The entire footballing world will be focused on Russia as 32 teams contend for the honour of being crowned 2018 World Cup Champions. Due to the immense popularity surrounding the world’s biggest sporting event there is major excitement around all the different betting opportunities and promotions that will be available when “the greatest show on earth” kicks off.
Naturally, Sportingbet South Africa will have a large spread of comprehensive betting markets and odds covered, with exclusive World Cup promotions to bring you the best World Cup betting experience. Punters will also have the advantage of key features such as our new Bet Builder function, Cash Out, Live betting in-game, Price Boosts and enhanced accumulators all available through our industry leading and user friendly mobile app.
The Russia World Cup Final will be held at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, on 15 July 2018 but before any team can claim their spot in the coveted final showdown, they will have to battle it out through eight groups of four teams all trying to secure one of 16 places on offer in the knockout stage. With six matches taking place in every group there is guaranteed to be plenty of World Cup betting opportunities with Sportingbet having all the match odds covered.
WORLD CUP OUTRIGHT WINNER ODDS
Germany are the World Cup defending champions and will be strong contenders to lift the golden trophy once again, despite losing to France in the Euro 2016 Semi-Final. Germany recorded an impressive and flawless World Cup Qualifying campaign with 10 wins from 10 matches and with them also being crowned World Cup Champions back in Brazil in 2014, majority of the betting public will be backing “Die Mannschaft” to take the 2018 World Cup edition.
Brazil are also a force to be reckoned with in this years World Cup and the betting odds reflect just that. After their embarrassing 7 – 1 defeat to Germany on home soil in the 2014 World Cup Semi Final, they will have everything to prove when they travel to Russia. Now under manager Tite and with the multitude of European based players in their squad, not to mention also having the world’s most expensive player in, Neymar at their disposal, the Selecao should by no means be written off.
After losing in the 2014 World Cup Final and making difficult work of qualifying for Russia, Argentina will have to bring their best to the 2018 tournament if they hope to claim top honours. While Euro 2016 Champions Portugal, World Cup 2010 Champions Spain and Euro 2016 runners-up France will all hope be top challengers when it comes to the knockout stages of the tournament. For longer World Cup betting odds, it may be worth backing a few of the “outsiders” to gain some value. We could see England return to former glory, Belgium finally fulfil their potential or could an African or Asian team rock the world and be crowned World Cup Champions for the first time in history
WORLD CUP GROUP BETTING
Other popular betting markets that defiantly add extra interest and tally a decent amount of hype around the World Cup are the countries that will be first on the plane home, group winners and which teams will qualify for the knockout stage. While all the group stages will be closely contended Group B also known as “The Group of Death” will be one to keep an eye on. With only the top two teams from each group progressing to the knockout round of 16, there will be nothing short of exceptional football action on offer with all the available markets to match at Sportingbet South Africa.
WORLD CUP TOP GOALSCORER ODDS
With the majority of the world’s best football players all amalgamating in Russia for the 2018 World Cup there is guaranteed to be some sensational goals. One of, if not the, most exciting market to have a bet on as the players battle it out, is the top goal scorer market. With the abundance of talent in the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Neymar and the genius who is Lionel Messi, it will definitely be a close contention as to who will take the prestigious award. The 2014 World Cup top goal scorer was Colombia’s James Rodriguez reminding us that it is definitely possible for some of the lesser known football stars to make a name for themselves on the world’s biggest football stage. So, have a go as to who you think will receive the gold boot award and join football legends such as Ronaldo, Gary Lineker and Eusebio at the Russia FIFA World Cup.
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