World Cup Betting

Betting on World Cup 2018

Yes, it’s nearly that time again! The 2018 Fifa World Cup is upon us and thousands of sports fans and punters will be rubbing their hands at the prospect of the world’s most famous sporting event. The World Cup starts on the 14th June with host nation Russia kicking off against Saudi Arabia and ends one month later with the final in Moscow on 15/06. Germany (9/2) are this year’s joint-favourites with Brazil a close second to win the tournament although there are many more betting markets to win money on!

The World Cup is one of the biggest betting events of the year with lots of great offers and bonuses available from online bookmakers. The range of markets bookmakers offer during the World Cup is impressive and you will find plenty of great enhanced offers and free bets. This is ideal for new punters as you can bet relatively low risk and win high returns on World Cup betting!

Bookmaker Bonuses will have all the latest World Cup betting offers, bookmaker free bets, money-back specials and World Cup odds so that YOU don’t miss anything to bet on this year’s tournament.

World Cup 2018 Bookmakers

Want to open a new sports betting account for the 2018 World Cup? We have scoured the web to review the best available offers and free bets from online bookmakers. All our partners have exclusive welcome offers for new accounts and daily specials for current customers. Check out our table below for the best free bets available for World Cup 2018 betting.

Non-UK and Irish residents are advised to check with their selected bookmaker to see if they qualify for their welcome offer. Use our table below and visit your preferred bookmakers T&Cs to learn if you can open a customer account. 

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World Cup Betting Preview & Odds

There will be 32 national teams from around the world participating in the 2018 World Cup and will have a total of 64 matches played across Russia. This is the first time the competition is being held in Eastern Europe and games will take place in 11 different cities in Russia. The final takes places at the Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow on the 15th of July.

The current joint bookmaker favourites are 2014 World Cup and last year’s Confederation Cup winners Germany (9/2). The Germans look a formidable force once again in this year’s competition and have incredible depth in their squad with many top class youngsters coming through the ranks. However, no country has won the competition back to back since 1962. The World Cup is rarely won by an outsider and therefor it is recommended to look at the top three, four favourites in the betting when placing your pre-tournament bet.

France (13/2) make an appealing prospect after reaching the final in Euro 2016 only to be disappointingly beaten by Portugal. They will have learned from this experience and have some of the most talented players in the world in their squad with the likes of Paul Pogba, Antoinne Griezmann and Kylian Mbappe itching to emulate the France ’98 team. Neighbours and dark horses Belgium (12/1) will have to bounce back from their disappointing defeat to Wales in Euro 2016 to show they can compete on the world’s biggest stage and win their first ever World Cup title. We really like the 7/1 odds on Spain to win this year’s tournament, which we think won’t be around for long! They were underwhelming in Brazil 2014 & France 2016, however after a period of transition they seem to have a very capable and talented squad available. Their 6-1 trashing of Argentina in March, albeit a friendly, shows that on their day they still play some of the finest football on the planet.

There are many betting markets to make money on during the 2018 World Cup such as Top Goalscorer, To Reach Final and many more. Bookmakers offer a large range of different markets that punters can make money on. Outright betting (winner of the tournament) is the most popular market to bet on for the World Cup, however we have broken down other interesting markets below with some of our betting tips.

Top Goalscorer Betting

We really like the odds of Romelu Lukaku (20/1) to finish top goalscorer with a relatively easy group and the attacking wealth the Belgium team possess. The Belgian striker has been in fine form for his club and is on track to finish his best ever Premier League season. Current favourite is, surprise surprise, Argentina’s Lionel Messi (10/1) with Brazil’s Neymar (12/1) second favourite in the betting market. We recommended looking at the opponents for each country and base your pick on the toughness of the countries your choice will face. Bayern Munich’s James Rodriguez won the 2014 World Cup Golden Boot award with 6 goals and is available at very big odds (66/1). 

Group Stage Betting

Group stage betting is the start of the tournament and most bookmakers will often run special promotions during this stage for new and existing customers. Here you can bet on markets such as: World Cup 2018 winning group and group winner. For the winning group market, the current favourite is Group E (9/2) with joint-favourite Brazil, Serbia, Switzerland and Costa Rica. This year’s group of death is considered Group D with the likes of Argentina, Iceland, Croatia and Nigeria all competing to progress to the last 16. The group of death is usually considered the toughest group to progress into the next round.

Player Of The Tournament Betting

Player of the tournament is a tough market to bet on for the World Cup. Usually this award goes to one of the players in the best teams competing in the competition (see table). If you look at the top six in the outright betting market our prediction is this year’s Golden Ball award will go to one of the players in them teams. Lionel Messi won it at the last World Cup in Brazil despite losing the final to Germany, this being potentially his last World Cup participation he’s the current bookmakers favourite (8/1). Our pick is France’s Antoine Griezmann (12/1), the French star has been in fine form again for Atletico Madrid and showed the world his amazing talent at Euro 2016 where he won the Player Of The Tournament award with 6 goals and 2 assists.

World CupGolden BallSilver BallBronze Ball
1982 SpainItaly Paolo RossiBrazil FalcãoWest Germany Karl-Heinz Rummenigge
1986 MexicoArgentina Diego MaradonaWest Germany Harald SchumacherDenmark Preben Elkjær Larsen
1990 ItalyItaly Salvatore SchillaciWest Germany Lothar MatthäusArgentina Diego Maradona
1994 United StatesBrazil RomárioItaly Roberto BaggioBulgaria Hristo Stoichkov
1998 FranceBrazil RonaldoCroatia Davor ŠukerFrance Lilian Thuram
2002 Korea/JapanGermany Oliver KahnBrazil RonaldoSouth Korea Hong Myung-bo
2006 GermanyFrance Zinedine ZidaneItaly Fabio CannavaroItaly Andrea Pirlo
2010 South AfricaUruguay Diego ForlánNetherlands Wesley SneijderSpain David Villa
2014 BrazilArgentina Lionel MessiGermany Thomas MüllerNetherlands Arjen Robben

How to bet on the World Cup?

Easy, we will have all the best free bets and World Cup offers lined up for you! From offers for new customers to daily specials and enhancements, we have you covered. Online bookmakers will be giving away a ton of offers, specials and free bets throughout the World Cup to savy punters. We will also provide you with daily betting tips on social media during the tournament so make sure to follow us over on Twitter! Once the opening game is near and bookmakers release their offers we will have them all available for you on our website.

To claim your offer just follow the ‘Bet Now’ button and it will immediately send you to the registration page to claim your welcome bonus. Once you have registered and verified your ID with your chosen bookmaker, you will be able to place a first bet to receive your free bet for the 2018 World Cup (T&Cs apply for each offer, please read them carefully). Are you new to Sports betting? Read our complete guide to online sports betting to learn more.

World Cup Bookmaker Promotions

During the tournament online bookmakers will have plenty of daily offers and specials for customers. If you’re a wise punter you can make the most of these offers to your advantage, there will be offers galore such as ‘Top Goalscorer’, ‘Money Back Specials’ & ‘Enhanced Odds’ . This year there are several stand out offers such as the Million Pound Bet offer by BetVictor. This competition is leader based table and will run for the full duration of the 2018 World Cup in Russia for both new and existing customers. Place a minimum £1 bet on any World Cup to qualify, the £1,00,000 prize will go to the customer who places a winning bet with the biggest odds on ANY World Cup market. Click here to sign up for Betvictor!

Keep an eye out on our pages, we will keep them updated on a daily basis with all the latest offers.

Previous World Cup Winners

YearWinning nationCoachCaptain
1930Uruguay UruguayUruguay Alberto SuppiciJosé Nasazzi
1934Italy ItalyItaly Vittorio PozzoGianpiero Combi
1938Italy ItalyItaly Vittorio PozzoGiuseppe Meazza
1950Uruguay UruguayUruguay Juan LópezObdulio Varela
1954West Germany West GermanyWest Germany Sepp HerbergerFritz Walter
1958Brazil BrazilBrazil Vicente FeolaHilderaldo Bellini
1962Brazil BrazilBrazil Aymoré MoreiraMauro Ramos
1966England EnglandEngland Alf RamseyBobby Moore
1970Brazil BrazilBrazil Mário ZagalloCarlos Alberto
1974West Germany West GermanyWest Germany Helmut SchönFranz Beckenbauer
1978Argentina ArgentinaArgentina César Luis MenottiDaniel Passarella
1982Italy ItalyItaly Enzo BearzotDino Zoff
1986Argentina ArgentinaArgentina Carlos BilardoDiego Maradona
1990West Germany West GermanyWest Germany Franz BeckenbauerLothar Matthäus
1994Brazil BrazilBrazil Carlos Alberto ParreiraDunga
1998France FranceFrance Aimé JacquetDidier Deschamps
2002Brazil BrazilBrazil Luiz Felipe ScolariCafu
2006Italy ItalyItaly Marcello LippiFabio Cannavaro
2010Spain SpainSpain Vicente del BosqueIker Casillas
2014Germany GermanyGermany Joachim LöwPhilipp Lahm