This year’s tournament marks the 21st edition of the FIFA World Cup and five-time winners Brazil will be looking to cement their status as the most decorated international team in the business. 31 teams have made it through qualifying, with the addition of host nation Russia and all competing nations will be confident of challenging for the Jules Rimet Trophy. In 2014, Germany defeated Argentina in extra-time to claim a fourth World Cup crown, will Joachim Loew’s side go all the way again this year?
England head into the 2018 World Cup with a poor recent record at this level. The Three Lions have failed to inspire confidence at major tournaments since the 1990s and their only World Cup triumph to date came back in 1966. Sir Bobby Moore lifted the trophy in front of a jubilant Wembley Stadium on that day and Three Lions fans will be dreaming of another run to the final this year.
Gareth Southgate’s side will look to take inspiration from the likes of Sir Bobby Charlton, Wayne Rooney and Gary Lineker this summer. Lineker holds the national record for most World Cup goals with 10 and Harry Kane, currently a 16/1 chance for the Golden Boot award, will be hoping to make a positive impact throughout the tournament. With the likes of Raheem Sterling, Jamie Vardy and Dele Alli in fine form, the Three Lions could surprise us all this summer.
888sport have you covered before, during and after the 2018 World Cup. Outright betting markets for the event have been available for some time. A few of the market principles include:
Furthermore, the Golden Boot is always an accolade that attracts plenty of attention with punters. It will come as no surprise to see Lionel Messi out on his own at the head of the betting at 9/1. The Barcelona man has been in fantastic form and Argentina should reach the latter stages of the competition.
But don’t write out old rival Cristiano Ronaldo; at 13/1, the Real Madrid man is worth backing. There are doubts over 11/1 Neymar after missing a large chunk of the season whilst France’s potent offense could hinder Antoine Griezmann’s chances of individual success.
At the time of writing, Brazil are 9/4 to reach the final. In 888sport’s outright markets, there is the option to bet on a team to finish ‘top 2’, ‘top 4’ or even ‘top 8’ – giving punters more freedom and the opportunity to place a wager on several outcomes.
In addition, punters can place a bet on the exact two teams to contest the final. As of April 26th, an Argentina vs Brazil final is available at 19/1. For those who enjoy a long-term bet that will last the whole tournament, this market be the one for you.
888sport also have a number of special player markets available now. Raheem Sterling has been sublime for Manchester City this season but can he carry that form into this summer’s tournament? He is 6/4 to score two or more goals for England in Russia.
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