We’re now a couple of games into the FIFA World Cup 2018, and as expected— or rather, more than we anticipated — the Group Stage match outcomes are having an impact on the odds, especially on the World Cup winner odds! In this article, we shall be taking a look at how some of the odds have changed to give you a clearer idea of the situation before you place your next World Cup bet.
We’ve taken a look at a couple of our recommended sportsbook sites to see what they’re offering with regard to World Cup winner odds. Following Germany’s 0-1 defeat when they played their opening match against Mexico on Sunday, this country is no longer joint favourite to win the World Cup this year. Instead, Spain, Argentina and France have overtaken it, with Brazil still topping the list despite its 1-1 draw against Switzerland yesterday. Well, it looks like the favourites aren’t living up to expectations this year!
Here is a list of current World Cup 2018 winner odds as they’re being offered today, 18th June 2018:
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Given Ronaldo’s impressive performance in the match between Spain and Portugal last Friday, it’s not surprising that he’s topped the list as favourite top goalscorer. Experts are also saying that even if it’s unlikely that Portugal will win the World Cup 2018, Ronaldo still has a very good chance of winning top goal scorer. He has already overtaken Argentinian Lionel Messi as the favourite, especially now that Messi missed a penalty that would have secured Argentina’s victory over Iceland yesterday.
Interestingly, England’s Harry Kane is also amongst the top three favourites as top goalscorer, right below Ronaldo and ahead of Antoine Griezmann at Betfair sportsbook. However, we would wait until England’s first match against Tunisia before we placed this Outright bet on Kane.
If you’re still confident that Germany will make a proper comeback and progress to the finals, now’s your time to take advantage of more favourable odds on Germany’s successes, as the returns you’ll get if you bet on Germany now will be higher than if you had placed your bet prior to the team's first Group Stage match.
Given Ronaldo’s impressive performance and the fact that he’s already got 3 goals under his belt, we’d say that an Outright bet on Ronaldo as top goalscorer has a reasonable chance of being successful. Another low-risk bet would be for Brazil and France to reach the semi-finals, since the outlook still looks very good for both teams; maybe you could also find a way of hedging your bets on these two teams by betting on two different outcomes in such a way that would reduce the risk of a huge loss or even guarantee a profit. For example, if you’ve already bet on Germany to win the World Cup 2018, see if you can now place a different bet (for example on Germany to reach the semi-finals) in such a way that would reduce your losses on your original bet.
Finally, one other betting tip not to forget: make sure you compare the odds on offer at different sportsbook sites; these will vary and some odds for the same outcome will guarantee a higher profit. One way of doing this is by visiting a couple of betting sites (such as the ones listed below), entering the same stake for the same outcome on their betting slips and viewing the potential return. Then, simply pick the one which would offer the highest return if you win that bet, and repeat the process for your next bet!
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