World Cup Betting Odds

Mon, 14 May 2018, 8:42

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Betting on the World Cup is huge business. One of the most prestigious events in world sport, the football World Cup provides fantastic opportunities for bettors to make profit on the variety of World Cup betting odds and promotions offered by bookmakers before and throughout the tournament.

There are plenty of ways in which you can bet on football’s biggest event. One of the most common markets to bet on, particularly for casual bettors, is the overall winner of the tournament, and World Cup outright winner odds are available from almost every bookmaker you’ll find.

Even those who don’t usually bet, or those not particularly interested in football, like to place a wager on the World Cup, such is the fame and reputation this tournament has to offer. Many go for the overall winner market.

However, more serious bettors look for more value when looking to bet on World Cup betting odds. Markets like Both Teams To Score, Total Goals and Half-Time/Full-Time can offer much more value than the traditional Match Result market, meaning there is more profit to be made if you bet wisely.

World Cup outright winner odds can also be bet on Each-Way, meaning if you bet on a team to win the tournament and they reach the Final, you could see a return on your stake regardless of whether they win the sought-after Jules Rimet Trophy or not. There may not be much value in betting on World Cup favourites Each-Way, so if E/W betting is your thing it might be a good idea to look at the sides who have longer odds attached but also have the potential to do well.

The favourites to win the World Cup, as you’d expect, are priced low. It’s worth looking out for enhanced odds opportunities that are available with many bookies that lengthen the ‘usual’ odds, meaning you can increase your profit and/or win yourself some free bets.

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World Cup Favourites

World Cup favourites with the majority of bookmakers include five-times winners Brazil, current Champions Germany, France, Spain and Argentina. Many bookies will offer special promotions on these sides to win the tournament, keep your eye out for the best bonus opportunities.

World Cup betting odds are not just offered on teams. There are many markets available on specific players too, and odds on these can provide excellent value. Tournament Top Goalscorer, Most Assists and Player of the Tournament markets are available with all the top bookies, so if you know your stuff these are opportunities you should certainly take a look at.

Next, we come to betting on individual matches. World Cup betting odds are available well in advance of the tournament taking place, even on individual matches. If you follow football closely and the teams involved in the 2018 World Cup, it could be worth studying the odds on offer now, as they may represent more value than if you waited til the start of the competition. Learning more about the tournament or event you’re looking to bet on means you can assess the value of the odds on offer more accurately, giving you a better chance of spotting the right bets and making profit on your wagers.

The key part of finding the right bets at the right price is to increase your knowledge on football and the World Cup itself. If you widen your knowledge base, you can stay one step ahead of the bookmakers, meaning you can find those bets offering extra value and the potential to make you profit, which, of course, is what it’s all about.

It’s also important to follow how World Cup betting odds change the closer to the tournament or specific match we come. Odds can fluctuate drastically, so it’s important you place your bet at the right time in order to get the best possible price and in turn increase the possibility of making the most amount of profit.

Finally, it’s a good idea to compare odds from a range of bookmakers. Whilst on a particular markets, there may not be a huge difference in price from different bookies, consistently betting on odds that aren’t as great as they are elsewhere means you could be missing out on a lot of profit in the long run.


What Are The Odds is a bettingexpert magazine where we're looking at what bookmaker odds are telling us about real-life stories.

You'll find posts covering everything from odds intelligence on the latest transfer market rumours, the latest developments and most likely outcomes of certain popular events, as well as perspective odds, where we'll compare a number of otherwise incomparable events through odds probability. 


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