The 2018 World Cup in Russia is fast approaching. New to the soccer betting scene? Here's a primer on some main betting options for the world's biggest sporting event.
The world’s most important soccer event, the World Cup 2018, will take center stage this summer in Russia from June 14 to July 15. Thirty-two squads will be fighting for national pride willing to raise their game and give their fans something to cheer for.
The professional gamblers, tipsters, punters or betting fanatics will be looking to maximize their wins and cash not only from the actual soccer matches and usual markets like spread, moneyline, Asian handicap or 'over/under,' but also from future and prop bets. Preparing for this amazing event, the bookies are offering huge promotions or bonuses allowing us make prop bets or future bets. The most important special markets are:
- Outright winner
- Group betting markets
- Top goalscorer
- Name the finalists
- To reach final
- Continent of the winner
- Dual forecast
- Top European team
- Groups straight forecast
- Stage of elimination
Twenty of the 32 finalists competed in the World Cup 2014 in Brazil, and Iceland and Panama are the only 2 sides to make their World Cup debut this year. Germany will try to join Brazil and Italy as the only countries to win back-to-back World Cup trophies. Brazil and Germany remain the joint-favorites to win the World Cup in Russia being priced at +500 at SBR's top-rated sportsbooks followed by France, Spain and Argentina priced between +600 and +900.
Two of the top 5 favorites to win the Golden Boot award (top scorer), Brazil’s Neymar and England’s Harry Kane, are injured but expected to return before the start of the World Cup. Argentina’s Lionel Messi is favorite to be the top goalscorer of the competition being priced at +900, followed by Neymar and Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo both priced between +1000 and + 1400.
The bookies are expecting a European winner and they are offering just -277 with Bovada for the continent winner being Europe followed by South America priced at +200. If you think you can guess the finalists, the most important bookmakers are offering great odds for a final between Germany and Brazil (+1200) followed by Germany and France (+1400) and Brazil and Spain (+1600).
Team specials outrights are among the most popular betting markets. You can bet on the team’s stage of elimination, if they will qualify in the knock-out stages or their top goalscorers. After analyzing the 10 favorites here at SBR and sharing our top picks for each team, let’s start the World Cup in style and find the best futures and prop bets choosing some dark horses:
- To Reach the Final – Belgium at +500
- Top Goalscorer – Timo Werner at +1700
- Name the Finalists – Germany and Belgium at +2500
- England – Stage of Elimination – Quarterfinals at +250
- Egypt to win Group A at +600