Scheduled to take place from June 14 to July 15, 2018, this will be the first time the football World Cup has been held in Eastern Europe.

Russia will be joined by 31 other national teams playing a total of 64 fixtures in 12 venues across 11 cities. The FIFA World Cup calendar will reach its climax when the final takes place at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow. The winners qualify for the 2021 FIFA Confederations Cup.

There will be a wide range of World Cup betting opportunities available and the following guide by provides you with all the relevant information about the tournament, including access to odds, predictions and details about the schedule.

World Cup betting

Bookmakers across the industry will offer a range of ante-post and in-tournament betting opportunities on the football World Cup.

Coral, Paddy Power, 888Sport, William Hill and NetBet are among the companies who will strive to offer the very best football odds. There will be many free bets and promotions available, giving punters plenty of options when choosing who they should wager with.

Coral is one of the most respected bookmakers in the UK, offering a vast array of markets on the tournament. Match results, over/under 2.5 goals per game or wagering on the winner of the Golden Ball for the player who scores the most goals are among the markets available at Coral.

Paddy Power’s social media strategy makes them stand out from the crowd, and the company will pull out all the stops to provide the very best World Cup betting odds. Back in 2014, Paddy Power offered odds on who Uruguay star Luis Suarez would bite next, so punters can be sure even the strangest wagers will be available to them at the footballing extravaganza.

888sport is one of the UK’s leading online bookmakers, offering hundreds of markets across the football World Cup. These include plenty of enhanced multiples during the tournament, which boosts the price of doubles, trebles and other accumulators.

William Hill provides a superb selection of match options, such as correct score, hat-trick and both teams to score markets. With free matched bets for new customers, William Hill is an excellent option to consider during the tournament.

NetBet has become one of the most visible brands in football through its partnerships with the likes of Premier League club West Bromwich Albion and Romania’s Steaua Bucharest. In-play and live betting is the future in the UK market, and NetBet offers a wealth of opportunities in these areas.

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World Cup Odds

Football betting odds can be confusing for any newcomers to gambling, but it doesn’t take long to understand how they work.

Odds are offered in two main ways – fraction or decimal – with punters given the option to choose which suits them best. Fractional odds such as 2/1 or 9/4 are structured to show you what you would win – the figure on the left – against how much you wager – the figure on the right.

For example, in football World Cup betting, if a team is priced up at 9/4 it means your winnings are £9 for every £4 you stake. This means if you placed £4 on a 9/4 winner you would get back £13 including your stake.

Decimal odds are used on exchange markets and are arguably easier to understand. Odds of 5.00 would be 4/1 when displayed as a fraction, so a £1 stake at those odds would return £5 less any commission charged by the operator.

World Cup Predictions

Brazil, France and Germany are among the favourites for the tournament, with the likes of Argentina, Portugal and England other strong contenders.

Brazilian manager Tite has turned around his country’s fortunes after a disappointing spell and, with striker Neymar in their squad, they are a force to be reckoned with. France are also re-emerging as a strong team, with Paul Pogba, Kylian Mbappe and Ousmane Dembele among their numerous star players.

Germany will undoubtedly be tough to beat and Argentina should also pose a threat with Lionel Messi pulling the strings. Ivory Coast could be a lively outsider, with Eric Bailly and Serge Aurier leading their defence, Jean Michael Seri a rising star in midfield and Wilfried Zaha a livewire up front.

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World Cup Betting Tips

With the football World Cup set to last for just over a month, patience when betting should pay dividends as the matches come thick and fast.

Teams who have been in good form during the qualifiers might have peaked too early, so it’s worth paying close attention to the early group games to gauge who might emerge victorious. Monitoring injuries or suspensions to key players can also help you make informed decisions when betting on games.

Utilising free bets and promotions will help boost your bankroll, ensuring punters can maximise their enjoyment as the action unfolds. Wagering on the outright winner and top scorer are excellent starting points when deciding what to bet on, as these markets give you a long-term interest in the tournament.

It’s always worth checking out a team’s route to the final, as one poor result could make it much harder to progress to the latter stages.

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World Cup Schedule

The host nation will kick-off the football World Cup in Moscow on June 14, 2018.

There will be eight groups of four teams playing a round-robin in the opening stage, with the top two in each progressing to the round of 16. From there the tournament becomes a straight knock-out, with the winners of each game moving on into quarter-finals, semi-finals and the final.

The schedule is as follows:

  • Group Stages: June 14 to June 28 (4 matches per day)
  • Round of 16: July 30 to July 3 (2 matches per day)
  • Quarter-finals: July 6 (2 matches) and July 7 (2 matches)
  • Semi-finals: July 10 and July 11
  • Third Place play-off: July 14
  • Final: July 15

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World Cup Interesting Facts

The 2018 football World Cup in Russia will be the 21st staging of the tournament.

Uruguay were the first ever winners back in 1930, whilst Brazil are the only team to have taken part in every World Cup. Brazil is also the most successful team with five titles, followed by Italy and Germany with four apiece. Uruguay and Argentina with two titles each, and England, France and Spain with one, complete the roll of honour.

German striker Miroslav Klose is the all-time leading goalscorer in the tournament with 16 goals, closely followed by Brazil’s Ronaldo with 15. Gary Lineker is the highest scoring England player with ten goals in just 12 World Cup appearances.

With the finest soccer players on show and all the top countries battling for glory, Russia 2018 promises to be a tournament to savour. Remember to keep an eye on before and during the tournament, as we bring you all the best betting information.

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