married to Miss Russia Victoria Petrovna, he has shot himself to stardom since their divorce in 2015 and is 2/1 to be the top Russian scorer at the 2018 World Cup.
Of course, there will also be loads more markets for every match at the 2018 World Cup, so why not sign up for daily free football tips at Betting Gods.