World Cup

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World Cup Time – result statistics

Cyril's Betting Advice
The goalscoring situation has never again reached the heights of '54. In fact as the number of teams competing in each Finals has grown from the '54 figure of 16 the goals average per game has remained below 3. This does defy logic as the more teams there are in the Finals the more goals should be expected. Especially as the number of Finalists has increased, the newcomers have left a lot to be desired, where ability is concerned. Consequently more high scoring games should be expected. Unfortunately that is not the case. Do too many sides have the Greece attitude? The current formation of 32 teams has run for the last four Finals and the goalscoring abilities of teams seems to be pretty much in line with previous set-ups. Perhaps a look at individual game scores in the last four Finals might be of some help. The first round games over the four last Finals have goal totals as follows 0 - 0 16 1 - 0 21 0 - 1 18 1 - 1 25 2 - 0 16 0 - 2 12 2 - 1 15 1 - 2 10 2 - 2 13 3 - 0   5 0 - 3   6 3 - 1   7 1 - 3   5 3 - 2   4 2 - 3   2 3 - 3   1 There were 16 other scores, ranging from 2 - 5 to 8 - 0 .  
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  Breaking these figures down, there were 144 matches that finished UNDER 3.5 goals (75%) with 48 games going OVER 3.5 goals. The group stage is followed by the knock-out Round of 16. 0 - 0 3 1 - 0 6 0 - 1 2 1 - 1 5 2 - 0 2 0 - 2 1 2 - 1 4 1 - 2 0 2 - 2 1 3 - 0 2 0 - 3 1 3 - 1 1 1 - 3 1 4 - 1 2 1 - 4 1 It is quite evident that the group stage gets rid of most of the "make-weights". Of these thirty-two matches, twenty-six, (81.25%) ended under 3.5 goals. The quarter-finals were even more competitive. Only two of the sixteen matches going Over 3.5 goals.(Leaving 87.5% as UNDERS). These included 0 - 0 x4, 0 - 1, 1 - 1 and 2 - 1 each returned twice. The semi-finals, third place and final were all fairly close affairs. A total of sixteen matches returning 4 games OVER 3.5 GOALS. The other scores included 0 - 0, 1 - 0, 0 - 1 and 1 - 1 returned twice each and four other scores of 0 - 2, 2 - 1, 1 - 2 and 3 - 0. As far as researching goes these stats are just a drop in the ocean. However going even further back when there were fewer teams competing there is very little difference in goals scoring habits. The present set-up is a little overladen with no-hopers but given his way Sepp Blatter has hinted at further increases could be on the way. God save us from this man.
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World Cup Time – a brief history

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It doesn't seem like three years since the last World Cup. Nevertheless the final 32 have been bagged and drawn. So next July we can look forward to 64 matches of tension and excitement. Well in some of them, at least. This will be the TWENTIETH WORLD CUP FINALS. There were three competitions held before World War 2. Looking at the total attendances there wasn't all that much interest outside the competing countries. From a total of 53 matches there were only 1,329,249 spectators. An average of only 25,080 per match. These figures paled in significance when the 1950 finals took place in Brazil. Over 1 million watched the 22 games at an average per game of 47,511. This resurgence didn't last, and the next time spectator totals topped the million mark was in good old Blighty in 1966. The increase of almost 50% in spectators showed us that football really had come home. Altogether 1,563,135 watched 32 games at an average of 48,4848. This was the start of a real return to football by spectators and the total had been bettered in 10 of the subsequent Finals. Argentina in 1978 being the odd man out by some 18,00.  
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  When played in America in 1994 almost three and a half million spectators saw 52 matches at an average of 69,00 per game. These figures still stand even when allowing that the four subsequent Finals were increased from 24 teams to 32 and playing 64 matches. This format is in use in the present competition. This brief history sets the scene for the more important things in the punters life. Finding the games to bet on and hopefully make some cash. When the first Finals were played in 1930 there were an average of 3.89 goals this increased for the next two Finals being 4.12 followed by 4.67 before dropping back to 4.00 in the 1950 Finals. Then 1954 produced a goal feast. The average per game over the competition was 5.38 from 26 matches. Sadly it has been downhill from that point. Hitting an all time low of 2.21 in, where else than Italy. The 2010 Finals didn't fair much better with just an average of 2,27 goals per game. A grand total of 145 goals from 64 matches. 26 goals less than the best ever total of 171 in 1998 in France.
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England 3/1 odds at Ladbrokes to host World Cup 2030

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PM Theresa May has put some support towards England hosting the 2030 World Cup and online betting site Ladbrokes have responded by pricing up at 3/1 odds* (betting odds taken from July 17th, 2018 at 6:49 pm) England playing hosts in 12 years time. The next two World Cups are already locked into place with the 2022 edition being hosted in Qatar. That will be a ground-breaking tournament as it will be played starting in November, the first time in the World Cup has not been hosted in the summer. It is also the first time in World Cup has been hosted in the middle east and the tournament will be the biggest ever with 48 teams taking part. Following that the 2026 edition of the World Cup will be heading to Canada, Mexico and the United States after a successful joint bid by them. So as the World Cup is subject to a continental rotation policy, it could well bring Europe back into play with the main challengers likely be in South America and Africa. England has only hosted the tournament once before which was back in 1966 and that brought home success for the Three Lions. Alex Apati of Ladbrokes said: “A successful England bid for the 2030 World Cup has never looked more likely. Football could finally be coming home!”
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17,042/1 odds winner land BetVictor Million Pound Bet

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It was a thrilling 2018 World Cup that punters witnessed and for one punter in particularly, who had decided to stay anonymous, it was better than most. The winner of the BetVictor World Cup Million Pound competition walked away with the full pot after landing the largest winning bet with the biggest odds in the competition. The competition was open to wagers placed on all World cup 2018 markets and of course punters got creative with the BetVictor #PriceItUp builder. That feature allows punters to pick and choose options that could crop up in a match such as the number of corners, the number of shots and winning scores. The winner of the competition did so with a stunning 17,042/1 odds success from the round of sixteen match between Uruguay and Portugal. The punter managed to not only get the correct score but called the exact number of corners in the match for each side and the number of bookings that the South Americans were going to get. The Winning Bet Read: Uruguay to win 2-1 Uruguay Over 1.5 corners Uruguay Under 2.5 corners Portugal Over 9.5 corners Portugal Under 10.5 corners Uruguay Under 0.5 cards Eoin Ryan, Head of Product at BetVictor, said: “Paying £1,000,000 to a single BetVictor customer is the perfect conclusion to what has been an incredibly exciting and successful Million Pound Bet campaign. We wanted to bring excitement and thrills to our customers’ World Cup betting experience, encouraging them to make their best bet, and the Million Pound Bet certainly delivered that. We saw consistent buzz across social media and customers enjoyed the transparency afforded by our real-time leaderboards.” Ryan added: “Our #PriceItUp Builder continues to have great momentum and we’re certainly looking to build on its success ahead to the start of the new Premier League season and other major sporting events going forward. The concept of #BestBetWins is one that we’re interested in developing further as the football season returns later this summer.” This is the second time that BetVictor have paid £1m to a single customer, following its Million Pound Goal campaign for the final of Euro 2016 between Portugal and France.
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France 7/1 odds to repeat in 2022 World Cup Winner Odds

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The World Cup 2018 is in the book with France collecting the trophy for the second time in their history. Les Bleus recorded a thrilling and at times controversial 4-2 win over Croatia in the final, with two of the stars of that final collecting personal awards. Croatia’s Luka Modric got the World Cup Golden Ball while Kylian Mbappe collected the young player award. So now we have to wait another four years to see if it will be more European success at Qatar 2022. That, of course, is when there will be a new chapter starting for the World Cup. The number of teams taking part will be expanded from the current 32 up to 48 teams. It will also be the first ever World Cup to not be held in the summer as it is scheduled to start on November 21st, 2022 to avoid the heat of the Qatari summer. Despite falling short at the quarter-final stage of 2018 to Belgium, Brazil are the early 6/1 odds favourites at bet365* (Betting Odds were taken from July 15th, 2018 at 10:58 p.m.) to win the 2022 World Cup. Will they be able to stop the dominance of European teams at the tournament? Each of the last four editions now of the World Cup have been lifted by a European nation (Italy, Spain, Germany and France). France will be heading off to Qatar as the reigning World Champions and they are joint 7/1 second-favourites* (Betting Odds were taken from July 15th, 2018 at 10:58 p.m.) alongside Germany and Spain to taste success. After the positives that England’s young Three Lions produced in Russia this summer after finishing fourth, they are 14/1 odds to go and take the title in four year’s time. Will there be Lionel Messi there? Will there be a Cristiano Ronaldo there? Time will tell.

2022 World Cup Winner Odds*

Brazil 6/1 France 7/1 Germany 7/1 Argentina 10/1 Belgium 12/1 England 14/1 Italy 16/1 Netherlands 20/1 Portugal 25/1 Croatia 40/1 Uruguay 40/1 Colombia 40/1 Chile 50/1 Mexico 66/1 Bar 100/1 * (Betting Odds were taken from July 15th, 2018 at 10:58 p.m.)
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12,721/1 odds bettered in BetVcitor World Cup Competition

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Operator BetVictor have been running a fascinating World Cup 2018 contest where the punter who lands the biggest odds win on the tournament will be in line for a £1 million prize. This has really set up huge looks at creativity in World Cup betting from those taking part. Naturally, most of the regular common markets are not going to offer up the kinds of odds that would get a punter to the top of the leaderboard in this. However, for the #TheMillionPoundBet competition that BetVictor are running, punters have been lapping it up through their PRICEITUP option where punters can create bets of their own. Last week a punter from Scotland had topped the table with a massive 12,721/1 odds success which had fired them to the top of the leaderboard. That staggering opportunistic bet was built in the final round of group stage matches when Brazil took on Serbia: Brazil to win 2-0, Paulinho to score 1+ goals, Thiago Silva to score 1+ goals, Brazil Over 6.5 Corners, Serbia Over 2.5 cards, Nemanja Matic to be carded. This was done through the PRICEITUP feature at odds of 12,721/1 and that punter had stuck a quid on the bet.

Think 12,721/1 odds can't be beat?

That incredible win was the biggest successful bet at the time by more than 3,000 but then the punter must have been left heartbroken as someone else came up with something bigger on the Uruguay v Portugal round of sixteen match. Just when that 12,721/1 punter though that those odds couldn’t be beaten, along came this: Uruguay to win 2-1, Uruguay Over 1.5 corners, Uruguay Under 2.5 corners, Portugal Over 9.5 corners, Portugal Under 10.5 corners, Uruguay under 0.5 cards. Again this was a PRICEITUP Option but at 17,042/1 odds. Getting the correct score on a match is often touch up but within the bet, the punter had called exactly two corners for Uruguay and exactly ten corners for Portugal. That is just staggering. The Bet Victor#MillionPoundBet competition runs right through to the end of the tournament and you can check out full details of the promotion on their site.
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Bet365 World Cup 2018 penalty payback offer

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Place a bet on the To Win Outright market for World Cup 2018 and if any team you back is eliminated on penalties, we will refund your losing bet. This offer is available on Win and Each Way bets on the World Cup 2018 To Win Outright market until the final kicks off at 16:00 UK Time on Sunday 15th July. This offer will not apply where a stake has been fully Cashed Out. Where a stake has been partially Cashed Out only the remaining active stake will be refunded. If a qualifying bet is edited using our Edit Bet feature prior to kick-off and the team you back is eliminated on penalties, only the new stake will be refunded. Where a bet has been edited to include or amend a selection for an event that is In-Play, the offer will no longer apply. Bets placed from your Withdrawable Balance will be refunded to your Withdrawable Balance and bets placed using Bet Credits will be refunded as Bet Credits. T&Cs apply. Only available to new and eligible customers.

World Cup 2018 Penalty Payback

How it works: 1. Place a bet on the To Win Outright market for World Cup 2018. 2. If any team you back is eliminated on penalties, we will refund your losing bet. See details directly at Bet365's website. 18+ Please gamble responsibly!
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Bet365 Significant Terms and Conditions World Cup 2018 Penalty Payback

• This offer is only available to new and eligible customers. • This offer is available on Win and Each Way bets on the World Cup 2018 To Win Outright market until the final kicks off at 16:00 UK Time on Sunday 15th July. • This offer will not apply where a stake has been fully Cashed Out. Where a stake has been partially Cashed Out only the remaining active stake will be refunded. • If a qualifying bet is edited using our Edit Bet feature prior to kick-off and the team you back is eliminated on penalties, only the new stake will be refunded. Where a bet has been edited to include or amend a selection for an event that is In-Play, the offer will no longer apply. • Bets placed from your Withdrawable Balance will be refunded to your Withdrawable Balance and bets placed using Bet Credits will be refunded as Bet Credits.

Bet365 Full Terms and Conditions World Cup 2018 Penalty Payback

1. This offer is only available to new and eligible customers. You can see a full list of your available offers by logging in and selecting the Offers section on mobile or the Promotions section on desktop. bet365 maintains a record of customer contact in relation to eligibility for offers and this record, including the date and time of any restrictions being imposed, will be final in the event of any dispute. 2. This offer is available on Win and Each Way bets on the World Cup 2018 To Win Outright market until the final kicks off at 16:00 UK Time on Sunday 15th July. 3. Where a team is eliminated on penalties, in multiple bets they will be treated as a non-runner. 4. This offer only applies to teams eliminated after a penalty shoot-out. 5. If a team loses the World Cup 2018 final on penalties only the win part of Each Way bets will be refunded. The returns from the place part of Each Way bets will be subject to the normal settlement rules. 6. This offer will not apply where a stake has been fully Cashed Out. Where a stake has been partially Cashed Out only the remaining active stake will be refunded. 7. If a qualifying bet is edited using our Edit Bet feature prior to kick-off and the team you back is eliminated on penalties, only the new stake will be refunded. Where a bet has been edited to include or amend a selection for an event that is In-Play, the offer will no longer apply. 8. Where this offer is applied in conjunction with a Bet Builder bet, and the team you back are eliminated on penalties, the stake of the Bet Builder bet will be refunded if one of the selections in the bet is a To Lift the Trophy market. 9. Bets placed from your Withdrawable Balance will be refunded to your Withdrawable Balance and bets placed using Bet Credits will be refunded as Bet Credits. 10. Where any term of the offer or promotion is breached or there is any evidence of a series of bets placed by a customer or group of customers, which due to enhanced payments, Free Bets, risk free bets, Bet Credits or any other promotional offer results in guaranteed customer profits irrespective of the outcome, whether individually or as part of a group, bet365 may reclaim the enhanced payment, Free Bet, risk free bet or Bet Credit element of such offers and/or void any bet funded by the Free Bet or Bet Credits. In addition, where there is evidence of such activity, bet365 may levy an administration charge on the customer up to the value of the Bet Credits, Free Bet, risk free bet or enhanced payment towards the administrative costs incurred in identifying and taking action against the activity. 11. bet365 may reclaim any bonus amount, Free Bets, Bet Credits or enhanced payments that have been awarded in error. 12. bet365 may, at any time, make minor amendments to this promotion to correct typographical errors or to improve on clarity or customer experience and may cancel this promotion for legal or regulatory reasons. 13. Employees, officers and directors of bet365, its promotional or other agencies, licensees and licensors, service providers and any other associated or affiliated companies shall not be eligible for the promotion. The same terms shall apply to the direct families of such persons.

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Bet365 World Cup 2 goals ahead offer

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Place a pre-match single bet on the Full Time Result market for any World Cup 2018 match and if the team you back to win goes 2 goals ahead at any stage during normal time, we will settle your bet early as a winner regardless of the final result. This offer applies to pre-match single bets on the Full Time Result market for any World Cup 2018 match, up to and including the final on Sunday 15th July. This offer will not apply where a stake has been fully Cashed Out. Where a stake has been partially Cashed Out and your team goes two goals ahead, the bet will be settled on the remaining active stake. If a qualifying bet is edited using our Edit Bet feature prior to kick-off and your team goes two goals ahead, the bet will be settled on the new stake. Where a bet has been edited to include or amend a selection for an event that is In-Play, the offer will no longer apply. T&Cs apply. Only available to new and eligible customers.

World Cup 2018 Early Payout Offer

How it works: 1. Place a pre-match single bet on the Full Time Result market for any World Cup 2018 match. 2. If the team you back to win goes 2 goals ahead at any stage during normal time, we will settle your bet early as a winner regardless of the final result. See details directly at Bet365's website. 18+ Please gamble responsibly!
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Bet365 Significant Terms and Conditions World Cup 2018 Early Payout Offer

• This offer is only available to new and eligible customers. • This offer applies to pre-match single bets on the Full Time Result market for any World Cup 2018 match, up to and including the final on Sunday 15th July. • This offer will not apply where a stake has been fully Cashed Out. Where a stake has been partially Cashed Out and your team goes two goals ahead, the bet will be settled on the remaining active stake. • If a qualifying bet is edited using our Edit Bet feature prior to kick-off and your team goes two goals ahead, the bet will be settled on the new stake. Where a bet has been edited to include or amend a selection for an event that is In-Play, the offer will no longer apply.

Bet365 Full Terms and Conditions World Cup 2018 Early Payout Offer

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Who will embarrass England at the 2018 World Cup?

World Cup 2018 Betting
While England will have a genuinely tough battle at the World Cup 2018 in the group stage against Belgium, their other two group match against Tunisia and Panama are expected to be won by the Three Lions. But are Gareth Southgate’s men in any danger of being embarrassed in the group stage? Frankly, this is not about pessimism, it is about a beat of realism because their track record in major international tournaments isn’t great.

Track record of failures

Look at their European Championship campaign two years ago. A 1-1 draw with Russia, a last-minute win over Wales and then a 0-0 draw with Slovakia. Then their big crash in the round of sixteen against Iceland. They didn’t exactly cover themselves in glory there. Four years ago at the 2014 World Cup, it was even worse for them as they limped out of the group stage with just the one point from their three games. The defeats against Italy and Uruguay were hard to swallow yes, but at least they were against average quality opponents. But their 0-0 draw with Costa Rica in their final match summed them up, no fight and no desire, combined with a lack of quality saw them go home with their tails tucked well and truly between their legs. Go back a further four years to the 2010 World Cup and you may recall their 1-1 draw with the USA, their 0-0 draw with Algeria and then their 1-0 struggle against Slovenia. So it’s not as if England haven’t been without their embarrassing results recently at major tournaments. Which makes the fact that they are taking on two relative minnows at the World Cup all that more nerve-wracking. The Three Lions should be going out and comfortably beating Panama and Tunisia but there is still an air of trepidation and all confidence is surely tinged with a drop or two of doubt about whether or not the Three Lions will actually be able to turn out the points. England’s first test at the World Cup comes against Tunisia on June 18th and the Three Lions are 1/3 odds-on favourites at Bet365* (betting odds taken on March 5th, 2018 at 5:00 p.m.) to win that fixture. England went up against Tunisia at France ‘98 in the group stage and took a 2-0 win thanks to Alan Shearer and Paul Scholes getting on the scoresheet. Tunisia are currently ranked 23rd in the world and from their four previous World Cup appearances they have never managed to get past the group stage. In fact, their record is W1 D4 L7 from their twelve previous World Cup matches. Not a threat but the African nation are likely going to be the ones who will come the closest to embarrassing England. We’re not suggesting that The Eagles of Carthage are going to go out and beat the Three Lions. However England weren’t a high scoring side in qualification against some average looking opposition and you wonder if they have the clinical finishing in them to see off a side who are likely just going to turn out and be as stubborn of a defensive side as they can be. England should have fewer troubles against Panama because the quality of their defence and overall ability isn’t there compared to that of even Tunisia. They are making their debut in the competition and it is except that they will be going away from the experience without a point and without a goal. It just appears to be one of those World Cup games which not even England can stuff up. England take on Panama on June 24th and they are 4/5 odds at bet365 to win to nil* (betting odds taken on March 5th, 2018 at 5:00 p.m.).    England are 11/5 odds at bet365* (betting odds taken on March 5th, 2018 at 5:00 p.m.) to go home at the stage of last sixteen and are a massive 7/1 to screw things up royally and go home at the group stage. They should be in the round of sixteen. Can they get there without embarrassment?
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World Cup 2018 Latest Betting Odds – Who are the favourites to win?

World Cup 2018 Betting
At every tournament, in every competition, there is always a favourite to win outright. Looking ahead to the big summer feature of the 2018 World Cup hosted in Russia, who are the favourites to win there? While whoever the bookmaker’s install as favourites to take the title may not necessarily influence your betting selections on the tournament, what it will do is paint a clear picture of who is expected to go out and land the title.

World Cup 2018 favourites

For some time now, pretty much since last World Cup really, Brazil and Germany have been heading up the 2018 World Cup winner outright market. That is fully understandable and heading into this summer’s action, many punters are going to lean on one of those two favourites to get the job completed. If those two powerhouses both win their respective groups, they would stay apart until the final. If however someone gets their script all wrong and we end up with a situation where one of them win their group and the other finishes runners run up in theirs, then that would create a spectacular situation of Brazil versus Germany round of 16 fixture. If that were to happen then it would blow the bottom half draw, incidentally where England are, wide-open. But Brazil and Germany both odds-on favourites to win their respective groups so that’s not particularly likely to happen. No one has a richer of a World Cup history than Brazil who have won the title five times and the last title for them was in South Korea & Japan in the 2002 edition where they beat Germany 2-0 in the final. Since then though it has been European success in the last three editions of the World Cup with Germany being crowned world champions four years ago. Five of the last six World Cup final berths have been filled by European nations. So does that send more favouritism towards reigning world champions Germany? No doubt will Brazil will be out to make a bold statement this time around after their World Cup 2014 campaign came crashing down heavily with a massive 7-1 loss against the Germans in the semifinals. Germany and Brazil are joint 9/2 favourites at Bet365* (Betting Odds taken at 02:07 p.m. on May 31st, 2018) to win the 2018 World Cup. Looking at the squad that Brazil will be taking with them to Russia then they certainly have the quality to make amends.  Germany have finished in the top three in each of the last four editions of World Cup, while Brazil have finished in the top four in three of the last five World Cups. if Germany were to land a successful title defence then they would become just the third side ever to achieve that (Brazil and Italy) while they would draw level with Brazil with five World Cup titles.

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 11:37 p.m. on May 30th, 2018) [bbutton bookmaker="bet365"] Spain, France and Argentina Only three other nations will be heading to Russia 2018 priced in single figures in the bet365 outright winner market. They are Spain, France and 2014 losing finalists, Argentina. So those three really make up the pack of the World Cup 2018 favourites to win and of them, France have drawn so much attention and expectation upon themselves. That is because no other squad that is heading to the tournament looks stacked as deeply with talent as that of Les Bleus. France were runners-up the Euro 2016 and they powered their way through World Cup 2018 qualification. They are a side who no one else is going to be happy about having to try and deal with in the tournament, and that is because the French don’t look to have any department throughout their squad which has a perceivable weakness and are 6/1 odds with bet365 to win the tournament outright. France will continue to draw a lot of appeal. Spain are trading at the same price as France to win the tournament outright and the Red Fury look as if they are found their way back to the top of their game. World Cup 2018 qualification was a breeze for them, and the Spaniards went unbeaten all away from their Euro 2016 exit right through to the 2018 March international break. They have a much better blend of experience and youth than they did in their failed title defence four years ago. Then there is Argentina who will be looking to Lionel Messi to carry them one step further than they managed to get four years ago. Argentina lost the 2014 final in extra time against Germany but there will be question marks about them due to their lack of form through World Cup 2018 qualification, notably in front of goal. Despite all of their attacking talent that they have available the Albiceleste fail more often than not too utilise it. Four years ago they went through their for knockout stage matches scoring just twice.

Favourites dominate the World Cup 2018

So those are the World Cup 2018 favourites to win and it would be a surprise if the winner came from outside of the group of six. History is on the side of the favourites heading to the World Cup 2018 too because you only have to look back at the history of World Cup finals, and see how hard it is underdogs to even reach the final. Since the 1970 World Cup Argentina, Netherlands, Brazil, Italy, Germany (West Germany), France and Spain are the only nations to have appeared in a World Cup final and that spans the last 12 editions of the tournament. So there is the proof that your World Cup outright winner selection may not come from outside of the leading pack at Russia 2018. In total there have only been eight different winners of the World Cup in the previous 20 editions.
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England starting eleven at the 2018 World Cup – according to the odds

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After the busy international break period, England boss Gareth Southgate should have a clearer picture of just who he is sticking on the plane to head to Russia in the summer. Across the two friendly matches against the Netherlands and Itay, Southgate had a good look at some of the options available to him. England beat the Dutch in Amsterdam thanks to a strike from Jesse Lingard, and they were looking well set to beat Italy back at Wembley a few days later until the VAR disrupted everything and gave the Azzurri a late penalty which they converted for a 1-1 draw. That was a bit of a sour finish to an otherwise positive couple of matches. It looks as if Southgate is going to be sticking with Jordan Pickford between the sticks in Russia after heaping praise on his ability to play the ball out from the back. Pickford actually started the move which led to Lingard's goal against the Dutch. Lingard, himself looks as if he could be a key man for the Three Lions in the summer after looking a good fit with the way that Southgate wants England to play. However, despite impressing in both games, Lingard, according to odds at bookmaker Ladbrokes, may not make it on to the starting eleven for England's first World Cup game which is against Tunisia. Looking at the shortest priced players to start England’s first World Cup, the line up would be: GK – Jordan Pickford – 8/11 CB – John Stones – 1/5 CB – Harry Maguire – 2/1 CB – Kyle Walker – 1/12 RWB – Kieran Trippier – EVS LWB – Danny Rose – 10/11 CM – Eric Dier – 5/6 CM – Jordan Henderson – 5/6 CAM – Raheem Sterling – 1/10 CAM – Dele Alli – 1/4 ST – Harry Kane – 1/10 Finding some creativity in midfield is Southgate's biggest issue. He is not going to get it from Dier and Henderson, and with Jack Wilshere's injury problems, the Arsenal man isn't likely to be in the picture for a start. The other thing about the odds is that Dele Alli was benched for both of the recent friendly games, so would Lingard get in ahead of him? Barring injury, Kane, Sterling, Stones and Walker all look absolute locks to be in that first eleven. Filling out the back three is another area that Southgate will have so thinking to do. Will he put trust in young Harry Maguire to perform alongside John Stones who is liable to make the odd mistake or three? Or will someone with more experience like Chelsea's Gary Cahill or Phil Jones be able to work their way back in? England's opening game is against Tunisia on June 18th.
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England World Cup 2018 Stage of Elimination Odds

World Cup 2018 Betting
How far can England go at the World Cup 2018? Their odds of winning the tournament outright were trimmed when they received a favourable draw in the group stage. The Three Lions avoided the tournament heavyweights such as Brazil and Argentina in the draw and the top-seeded team in their group will be Belgium, who are ranked 5th in the world, but still, they could be manageable for the Three Lions. England does have a strong head to head record against the Red Devils and either way, really, Gareth Southgate’s men should find themselves in the next round of the competition without too much of a sweat. Joining them in Group G are debutantes Panama and African representatives Tunisia. England are huge 6/1 price at BetVictor to suffer the same fate as they did four years ago when they failed to get out their group which contained Uruguay, Italy and Costa Rica. That was a major failure for them, and with their disappointing exit at the hands of Iceland in the knockout stage of Euro 2016 as well, the country needs to produce a good tournament for themselves to restore a bit of faith and belief. So England would have to royally screw up not to get out of the group. The position is, of course, is going to be all important for them when it comes to the knockout stage of the tournament. If they win the group then they will go on the bottom half of the group where they would likely be joined by Spain, Argentina and Germany, or if they finish runners up to Belgium in the group stage, then they would go to the top half of the draw where they would likely be joined by Russia, France and Brazil. Ultimately there is no easy path to the World Cup Final of course.

Stage of Elimination

But an easy group stage gives them the chance to get a little bit of momentum going and the round of sixteen is where things are going to get interesting for the Three Lions. If they are the Group G winners then they would face the runners up of Group H and if they are runners up in Group G then they play the winners of Group H. So who is in Group H? That will be Poland, Senegal, Colombia and Japan. So there is going to be a tricky game for England in the first knockout stage, but it could have been a lot worse of a draw for them. Poland would be tough, but manageable and the Poles, of course, have Robert Lewandowski who will threaten any defence. They also finished level on points with Germany in the group stage of Euro 2016 remember and would be a difficult opponent for England. So too would Colombia who may not be too well suited to the conditions out in Russia for their game, Senegal got through their qualification group undefeated and have Liverpool’s star man Sadio Mane in their ranks. Japan, who don’t have good form in the finals, are unlikely to get themselves out of the group stage. England are trading at 11/8 with BetVictor to get eliminated at the Last 16 stage. Things would get a lot tougher of course because that is the stage where potentially group winners from thcan meet. The Three Lions could be meeting either Brazil or Germany in the quarter finals and the Three Lions are 11/4 to find themselves heading home at the quarter final stage. Then you will see the price go up drastically on England making significant progress. The Three Lions are 9/2 at BetVictor to exit at the semi final stage and they are a 12/1 poke to finish as runners up at the tournament. England are seventh favourites to win the tournament outright at a price of 16/1, but realistically that is an exaggerated price just because of the easy group stage draw that they received. That’s not going to help them down the line in getting past the better teams and getting through those tougher tests. A quarter final exit looks the most probable outcome.
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World Cup Betting 2018 Groups Draw & Winner Odds

World Cup 2018 Betting
The 21st World Cup will kick off in Russia in the middle of June 2018 and the 32 qualified nations know what lies ahead of them in the group stage. The draw for the World Cup 2018 was made in early December 2017, giving teams and fans plenty of time to get ready for the tournament. Heading back to the World Cup as the reigning champions is Germany who are running as 5/1 outright favourites with Betfair to go and collect another title. The tournament is played across eleven cities in Russia and across several different time zones as well. In order to keep things manageable though, cities in the east of the country are not being used and only one of twelve venues (Yekaterinburg) are east of the Ural mountains, the range which splits the country down the middle. World Cup 2018 Groups Draw Infographic

Tournament Debutants

Twenty of the nations who were at the 2014 World Cup will be making back to back appearances having qualified for this one. But there will be two nations making their World Cup debuts at the 2018 edition and they are Iceland and Panama. Iceland topped out their qualification group against the odds and after their stunning success with a powerful run at Euro 2016, they rode their wave of progression to become the smallest nation ever to make it through to the World Cup. Panama, with a lot of drama and a lot of luck, beat out the USA to make it through to their first ever World Cup

The Draw

The usual format for the World Cup will ensue in this edition as well, with the 32 nations split over eight groups. After a round robin format, the top two teams from each group will be making their way through to the knockout stage of the competition. If teams finish level on points in a group then goal difference will come into play and then if that is even between teams, the decider will be the number of goals scored in all group matches. The slots for the knockout stages of the competitions have been set because the positions for the round of sixteen are set. The winners of Group A will play the runners up of Group B and vice versa, and so on through the groups. So if you are expecting a certain team to win a group, such as Brazil winning Group E, then you can see where they would be placed for the knockout stage of the draw and what kind of path they have may have to go through to get to the final.

Full Group Stage Draw (seeds in bold)

  • Group A: Russia, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Uruguay
  • Group B: Portugal, Spain, Morocco, Iran
  • Group C: France, Australia, Peru, Denmark
  • Group D: Argentina, Iceland, Croatia, Nigeria
  • Group E: Brazil, Switzerland, Costa Rica, Serbia
  • Group F: Germany, Mexico, Sweden, South Korea
  • Group G: Belgium, Panama, Tunisia, England
  • Group H: Poland, Senegal, Colombia, Japan

World Cup Betting Odds

Germany 5/1, Brazil 5/1, France 6/1, Spain 15/2, Argentina 9/1, Belgium 12/1, England 16/1, Portugal 25/1, Russia 33/1, Uruguay 33/1, Colombia 33/1, Croatia 40/1, Poland 40/1, Denmark 80/1, Switzerland 80/1, 100/1 bar

England Odds

The Three Lions really could not have received a better draw than the one that they did get. They avoided the biggest of the seeded teams that they could have been drawn against and they have landed themselves in what should be a two-way race for top spot against Belgium. England are 11/8 second favourites at Betfair behind the Red Devils to finish top of their group, with Belgium, who are the fifth ranked team in the world, trading at odds-on of 10/11. Naturally, it is Tottenham’s Harry Kane who is the 5/4 favourite to be the top scorer for the Three Lions at the tournament. The England stage of elimination market is pretty vibrant and popular and the Last 16 is the shortest priced option at a price of 11/5. Depending on where they finish in the group, first or second, they would be playing someone from Group H which contains Poland, Senegal, Colombia or Japan in the round of sixteen.

The Favourites

There are five teams trading in single figures to win the World Cup 2017 and they are Germany, Brazil, France, Spain and Argentina. Germany produced a stunning qualification campaign by winning all ten of their matches, averaging over four goals per game and conceding just the four goals themselves in ten games. They will once again be a force to be reckoned with and they are blessed with tremendous depth as they showed with their C-squad pretty much winning the Confederations Cup in the summer of 2017. The Brazilians made light work of their CONMEBOL qualification campaign, without a doubt the most difficult qualification zone in the world. They breezed it and with the likes of Gabriel Jesus and Neymar, they will be a major force. France arguably have the most talented, the deepest squad of everyone at the tournament. They have an abundance of riches going on at the moment and no-one is going to want to face them. There is a tremendous array of talent that they can call upon, but will they have the mental fortitude to grind it out when things get a little tough, as tournament football often can do? Spain have benefitted from a nice position in the draw as if they win their group they get an easy opponent from Group A in the round of sixteen. They would first have to get through European champions Portugal first in their group. They have a lot to prove after their misfire four years ago and then again at Euro 2016. Then there is Argentina. They really struggled to get through their qualification campaign, as they could barely hit the back of the net. Because they went on the drift in the World Cup outright winner market, punters have taken a chance on them. Despite their lack of scoring in the qualification campaign, they have an attack-minded manager in Jorge Sampaoli so it will be interesting to see how they approach the tournament. With the pressure of qualification off, can Sampaoli pull things together and get La Albiceleste going for World Cup?

Prediction

Spain are appealing because of their draw, but ultimately they are not the force that they were and may fall short. Argentina have a lot prove, despite having tremendous talent in their squad, so the favouritism has to fall towards either Germany or Brazil really. It is questionable as to whether or not Brazil really have a Plan B up their sleeve and just because of the sheer depth of talent that the Germans can bring to the table, there could be a momentous occasion in becoming just the third nation ever to successfully retain the title (Italy 1934 and 1938, Brazil 1958-1962). So Germany goes as our tip at 9/1 with Betfair while our dark horse will be Poland. At Euro 2016 they match Germany in their group stage campaign and they have Robert Lewandowski and the geographical situation won’t be too unfamiliar for them really. Given that they could face a decent draw in the round of sixteen, they could make a splash.
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England cut to 16/1 in World Cup 2018 betting after favourable draw

World Cup 2018 Betting
England received a fantastic draw for the 2018 World Cup after luck was really on the side. The draw for next summer’s football festival was made on Friday, December 1st in Moscow and with England in danger of pulling out someone like Brazil, Argentina or Germany, things really didn’t up too badly for the Three Lions. They were drawn against Belgium in Group G, one of the seeded teams for the tournament and then came along Tunisia and Panama. So it really should be easy pickings for the Three Lions and a huge chance for the nation to make amends for their major failure at the last World Cup to even get out of the group stage when they were drawn against Italy, Costa Rica and Uruguay. The favourable draw has seen Stan James trim England to 16/1 to win the World Cup next summer because they will get a pretty comfortable passage through to the knockout stages. However, down the line in winning the group, they could still meet Colombia, Brazil, France and then Germany in the final. If they finish second to Belgium they would have to go through Poland, Germany, Spain and then Brazil to win the tournament. So getting to the Final itself isn’t going to be an easy thing for the Three Lions whichever way you look at it. But they are now at 1/4 to qualify for the knockout stage of Russia 2018 and then in the round of sixteen their potential opponents could be Poland, Senegal, Colombia or Japan and again, there were far worse scenarios out there that England could have been projected ahead into at that stage. England are second favourites at 7/5 to win Group G with Belgium going as clear favourites as they are ranked fifth in the world at the moment. That group decider will happen in the final group stage match when the two European nations meet up. Betway have tossed out a price of 7/1 on England failing to get out of the group stage, which for the Three Lions begins against Tunisia on June 18th, before meeting World Cup debutants Panama on June 24th. Already England are 4/7 odds on favourites to beat African representatives Tunisia, who are 6/1 to topple Gareth Southgate's men. Other early betting options on England at the World Cup 2018 are 9/2 on them to get through the group without conceding a single goal and they are 7/1 with Betfred to get through to the next stage with three wins from three. England’s Harry Kane is the 6/4 favourite to be England’s top scorer at the tournament and 16/1 to win the Golden Boot. Brazil and the reigning champions Germany are still at the head of the market at 5/1 with Stan James but both have quietly interesting groups. Germany gets to go against Mexico, Sweden and South Korea while the Selecao faces up to Switzerland, Serbia and Costa Rica. France are hovering at the 6/1 mark to win the World Cup 2018 and they received a pretty handy draw in going against Peru, Denmark and Australia. Spain have been cut a little bit into 15/2 despite being drawn with reigning European Champions Portugal in the group stage. If La Roja wins that group then they will get an easy round of sixteen tie against someone from Group A, which is arguably the weakest of the groups containing Russia, Saudi Arabia, Uruguay and Egypt. Argentina drifted in World Cup betting to 9/1 as they go against Nigeria, Croatia and Iceland but are in the most difficult section of the tournament.

World Cup 2018 draw

Group A: Russia, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Uruguay Group B: Portugal, Spain, Morocco, Iran Group C: France, Australia, Peru, Denmark Group D: Argentina, Iceland, Croatia, Nigeria Group E: Brazil, Switzerland, Costa Rica, Serbia Group F: Germany, Mexico, Sweden, South Korea Group G: Belgium, Panama, Tunisia, England Group H: Poland, Senegal, Colombia, Japan

World Cup Betting Odds

Germany 5/1, Brazil 5/1, France 6/1, Spain 15/2, Argentina 9/1, Belgium 12/1, England 16/1, Portugal 25/1, Russia 33/1, Uruguay 33/1, Colombia 33/1, Croatia 40/1, Poland 40/1, Denmark 80/1, Switzerland 80/1, 100/1 bar
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