With the draw for the 2018 FIFA World Cup already made and football nations pitted against each other in eight groups, the excitement slowly builds as we slowly head into the final six months ahead of the showpiece tournament in Russia.
Fans, supporters and punters alike are looking forward to what is surely going to be the pinnacle of the 2017/18 season and are already analysing the early betting options available to them.
In order to make it ever so easier for you to go through ins and outs of the forthcoming competition in terms of betting options, here are the five betting tips you should read ahead of the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
Stating the Obvious – Winners Market
Despite the vast selection of betting markets and the offering that’s grown significantly with the ever-expanding popularity of online betting, the winners market remains the most popular one for bettors around the globe.
The early analysis highlights two sides as the most likely winners of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, according to alphasportsbetting.com.
Current holders Germany are widely expected to advance far into the tournament after their impeccable qualifying campaign. Joachim Low’s side won all 10 qualifiers and also managed to win the FIFA Confederations Cup Russia 2017, which came as a warm-up for Die Mannschaft ahead of the main showpiece.
Germany is a wise bet at 5/1 offered at Sky Bet and BetVictor, given their quality, squad depth and relentless winning character. Sweden, Mexico and Korea Republic are not expected to present a significantly dangerous challenge in Group F and, in case of a clash against another bookies’ favourite Brazil, they should come out on top nevertheless.
Brazil went through an impressive qualifying campaign as well and can be found at the same price with William Hill or Paddy Power.
Top European Team
A bit wider betting option to consider as a potentially valuable selection is to go with which team will be the top European side in the tournament.
In case Germany fails to win the coveted prize, they are sure to be considered at 11/4 with Bet365 for this particular option. Last year’s hosts of the Euro 2016 – France – are another favourite at 10/3 betting odds with BetVictor.
With his move to Paris Saint Germain resulting in a goalscoring run which currently has him flying high with 17 goals in 20 appearances for French giants across all competitions, Neymar has been installed as the firm favourite to win the individual accolade at 7/1 with Paddy Power and 8/1 at Unibet.
Leo Messi – with 19 goals in 25 matches for Barcelona – is a wise, but the hard choice at 8/1 with 888sport, given the fact Argentina are aiming high in their Group D against Iceland, Croatia and Nigeria. It won’t be an easy task but Argentina is heading into the competition as the ultimate test of the generation.
Top African Team
Senegal might be holding the upper hand as one of the most experienced nation at international level and their 2/1 price found at 188Bet is certainly to be considered. However, with Liverpool winger Mo Salah heading into the tournament as the nation’s hero, Egypt could prove to be a valuable choice to make their maiden World Cup appearance best of all African nations.
Avoid Group Winner Market
As popular as they might be, group winner odds are to be avoided.
With many nations heading into the championship flying on high hopes and big expectations, group stage is the time to assess your options and measure the form of the teams you regard favourites.
Russia as the tournament’s hosts is the biggest example here. They are entering the competition automatically and may suffer dearly due to the lack of competitive action over the course of the qualifiers.