2018 World Cup

The biggest sporting event of the summer, the 2018 FIFA World Cup, kicks of on June 14th and the final match will take place on July 15th 2018. The 21st FIFA World Cup will take place in Russia after the country was awarded the hosting rights on December 2nd 2010.

2018 World Cup Betting Preview

There will be a total of 64 matches during the 2018 World Cup, that’s a lot of football matches to bet on during the summer months, which are normally devoid of football. It’s a dream for football fans and punters.

Whilst the World Cup doesn’t start until the June 14th with Russia and Saudi Arabia kicking off at 4pm, there are many bets we can place before then. Most bets placed in the UK will be on England’s matches.

2018 World Cup Outright Betting
There have been 20 tournaments prior to 2018. 77 nations have appeared at least once. 12 teams have made the final match and eight teams have won. Brazil is the most successful World Cup team, they have won the title five times. Germany (the current champions) have four word cup titles. In 2014 they became the first European team to win in South America. Uruguay and Argentina have two titles each, and England, France, and Spain with one each.

The 1970 and 1994 along with the 1986, 1990 and 2014 games are to date the only matches competed by the same teams (Brazil–Italy and Argentina–Germany respectively). Is it possible that it will be a Brazil-Italy final?

As of 2014, the 1934 final remains the latest final to have been between two teams playing their first final. Selecting a team that have played in a final before could be a good tip.

As of 2014, only nations from Europe and South America have competed in a World Cup Final. So if you are having a punt on the outright winner selecting a team from Europe or South America could be a sensible choice.

The obvious teams have a good record. Read more

2018 World Cup Top Goalscorer
A popular betting market in the run up to the World Cup is the top goal scorer. Be careful when betting in this market as some bookmakers offer odds on the top goalscorer which is different to those who may offer odds on the Golden Boot. Just one player, James Rodriguez (Colombia) scored 6 Goals. Five goals were scored by Thomas Muller (Germany). Three players scored 4 goals (Lionel Messi (Argentina), Neymar (Brazil) and Robin van Persie (Netherlands)). Read more

What are the Best Bets on England at 2018 World Cup?
The most popular betting markets in the UK will centre around England. Punters who are emotionally attached to England and there 1966 win, will be backing England to reach the final and maybe to win the tournament and bring football home. Those punters and fan who realise that England do not always perform well on the world stage may reserve there bets for group G betting and England to win their next match. Some punters will of course be betting in-play on England’s matches.

England Match Betting Tips for 2018 World Cup?
England’s world cup campaign to win the title kicks off on the 18th June against Tunisia who have been away from the world stage since 2006. They next play Panama on the 24th June, it is Panama’s first appearance at a World Cup. England may have any easy run in there first two matches but Belgium who are favourites to win group G might be more of an issue.

RoundDateLocationHome TeamAway TeamGroupResultTV
118/06/2018 19:00Volgograd StadiumTunisiaEnglandGroup GBBC
224/06/2018 13:00Nizhny Novgorod StadiumEnglandPanamaGroup GBBC
328/06/2018 19:00Kaliningrad StadiumEnglandBelgiumGroup GITV

2018 World Cup Betting Offers

The bookies will be wanting to make the most of the football taking place over the summer and they will be releasing a plethora of betting offers to attract new customers. Many of the bookies already have a great selection of betting offers for existing customers but we expect the bookies to release more offers to keep customers betting with them.

New Customer Betting Offers
Free bets, bonuses and new account offers will be what most of our visitors will be looking for. These excellent new customer offers can be found at the top of out betting offers page.

Enhanced are another new customer offer. These excellent offers will give you the best odds available. Enhanced odds are expected to be issued for tournament winner, group winner and for matches featuring popular teams such as Brazil, Spain, Germany, France and England. It is also possible that there will be enhanced odds for top goal scorer bets.

Existing Customer Offers
Betting offers for the world cup that all customers can take advantage of will be the a highlight for some of our visitors. We will be listing all of these offers towards the bottom of our World Cup betting offers page.

World Cup Apps

World cup apps will be essential if you want to get the most out of the tournament. Apps for fixtures, scores, tables and the latest news will be perfect for those just wanting to keep an eye on whats going on. If you are planning to have a bet on tournament winner, group winner or the winner of any match then you will need the best betting app.

The best betting apps can be found on our world cup betting apps page and we also have a list of non-betting apps.

The 2018 World Cup in Russia

The 2018 World Cup will be the first World Cup held in Europe since the 2006 tournament in Germany. The final tournament involves 32 national teams, which include 31 teams determined through qualifying competitions and the automatically qualified host team. 20 of the 32 teams made an appearance in the 2014 tournament. Iceland and Panama will both be making their first appearances at a FIFA World Cup.

There will be a total of 64 matches played in 12 venues located in 11 cities. The final will take place on 15 July at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.

The defending champions are Germany who won the 2014 tournement.

8 countries have won a World Cup over the years.

The winners of the World Cup will qualify for the 2021 FIFA Confederations Cup.

Stadium Venues
All but one of the stadium venues are in European Russia, west of the Ural Mountains, to keep travel time manageable. There are 12 stadium venues which are located in 11 cities.

Of the 12 venues used, the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow and the Saint Petersburg Stadium (the two largest stadiums in Russia) will be used most, with 7 matches being played at each of these stadiums. Sochi, Kazan, Nizhny Novogrod and Samara will host 6 matches including one quarter-final match apiece, and the Otkrytiye Stadium in Moscow and Rostov-on-Don will host 5 matches apiece including one round of 16 match each. Volgograd, Kaliningrad, Yekaterinburg and Saransk will host 4 matches each and none of these cities will host any knockout stage games.

Schedule
FIFA anounced the schedule on 24 July 2015 (without kick-off times, which were confirmed later). On 1 December 2017, following the final draw, FIFA adjusted six kick-off times.

Russia was placed in position A1 in the group stage and will play in the opening match at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on 14 June against Saudi Arabia.

The semi-final’s will take place o the 10th and 11th July, the 3rd place play-off will be on the 14th July and the final will kcik off on the 15th July at

The Luzhniki Stadium will also host the second semi-final on 11 July and the final on 15 July. The Krestovsky Stadium in Saint Petersburg will host the first semi-final on 10 July and the third place play-off on 14 July.

The 2018 World Cup final will take place on the 16th July at 16:00 GMT.

See a full list of fixtures.