World Cup 2018 Free Bets
World Cup Free Bets, Odds & Tips
The World Cup kicks off in Russia this summer, running from June 14 until July 14. Germany will be hoping to defend their crown, but Spain, Brazil and Argentina will be among those hoping for glory.
There are so many markets worth looking at ahead of the tournament, below are four examples, accompanied by the favourites for each and odds on the bet.
Find below the best world cup free bets and betting offers for the biggest soccer event of 2018.
Monday/Tuesday 25/26th of June World Cup matches
Saudi Arabia and Egypt clash at the Volgograd Arena on Monday with only pride at stake with both teams having lost their first two games leaving Uruguay and Russia uncatchable. Egypt are the best bet to win at 17/20 (1.85) with bet365* as they look the better side and with their talisman Mo Salah should be able to see off the Saudis and take three points home with them.
Uruguay and Russia are already safely through to the knockout stages with two wins each from their two games played, so this game will decide who finishes top of the group. If the match ends a draw it will be Russia on top as they have the superior goal difference but with eight goals in the bag already and just one conceded we fancy the home nation to keep the momentum going and are our pick here at 9/5 (2.80) with Unibet.
Iran were predicted by many to finish bottom of their group but with with their surprise win over Morocco they could still end up winning it! However they will face a tough task against Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal at the Mordovia Arena tonight. Both Spain and Portugal top the group on four points with Iran on three so Iran need a win here to guarantee qualification. A draw would be enough for Portugal but they should be winning this one and we will take the 7/10 (1.70) available with BetStars for a Portuguese victory.
Morocco are already out of the 2018 World Cup and will only be playing for pride here against Spain at the Kaliningrad Stadium on Monday night. Spain are many people’s fancy to win the tournament and they only require a draw to progress to the Last 16. The only scenario that could see Spain go out is if they lose this match heavily and Iran beat Portugal which is highly unlikely. Diego Costa has scored in his last nine matches for Spain and looks a good bet at 11/10 (2.10) with CentreBet to continue this run. * (*Odds correct at the time of writing)
World Cup Betting Odds 2018
Find below the odds for five nations to win the World Cup
Germany (9/2 with Bet365): Very much among the favorites to win the tournament again and defend their crown. Coach Joachim Loew led his side to Confederations Cup success last summer while resting a few star players. They eased through qualification, winning all ten of their games.
Brazil: The Selecao have really recovered from their embarrassing exit from the last World Cup on home soil and should be there or thereabouts in this one. Led by Neymar, they topped the South American qualification group.
France: Les Bleus have one of the best young squads at the tournament and are definitely worth backing in Russia. They reached the final of Euro 2016, which they hosted, and took the valuable experience gained and topped their group in qualification.
Argentina: Argentina struggled badly in qualification and left it late to book their place in Russia. Jorge Sampaoli is yet to have a real impact in charge, but with Barcelona’s Lionel Messi at his disposal, as well as the likes of Sergio Aguero, Paulo Dybala and Mauro Icardi, the 2014 finalists could be worth backing again.
England: England may still be among those most well known, but it is tough to see Gareth Southgate leading his side to a first tournament win since 1966. The Three Lions have some very good young players coming through, but this summer may just come too soon for them despite the ease in which they qualified.
Belgium: Soccer fans have been talking about the incredible amount of talent that Belgium possess for years now. Well, this is the time for the likes of Eden Hazard, Romelu Lukaku and Kevin De Bruyne to step up and prove that they are worthy of all the hype.
Portugal: The reigning European champions used all of their experience, organisation and battling spirit to emerge victorious in Euro 2016. Their chances of more success hinge on the performances of Cristiano Ronaldo but you’d have to say they look a little short of the quality required to win the World Cup.
Uruguay: Uruguay are the dark horses of the 2018 World Cup. They’ve been given a plum draw alongside Russia, Egypt and Saudi Arabia so should have no trouble qualifying out of Group A. From there, the firepower of Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani is enough to take them into the latter stages and, who knows, maybe all the way to the final.
Croatia: Croatia have one of the strongest midfields of any team competing at the World Cup. Real Madrid pair, Luka Modric and Mateo Kovacic, are joined in the middle by Ivan Rakitic of Barcelona to produce a unit capable of controlling any game. Providing Croatia hit the ground running they could just make a mockery of their generous odds.
Colombia: Colombia were one of the stories of the 2014 World Cup as they made it all the way to the quarter finals. Well, they’re back four years on with a squad that’s equally full of talent. James Rodriguez is the Colombia talisman and he could well be the player that takes them even further in Russia.
Bet Australia in the World Cup 2018
Australia unlucky to lose 2-1 to France in their World Cup opener – UPDATE 17th of June 2018
Australia got their 2018 World Cup campaign underway with a tough match against France in Group C on Saturday. The Socceroos showed great determination and were looking good for a draw against one of the pre-tournament favourites. Unfortunately Paul Pogba scored an 80th minute goal to win the game 2-1 for France. His lob shot took deflections of both Aziz Behich and the crossbar before falling inches over the line.
The Aussies will now need to take something from their next game and will fancy their chances against Denmark on Thursday to give them hope of qualifying for the knockout stage. Australia are now odds of 5/1 to qualify from Group C with Bet365.
Australia are one of the biggest underdogs at the World Cup 2018. The Socceroos certainly earned their place in Russia though as they travelled more miles than any other team to qualify out of Asia qualifying.
Ange Postecoglou guided the Socceroos to the World Cup via an intercontinental playoff against Honduras. They lost the first leg but captain fantastic, Mile Jedinak, scored a hat-trick in Sydney to send his team to the finals.
This is the Socceroos fifth participation in the World Cup finals. The round of 16 is as far as they’ve gone and they were eliminated at the group stage in both 2014 and 2010. New manager, Bert van Marwijk, has a mixture of youth and experience in the squad that he’s taking to Russia and if you think they’ll be able to get out of a group that contains France, Denmark and Peru, you can back the Socceroos to qualify at 7/2 with Centrebet.
World Cup Betting Tips
Will Germany Get It Done on the Big Stage Once Again?
Germany (9/2 with Bet365) were absolutely awesome in the 2014 World Cup. Die Mannschaft utilised the incredible talent and their experience of turning in quality performances under immense pressure to win the World Cup for a fourth time. If anybody was in any doubt about the strength in depth available to Joachim Low they only had to watch the way an Germany B team won the Confederations Cup last summer. Germany head to Russia in no mood to mess around and look worthy favourites.
Can Neymar Lead Brazil to Glory?
When you think of Brazil (9/2 with Unibet) you immediately think of talented attacking players like Neymar. The PSG Striker is the darling of Brazilian football and his performances will play a key role in Brazil’s chances in Russia but it’s the approach of Tite that has made the biggest impact after the disappointment of Rio 2014. Tite made his team approach even friendly games with the utmost importance and that professional approach should see Brazil to reach the final at 9/4 with Bet365.
Will Deschamps Prove to Be France’s Weak Link?
There are few teams heading to the World Cup with more raw talent than France (11/2 with William Hill) Players of the quality of Anthony Martial and Dimitri Payet didn’t even make the cut and the strength of the French squad should see them through their group. From then on things are a little less certain. France fans are far from happy with their manager, Didier Deschamps. His shortcomings could be their undoing in the latter stages but back France to win Group C at 2/7 with William Hill.
Will Messi Ever Get His Hands of the World Cup?
Cristiano Ronaldo’s celebrations after Portugal won Euro 2016 show just how important it is for the world’s best players to be successful on the international stage. Lionel Messi will go down as one of the game’s greats but people will always mention the fact that he hasn’t won the World Cup. The World Cup 2018 could be Messi’s last shot but we don’t think he’ll be celebrating. Argentina are available at 9/1 with Betfair in the World Cup odds but that looks a little short.
How Far Can the Young Lions Go?
Gareth Southgate has put his trust in youth. Not only has the England manager taken just three players in their 30s but Southgate has made 24-year-old Harry Kane his captain. Kane was awful in Euro 2016 but he’s a better, more experienced player now. While England (16/1 with Crownbet) won’t win the World Cup, they should make the quarter-finals while Kane is a decent top goalscorer bet at 16/1 with Ladbrokes.
World Cup Betting Tips
Best Australian Bookmakers for the World Cup 2018
Find below four of the best bookmakers to bet with at this summer’s World Cup:
Offering a range of great odds on different markets, including outright winner (Germany and Brazil, 9/2), top goalscorer (Harry Kane at 16/1), group forecast (France 1st, Denmark, 6/4) and finalists (Argentina and Brazil, 22/1). Other markets include teams to finish bottom of the group and stage of elimination.
Like Bet365, William Hill are a good place to bet on the World Cup, offering the same markets with slightly different odds, other than group forecast. (Germany to win at 9/4, Cristiano Ronaldo top scorer at 10/1, and Brazil/Germany to reach the final at 12/1)
Currently, Ladbrokes only offer odds on markets for each game, from the winner, BTTS, over 2.5 goals and anytime goalscorer.
World Cup Betting Markets
Pick the side you think could go all the way in Russia. Germany (9/2, Ladbrokes) are the current world champions and are understandably among the favourites to go all the way again, but Brazil (9/2 Bet365) have won it a record five times and they are looking strong once again.
The best players in the world will more or less all be there in Russia, and the race to finish as top scorer will be very interesting to watch.
The top goalscorer markets are always very popular with punters. Before having a bet it’s worth considering that Ronaldo is the only winner of the last 10 Golden Boots/Shoes to score more than six goals.
The best forwards in world football are all at the top of the betting. Lionel Messi (10/1 with William Hill) and Cristiano Ronaldo (14/1 with Bet365) are the best of the best but they’ll have to rely on their teammates to help get them through to the latter stages. Neymar (11/1 with William Hill) and Antoine Greizmann (12/1 with Ladbrokes) should have a better chance as their teams are more likely to make the quarter finals and beyond. Perhaps the best bet could be Romelu Lukaku (18/1 with Unibet) though as he can fill his boots against Panama and Tunisia in the group stage.
Here is your chance to back an outsider, or go against one of the favourites. For example, 2010 winners Spain are fully expected to reach the knockout rounds (1/12, Bookmaker.com.au), but Panama, a real minnow in the competition are 1/14 to go out with Bet365, but 8/1 to make it through their group.
To reach the final
The usual suspects will all be worth backing here, and you can find Germany (9/4 with PalmerBet), Brazil (5/2 William Hill), France (11/4, Bet365) and Spain (10/3, William Hill) are among the favourites here.
World Cup 2018 Live Betting
It’s all well and good doing your research and backing a team before kickoff but we all know that things can change very quickly in football, especially when you add the pressure of a tournament like the World Cup. With live betting (or in-play betting) the best bookies allow you to capitalise on the swings of momentum.
Live betting has come on a long way in recent years. It used to be that only a select few of the biggest markets were offered in-play but the number of live betting options keep on getting better and better.
One of the best ways of using live betting to with the World Cup odds is by backing the favourite if they fall behind against the run of play. You’ll get better value than if you backed them before the match so will get a nice payout should they come back and win.
Another popular option is betting on the number of goals that will be scored in a match. If a match is goalless but there have been several shots on targets, it can often pay to bet on goals. In contrast, it’s sometimes a good idea to bet against there being too many more goals if there is early action in a tight knockout match. Players and managers can feel extra time is around the corner so will often try to keep things tight late on rather than taking a gung ho approach.
Bet365 have always prided themselves on being at the very forefront of live betting. They offer a huge array of markets for you to get involved in during a match. Betfair are another bookie whose live betting market coverage is deep while Unibet also match up very well in this regard.
World Cup Schedule – Group A
World Cup Schedule – Group B
World Cup Schedule – Group C
World Cup Schedule – Group D
World Cup Schedule – Group E
World Cup Schedule – Group F
World Cup Schedule – Group G
World Cup Schedule – Group H
World Cup Schedule – Knockout Phase
WORLD CUP MATCHES
From 30/6 till 04/07
From 6/7 till 08/07
From 11/7 till 12/07
16/07 12.30 am
Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow