Here at, we cannot wait for World Cup 2018 to get underway and we’re continually keeping our eyes on the betting markets and odds ahead of the event. Once the qualifiers have been completed, many more markets will be released and punters will be aiming to snap up any early value in the markets.

As well as providing you with betting tips and predictions for the World Cup 2018, we’ll also keep you updated right here with the latest news ahead of the tournament. We’ll flag up any major changes in the betting odds too.

How are the World Cup 2018 odds formed?

The outright odds have changed many times during the qualifying period and it is extremely tight at the top of the market. The favourites are Germany but Joachim Low’s side are closely followed by Brazil and Spain and this is largely based on previous performances in the tournament.

The bookmakers will factor in recent performances in qualifying matches and current momentum, which could include any outstanding friendly performances. Online betting odds can fluctuate heavily if a key player picks up a season-ending injury that prevents them from travelling to Russia or is part of a falling out with the remainder of the squad. If this happens days before the World Cup 2018 gets underway, the odds could significantly drift.

History in the tournament is also an important factor in forming the final odds. Only eight teams have ever won the World Cup and nations such as Germany and Italy have the kind of temperament and know-how that often sees them progress to the latter stages of the competition, even despite a potentially hectic schedule.

Who are the favourites for World Cup 2018?

Germany are the current favourites but some online betting companies have made them joint-favourites with Brazil. Each bookmaker will have their own football odds but, generally, it is Germany, Brazil, Spain, and Argentina that dominate the outright market. Spain’s recent demolition of Liechtenstein has seen them backed by punters in the market whilst Argentina’s failure to see off Uruguay has caused them to lose favour. The winner odds always offer decent returns for punters who correctly identify the successful side but outsiders are rarely victorious in this competition. Will the World Cup 2018 throw up a surprise?

Which other teams feature in the World Cup 2018 betting?

Outside of the usual protagonists, Belgium are quietly fancied to progress nicely. Roberto Martinez’s side recently moved up to 9th in the latest FIFA rankings and the general feeling is that they will win a major soccer competition in the next ten years. They have an impressive squad and they are likely to be priced up at short odds on a match-by-match basis. The betting odds suggest that they are 6th favourites to lift the Jules Rimet trophy.

European champions Portugal are once again unfancied for success in Russia but the likes of Colombia and Uruguay could spring a surprise at longer odds. England, Italy, and the Netherlands are not without a chance of success, although recent form suggests they won’t reach the final and they are priced up accordingly.

Plenty more information to come

The World Cup gets underway on June 14th and there are likely to be plenty of changes in the betting odds before kick off in Moscow. Here at, we’ll bring you news of any factors that could be crucial and make sure you don’t miss anything in the build up to the World Cup 2018.