Football both unites and separates people all over the world. While club football will separate a nation, international football will unite fighting tribes and bring together the whole country under one banner. No other international event proves this as much as the FIFA World Cup.
The 2018 FIFA World Cup is set for Russia, making it the first ever football world cup event in the nation’s history. Bookmakers show no sign of intimidation over the classic, yet satirical, stereotype that Russians like to get their hands dirty and meddle with the odds. There are already several bookies with odds available for all sorts of betting for the summers event.
The World Cup usually equals the most intense period of the year when it comes to football betting, and despite the event being held in sneaky Russia this year’s tournament should prove no different. Classic favourite bets are “top goal scorer”, winning team, and final 2 teams, but nothing is as interesting and (sometimes) hilarious “special” bets. Memorable special bets include the 2014 Brazil World Cup where punters were able to place bets on weather or not Suarez would bite an opposing player or not. Fingers crossed for similar special bets during this summer.
One of the major bookmakers in the industry has already posted many of their odds for the summer’s main event, and looking closer at them we find no real surprises. The odds are from redbet and are as competitive as always when it comes to international football.
Who will win the 2018 FIFA World Cup?
As always opinions go awry, but there are few shocks among the masses. Odds are pretty clear cut when it comes to straight forward odds such as the major classics.
Odds for winning team: Germany are favoured to win the tournament with the payback 5.75 times the money, followed by all time favourites Brazil at 6.00 times the money. The two are the clear favourites as the two teams are favoured to play in the cup final as well. Brazil to reach the final stage pays 3.10 times the money and Germany sits at 3.25. Thirdly we find France 4 times the money, and Spain at 4.20, with England a bit further down the list at 9 times the money.
Top Scorer: While Germany’s Robert “Lewa” Lewandowski went on the become the top goal scorer of the qualifiers (shared 1st place together with 2 others strikers at 16 goals each), he is ranked 3rd for the top goal scorer for the main tournament at 15 times the money. Only followed by Leo “The God” Messi and Super Diva Neymar of the Brasilieros, both at 11 times the money to win the Golden Shoe award.
These are some preliminary odds for the upcoming FIFA World Cup and we really hope there will be some interesting specials added to the selection. More on this as the event draws closer.