The FIFA World Cup 2018 in Russia promises to be one of the most exciting tournaments for years, with numerous teams in with a realistic chance of emerging as winners.

Bookmakers will offer a variety of World Cup odds designed to boost your enjoyment of the games, from the group stage through to the final in Moscow. Betting opportunities will include outright markets, individual match odds and in-play prices, as the world’s finest football teams do battle for the sport’s ultimate prize. will bring you all the relevant betting news and offers, both before and during the tournament, with this page regularly updated with the latest information.

Understanding World Cup odds

Bookmakers offer odds to reflect how likely it is that a particular event will happen. For instance, if Brazil are priced at 7/1 and England at 20/1 to win the tournament, then the bookies believe the South American team is more likely to triumph in Russia than their English counterparts.

Analysing those World Cup odds even further, the bookies think Brazil have a one in seven chance of winning the tournament, whilst England hold a one in twenty chance. A £1 stake on Brazil would return £8 (including your stake), with England returning £21, highlighting the Samba kings are fancied more than Gareth Southgate’s team.

Many factors go into determining how World Cup odds are calculated, including current form, injuries and a team’s previous history in the tournament. Brazil’s record of five World Cup wins, means they are nearly always one of the favourites to lift the prestigious trophy.

Who are the favourites to win

Many of the leading bookmakers offer similar World Cup odds, although it is possible to find plenty of value by shopping around. Coral, Paddy Power, NetBet, William Hill and 888Sport have all priced up the tournament and the following teams are among their leading picks to lift the trophy.

  • Germany: 5/1 favourites
  • Brazil: 6/1
  • France: 7/1
  • Spain: 9/1
  • Argentina: 9/1

Other possible winners include Italy and Belgium at 16/1, Portugal and England at 20/1, or hosts Russia at 33/1.

If you fancy a first-ever African nation to progress to the latter stages of the tournament, Ivory Coast at 150/1 could be worth an each-way interest. For anyone who thinks a shock could be on the cards, Iran are available at 1000/1.


The 2018 World Cup will feature 32 teams playing 64 fixtures in 12 venues across 11 cities. Russia kick-off the tournament in Moscow on June 14, 2018, with the final scheduled for July 15.

Brazil will be one of the most popular teams to watch during the tournament, with Paris Saint-Germain striker Neymar their leading light. Italy and Germany will be eager to add to their four previous successes, whilst France and Spain certainly have the ability to pick up their second World Cup trophy.

Despite being rated by many people as the world’s best player, Lionel Messi has failed to win football’s top prize with Argentina and he’ll be keen to put that right in Russia.

Portugal head into the tournament as the reigning European Champions following their victory against France in 2016. Real Madrid star Ronaldo will also be desperate to make his mark in Russia, after limping out of the Euro final in the first-half.

Incoming information

Make sure you check out on a regular basis, as we keep you up-to-date with all the latest World Cup odds both before and during the tournament.