World Cup Betting 2018

Best World Cup 2018 Free Bets 

The World Cup is almost upon us, with Russia putting the finishing touches to their stadiums. In terms of squads, the final lineups are far from complete with everything still to play for.

World Cup Free bets

Despite the controversy surrounding Russia, it’s going to be one of the best tournaments yet with 32 teams looking to add themselves to the list of World Cup winners.

With the tournament just around the corner, let help you get the most out of your FIFA World Cup free bets. Here we’ll provide you with the best free bets from online bookmakers which can be used to bet on football at the 2018 World Cup.

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As the World Cup approaches, you’ll start noticing more and more World Cup betting offers and in particularly enhanced odds.

The latter are generally flash offers anywhere between an hour or two days before an event and give a significant price offer for us punters. You’ll find plenty of them now among the World Cup Qualifying odds market, and they will be well worth keeping an eye out as the tournament approaches alongside free bets.

The amount you stake will usually be capped but betting on World Cup enhanced odds could seriously improve your prize pot come the end of the tournament.

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There are a few markets already available for punters when it comes to Russia 2018. Naturally the most common is the World Cup outright winner odds. World champions Germany go into the tournament as favourites at 5/1, while last tournament’s host Brazil are second favourites with SkyBet at 6/1.

It’s going to be an emotional tournament for some, with it being Gianluigi Buffon’s last tournament and perhaps last few games. Italy go into the competition at 16/1 in what could be the perfect sign off for the legendary goalkeeper.

England’s odds for Russia lie at 18/1 with Gareth Southgate’s men sitting behind a list of seven in the list of favourites for the World Cup, while all home nations to qualify for the tournament is priced at 16/1.


As the tournament gets closer there will be a number of markets for punters to bet on. Currently, you’ll find World Cup outright markets and World Cup qualifier odds, but as teams begin to qualify and the summer draws closer, these markets will certainly be worth a bet on…

  • World Cup 2018 Outright winner odds
  • World Cup 2018 top scorer odds
  • World Cup 2018 finalist odds
  • World Cup 2018 Golden Glove odds


18/04/2018 Update – World Cup Tickets & Team News

The consumer group ‘Which?’ has warned that fans risk paying inflated prices for World Cup tickets that might not be valid if they use secondary ticketing sites.  

In March Which? found five ticketing websites that were selling World Cup tickets, including tickets for the England v Tunisia match priced as high as £11,237. FIFA has warned it can void any ticket purchased on an unauthorised ticketing website.

Meanwhile, on-loan Borussia Dortmund striker Michy Batshuayi has suffered ligament damage to his left ankle and will not play for the club again this season, although he should be fit for the 2018 World Cup with Belgium.

Egypt’s 26 year-old goalkeeper Ahmed El-Shenawy will be absent from the 2018 World Cup after damaging his anterior cruciate ligament in last Thursday’s Egyptian Premier League game against Al Ittihad.

11/04/2018 Update – Japan sack Halilhodzic with World Cup looming

With barely two months until the finals of World Cup 2018 begin, Japan opted to sack their head coach, Vahid Halilhodzic.  His replacement is former Japan international Akira Nishino, who left his position as head of the JFA’s technical committee to take up his new post.

After FIFA turned down his request in March, Munir El Haddadi has appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in his bid to switch allegiance from Spain to Morocco ahead of the World Cup.  Munir, who is currently on loan to Alaves from Barcelona, made a single appearance for Spain in a European Championship qualifier against Macedonia in September 2014 as a late substitute.

Tunisia striker Youssef Msakni will miss the World Cup in Russia after being ruled out for six months with a knee injury he picked up during Al Duhail’s 5-2 victory over Al Sailiya in the Qatar Stars League (QSL) on Saturday.

04/04/2018 Update – Latin America dominating World Cup ticket sales

After the latest batch of World Cup ticket sales, FIFA said a total of 1,698,049 tickets have been sold overall since sales began in September 2017.  

Russian fans have acquired 796,875 tickets, followed by U.S. residents (with its large Hispanic community) with 80,161 tickets.  Then come Brazil (65,863), Colombia (60,199), Germany (55,136), Mexico (51,736), Argentina (44,882), Peru (38,544), China (36,841), Australia (34,628) and England (30,711).  The final batch of tickets will go on sale from April 18.

Neymar On The Way Back

According to his club manager, Unai Emery, Paris Saint-Germain and Brazil forward Neymar will be back from injury “in two to three weeks.”

Neymar suffered a fractured metatarsal on February 25th against Marseille, with Brazil’s national team doctor Rodrigo Lasmar, who performed surgery on March 3rdf, estimating that Neymar would be out for “two-and-a-half to three months”.

28/03/2018 Update – Brazil and Spain impress in international break

The international break saw a raft of friendly football action taking place, including the two World Cup favourites battling it out in Berlin, with Brazil gaining a 1-0 win over Germany.

Perhaps the result of the week though was Spain’s 6-1 drubbing of Argentina, which included an Isco hat-trick.  Lionel Messi may have been absent for Argentina, but it’s clear that coach  Jorge Sampaoli has a multitude of problems to solve before facing Iceland on 16th June.   

It’s also looking increasingly bleak for host nation Russia, with 3-0 and 3-1 defeats at home to Brazil and France respectively doing little to suggest that they will be among the main contenders for the trophy.

The current best available odds in the World Cup 2018 outright betting to win the trophy see Brazil and Germany as 5/1 joint favourites, with France at 13/2, Spain 15/2 and Argentina 11/1.

20/03/2018 Update – Lionel Messi hints at World Cup farewell after Russia

Lionel Messi has hinted that the World Cup finals in Russia could be his last.  Speaking of Argentinean media criticism of Argentina’s failure to win the 2014 World Cup final and consecutive Copa America finals, Messi said that, “We think that if we don’t do it, we are going to get a lot more [criticism] and we are not going to have another possibility.”

The England No. 1 goalkeeper shirt in Russia is still very much up for grabs, with Jordan Pickford, Jack Butland, Nick Pope and Joe Hart all called up for the upcoming international friendlies with the Netherlands and Italy.

The current best available odds to win the World Cup sees Germany and Brazil both available at 5/1, France at 6/1, Spain at 8/1, Argentina at 9/1 and Belgium at 12/1.  Patriotic punters can back England at 18/1.

14/03/2018 Update – England has Kane concern for World Cup 2018

England striker Harry Kane could be facing a race against time to be fit for the World Cup, with the Tottenham Hotspur man potentially set to miss six weeks or more with suspected damaged ankle ligaments.

Following the recent poisoning of ex-Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia, in the UK, there have been increased calls for England to boycott the World Cup in Russia.  In reality this is likely to come in the form of FA and government officials not attending matches, rather than the team withdrawing from the tournament.

Match tickets for the group game between Argentina and Iceland at the 43,000 capacity Spartak Stadium have already sold out prior to them being made available for open sale.  The only other game for which that situation currently applies is the final on July 15th at Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.

6/3/2018 Update – VAR set to play a part at World Cup 2018

According to FIFA president Gianni Infantino, a decision on whether VAR (Video Assistant Referees) will be used at the World Cup will be taken at a meeting on 16th March.  

It seems likely to get the nod, with the International Football Association Board (IFAB), who are responsible for determining the rules of football, having “unanimously approved” its introduction on a permanent basis.

Brazilian forward Neymar could be cutting it fine in his race to be fit for Russia after having a “successful” operation after fracturing a metatarsal and spraining an ankle on Ligue 1 duty with Paris Saint-Germain, with Brazil team doctor Rodrigo Lasmar claiming that the 26 year-old will be out for up to three months.

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho will work as a pundit for Russia Today during the World Cup the broadcaster has announced.

28/2/2018 Update – Neymar injury scare for Brazil shouldn’t impact on World Cup 2018

Brazil and Paris St-Germain centre forward Neymar will be out for between six and eight weeks according to his father after suffering a fractured metatarsal and sprained ankle in the recent Ligue 1 win over Marseille.  Neymar should return to fitness in plenty of time for World Cup 2018 providing there are no complications.

In other injury news, host nation Russia would appear to have lost both of their first-choice central defenders for the finals, with Georgiy Dzhikiya and Viktor Vasin both being ruled out due to ACL injuries.

Reports in Argentina suggest that national team coach Jorge Sampaoli has already decided not to take Inter Milan’s Mauro Icardi to the World Cup.  The snub is supposedly down to a combination of poor performances for the national team and a perceived poor relationship between Icardi and other members of Sampaoli’s squad.

22/2/2018 Update – Didier Deschamps insists door still open for Benjamin Mendy

French coach Didier Deschamps has insisted that Benjamin Mendy can still earn a place in his Russia 2018 World Cup squad.  The 23-year-old left-back, who joined Manchester City from Monaco for £52 million in the summer, has been sidelined since September with a serious knee injury.

Meanwhile, teenage Flamengo forward Vinicius Jr. has said he dreams of making Brazil’s 2018 World Cup squad ahead of the 17 year-old’s summer move Real Madrid for €45 million.

The latest World Cup 2018 betting odds for the winning team sees Germany at a best price of 5/1, followed by France (6/1), Brazil (13/2), Spain (8/1) and Argentina (10/1).  Should you care to name the finalists, you can get 12/1 on a Germany v Brazil final, 14/1 on Germany v France and 20/1 on each of Brazil v Spain, France v Argentina and France v Spain.

15/2/2018 Update – Uruguay 7/4 to reach the Quarter-finals

In what is likely to be his last World Cup finals, Lionel Messi’s fitness will be key to his and Argentina’s hopes.  On that basis, Argentina FA president Claudio Tapia hopes that Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde continues to rest Messi where possible over the remaining months of the club campaign.

One team that shouldn’t be wanting for support in Russia is Mexico, with Mexican Ambassador to Russia Norma Bertha Pensado Moreno claiming that 25,000 Mexican supporters are expected to make the trip.

World Cup 2018 betting already includes several interesting markets, such as teams to reach the quarter-final stage.  Uruguay could be an interesting bet here, having what looks to be an easy group followed by a likely last 16 game against either Spain or Portugal.  Both would be tough opponents, but there is genuine quality in the Uruguay squad and at 7/4 to reach the last eight, they look decent value.

8/2/2018 Update – New World Cup Kits Revealed

The countdown to World Cup 2018 in Russia continues, with a number of teams revealing their new kits in the last few days.

The German shirt looks particularly stylish, whilst England have opted for a ‘classic’ look that’s unlikely to set too many pulses racing.

Meanwhile, fears that Spain could be expelled from Russia 2018 due to government interference in the election of the Spanish Football Federation’s new president have predictably come to nothing.  FIFA sources confirmed after the meeting with Spanish officials that the nation’s “participation in the World Cup is not in danger.”

Top 2018 World Cup goalscorer betting sees Lionel Messi (Argentina) leading the way at 10/1, closely followed by Neymar (Brazil) at 11/1.  Antoine Griezmann (France) can be backed at 18/1, whilst the now 33-year old Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) is on the drift at 20/1 after what has been a disappointing domestic season with Real Madrid.

2/2/2018 Update

World Cup 2018 is edging ever closer, so as the big kick-off in Russia approaches we’ll keep you updated as to the latest news and gossip.

Argentina boss Jorge Sampaoli has insisted the door is still open for 33 year-old Carlos Tevez, following the veteran striker’s return to Boca Juniors following a fairly disastrous spell in China with Shanghai Shenhua.

Newly appointed Australia coach Bert van Marwijk claims that “I go to the World Cup with only one thing that counts, [and that’s] to survive the first round.”  The Dutchman inherits a less than star-studded Socceroos squad, but in a group alongside France, Denmark and Peru, they are not without hope of progress.

As things stand we have Brazil and Germany both available at a best price of 5/1 to lift the trophy, France at 6/1 and Spain at 8/1.  It will be interesting to see how those odds change over the coming months.


Looking back at previous winners is often a good way to look at which way the World Cup outright winner could head. You’ll have to look back over 50 years to find England winning the World Cup, but looking at the more recent tournaments could be a good signifier.

Here are the most recent tournament winners…

2014: Germany 1-0 Argentina

2010: Spain 1-0 Netherlands

2006: Italy 1-1 France (Italy win on penalties)

2002: Brazil 2-0 Germany

1998: France 3-0 Brazil

1994: Brazil 0-0 Italy (Brazil win on penalties)

1990: West Germany 1-0 Argentina


Taking advantage of the World Cup free bets available when joining an online bookmaker is an great way to boost your betting profits from the World Cup in 2018 and to make sure that you don’t miss out when using any free bets. There are also lots of other ways to help improve your profits from betting on the world’s biggest sports event.

To begin with, you can basically insure your 2018 World Cup bets with a variety of free bet refund offers and promotions released by the online bookmakers which could result in getting a free consolation bet for backing a losing selection.

It’s also not only free bets that will help boost your betting bank.  You can also receive generous bonuses that boost the returns from your successful accumulators and you should always make sure you are obtaining the best football odds for your bets.

The team at think it’s a great idea to have a number of betting accounts with different bookmakers. Being able to quickly move from one account to another and pounce upon the best betting offers will give you the best chance of maximising your profits.

This is where comes into play.  We are constantly monitoring the newly released free bet offers and bookmaker’s promotions and update the site with more than £2,000 worth of bonus offers and promotions on any single day.

Stay tuned to and you can access all the latest free bet offers and promotions for all the big 2018 World Cup matches and compare 2018 World Cup odds to make sure you are not missing out on the best World Cup odds.

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Keep your eyes peeled on our site to make the most of betting on the World Cup 2018.

How to get free bets for 2018 World Cup

As with having a bet on the Premier League or Champions League match odds, betting on the World Cup is equally straightforward.

Ahead of 2018 World Cup finals in Russia and particularly during the tournament itself, many online bookmakers will be offering up some fantastic World Cup betting offers as they look to bring in new customers.  

There are sure to be plenty of free World Cup bets and deposit bonuses on just about all of the most popular bookmaker websites.  You can also easily compare World Cup odds and bag yourself a great deal.

With it being such a huge football tournament, there will naturally be plenty of betting markets available, enabling you to get the most out of your 2018 World Cup predictions.

Here at, we will clearly spell out all the important terms and conditions of each bookies free bet offers, leaving you to focus on finding the right World Cup free bets for your needs and to enjoy the tournament in all its glory.

Three Easy Steps To Get A Free World Cup Bet

  • Pick a free bet – First, check out our wide range of free betting offers.  Next, check the main terms & conditions for turnover requirements to find the right deal for you, then click ‘CLAIM IT NOW’ when ready to claim your free bet.
  • Join the online bookmaker – Fill out the registration form and enter any relevant bonus codes.  You’ll also need to enter your payment info to collect a free bet for the offer available, so see our Bookmaker Review section to find all the most reputable bookies on the net.
  • Deposit funds & place your bet – In most instances you are able to deposit as little as £5 – £10, but this may limit the amount of your free welcome bet. We suggest starting out with some of the smaller free betting offers until you get the hang of things and go with those bookmakers who will at least match your first bet or deposit.

That’s all it that’s required to get maximum benefit from the many World Cup betting promotions which will hit our screens over the coming year.  We’ll be updating our site constantly with the very best World Cup offers, so keep an eye out and make sure the likes of Spain, Germany, and dare we say it, England, won’t be the only winners next summer.


Plenty of the UK’s best bookmakers are already offering great odds on World Cup free bets. You’ll get great prices on qualifiers with SkyBet’s World Cup offers while the likes of Ladbrokes and William Hill are offering some good outrights with Germany and Brazil among the list of favourites.

With plenty of free bets already on offer, from welcome bonuses to matched bets it’s well worth getting started on your World Cup bets ahead of the tournament in Russia next year.


It’s a very simple process to place a bet with most UK bookmakers, but it can differ slightly from bookmaker to bookmaker, especially when it comes to utilizing free bets.

In many instances you will need to look for an option to apply your free bet bonus before confirming it, while others may require a deposit to start.  The best option is to simply check out our bookmaker pages where we highlight exactly what you need to do with regards to each bookmaker free bet offer.

It’s always wise to check out any restrictions on your free bets, as there will often be terms & conditions in place to stop those people looking to convert the free bets into cash. Most of these free bet restrictions don’t really stop this happening however, as punters with another bookmaker account or an account with a betting exchange can potentially lock-in a profit from free bets without any risk. You can work out how much profit can be guaranteed into your free bets with our Back/Lay Hedging Calculator.

Restrictions on free bets are usually in place however and they differ between bookmakers.  It’s therefore in your best interests to know what to look out for when picking a free bet, as it can save time and often disappointment later on.

Six Things You Need To Know Before Using Your Free Bet World Cup Offers

  1. Free Bet stakes are not returned with winnings The Free Bet part of the bet is not included in any returns.  You are entitled to receive any winnings / profit from your Free Bet stake.
  2. Minimum Betting Odds – Online bookmakers often insist that your qualifying Free Bets have to be placed on picks with a minimum price, which is typically around 1/5 (1.20) and 6/4 (2.50) mark, although there are sometimes wider variations.
  3. Rollover Requirement – Some online sportsbooks will have a rollover / turnover requirements for your Free Bet or Deposit Bonuses, where you must bet their Free Bet amount a number of times before being permitted to withdraw any bonus winnings that they may have accrued.
  4. Free Bet Expiry Free Bets may have an expiry date, with 7 or 30 days from the time of receipt being fairly standard.
  5. Bet Type RestrictionsQualifying Free Bets can almost always be used as singles and can normally also be used in accumulator bets should you wish.
  6. Betting product restrictions – Free Bets generally can only be used on the specific channel they have been awarded on so, for example, it’s highly unlikely that a sportsbook Free Bet can be used on their casino or poker rooms.

The Only 2018 World Cup Betting Tips You’ll Ever Need

  1. Open several accounts with different bookmakers – Basically the more free bets you collect, the better the chance of turning a profit if used sensibly.
  2. Secure the best odds available for your football bets – Compare the bookmakers odds and calculate out your potential winnings using our Bet Calculator.
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