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The 2018 football World Cup in Russia promises to be a spectacular event. The best football betting sites around are sure to be offering some amazing offers, from enhanced odds to improved free bets and money back deals.

We’ll have all the best World Cup betting offers right here, as well as some cracking betting tips. We’ve also got a World Cup betting overview, as well as some tournament history and trivia.

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World Cup 2018 News

At long last we now know the 32 jubilant nations who will take part at the 2018 football World Cup, and indeed the groups in which they’ll compete.

World Cup 2018 Groups: 

  • Group A: Russia, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Uruguay
  • Group B: Portugal, Spain, Morocco, Iran
  • Group C: France, Australia, Peru, Denmark
  • Group D: Argentina, Iceland, Croatia, Nigeria
  • Group E: Brazil, Switzerland, Costa Rica, Serbia
  • Group F: Germany, Mexico, Sweden, South Korea
  • Group G: Belgium, Panama, Tunisia, England
  • Group H: Colombia, Japan, Poland, Senegal

When does the Russia World Cup start?

The action kicks off on Thursday 14th June when host Russia take on Saudi Arabia in the opening match. Leave your civil rights at the door and enjoy the football!

What World Cup group are England in?

England have been drawn in Group G alongside Belgium, Panama and Tunisia. They play against Tunisia first on Monday 18th June 2018, followed by Panama on Sunday 24th June and then the crunch game with Belgium on Thursday 28th June.

England’s best and worst case scenarios?

Gareth Southgate’s nightmare scenario is clearly that his side loses all three games and they finish bottom. That would surely see him sacked before his plane back landed on the tarmac.

If England win all their group matches and top the group, they should have a winnable Round of 16 match against the runner up in Group H (Colombia, Japan, Poland or Senegal).

Things get trickier in the quarters as they could well face Brazil! But, looking at the best case scenario, let’s say they’ll get Mexico in the quarters, Russia in the semis and then, why not, a 5-0 win against Germany in the final! The tournament hasn’t started yet, so we can still have hope can’t we?

Group of Death

There are a couple of deathly groups this time around:

  • Group B: Portugal, Spain, Morocco, Iran
  • Group D: Argentina, Croatia, Iceland, Nigeria

Hope for the lesser nations?

Peru have a chance of sneaking through in second place in their group (competing with Australia and Denmark for the runners up spot behind France).

Costa Rica might fancy their chances to get the better of Switzerland and Serbia to finish behind Brazil in Group E

Betting on the World Cup

The FIFA World Cup is arguably the biggest tournament in any sport on the planet. The competition, which comes around every four years, is watched by millions of people worldwide, and truly is a wonderful spectacle.

In 2014, Joachim Low’s Germany came out on top, beating Argentina in the final by a goal to nil after extra-time at Brazil’s Maracana Stadium. Mario Gotze’s 113th-minute winner secured the Germans their fourth World Cup crown, having previously won the prestigious trophy in 1954, 1974 and 1990.

The 2018 World Cup will take place in Russia for the first time. With the hosts already participating, 31 other countries will be looking to join them. Teams from Africa, Asia, Europe, North and Central America, and the Caribbean and South America are all battling it out for a place in Russia. The final will be staged at the Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, in front of an expected 80,000 fans.

Betting on the World Cup has become more and more popular as the years have rolled by. Whether you are picking the outright winner, group winner, top goalscorer, team to be eliminated first or the nation to finish bottom of their group: or anything else that springs to mind, you can bet on just about anything and everything to happen in the World Cup these days.

Even before we know who all the 32 participating nations are, the bookies open up their World Cup markets well in advance. For instance, if you fancy backing the winner 18 months prior to a ball being kicked in Russia, the majority of bookies already have ante post World Cup markets open and prices available.

It’s always worth keeping an eye out for various offers and deals as the competition draws closer. Practically all the bookies will be running promotions leading up to the tournament. We’ll have the best of them right here to help you profit. Whether that’s enhanced odds, boosted prices, money back deals, improved free bets or other new customer offers.

So, whether you fancy Germany to retain their crown, Brazil to top the scoring charts, England to fall in the group stage, or Lionel Messi to take the Golden Boot, betting on the World Cup has never been easier.

World Cup History

The first international football match took place in Glasgow in 1872, as rivals England and Scotland played out a 0-0 draw. Prior to the first World Cup, the initial tournament was the British Home Championship.

FIFA was founded in 1904, and 1930 was the year of the first ever FIFA World Cup, which took place in Uruguay. The hosts went on to win the first tournament, beating fellow South American side Argentina in the final.

It was not until the 1950 World Cup in Brazil that a British team participated. In their first World Cup, England went out in the group stage. A sign of things to come?!

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Pele

Since 1950, there have been another 16 World Cup tournaments, spread across five different continents. Brazil have hosted two competitions, most recently in 2014. France and Germany have also staged two tournaments each.

The current format involves a qualification phase, which takes place over a three-year period prior to each tournament. 31 international sides will join the hosts to compete in World Cup matches at venues within the host nation(s) over a period of around a month.

In terms of winners, Brazil have won the World Cup more than any other nation in history. However, the last of their five wins came back in 2002. Germany and Italy are tied on four victories each. Argentina and Uruguay have both won football’s ultimate accolade on two occasions.

England, France and Spain have all won the World Cup once. England’s only victory came in their own tournament in 1966, whist France also won on home soil 1998. Spain, during their golden generation from 2008 to 2012, won the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, between winning back-to-back European Championships.

Football World Cup Trivia

  1. Record Crowd – In the Estadio do Maracana in Rio de Janeiro at the 1950 World Cup, a staggering 174,000 people watched Brazil lose to Uruguay, the biggest World Cup final crowd to date
  2. Brazilian Goal Fest – Brazil’s 5-2 win over Sweden in the 1958 World Cup final in Solna produced the most goals in a final
  3. King Klose – Germany’s Miroslav Klose, who hung up his international boots after the 2014 World Cup, scored an unrivalled 16 World Cup finals goals during his illustrious career
  4. Age is Just a Number – 42-year-old Roger Milla became the World Cup’s oldest scorer when he netted for Cameroon against Russia during the 1994 World Cup
  5. South America v Europe – In the 20 World Cups, only South America and European counties have won the tournament, no other nation from any other continent has ever reached a World Cup final
  6. Back to Europe – The 2018 World Cup in Russia will be the first time Europe has hosted the event since 2006, when it was held in Germany
  7. 100% Record – Brazil are the only nation to have participated in all 20 World Cups, hosting on two occasions and winning the trophy five times
  8. It’s Just Fantastic Fontaine – The record for most individual goals in a World Cup is held by France’s Just Fontaine, with 13 goals in the 1958 tournament
  9. Goals, Goals, Goals – In June 1954 at the World Cup in Switzerland, Austria beat the host nation 7-5 in the quarter-finals, which remains the most goals ever scored in a World Cup finals match
  10. 17-year-old Maestro – Brazil legend Pele remains the youngest ever World Cup scorer. His goal against Wales in the 1958 World Cup came when he was just 17 years, 7 months and 27 days old. What were you doing when you were 17?!
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