There are a host of teams vying to topple reigning FIFA World Cup champions Germany.

Brazil, France, Argentina and Spain are all strongly fancied to make their mark in Russia, whilst the likes of Italy, Portugal and England are lively outsiders. Five-time winners Brazil were the first team to progress from the qualifiers, confirming their place alongside hosts Russia.

A further 30 teams with join the pair for what promises to be a sensational month of football featuring the world’s top players. There will be a total of 64 matches in 12 venues across 11 cities, with the final scheduled to take place on July 15, 2018.

Bookmakers will offer a wide range of markets both before and during the tournament, so keep following for the best World Cup betting tips.

Where to place your World Cup 2018 bets

The World Cup will be one of the biggest betting events of 2018.

Companies such as NetBet, William Hill, Paddy Power, 888sport and Coral will offer thousands of ways to boost your enjoyment of the tournament. Most online bookmakers will have a dedicated area on their site containing in-depth analysis and expert World Cup betting tips.

If you like betting in-play, NetBet will offer lots of opportunities to wager during the matches. New customers can take advantage of free bet offers, whilst existing punters are well-catered for.

As one of the UK’s leading bookmakers, William Hill has a strong online presence and on the high street. Whether you want to bet on the tournament winner, top goalscorer or on hundreds of other markets, William Hill can be relied on to cover all the World Cup bases.

Paddy Power is one of the leading online bookmakers and can be relied on to provide plenty of special promotions to both old and new customers. Their social media presence is often amusing, whilst they have many excellent pundits who will provide World Cup betting tips that are worth following.

888sport is among the industry’s best online bookmakers, often providing a vast range of specially enhanced odds. If you fancy Germany to retain the trophy or France to fulfill their undoubted potential, 888sport is certainly worth checking out.

Coral is one of the oldest bookmakers in the UK, offering plenty of betting bonuses and competitive prices on a range of markets. With a network of betting shops across the UK, coupled with their strong online presence, Coral is a solid choice for your World Cup bets.

What to consider when betting on the World Cup

Historically the World Cup is usually won by one of the leading nations. France, Brazil, Italy, Spain and Germany have won the last five tournaments and they are all among the front-runners in the betting for the 2018 edition.

With the tournament taking just over a month to complete, it’s worth monitoring World Cup betting tips to make sure you’re fully informed about all the games. Keeping an eye on previous form is important, but pay close attention to the early group games to see who is likely to progress to the latter stages. As England have found out to their cost in the past, one poor result could make reaching the final much more difficult.

If you’re betting on the outright winner of the tournament make sure you check a team’s route to final. Value can often be found in the top goalscorer markets, particularly if a player has a run of games against the perceived weaker nations.

Injuries and suspensions to key players can also affect a team’s chances, whilst squad harmony is another major consideration. Teams such as the Netherlands and France have imploded in the past, with arguments amongst the players and coaching staff costing them any chance of victory.