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World Cup group multiple and accumulator betting

World Cup 2018 Betting
We look at some of the World Cup group accas that can be placed for a big return We’ve gone through each of the 2018 World Cup groups and identified the best bets for the section, although there are also punting opportunities in the form of a multiple bet. The first port of call is to identify which teams look like bankers to win their groups and we think that the following fit the bill: Uruguay – Group A Spain – Group B France – Group C Brazil – Group E Germany – Group F You can get odds of around 6/1* (betting odds taken from bet365 at 3:28 a.m. on June 13th, 2018) that these five teams win their respective sections, with the countries likely to be motivated in a bid to avoid a difficult last sixteen clash which would be more likely if a side finishes runner-up. For those wanting to add Argentina (Group D) and Belgium (Group G) into the above, it would turn your acca into odds of 20/1* (betting odds taken from bet365 at 3:28 a.m. on June 13th, 2018), although seven selections in any multiple bet is always a risky business. If you want to place a World Cup group acca involving Spain, France, Brazil and Germany, then odds of 5/2* (betting odds taken from Paddy Power at 3:28 a.m. on June 13th, 2018) are generally available and these look like the four bankers although bear in mind that Spain wobbled at the 2010 World Cup and will face Portugal in their Group B opener.

To Quailfy Options

There is also the option to combine a number of World Cup teams to qualify for the last sixteen and we thought the following would provide some interest: Denmark – Group C Croatia – Group D Serbia – Group E Mexico – Group F England – Group G Senegal – Group H An accumulator on these teams to qualify can be backed at 30/1* (betting odds taken from bet365 at 3:28 a.m. on June 13th, 2018) with most bookmakers and this should provide excellent value for money and hopefully a decent return.

Failures can deliver a positive

Alternatively, you can try and profit from teams that you don’t think will fare particularly well. We thought we would try these countries to finish bottom of their section: Saudi Arabia – Group A Nigeria – Group D South Korea – Group F Panama – Group G Japan – Group H Interestingly, there are odds of over 20/1* (betting odds taken from bet365 at 3:28 a.m. on June 13th, 2018) available about the above teams finishing bottom and they might all be out of their depth against higher quality opponents.

World Cup 2018 outright winner odds at bet365*

Brazil 4/1 Germany 9/2 Spain 6/1 France 13/2 Argentina 9/1 Belgium 11/1 England 16/1 Portugal 25/1 Uruguay 28/1 Croatia 33/1 Columbia 40/1 Russia 40/1 Poland 66/1 Denmark 100/1 Mexico 100/1 Switzerland 125/1 Sweden 150/1 Peru 150/1 Bar 200/1 * (Betting Odds taken from June 11th, 2018 at 1.18 a.m.)

Dual Forceast Accas

Finally, if you’re feeling really adventurous, then you can bet on a number of teams in a Dual Forecast accumulator. This is great if you fancy two teams to qualify like Belgium and England from Group G. Here are some groups that we think could be worth pursuing: Group C: France and Denmark Group E: Brazil and Serbia Group F: Germany and Mexico Group G: Belgium and England You can get odds of 14/1* (betting odds taken from bet365 at 3:28 a.m. on June 13th, 2018) about all of the above teams going through from their qualifying section and it could be a bet that goes close!
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England’s route to the World Cup Final 2018

Trippier - Lingard (England)
With Gareth Southgate selecting a fairly young England squad for the 2018 World Cup, optimism among English fans will once again be high. The Three Lions have had some miserable performances in recent major tournaments, and therefore they should be due to deliver a bit of cheer for their fans. Of course, things don’t always work out that way, but with England having a reasonable chance of making progress past the group stage, it is always worth looking ahead to see what they may crash into when it comes to the knockout stages of the tournament since it would be still a long route to the World Cup Final 2018 for England. Two years ago at Euro 2016 England were embarrassed by plucky Iceland in the knockout phase of the tournament. Out in Russia this summer they will have the chance to put all that behind them with a confident run at Russia 2018. What would be deemed as a success for England at this summer’s World Cup? That’s hard to gauge, but a realistic target has to be a quarter-final place. Can England get that far? Can they go even further than that? There we take a look at England’s World Cup group stage and the path that they could take in potentially reaching the final.

England group stage

England are not favourites to win their World Cup group stage. They are at 11/8 odds second favourites* (Betting Odds taken from Bet365 at 10:04 p.m. on May 28th, 2018) behind Belgium in that particular contest, but looking beyond the first stage it probably isn’t going to matter too much whether or not England actually manage to beat the Red Devils to the top spot in the group. England’s opening game at the World Cup is on
  • Monday, June 18 when they face Tunisia,
and then they will face minnows Panama who are making their World Cup debut, on June 24. Those are games are England should be winning, and the Three Lions are odds-on favourites in each of those matches. Their big test in the group stage is going to come in the final round of matches when they face fellow European nation Belgium. The Three Lions do have a fantastic head-to-head record against the Red Devils, but ahead of the big kick-off in the tournament (Betting Odds taken from Bet365 at 10:04 p.m. on May 28th, 2018) for that particular fixture. The thing is both England and Belgium could be sat on six points ahead of that clash so with qualification booked, it may not even be the full-on contest that could be. [bbutton bookmaker="bet365"]

How England's route to the World Cup Final 2018 continues

Once the group stage will have been successfully mastered the real thrill just begins. This is where the nerds step in who can tell the possible match constellations that will follow now. For this it is essential to know exactly the World Cup Fixtures and tournament table and also what is going on the other groups.

England round of 16

The Three Lions should make their way out of the group without too much fuss or other. If they do get the chance to rest key players against Belgium that probably wouldn’t be a bad thing. In the round of 16 England will play somebody from Group H which contains Poland, Senegal, Columbia and Japan. That Group H is such a hard group to read because Poland, Senegal and Columbia all fairly evenly matched. So is pretty much just potluck who there are going to get, and it is why it’s not particularly important for England to worry too much about winning their group. Looking at the Group H odds, Columbia are the favourites and if things go to form and follow the bookmaker odds where England finish second in their group, then it would most likely be Columbia that they faced in the round of 16. However, Columbia are not particularly in a good place at the moment and will come under pressure from both Poland and Senegal. Really whoever England go up against in that round, is likely to be a fairly even contest and that means England should be able to handle themselves and potentially move on through to the quarter-finals. (Betting Odds taken from Bet365 at 10:04 p.m. on May 28th, 2018) to get eliminated in the round of 16.

England Quarter Finals

England’s path to the World Cup final is going to get very tough at this stage more likely than not. The two big teams hovering around the bottom half of the draw are Brazil and Germany and if those two respectively win their groups and occupy two of the four quarter-final places in the bottom half of the draw then England are going to be up against a tough opponent in the quarter-final. Here’s how it could pan out. If England finishes second in their group then that would put them on a route to meet Germany in the quarter-final stage and if they were to win their group then it would likely mean that they have to try and deal with Brazil in a quarter-final tie. So going back to our early premise about it not being important whether England actually wins their group or not, this is the main reason why because either way they aren’t likely to avoid major hurdle in the quarter-finals. (Betting Odds taken from Bet365 at 10:04 p.m. on May 28th, 2018) to get eliminated in the quarter-finals.

England Semi Finals

Let’s imagine that fantastic scenario of England making it to the final four of Russia 2018. It is more than probable that they would have already come through a tough quarter-final match, and then expectations on them would be through the roof for having done that. If England are on the runners-up route from their group stage then it would potentially be Spain that they go up against in the semi finals. If they were to make their way through as group winners, which could mean potentially that they are the ones who knocked Brazil out of the tournament, then their semi-final opponents would most likely be, France. How well could England handle themselves against the Spaniards or French? While they would be heavy underdogs in either of those contests, the Three Lions would basically have nothing to lose at this stage because they would have already exceeded expectations. But what if? What if they could just go out one extra step? (Betting Odds taken from Bet365 at 10:04 p.m. on May 28th, 2018) to reach the World Cup final 2018.

England World Cup final

So after a long and exhausting and successful campaign through the knockout stages, England's route to the World Cup 2018 final could be accomplished. The most likely opponent there would be dependent on whether England did actually win the group right back at the first round. If they were to go through the route of runners-up, they would likely have beaten Germany in the quarter-finals, and then Spain in the semi finals and it would potentially put them up against Brazil final. If England won their group and made their way through the knockout stages, they would likely have the time Brazil in the quarter-finals and then France in the semi finals. So going that route then would leave their most likely opponent to be either Germany or Spain. England are 18/1 odds* (Betting Odds taken from Bet365 at 10:04 p.m. on May 28th, 2018) to win the World Cup outright.

England top goalscorer market

If England are going to have a successful campaign then they are going to need a goalscoring hero through. Who is that likely to be? Well, the answer looks to be pretty simple in its being (Betting Odds taken from Bet365 at 10:04 p.m. on May 28th, 2018) to be England’s top goalscorer at the World Cup 2018. England aren’t exactly blessed with big scoring threats in their squad. Gareth Southgate is taking
  • Marcus Rashford (9/1),
  • Raheem Sterling (6/1),
  • Jamie Vardy (8/1) and
  • Danny Welbeck*
(Betting Odds taken from Bet365 at 10:04 p.m. on May 28th, 2018) as the backups to Kane. Sterling did have a fantastic season with Manchester City but he, along with any input from Marcus Rashford is going to be seen as a backup to supporting Kane. Jamie Vardy does look great option to have to come off the bench if needed, his pace and finishing could really trouble defences in the latter stages of games. But the Leicester man or anyone else for that matter in the England squad is likely to beat Kane in the quest to be England’s top World Cup goalscorer in the summer.
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Top England scorer betting and other England specials

World Cup 2018 Betting
We look ahead to the 2018 World Cup and look to see which England player will score the most goals Gareth Southgate has named his England team and it appears likely that the Three Lions will play at least four games at the 2018 World Cup considering they have Tunisia and Panama in their group.

Who top scores for the Three Lions?

You can find good England special markets at Bet365 and that includes top England scorer where we have an obvious favourite at the top of the betting in Harry Kane. Kane is currently trading at evens with bet365* (betting odds taken at 3:34 a.m. on June 10th, 2018) to score the most goals for England, with the Tottenham forward likely to be on penalties although some will feel that price is too short about a player likely to be heavily marked. Raheem Sterling comes into the World Cup after a fine title-winning campaign with Manchester City and he can be backed at 6/1 odds* (betting odds taken at 3:34 a.m. on June 10th, 2018) to lead the England scoring charts, while Dele Alli is the same price and will look to get in advanced positions.

Bench Back Up Options

Jamie Vardy and Marcus Rashford look likely to be on the bench for the World Cup opener against Tunisia, although the pair are both 10/1 and 8/1 respectively* (betting odds taken at 3:34 a.m. on June 10th, 2018) if you fancy them to notch the most for England this summer, with Danny Welbeck available at odds of 16/1* (betting odds taken at 3:34 a.m. on June 10th, 2018). We’ve seen England experience plenty of big tournament heartache over the past decades and they have often exited after losing a penalty shoot-out, with bet365 offering 5/1* (betting odds taken at 3:34 a.m. on June 10th, 2018)  that Gareth Southgate’s team are beaten on spot kicks.

Stage of Elimination

England fans can also bet on the stage of the tournament that their team will reach, with bet365 anticipating that the team will reach either the last sixteen or last eight of the tournament. Both of these outcomes are trading at 11/5* (betting odds taken at 3:34 a.m. on June 10th, 2018), while an unthinkable group stage exit can be backed at 5/1* (betting odds taken at 3:34 a.m. on June 10th, 2018) should you think that England will finish third or fourth in their particular group. If you think England can excel in Russia, then odds of 5/1* (betting odds taken at 3:34 a.m. on June 10th, 2018) are available that the Three Lions are beaten in the semi-finals, while a final defeat is 10/1* (betting odds taken at 3:34 a.m. on June 10th, 2018) and a World Cup triumph can be backed at 16/1* (betting odds taken at 3:34 a.m. on June 10th, 2018) for the optimistic fans amongst us.

World Cup 2018 outright winner odds at bet365*

Brazil 4/1 Germany 9/2 Spain 6/1 France 13/2 Argentina 9/1 Belgium 11/1 England 16/1 Portugal 25/1 Uruguay 28/1 Croatia 33/1 Columbia 40/1 Russia 40/1 Poland 66/1 Denmark 100/1 Mexico 100/1 Switzerland 125/1 Sweden 150/1 Peru 150/1 Bar 200/1 * (Betting Odds taken from June 11th, 2018 at 1.18 a.m.) Indeed, you can bet on the Stage of Elimination when it comes to any team, with Germany actually the shortest priced to go out at the last sixteen stage, while you can get 9/2* (betting odds taken at 3:34 a.m. on June 10th, 2018) that they win the tournament and the same price is available that they lose in the last four. Serbia are a good bet to endure a last sixteen defeat at 2/1* (betting odds taken at 3:34 a.m. on June 10th, 2018), while Mexico are famous for departing the competition at this stage is also a 2/1 poke* (betting odds taken at 3:34 a.m. on June 10th, 2018). Belgium look a good bet at 12/5* (betting odds taken at 3:34 a.m. on June 10th, 2018) to go out in the last eight, while Denmark are 13/8 to go out in the last sixteen and are likely to face Argentina or Croatia should they make it to that stage.
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Who will be in the England team at the 2018 World Cup?

World Cup 2018 Betting

Gareth Southgate has named his 23-man squad and will now try to pick a team that can be successful in Russia

The 23-man England squad has now been announced for the 2018 World Cup and Gareth Southgate has largely selected players who have had successful domestic seasons for their clubs.

World Cup 2018 Outright Winner Odds*

  • Brazil 4/1
  • Germany 9/2
  • Spain 6/1
  • France 13/2
  • Argentina 9/1
  • Belgium 11/1
  • England 16/1
  • Portugal 25/1
  • Uruguay 28/1
  • Croatia 33/1
  • Colombia 40/1
  • Russia 40/1
  • Poland 66/1
  • Switzerland 100/1
  • Denmark 100/1
  • Mexico 100/1
  • Sweden 150/1
  • Bar 200/1
* (Betting Odds taken at 4:07 p.m. on June 4th, 2018) [bbutton bookmaker="bet365"]

In terms of goalkeeper, Southgate has opted to include Jordan Pickford, Jack Butland and Nick Pope, with Pickford looking like a nailed choice considering the Everton stopper played in the friendly matches against Germany and Brazil.

Southgate is clearly intent on playing with three centre-halves and Manchester City pair John Stones and Kyle Walker look like shoo-ins for two of those positions, while Phil Jones is likely to accompany them providing that the Manchester United is fit enough to play.

Harry Maguire is a good back-up option to play as a centre-half and Gary Cahill also provides an option after a return to form with Chelsea.

In terms of wing-backs, Kieran Trippier looks set to operate on the right considering that the Tottenham man was used recently in that position for England, while the left wing-back could see Trippier’s club team-mate Danny Rose line up after some bright performances for Spurs recently.

Trent Alexander-Arnold and Ashley Young will provide back-up in those positions, with the former having shone brightly for Liverpool and ironically has his place because of Joe Gomez’s injury.

In the midfield engine room, there will be two players lining up against Tunisia and Jordan Henderson looks absolutely nailed for one of the spots, with the Liverpool captain the driving force behind the Reds at club level.

The other spot is likely to go to Eric Dier who is an unspectacular player but someone who has plenty of experience and can play the holding role pretty well.

That leaves three spots up for grabs and the players in the box seat are Harry Kane, Raheem Sterling and Dele Alli, although it’s possible that Alli could play in the holding midfield role against Tunisia and Panama before being advanced forward against Belgium.

Kane looks undroppable considering his reliability in a Tottenham (and England) shirt, while Sterling was one of the Premier League’s top scorers last season and the Manchester City forward is capable of troubling the most difficult opponents. Kane is the 5/4 favourite at bet365* (betting odds taken on June 5th, 2018 at 3:34 a.m.) in the England top goalscorer market.

Alli has been more hit-and-miss for Spurs this season but should feature in Russia, while Manchester United pair Jesse Lingard and Marcus Rashford will stake their claim for game time and look like good options off the bench.

Jamie Vardy is another exciting option to have in reserve, although the Leicester forward will feel he has shown enough for the Foxes to get a start in England’s opener against Tunisia. England are 1/3 odds on favourites at Bet365* (betting odds taken on June 5th, 2018 at 3:34 a.m.) to beat Tunisia on June 18th. Perhaps he will be selected to play with Kane although both are accustomed to being the central striker.

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Who will be the best European team at the World Cup 2018?

World Cup 2018 Betting
There are 14 UEFA teams at the 2018 World Cup including reigning world champions Germany There are tons of markets for the 2018 World Cup and the bookmakers have focused on the European teams by offering customers the chance to bet on which UEFA side will go the furthest this summer?

European Finalist

That means you can potentially back a team on this market and profit if they make the semi-finals providing there are two non-European teams lining up in the World Cup final. You could also regard this betting market as “Betting without Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay”, with the other teams in the competition unlikely to be at the business end of the World Cup unless we get a real shock.

Top European Team Odds*

Germany 11/4 France 7/2 Spain 9/2 Belgium 8/1 England 10/1 Portugal 14/1 Croatia 25/1 Poland 25/1 Russia 25/1 Switzerland 50/1 Denmark 50/1 Sweden 66/1 Serbia 80/1 Iceland 100/1 * (betting odds taken at 4:17 a.m, on June 11th, 2018)

The favourites

Germany, Spain, France and Belgium form an orderly queue at the head of the market, with these teams trading at single figures at bet365 and the Germany top of the pile at 11/4 odds* (betting odds taken at 4:17 a.m, on June 11th, 2018). Five years ago, it would have been strange to see the Belgians in this company and one wonders if they have the pedigree to win a World Cup despite a glittering array of stars who all operate for a top-notch domestic club. The other trio are far more established although we would question why France are generally trading so short in every market considering that Didier Deschamps doesn’t seem to know his best team despite quality in the ranks.

The each-way bets

We are amazed to see England next on the list at 11.00 odds* (betting odds taken at 4:17 a.m, on June 11th, 2018), with the Three Lions seriously short of World Cup experience after bailing out at the group stage in 2014 and they didn’t fare much better in 2016 at the Euros. Portugal and Russia are also passed over for similar reasons and the hosts will hope they benefit from some favourable refereeing decisions simply to go out of Group A and into the last sixteen. However, there is no way that Croatia and Poland should be trading at 26.00* (betting odds taken at 4:17 a.m, on June 11th, 2018) considering they are both rugged teams with clear opportunities to make the knockout stage of the competition. The Croatians in particularly will be confident of finishing ahead of Argentina and winning their group would see their odds on Top European team be slashed by the bookies.

World Cup 2018 outright winner odds at bet365*

Brazil 4/1 Germany 9/2 Spain 6/1 France 13/2 Argentina 9/1 Belgium 11/1 England 16/1 Portugal 25/1 Uruguay 28/1 Croatia 33/1 Columbia 40/1 Russia 40/1 Poland 66/1 Denmark 100/1 Mexico 100/1 Switzerland 125/1 Sweden 150/1 Peru 150/1 Bar 200/1 * (Betting Odds taken from June 11th, 2018 at 1.18 a.m.)

The outsiders

Trading at odds of 51.00 or bigger* (betting odds taken at 4:17 a.m, on June 11th, 2018) are Switzerland, Sweden, Denmark, Serbia and Iceland, with three of these five teams having qualified through the UEFA play-offs. Denmark were probably the most impressive qualifiers, with the Danes winning 5-1 on aggregate over Republic of Ireland although they are probably over-reliant on the trickery and goals of Christian Eriksen. Similarly, Sweden will hope for some midfield magic from Emil Forsberg and the Leipzig midfielder could help them finish ahead of Mexico at the group stage although they are almost destined to finish behind Germany. Sweden are 11/8 odds at bet365 to qualify* (betting odds taken at 4:17 a.m, on June 11th, 2018). The Swiss, Serbians and Icelanders will all have a chance of making the last sixteen but it’s hard to see them having the requisite quality to challenge at the business end of the tournament.
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William Hill World Cup 2018 odds

William Hill
In William Hill World Cup 2018 odds you have England at 16/1 odds* (Betting odds taken at 11:46 p.pm. on June 4, 2018) to go all the way and lift the trophy. It would be a stunning run from Gareth Southgate’s men if they could be in the match on Sunday, July 15. The odds are stacked against the Three Lions going all the way and while they may be comfortable through the group stage and potentially the first knockout phase, where things start getting down to heavy business is at the quarter-final stage when it becomes hard to avoid stiff challenges.

William Hill World Cup 2018 outright*

Brazil 4/1 Germany 9/2 Spain 6/1 France 11/2 Argentina 9/1 Belgium 11/1 England 16/1 Portugal 25/1 Uruguay 25/1 Croatia 28/1 Croatia 33/1 Columbia 33/1 Russia 40/1 Poland 50/1 Bar 100/1 * (Betting odds taken at 11:46 p.pm. on June 4, 2018)

History suggests a front-runner will win

In fact, in this summer’s campaign, England would meet either Brazil or Germany in the quarter-finals if things all play out to form. At the end of the day winning the World Cup is not going to be done by coasting through against lower quality teams. That is why when you look back at the history of the World Cup you will see only eight previous nations who have tasted success and of those 20 previous editions of the famous tournament, between them Brazil and Germany have won almost half of those (9). So really when it comes to the World Cup that is something to bear in mind for your 2018 World Cup betting at William Hill. You are generally just looking at picking a winner from a small handful of nations. If you look at William Hill World Cup 2018 odds in the outright winner market you have Brazil, Germany, Spain France and Argentina as the only nations heading to Russia 2018 as single figure options in the betting market. That pretty much leaves the rest of the field trailing in their wake. You look back at the history of the recent World Cups, say the last ten, and you will see the same names re-occurring again and again in the showcase match which means that it is just so hard for an underdog to come through and produce. A team only has to get through seven games to win the World Cup and while that doesn’t sound like much it’s an enormously tough thing to achieve. The main outsiders in the William Hill World Cup outright winner market are Belgium, England and the current reigning European champions Portugal who are the longest-priced of those at 25/1* (Betting odds taken at 11:46 p.pm. on June 4, 2018). Realistically the only way to back a long shot is to do it through an each way option or to go and explore the ‘to reach the final’ market.

World Cup Betting Variety

You are pretty much just inundated with options in World Cup 2018 betting at William Hill. This variety is a wonderful thing because it allows you to explore great alternative options and it adds new dimensions of excitement opposed to just backing one team to win the tournament outright and then waiting a month to see if they do. Some more exciting markets available are in the group stage where for example England are 11/8 underdogs* (Betting odds taken at 11:46 p.pm. on June 4, 2018) against Belgium to win Group G. That may offer appeal and because the two European nations in that group are expected to dominate easily then an alternative option perhaps to look at is a Belgium/England straight forecast at 11/10 odds at William Hill* (Betting odds taken at 11:46 p.pm. on June 4, 2018). With so many matches happening in the group stage of the tournament which lasts a fortnight then it presents a great opportunity to build World Cup multiples. On most days during the group stage campaign, there will be a least three games being played. So you could go out and build yourself a multiple each day in various formats such as picking a Trixie or Patent from three selections. In the final round of group stage matches there will be four games each day and that leads you on to building accumulators.

World Cup Accumulators

World Cup 2018 accumulators can be built at William Hill on a wide range of options and here again, even though match outrights are going to be the most common staples of accumulators you don't have to be narrowed into just that method. You can build, for example, an accumulator made out of simply over/under 2.5 goals options across different matches, or both teams to score selections. Really you have an endless choice of options to form your World Cup 2018 accumulators out of. So you have a whole month of top World Cup 2018 betting ahead of you so don’t just be boxed into the main markets. Take some time and have a browse around for alternative options and you might find some nice value wonders in there. Another way to approach your World Cup betting when it comes to the matches, is to wait for the kick-off and enjoy a wealth of life in play betting opportunities to complement your William Hill World Cup 2018 outright odds.
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Bet365 World Cup 2018 odds

Bet365
June 14 is when the big kick-off for the 2018 World Cup happens and even though most punters probably wouldn't normally have the greatest of interest in a match between Russia and Saudi Arabia, this is the opening night of the World Cup and what better way to get the month-long festival football off with a bang than to pick the winner of that opening match?

World Cup Opening Night Upsets

Russia are 1/3 odds-on favourites* (Betting odds taken at 11:46 p.pm..on June 4, 2018) in bet365 World Cup 2018 odds to collect that opening win against minnows Saudi Arabia. But we have seen some famous upsets on the opening day of a World Cup before. Back in the 2002 edition the titleholders France were beaten one-nil by Senegal in their opening fixture, while in 2010 the host nation South Africa almost pulled off a shock win over Mexico and that was the same year that in the opening round of group stage matches that England drew with USA and Spain went on to win the tournament after suffering a shock loss against Switzerland.

Brazil Favourites to win at Russia 2018

Brazil are 4/1 odds favourites* (Betting odds taken at 11:46 p.m. on June 4, 2018) in bet365 World Cup 2018 odds to land the title this summer. In the build up to the tournament they have been right there and challenged by the current reigning titleholders Germany who are 9/2 odds* (Betting odds taken at 11:46 p.m. on June 4, 2018) who are gunning to become just the third nation ever to win back-to-back World Cups. The three other teams coming in a single figures options in the bet365 outright winner market are Spain, France and Argentina.

Bet365 World Cup Outright Winner Odds*

Brazil 4/1 Germany 9/2 Spain 6/1 France 13/2 Argentina 9/1 Belgium 11/1 England 16/1 Portugal 25/1 Uruguay 28/1 Croatia 33/1 Columbia 40/1 Russia 40/1 Poland 66/1 Switzerland 100/1 Denmark 100/1 Mexico 100/1 * (Betting odds taken at 11:46 p.m. on June 4, 2018)

World Cup Stage of Elimination

Of course, your betting on the 2018 World Cup can get a lot more varied than just focusing on the outright winner market. An interesting way to approach your betting for the tournament instead of just putting all of your stock into one team coming through the entire field and win the trophy is to look at the stage of elimination markets. For example, if you look at some of the chasing pack beyond the leaders of Brazil and Germany, there are the likes of Spain, France, Argentina, Belgium and England. They should have the most potential to at least get to the business end of the tournament, without having to worry about them winning outright. You could perhaps back England at 5/6 in bet365 World Cup 2018 odds* (Betting odds taken at 11:46 p.m. on June 4, 2018) to reach the quarter-finals. Alternatively, for example, you could back resurgent Spain to go and reach the semi finals at 11/8 odds in bet365 World Cup 2018 odds* (Betting odds taken at 11:46 p.m. on June 4, 2018). So this could be a good alternative market and what's the advantage of doing that? Well in England’s case for example if they get past the group stage they would have to win just one game to go to the quarter-finals as opposed to backing them to win four knockout stage matches to lift the title. That is a bit more realism to your perspective World Cup 2018 betting options with bet365. So if this is an approach you fancy then you could always get out World Cup chart planner and see who is likely to go out at what stage and plan your betting accordingly.

Who will get the Golden Boot?

The bet365 World Cup 2018 odds top goalscorer market is also going to be hugely popular. There is a lot of bragging rights in getting this one right because it is much more difficult to predict than the World Cup outright winner market. You can look at the World Cup outright winner market at bet365 and really expect one of the big five teams to come through the field and get their hands on the title, World Cup history suggests that is what is going to happen. But in the bet365 World Cup 2018 top goalscorer market you have a much deeper field to try and pick from and just four years ago we saw massive underdog land the golden boot which was Colombia's James Rodriguez. Heading into this summer tournament it is Argentina’s Lionel Messi who is the 9/1 odds favourite* (Betting odds taken at 11:46 p.m. on June 4, 2018) to produce the most goals. Four years he got four goals during Argentina’s run to the final, and after a brilliant domestic season for Barcelona where he finished as the top goalscorer in Europe’s big five leagues, he has been taken plenty of backing to finish top goalscorer at the 2018 World Cup. The options in the top goalscorer market shows just the vast array of glittering goalscoring talent that is going to be on show. The main challenger to Messi according to the bookmaker is Brazil’s Neymar who has apparently recovered from injury in time to take part in the tournament while France’s Antoine Griezmann has every chance of putting himself in the frame after another good season the club level and having finished as the Euro 2016 top goalscorer too. The list of the names goes on and on from Harry Kane to Cristiano Ronaldo, Timo Werner to Romelu Lukaku Thomas Muller, Isco and Sergio Aguero.

Bet365 World Cup 2018 top goalscorer odds*

Lionel Messi 9/1 Neymar 10/1 Antoine Griezmann 12/1 Cristiano Ronaldo 14/1 Harry Kane 16/1 Gabriel Jesus 16/1 Timo Werner 16/1 Romelu Lukaku 16/1 Luis Suarez 25/1 Diego Costa 25/1 Edinson Cavani 25/1 Sergio Aguero 25/1 Kylian Mbappe 33/1 Robert Lewandowski 33/1 Thomas Muller 33/1 Isco 33/1 Olivier Giroud 40/1 Gonzalo Higuain 40/1 Mohamed Salah 40/1 Eden Hazard 40/1 Bar 50/1 * (Betting odds taken at 11:46 p.m. on June 4, 2018) There are already a wide range of markets available in bet365 World Cup 2018 odds and once the tournament starts and all that thrilling live in play betting action kicks up, there will be even more. Ahead of the tournament check out those alternative markets to complement your outright winner option and don’t forget all the good group betting action as well, were you can predict the winners, have straight forecasts, dual forecasts and even back which one of the four teams in a given group is going to finish with that group's wooden spoon.
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World Cup 2018 Injury News and Betting Odds

World Cup 2018 Betting
The build up to the 2018 World Cup raised an important question when it comes to betting opportunities on the tournament. Back in March Brazil’s superstar Neymar a suffered broken foot and there were doubts about his participation in the 2018 World Cup. While it looks as if he is going to make it to play a fairly full role in the tournament, the scenario raised an interesting point. If you had been thinking about backing Brazil to win the 2018 World Cup by putting a stake towards them in the outright winner market, would you have been so confident in doing so if Neymar had not have recovered in time? It is one of those factors that is worth weighing up when it comes to football betting. Big stars have big impacts and if the team has been shed of its best players then their chances of success are going to be altered.

Impact of teams missing star players

Can you imagine England going to the World Cup without Harry Kane? Would Belgium be an appealing dark horse if both Kevin de Bruyne and Eden Hazard were both missing from the squad? What if key men from Germany’s backline or those influential ball holders in the middle of Spain’s midfield would fail to make it to the party? How much would things like this influence your betting decisions on who would win World Cup 2018? And of course, goes beyond just the outright winner market at the 2018 World Cup, injuries and suspensions have a more immediate impact in match betting. The 2014 runners-up Argentina will get a tough game against Croatia at the 2018 World Cup, and imagine if Lionel Messi wasn’t fit for that crucial game, where would that leave your betting on the match outright? There are so many factors to take into consideration for your 2018 World Cup betting from current form, to style of play, to strength in depth of the substitution factors in games, to the tactical prowess of the head coaches. One thing that does get overlooked when looking at match betting for the 2018 World Cup and even the outright winner market, and that is injuries and suspensions.

World Cup 2018 Injuries and Suspensions

The task of keeping up with the entire list of players who are either definitely sidelined or in doubt for any upcoming matches can be hard to keep track of. Fortunately, there is a solution at your fingertips as you can visit our World Cup injuries and suspension page and get a quick in-depth overview of important absentees for each team participating at the 2018 World Cup, either through suspension or injury. Our page lists which players are out, the reason why, including the type of injury that has been suffered, when the injury or suspension was picked up and when they are expected return to action. If someone has received a knock, for example, in a game during the tournament they may just be day-to-day and it wouldn’t really affect your betting odds. However if say France has seen Paul Pogba picked up a red card and had Antoine Griezmann injured on top, that would naturally impact their chances and odds.

Stay Informed

Checking out our list of injuries and suspensions for the 2018 World Cup only takes a quick minute but it is valuable information that you need on your side to be able to make the most informed betting decisions for the 2018 World Cup action that you can.
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The best match bets of the World Cup group stage

World Cup 2018 Betting
We look at the first round of World Cup group fixtures and seek out the best possible value. The 2018 World Cup kicks off on Thursday 14 June, with Russia clashing with Saudi Arabia and we’re casting our eye over the first round of group games to hunt out the best value. The Russians are a terrible price to win this curtain-raiser considering they have a low FIFA ranking, although there are some better odds over the coming days should you want to strike some bets. URUGUAY look a decent shout at 4/7 odds with bet365* (betting odds taken on June 5th, 2018 at 2:19 a.m.) for the other Group A opener if the South American side can tame Mohamed Salah and his Egyptian teammates. La Celeste have * (betting odds taken on June 5th, 2018 at 2:19 a.m.) in attack and will be out to make this a successful tournament in an easy section. The Uruguayans * (betting odds taken on June 5th, 2018 at 2:19 a.m.)in the CONMEBOL qualifying section and Oscar Tabarez has a wealth of experience within the ranks, while there are* (betting odds taken on June 5th, 2018 at 2:19 a.m.)coming through. * (betting odds taken on June 5th, 2018 at 2:19 a.m.) on 15 June when they face Portugal in their Group B opener. While the European champions will play defensively, the* (betting odds taken on June 5th, 2018 at 2:19 a.m.) to create chances and get an early three points on the board. An eye-catching * (betting odds taken on June 5th, 2018 at 2:19 a.m.) suggests that La Roja could be the team to beat this summer and there’s a bunch of midfield playmakers who can keep the ball and make life difficult. ICELAND are 8/1 odds at bet365* (betting odds taken on June 5th, 2018 at 2:19 a.m.) to beat Argentina in their Group D opener, with the European side looking to nullify Lionel Messi and the other dangerous forwards, with a potential shock on the cards for the European team. The Icelanders play with no fear and will consider the opener as the best time to be facing La Albiceleste who have well-documented defensive problems. CROATIA are a 17/20 poke with bet365* (betting odds taken on June 5th, 2018 at 2:19 a.m.) to beat Nigeria and there could be a gulf in class between the two teams, with the former likely to dominate the ball in midfield and it could see them come through comfortably. Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic are particularly adept at controlling the game and their experiences for Real Madrid and Barcelona respectively provide a big advantage. SERBIA also look a big shout to overcome Costa Rica in the Group E curtain-raiser, with the Serbs likely to have a big following in Russia and they have an experienced spine of players which can help them enjoy a winning start. World Cup 2018 Outright Winner Odds*
  • Brazil 4/1
  • Germany 9/2
  • Spain 6/1
  • France 13/2
  • Argentina 9/1
  • Belgium 11/1
  • England 16/1
  • Portugal 25/1
  • Uruguay 28/1
  • Croatia 33/1
  • Colombia 40/1
  • Russia 40/1
  • Poland 66/1
  • Switzerland 100/1
  • Denmark 100/1
  • Mexico 100/1
  • Sweden 150/1
  • Bar 200/1
* (Betting Odds taken at 4:07 p.m. on June 4th, 2018)
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Betway World Cup 2018 odds

Betway
Betway have Brazil as the 9/2 favourites* (betting odds were taken on June 5th, 2018 at 6:19 p.m.) to walk off with World Cup at Russia 2018 this summer. The chances of the Selecao getting their sixth World Cup title were boosted as their star striker Neymar returned from a broken foot to participate in some pre-World Cup friendlies in early June. His inclusion is just going to lift the entire squad and it is a squad that looks strong and dare we say it, confident enough to have managed without Neymar.

Betway World Cup 2018 odds*

Brazil 9/2 Germany 5/1 Spain 6/1 France 13/2 Argentina night/1 Belgium 11/1 England 16/1 Portugal 25/1 Uruguay 28/1 Croatia 33/1 Columbia 440/1 Russia 40/1 Poland 66/1 Denmark 100/1 Mexico 100/1 Switzerland 100/1 Bar 150/1 * (betting odds were taken on June 5th, 2018 at 6:19 p.m.)

Brazilians boosted by Neymar return

But with Neymar in there, who has an astonishing strike record for his country, Brazil are going to only be more difficult to handle for anyone who goes up against them. There should not be any scare for Brazil who are the odds-on favourites to win Group E where they will compete against Switzerland, Costa Rica and Serbia. You would imagine the Selecao will be able comfortably to get through that challenge and then get down to business in the knockout phase of the tournament. They just don’t look to have any weaknesses other than perhaps some ageing legs across their back line. But tactically they are very sound under new head coach Tite and will be a force to be reckoned with. Brazil generally always are in World Cup betting, and the same can be said of Germany who are the current reigning world champions. The Germans got their hands on the World Cup for the fourth time as they beat Argentina in the 2014 final and they are the only ones that the bookmakers have the closest to Brazil in the outright winner market. In Betway World Cup 2018 odds, Germany are trading at 5/1 second favourites* (betting odds were taken on June 5th, 2018 at 6:19 p.m.). You just know with the Germans that they will show up and put together another supremely efficient tournament display.

Spain and France in contention

Much has been made of the looming challenges of Spain and France at the 2018 World Cup and both of them are hovering around the 6/1 mark* (betting odds were taken on June 5th, 2018 at 6:19 p.m.) in Betway World Cup 2018 odds. Spain really look as if they have gathered themselves and gone up through a few levels of quality since their dismal World Cup 2014 exit in the group stage. While perhaps they don’t have quite the outright scoring power of the other main contenders, the quality that they have in terms of ball possession and creativity should carry them far. France have pace, power and quite the enviable squad that they will be taking to Russia 2018. The French have shown up well in recent major tournaments having reached the quarter-finals of the 2014 World Cup and then having finished as runners-up in the Euro 2016 final. It is perhaps that lapse against Portugal in the Euro 2016 final that will maybe raise questions about them and whether or not they have the tactical strength and mental fortitude to handle the pressure of the big occasions at the latter end of the tournament. Then comes the threat of Argentina which is largely going to come from Lionel Messi. It wasn’t an overly convincing qualification campaign from the Albiceleste, but they got the job done in the end and they have such individuals who can create moments of brilliance that we may once again, just as they did four years ago, see them scraping and edging their way through the rounds. They do have a tricky group stage to manage first off though as they will face Iceland, Croatia and Nigeria.

Will Messi beat Neymar to the Golden Boot?

A lot of the main contenders in the World Cup top goalscorer market can be found playing across those teams who are dubbed as the front runners for the tournament. That’s only natural because the best teams generally have the best players with a few exceptions here and there. For example Lionel Messi is the 9/1 odds* (betting odds were taken on June 5th, 2018 at 6:19 p.m.) favourite in Betway World Cup 2018 top goalscorer odds and he is closely followed by Neymar at 10/1 odds* (betting odds were taken on June 5th, 2018 at 6:19 p.m.). So just the sheer presence of those two alone for their respective countries of Argentina and Brazil are going to lift the chances of either of those getting their hands on the title. French hopes will be resting on Antoine Griezmann to carry the can for them and then you have Germany with Thomas Muller who has scored more World Cup goals than any other player heading to Russia 2018 during his career, and his young compatriot Timo Werner as big scoring threats for them. Manchester city’s Gabriel Jesus could well play a huge supporting role to Neymar in Brazil’s title challenge and be among the goals. There are some countries that may not be quite as fancied to go all the way and win the title, but who can boast a top goalscorer such as Cristiano Ronaldo with Portugal. Naturally with these types of players you would be hoping that they can run up a few goals rapidly in the group stage fixtures. For example England’s Harry Kane is a relatively short price in the top goalscorer market considering that England are not really fancied to win the World Cup. But Kane will be up against relatively weak defences of Tunisia and Panama in the group stage so he could well get a chance to be amongst the goals. Likewise Poland’s prolific Robert Lewandowski who is in a team not backed well to win the tournament, but he was the top goalscorer in UEFA qualification for the World Cup.

Betway World Cup 2018 Top Goalscorer odds

Lionel Messi 9/1 Neymar 10/1 Antoine Griezmann 12/1 Cristiano Ronaldo 12/1 Harry Kane 16/1 Gabriel Jesus 14/1 Romelu Lukaku 16/1 Timo Werner 16/1 Edinson Cavani 20/1 Luis Suarez 25/1 Thomas Muller 25/1 Diego Costa 20/1 Robert Lewandowski 33/1 Eden hazard 33/1 Olivier Giroud 33/1 Radamel Falcao 40/1 Mo Salah 40/1 Bar 50/1 * (betting odds were taken on June 5th, 2018 at 6:19 p.m.)
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