The biggest single-sport spectacle, the FIFA World Cup features 32 Nations competing over a month to claim soccer supremacy over the rest of the world. The event draws in billions of viewers, as people from all over the globe tune in to watch the best players compete for soccer immortality. Betting on the FIFA World Cup is also a big game. With plenty of lines, point spread, futures and specials, wagering on the tournament starts early and offers a near-endless amount of wagering possibilities.
Best World Cup 2018 Sportsbooks Odds
With 32 Nations competing through June into July, there are 64 matches to wager starting with the Group Stage and ending with the Finals in July. Sportsbooks odds and lines for matches are typically available shortly after each Nation’s previous game concludes. In rare occasions, mainly due to player injuries, odds and line may see a delay in publication.
World Cup 2018 Standings
In the 2018 World Cup, there are eight groups each with four nations. Each team plays each other once, with the top two Nations advancing on in the tournament. Wins count for three points, draws a single point and losses are worth zero. In the event two Nations are tied at the end of the Group Stage, the first tiebreaker is goal differential followed by goals scored.
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World Cup Odds Sportsbooks Odds Explained
As one of the largest sporting events in the world, the FIFA World Cup offers a great variety of odds and betting options. Betting on game winners, goal totals or the tournament champion is just a few of the options available to Canadians through our top-rated online sportsbooks.
World Cup Moneylines
The most common betting options on matches in the World Cup of soccer are moneylines. Moneylines simply entail picking which Nation will win the match. The favourite is a safer wager, but offers a smaller payout, while underdogs provide bigger winnings but are a riskier bet.
In the early stages of the tournament, there is a much greater range of moneylines available. Parlaying large favourites is a common betting tactic to increase potential winnings in the early stages of the World Cup. As the tournament progresses and the quality of competition increases, the lines tighten and wagering on a favourite offers a greater payout.
World Cup Pointspreads
Point spreads are another popular betting option available on World Cup matches. Instead of picking a straight up winner, a point spread (most commonly 1.5) is set. Either a wager is placed on the favourite to win by more goals than the point spread or on an underdog covering the spread by either losing by less than the spread or winning the game. Point spreads are at their most attractive in the early stages of the tournament when moneylines on favourites offer low payouts.
World Cup Totals
Totals are lines set out by sportsbooks on the total number of goals in a match. For example, if the total is set at 3.5, to win any over wager, the game would need at least four goals. Whether one Nation wins 4-0 or the game ends in a 2-2 draw, how the goals are scored does not matter as long as the total is more than line set out by the sportsbook. To win an under wager, the game total would need to finish at three goals or less. Totals reflect the quality and style of each team. Most goal totals open at 2.5 but can vary especially during the early stages of the tournament.
World Cup Futures
Futures are bets placed before or during the tournament on the outcome of the tournament or on what teams will win specific groups. For example, Germany is the favourite to win the 2018 FIFA World Cup at +386 (odds subject to change). Wagering $100 on Germany to win nets a profit of $386. Betting on the favourites is the most common futures betting strategy.
However, placing smaller wagers on multiple underdogs is another strategy to consider. For example, a $10 wager on Panama payouts $11110. Placing ten bets of $10 on Nations with +1001 odds or more will net a profit if any manage to win the FIFA World Cup.
World Cup Specials
Specials are lines and odds specifically made for an event. Some World Cup specials include picking where a certain Nation will finish in the tournament. For example, wagering $100 on Australia to make the quarterfinals and lose nets a profit of $1600. Other specials include which group will score the most goals or how many red cards will there be over the entire tournament.
Specials can also include bets outside of the outcome of a match or what transpires throughout the FIFA World Cup. One popular early special involves wagering on whether a particular player will make their country’s World Cup squad. The Finas may also see a bevvy of unique specials.