Even though the World Cup is two years away and qualifying teams are far from decided, several sportsbooks have rolled out advanced lines for soccer bettors keen to get in soccer picks early.
World Cup 2018 Advanced Betting Odds
If you’re one of those soccer bettors that can’t wait for the blessed World Cup to get underway in two year’s time, you’re in luck. Sports betting markets are rife with advanced soccer odds for World Cup 2018, and here we rundown through some of the favourites.
Germany The Team To Beat
World Cup Champions Germany head up the advanced serving of World Cup 2018 odds available at most leading sportsbooks. Predominantly, you’ll find Germany trading at +500 soccer odds – those include 5Dimes, Bookmaker, Bovada and William Hill, amongst others. Only Sports Interaction have gone and made Germany the +450 soccer pick to win a second straight World Cup title.
Germany won its fourth overall title in Brazil two years ago, improving their world class resume at the finals and moving within one short of Brazil (five-time champions). In Russia, Germany will be gunning to level that record by the South American heavyweights, and a good turn in the upcoming EURO 2016 this summer will only improve their market outlook.
South Americans To Give Germany A Run For Its Money
Speaking of South America, Argentina and Brazil emerge as the second and third overall favourites –interchangeably depending on your sportsbook of choice – to win outright. JustBet feature Argentina (largely down to Balon D’Or winner Lionel Messi, one would think) as the second faves at +650 and Brazil as the third fave at +1000. Bovada and William Hill meanwhile, draw no distinction between the pair by placing them on identical +800 soccer odds. While others such as 5Dimes and Sports Interaction have the pair only a hairbreadth apart on the World Cup odds board to make it a moot point.
Others from the Latin Continent to potential shine in Russia include Colombia, Uruguay and Chile. Somewhat surprisingly Colombia is priced the shortest of this triplet, ahead of Copa America champions Chile. Colombia are trading at a low of +2100 at SportsInteraction and a high of +2500 at 5Dimes, while Chile are priced at a low of +2800 at Bet365 and a whopping high of +4000 at Bookmaker. Finally, Uruguay, 2010 semi-finalists in South Africa, are running at +4000 or higher in the World Cup betting market.
Europeans To Spot
Familiar European heavyweights such as France, Netherlands and Portugal strike an attractive pose on the World Cup odds board. France are priced anywhere from +1000 (William Hill) to +1200 (5Dimes); Netherlands are priced from +1600 (Bookmaker) to +2000 (Bovada) while Portugal range from +2800 to +3300 depending on the sports betting shop.
Belgium’s recent success at the world stage has them in contention for Russia at rather lowly +1600 soccer odds, putting them ahead of traditional heavyweights such as Portugal. Finally, hosts Russia, who gain automatic entry into the competition, are matched at competitive soccer odds ranging from a low of +1600 to a high of +3300.
USA In The Mix?
The Red, White and Blue are expected to be in the mix, but as far as their chance to win a first-ever World Cup title goes they’re amongst the pretenders at the moment. Bet365 is generously rates USA at +5000 to win it all – which smacks of overrating – while Bookmaker, JustBet are offering more realistic odds of +9000 to win it all. 5Dimes takes the cake with a staggering +10000 price tag on its World Cup odds board.