Jul 7 2018
World Cup 2018 Betting Offers and Free Bets
The 2018 World Cup – arguably the biggest sporting event on the planet – takes place in Russia from 14th June to 15th July 2018.
Here we’ve got the best World Cup betting offers, free bets and enhanced odds offers from the top bookies around.
World Cup 2018 Betting Offers
Here are some of the offers from the best bookies around at the moment. We’ll update the list below on a regular basis as the 2018 World Cup reaches its climax.
The World Cup, as well as being a great spectacle, is also one of the biggest gambling events on the calendar (literally billions of pounds were wagered in 2010 and 2014).
This means that online and mobile bookmakers are more competitive than ever to get you to play with them, not their rivals and this is great news for us punters as they have more betting offers, bigger free bets, more promotions and sharper odds than just about at any other time.
With mobile and online gambling now bigger than ever we would expect this World Cup to throw up offers and opportunities like never before and we’ll be updating this page as the big day draws closer and closer to list all the latest and best betting offers, promotions, free bets and bonuses.
So read on for the best free bets, betting offers and bonuses from our favourite online and mobile bookies as we help you skew the odds in your favour… and make a nice profit this World Cup!
World Cup 2018 – Groups and Tips
Group A – Egypt, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Uruguay
Hosts Russia will be hoping to burst out of Group A with the help of vociferous home support. But it’s not going to be easy if the likes of Luis Suarez for Uruguay and Mohamed Salah for Egypt are on form.
In fact, we think the value in Group A lies in backing Egypt to qualify for the knockout stage at decent odds. It’s never nice when the host goes out of the tournament early, but we think Russia will fall short on home soil in 2018.
Betting Tip: Egypt to qualify for knockout stage at odds of 5/4 with Bet365
Group B – Iran, Morocco, Portugal, Spain
Spain and Portugal are clearly the favourites to progress to the Round of 16 from Group B, and how either side does in the tournament might depend on which finishes top and thus earns an easier route towards the final.
While Portugal are the European champions, we think it will be Julen Lopetegui’s Spain side who have enough to finish at the top of the Group B tree with Portugal in second spot.
As for Iran and Morocco, either could give the big boys a scare on their day but we see their main task being to avoid finishing bottom of the group.
Betting Tip: Straight forecast: Spain ahead of Portugal at odds of 11/10 with BetVictor
Group C – Australia, Denmark, France, Peru
France are the third favourites for World Cup glory in Russia this summer, priced at 13/2 to win the trophy (behind Germany at 5/1 and favourites Brazil at 19/4). If Les Bleus are to go all the way, however, they will need to negotiate a potentially tricky Group C.
While none of Australia, Denmark or Peru are exactly world beaters, each possesses enough about them to give France a decent game if the group favourites are not on form. Given France’s tendency to shoot themselves in the foot at some recent tournaments, the other sides will be hoping to benefit from any French implosion.
Having said that, Didier Deschamnps’ squad is so packed with footballing superstars that it would take something dramatic for them not to finish at the top of this group. As such we think the value lies in picking who will finish as runners-up.
There is a case for all three of the other sides, but we think the Danish will be the ones celebrating. Age Hareide’s men did things the hard way in qualification, but their 5-1 demolition of the Republic of Ireland in the second leg of the play-off and their recent draw with Chile suggest they are the ones to progress.
Betting Tip: Denmark to finish second at odds of 7/4 with 888sport
Group D – Argentina, Croatia, Iceland, Nigeria
Argentina are the obvious favourites to top Group D in Russia… but in our opinion this is the toughest group of the lot and they won’t have it all their own way.
Assuming Argentina do top the group (and we are not wholly convinced they will), there will be one almighty battle to join them in the knockout stages. For us, Iceland will be slightly out of their depth, despite their heroics at the last Euros. The match between Croatia and Nigeria could therefore prove crucial in this one, and we just fancy Croatia to edge it and progress to the Round of 16.
Betting Tip: Croatia to qualify for the knockout stage at odds of 4/7 with William Hill
Group E – Brazil, Costa Rica, Serbia, Switzerland
We predict that Brazil will run rings around the opposition on their way to topping Group E. While many are suggesting that Switzerland will be the ones to join them in the next round, we think the Swiss are nowhere near as good as their world ranking suggests and we will be opposing them at the World Cup.
Instead we think it will be a wily Costa Rica side who get the runners-up spot, with Serbia not having quite the imagination or quality to progress.
Betting Tip: Costa Rica to qualify for the knockout stage at odds of 9/2 with BetVictor
Group F – Germany, South Korea, Mexico, Sweden
It’s all about Germany when seeking the likely winner of Group F. Joachim Low’s men are strong in every area of the pitch and though the energy of South Korea and Mexico and the determination of Sweden might give them mild palpitations, ultimately we can’t see anyone getting near them here.
Of the other three we feel it is Mexico who are best placed to progress to the Round of 16, and we’re backing them to take second spot behind the favourites.
Betting Tip: Mexico to finish second at odds of 9/5 with 888sport
Group G – Belgium, England, Panama, Tunisia
England’s group is an intriguing one in that it could go either way between Gareth Southgate’s men and Roberto Martinez’s Belgium in terms of who will finish top.
Putting out patriotic hat on, we are going to predict the Three Lions will get the job done and finish top of Group G by a whisker (possibly on goal difference). Neither Panama or Tunisia should trouble either England or Belgium… if they do, the favourites ought to get out of dodge.
Back England to top the group and look forward to a relatively easy Round of 16 draw… before going out on penalties in the quarters!
Betting Tip: England to finish top at odds of 13/10 with Betfair
Group H – Colombia, Japan, Poland, Senegal
Another interesting group, and probably the second hardest on paper, sees Colombia as the 8/5 favourites to finish top. The bookies are not exactly nailing their colours to the mast here though, with Poland at 2/1 and Senegal at 5/1. Japan are the outsiders at 8/1, but even they are not completely out of the running in the bookies’ eyes.
For us, backing Colombia to finish at the top of the pile looks to be the best value for a group winner of them all. Jose Pekerman’s side has a number of stars who often turn up more often for country than club (Radamel Falcao being the prime example). And though they often flatter to deceive at tournaments, we think this year could see them cruise through the group stage in impressive fashion.
Betting Tip: Colombia to win the group at odds of 8/5 with Betfair
World Cup 2018 Fixtures
Here is the full list of Russia 2018 fixtures covering all the Group matches and showing the permutations for the knockout rounds. Who will meet in the final in Moscow on 15th July? All kick offs are shown as UK times.
World Cup 2018 Group stage fixtures
Thu June 14: Russia v Saudi Arabia (Group A) – Moscow (Luzhniki), 4pm
Fri June 15: Egypt v Uruguay (Group A) – Ekaterinburg, 1pm
Fri June 15: Morocco v Iran (Group B) – St Petersburg, 4pm
Fri June 15: Portugal v Spain (Group B) – Sochi, 7pm
Sat June 16: France v Australia (Group C) – Kazan, 11am
Sat June 16: Argentina v Iceland (Group D) – Moscow (Spartak), 2pm
Sat June 16: Peru v Denmark (Group C) – Saransk, 5pm
Sat June 16: Croatia v Nigeria (Group D) – Kaliningrad, 8pm
Sun June 17: Costa Rica v Serbia (Group E) – Samara, 1pm
Sun June 17: Germany v Mexico (Group F) – Moscow (Luzhniki), 4pm
Sun June 17: Brazil v Switzerland (Group E) – Rostov-on-Don, 7pm
Mon June 18: Sweden v South Korea (Group F) – Nizhny Novgorod, 1pm
Mon June 18: Belgium v Panama (Group G) – Sochi, 4pm
Mon June 18: Tunisia v England (Group G) – Volgograd, 7pm
Tues June 19: Colombia v Japan (Group H) – Saransk, 1pm
Tues June 19: Poland v Senegal (Group H) – Moscow (Spartak), 4pm
Tues June 19: Russia v Egypt (Group A) – St Petersburg, 7pm
Wed June 20: Portugal v Morocco (Group B) – Moscow (Luzhniki), 1pm
Wed June 20: Uruguay v Saudi Arabia (Group A) – Rostov-on-Don, 4pm
Wed June 20: Iran v Spain (Group B) – Kazan, 7pm
Thu June 21: Denmark v Australia (Group C) – Samara, 1pm
Thu June 21: France v Peru (Group C) – Ekaterinburg, 4pm
Thu June 21: Argentina v Croatia (Group D) – Nizhny Novgorod, 7pm
Fri June 22: Brazil v Costa Rica (Group E) – St Petersburg, 1pm
Fri June 22: Nigeria v Iceland (Group D) – Volgograd, 4pm
Fri June 22: Serbia v Switzerland (Group E) – Kaliningrad, 7pm
Sat June 23: Belgium v Tunisia (Group G) – Moscow (Spartak), 1pm
Sat June 23: South Korea v Mexico (Group F) – Rostov-on-Don, 4pm
Sat June 23: Germany v Sweden (Group F) – Sochi, 7pm
Sun June 24: England v Panama (Group G) – Nizhny Novgorod, 1pm
Sun June 24: Japan v Senegal (Group H) – Ekaterinburg, 4pm
Sun June 24: Poland v Colombia (Group H) – Kazan, 7pm
Mon June 25: Uruguay v Russia (Group A) – Samara, 3pm
Mon June 25: Saudi Arabia v Egypt (Group A) – Volgograd, 3pm
Mon June 25: Spain v Morocco (Group B) – Kaliningrad, 7pm
Mon June 25: Iran v Portugal (Group B) – Saransk, 7pm
Tues June 26: Denmark v France (Group C) – Moscow (Luzhniki), 3pm
Tues June 26: Australia v Peru (Group C) – Sochi, 3pm
Tues June 26: Nigeria v Argentina (Group D) – St Petersburg, 7pm
Tues June 26: Iceland v Croatia (Group D) – Rostov-on-Don, 7pm
Wed June 27: South Korea v Germany (Group F) – Kazan, 3pm
Wed June 27: Mexico v Sweden (Group F) – Ekaterinburg, 3pm
Wed June 27: Serbia v Brazil (Group E) – Moscow (Spartak), 7pm
Wed June 27: Switzerland v Costa Rica (Group E) – Nizhny Novgorod, 7pm
Thu June 28: Japan v Poland (Group H) – Volgograd, 3pm
Thu June 28: Senegal v Colombia (Group H) – Samara, 3pm
Thu June 28: England v Belgium (Group G) – Kaliningrad, 7pm
Thu June 28: Panama v Tunisia (Group G) – Saransk, 7pm
World Cup Last 16 fixtures
Sat June 30: 1C v 2D – Kazan, 3pm (Match 50)
Sat June 30: 1A v 2B – Sochi, 7pm (Match 49)
Sun July 1: 1B v 2A – Moscow (Luzhniki), 3pm (Match 51)
Sun July 1: 1D v 2C – Nizhny Novgorod, 7pm (Match 52)
Mon July 2: 1E v 2F – Samara, 3pm (Match 53)
Mon July 2: 1G v 2H – Rostov-on-Don, 7pm (Match 54)
Tues July 3: 1F v 2E – St Petersburg 3pm (Match 55)
Tues July 3: 1H v 2G – Moscow (Spartak), 7pm (Match 56)
World Cup Quarter-final fixtures
Fri July 6: Winner match 49 v Winner match 50 – Nizhny Novgorod, 3pm (Match 57)
Fri July 6: Winner match 53 v Winner match 54 – Kazan, 7pm (Match 58)
Sat July 7: Winner match 55 v Winner match 56 – Samara, 3pm (Match 60)
Sat July 7: Winner match 51 v Winner match 52 – Sochi, 7pm (Match 59)
World Cup Semi-finals
Tues July 10: Winner match 57 v Winner match 58 – St Petersburg, 7pm
Wed July 11: Winner match 59 v Winner match 60 – Moscow (Luzhniki), 7pm
World Cup Third-place play-off
Sat July 14: St Petersburg, 3pm
World Cup Final
Sun July 15: Moscow (Luzhniki), 4pm
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