FIFA World Cup Betting Offers & Free Bets for 2018 | Russia


Best World Cup 2018 Free Bets 

The 2018 World Cup is set to come to a thrilling finale in Russia and in what has been one of the most open tournaments to date, France will battle it out with Croatia in the final.

World Cup Betting Offers 2018

Despite the controversy surrounding Russia, this has been one of the best tournaments in recent memory, with a handful of top nations having shone. But it has come down to two nations, as either France or Croatia will lift the most prestigious trophy in international football at the end of a sensational competition on Russian soil.

England battled all the way to the semi-finals this summer, an admirable achievement for Gareth Southgate’s Three Lions and one that the country can be proud of. Meanwhile, frontman Harry Kane is still on for the Golden Boot and is the 1/16 favourite with 888Sport to secure this personal feat on Russian territory.

With the competition having provided plenty of drama and excitement, let Freebets.com help you get even more 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.

As the World Cup comes to dramatic conclusion, 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 carries on 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.

World Cup Free bets

France and Croatia to contest World Cup 2018 final

The World Cup 2018 final will see France take on Croatia at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on Sunday afternoon, after semi-final victories over Belgium (1-0) and England (2-1 after extra-time) respectively.

France are the favourites to win the game in 90-minutes at 19/20 with bet365*, with Croatia a 4/1 shot with William Hill and the draw on offer at 9/4 with Paddy Power. To Lift the Trophy (whether in 90-minutes or after extra-time or even penalties), France are 10/21 with 888Sport, with Croatia 15/8 at Betway.

The favourite in the Correct Score market is a 1-0 victory for France, which is 9/2 at bet365*.

* Odds correct at the time of writing

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 Freebets.com, 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.

World Cup Match Betting Odds, Fixtures & Results

World Cup Finals

WORLD CUP MATCHES

BETTING ODDS & PREVIEWS

RESULTS

MATCH DETAILS

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Belgium vs England World Cup 2018

Belgium vs England Betting Odds2 - 0Sat, 14/7, 15:00
Saint Petersburg Stadium
Saint Petersburg

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France vs Croatia World Cup 2018

France vs Croatia Betting Odds - Sun, 15/7, 16:00
Luzhniki Stadium
Luzhniki

World Cup Semi-Finals

WORLD CUP MATCHES

BETTING ODDS & PREVIEWS

RESULTS

MATCH DETAILS

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France vs Belgium World Cup 2018

France vs Belgium Betting Odds1 - 0Tue, 10/7, 21:00
Saint Petersburg Stadium
Saint Petersburg

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England vs Croatia World Cup 2018

England vs Croatia Betting Odds2 - 1Wed, 11/7, 21:00
Luzhniki Stadium
Luzhniki

World Cup Quarter Finals

Friday 6 July

WORLD CUP MATCHES

BETTING ODDS & PREVIEWS

RESULTS

MATCH DETAILS

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Uruguay vs France World Cup 2018

Uruguay vs France Betting Odds0 - 215:00
Nizhny Novgorod Stadium
Nizhny Novgorod

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Brazil v Belgium World Cup 2018

Brazil v Belgium Betting Odds1 - 219:00
Kazan Arena
Kazan

Saturday 7 July

WORLD CUP MATCHES

BETTING ODDS & PREVIEWS

RESULTS

MATCH DETAILS

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Russia vs Croatia World Cup 2018

Russia vs Croatia Betting Odds2 (3) - 2 (4)19:00
Fisht Olympic Stadium
Sochi

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Sweden v England World Cup 2018Sweden v England Betting Odds0 - 2Samara Arena
15:00
Samara Arena
Samara

Round of 16

Saturday 30 June

WORLD CUP MATCHES

BETTING ODDS & PREVIEWS

RESULTS

MATCH DETAILS

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France vs Argentina World Cup 2018

France vs Argentina Betting Odds4 - 315:00
Kazan Arena
Kazan

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Uruguay vs Portugal World Cup 2018


Urugauy vs Portugal Betting Odds
2 - 119:00
Fisht Olympic Stadium
Sochi

Sunday 1 July

WORLD CUP MATCHES

BETTING ODDS & PREVIEWS

RESULTS

MATCH DETAILS

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Spain vs Russia World Cup 2018

Spain vs Russia Betting Odds1 (3) - 1 (4)15:00
Luzhniki Stadium
Moscow

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Croatia vs Denmark World Cup 2018


Croatia vs Denmark Betting Odds
1 (3) - 1 (2)19:00
Nizhny Novgorod Stadium
Nizhny Novgorod

Monday 2 July

WORLD CUP MATCHES

BETTING ODDS & PREVIEWS

RESULTS

MATCH DETAILS

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Brazil vs Mexico World Cup 2018

Brazil vs Mexico Betting Odds2 - 015:00
Samara Arena
Samara

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Belgium vs Japan World Cup 2018Belgium vs Japan Betting Odds3 - 219:00
Rostov Arena
Rostov

Tuesday 3 July

WORLD CUP MATCHES

BETTING ODDS & PREVIEWS

RESULTS

MATCH DETAILS

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Sweden vs Switzerland World Cup 2018

Sweden vs Switzerland Betting Odds1 - 015:00
Saint Petersburg Stadium
Saint Petersburg

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Colombia vs England World Cup 2018Colombia vs England Betting Odds1(3) - 1(4)19:00
Spartak Stadium
Moscow

World Cup Group Stage Results

Thursday 14 June

WORLD CUP MATCHES

BETTING ODDS & PREVIEWS

RESULTS

GROUP

MATCH DETAILS

Russia vs Saudi Arabia World Cup 2018Russia vs Saudi Arabia Betting Odds5 - 0

A

16:00
Luzhniki Stadium
Moscow

Friday 15 June

WORLD CUP MATCHES

BETTING ODDS & PREVIEWS

RESULTS

GROUP

MATCH DETAILS

Egypt vs Uruguay World Cup 2018

Egypt vs Uruguay Betting Odds0 - 1

A

13:00
Ekaterinburg Arena
Ekaterinburg

Morocco vs Iran World Cup 2018

Morocco vs Iran Betting Odds0 - 1

B

16:00
Saint Petersburg Stadium
St. Petersburg

Portugal vs Spain World Cup 2018

Portugal vs Spain Betting Odds3 - 3

B

19:00
Fisht Stadium
Sochi

Saturday 16 June

WORLD CUP MATCHES

BETTING ODDS & PREVIEWS

RESULTS

GROUP

MATCH DETAILS

France vs Australia World Cup 2018

France vs Australia Betting Odds2 - 1

C

11:00
Kazan Arena
Kazan

Argentina vs Iceland World Cup 2018

Argentina vs Iceland Betting Odds1 - 1

D

14:00
Spartak Stadium
Moscow

Peru vs Denmark World Cup 2018

Peru vs Denmark Betting Odds0 - 1

C

17:00
Mordovia Arena
Saransk

Croatia vs Nigeria World Cup 2018

Croatia vs Nigeria Betting Odds2 - 0

D

20:00
Kaliningrad Stadium
Kaliningrad

Sunday 17 June

WORLD CUP MATCHES

BETTING ODDS & PREVIEWS

RESULTS

GROUP

MATCH DETAILS

Costa Rica vs Serbia World Cup 2018

Costa Rica vs Serbia Betting Odds0 - 1

E

13:00
Samara Arena
Samara

Germany vs Mexico World Cup 2018

Germany vs Mexico Betting Odds0 - 1

F

16:00
Luzhniki Stadium
Moscow

Brazil vs Switzerland World Cup 2018

Brazil vs Switzerland Betting Odds1 - 1

E

19:00
Rostov Arena
Rostov-On-Don

Monday 18 June

WORLD CUP MATCHES

BETTING ODDS & PREVIEWS

RESULTS

GROUP

MATCH DETAILS

Sweden vs South Korea World Cup 2018

Sweden vs South Korea Betting Odds1 - 0

F

13:00
Nizhny Novgorod Stadium
Nizhny Novgorod

Belgium vs Panama World Cup 2018

Belgium vs Panama Betting Odds3 - 0

G

16:00
Fisht Stadium
Sochi

Tunisia vs England World Cup 2018

Tunisia vs England Betting Odds1 - 2

G

19:00
Volgograd Arena
Volgograd

Tuesday 19 June

WORLD CUP MATCHES

BETTING ODDS & PREVIEWS

RESULTS

GROUP

MATCH DETAILS

Colombia vs Japan World Cup 2018

Colombia vs Japan Betting Odds1 - 2

H

13:00
Mordovia Arena
Saransk

Poland vs Senegal World Cup 2018

Poland vs Senegal Betting Odds1 - 2

H

16:00
Spartak Stadium
Moscow

Russia vs Egypt World Cup 2018

Russia vs Egypt Betting Odds3 - 1

A

19:00
Saint Petersburg Stadium
St. Petersburg

Wednesday 20 June

WORLD CUP MATCHES

BETTING ODDS & PREVIEWS

RESULTS

GROUP

MATCH DETAILS

Portugal vs Morocco World Cup 2018

Portugal vs Morocco Betting Odds1 - 0

B

13:00
Luzhniki Stadium
Moscow

Uruguay vs Saudi Arabia World Cup 2018

Uruguay vs Saudi Arabia Betting Odds1 - 0

A

16:00
Rostov Arena
Rostov-On-Don

Iran vs Spain World Cup 2018

Iran vs Spain Betting Odds0 - 1

B

19:00
Kazan Arena
Kazan

Thursday 21 June

WORLD CUP MATCHES

BETTING ODDS & PREVIEWS

RESULTS

GROUP

MATCH DETAILS

Denmark vs Australia World Cup 2018

Denmark vs Australia Betting Odds1 - 1

C

15:00
Samara Arena
Samara

France vs Peru World Cup 2018

France vs Peru Betting Odds1 - 0

C

18:00
Ekaterinburg Arena

Ekaterinburg

Argentina vs Croatia World Cup 2018

Argentina vs Croatia Betting Odds0 - 3

D

20:00
Nizhny Novgorod Stadium
Nizhny Novgorod

Friday 22 June

WORLD CUP MATCHES

BETTING ODDS & PREVIEWS

RESULTS

GROUP

MATCH DETAILS

Brazil vs Costa Rica World Cup 2018

Brazil vs Costa Rica Betting Odds2 - 0

E

13:00
Saint Petersburg Stadium
St. Petersburg

Nigeria vs Iceland World Cup 2018

Nigeria vs Iceland Betting Odds2 - 0

D

16:00
Volgograd Arena

Volgograd

Serbia vs Switzerland World Cup 2018

Serbia vs Switzerland Betting Odds1 - 2

E

19:00
Kaliningrad Stadium
Kaliningrad

Saturday 23 June

WORLD CUP MATCHES

BETTING ODDS & PREVIEWS

RESULTS

GROUP

MATCH DETAILS

Belgium vs Tunisia World Cup 2018

Belgium vs Tunisia Betting Odds5 - 2

G

13:00
Spartak Stadium
Moscow

South Korea vs Mexico World Cup 2018

South Korea vs Mexico Betting Odds1 - 2

F

16:00
Rostov Arena

Rostov-On-Don

Germany vs Sweden World Cup 2018

Germany vs Sweden Betting Odds2 - 1

F

19:00
Fisht Stadium
Sochi

Sunday 24 June

WORLD CUP MATCHES

BETTING ODDS & PREVIEWS

RESULTS

GROUP

MATCH DETAILS

England vs Panama World Cup 2018

England vs Panama Betting Odds6 - 1

G

13:00
Nizhny Novgorod Stadium
Nizhny Novgorod

Japan vs Senegal World Cup 2018

Japan vs Senegal Betting Odds2 - 2

H

16:00
Ekaterinburg Arena

Ekaterinburg

Poland vs Colombia World Cup 2018

Poland vs Colombia Betting Odds0 - 3

H

19:00
Kazan Arena
Kazan

Monday 25 June

WORLD CUP MATCHES

BETTING ODDS & PREVIEWS

RESULTS

GROUP

MATCH DETAILS

Uruguay v Russia World Cup 2018

Uruguay v Russia Betting Odds3 - 0

A

15:00
Samara Arena
Nizhny Samara

Saudi Arabia v Egypt World Cup 2018

Saudi Arabia v Egypt Betting Odds2 - 1

A

15:00
Volgograd Arena

Volgograd

Spain vs Morocco World Cup 2018

Spain vs Morocco Betting Odds2 - 2

B

19:00
Kaliningrad Stadium
Kaliningrad

Iran vs Portugal World Cup 2018

Iran vs Portugal Betting Odds1 - 1

B

19:00
Mordovia Arena
Saransk

Tuesday 26 June

WORLD CUP MATCHES

BETTING ODDS & PREVIEWS

RESULTS

GROUP

MATCH DETAILS

Australia vs Peru World Cup 2018

Australia vs Peru Betting Odds0 - 2

C

15:00
Fisht Stadium
Nizhny Sochi

Denmark vs France World Cup 2018

Denmark vs France Betting Odds0 - 0

C

15:00
Luzhniki Stadium

Moscow

Nigeria vs Argentina World Cup 2018


Nigeria vs Argentina Betting Odds
1 - 2

D

19:00
Saint Petersburg Stadium
St. Petersburg

Iceland vs Croatia World Cup 2018

Iceland vs Croatia Betting Odds1 - 2

D

19:00
Rostov Arena
Rostov-On-Don

Wednesday 27 June

WORLD CUP MATCHES

BETTING ODDS & PREVIEWS

RESULTS

GROUP

MATCH DETAILS

South Korea vs Germany World Cup 2018

South Korea vs Germany Betting Odds2 - 0

F

15:00
Kazan Arena
Kazan

Mexico vs Sweden World Cup 2018

Mexico vs Sweden Betting Odds0 - 3

F

15:00
Ekaterinburg Arena
Ekaterinburg

Serbia vs Brazil World Cup 2018


Serbia vs Brazil Betting Odds
0 - 2

E

19:00
Spartak Stadium
Moscow

Switzerland vs Costa Rica World Cup 2018

Switzerland vs Costa Rica Betting Odds2 - 2

E

19:00
Nizhny Novgorod Stadium
Nizhny Novgorod

Thursday 28 June

WORLD CUP MATCHES

BETTING ODDS & PREVIEWS

RESULTS

GROUP

MATCH DETAILS

Japan vs Poland World Cup 2018

Japan vs Poland Betting Odds0 - 1

H

15:00
Volgograd Arena
Volgograd

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Senegal vs Colombia World Cup 2018


Senegal vs Colombia Betting Odds
0 - 1

H

18:00
Samara Arena
Samara

Panama vs Tunisia World Cup 2018


Panama vs Tunisia Betting Odds
1 - 2

G

21:00
Mordovia Arena
Saransk

England vs Belgium World Cup 2018

England vs Belgium Betting Odds0 - 1

G

20:00
Kaliningrad Stadium
Kaliningrad

Check out the latest free bet offers for all the big World Cup fixtures, our expert insight will help you back a winner, even if it does see England missing out on penalties again.

Check our full TV guide for 2018 World Cup group stage

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FIFA World Cup Winner Odds

World Cup Betting Markets

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

World Cup 2018 – Live Updates

5/7/2018 Update – England beat Colombia in historic penalty shootout at World Cup 2018

England won a World Cup penalty shootout for the first time in their history to beat Colombia in an ill-tempered last 16 clash at World Cup 2018 to secure a quarter-final tie against Sweden.

England had led through a Harry Kane penalty just before the hour mark, only for Yerry Mina to equalize with a towering header deep into stoppage-time.

Jordan Henderson’s penalty was saved to give Colombia the advantage in the shootout, but Mateus Uribe rattled the crossbar to level things up.  Jordan Pickford brilliantly saved from Carlos Bacca, before Eric Dier scored the decisive goal. England are now 9/2 with Paddy Power to win World Cup 2018.

28/6/2018 Update – England to face Colombia in last 16 of World Cup 2018

A much-changed England team lost 1-0 to a similarly weakened Belgium in Kaliningrad, leaving Gareth Southgate’s men with a World Cup 2018 last-16 tie against Colombia in Moscow on Tuesday night, with the prospect of Sweden or Switzerland in the last-eight.

A largely drab encounter was settled by a fine strike from Adnan Januzaj early in the second-half, with Belgium’s reward being an easier looking tie against Japan.

England can be backed at 6/5 with BetFred to beat Colombia in 90-minutes and are 3/5 with 888Sport to qualify for the quarter-finals.  bet365 offer 15/2 on England to win World Cup 2018.

21/6/2018 Update – Russia and Uruguay progress to World Cup 2018 knock-out stage

From the moment the draw was made, it seemed likely that Russia and Uruguay would progress from Group A.  Confidence in Russia had waned in recent months due to a string of poor warm-up results and performances, but impressive 5-0 and 3-1 victories over Saudi Arabia and Egypt respectively have ensured smooth passage to the latter stages for Stanislav Cherchesov’s men.  Russia can be backed at 44/1 with 888Sport to win the World Cup.

Uruguay’s progress is less of a surprise, although they’ve yet to really exert themselves in consecutive 1-0 wins over Egypt and the Saudis and are 28/1 shots with William Hill to win World Cup 2018.  

13/6/2018 Update – Spain sack Julen Lopetegui on eve of World Cup kick-off

Having just been named as the new boss of Real Madrid, Julen Lopetegui was sacked as head coach of the Spanish national team because the negotiations occurred “without any information to the RFEF” (the Spanish Football Federation).  

Sporting director Fernando Hierro will take charge of Spain for the World Cup.  Spain can be backed at 13/2 with BetVictor to win the World Cup.

Elsewhere, forward Mohamed Salah is “almost 100%” certain to play in Friday’s World Cup opener against Uruguay according to Egypt coach Hector Cuper, having seemingly recovered  after injuring shoulder ligaments during the Champions League final.

7/6/2018 Update – Host nation Russia go into World Cup 2018 on run of poor form

Russia’s final warm-up game prior to their World cup opener against Saudi Arabia on Thursday 14th June finished as a 1-1 draw with Turkey in Moscow.

It wasn’t quite the result that coach Stanislav Cherchesov was looking for, as it means Russia are now winless in seven matches and have only won five of their past 26 games.

Aleksandr Samedov gave Russia the lead against Turkey, but Yunus Malli claimed Turkey’s equaliser with a shot from 25 yards.

Russia are now 66/1 with Betfair to win the World Cup and 199/100 with MarathonBet to top Group A.

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31/5/2018 Update – Lionel Messi hat-trick fires Argentina to World Cup warm-up win

A Lionel Messi hat-trick helped Argentina to a 4-0 World Cup warm-up win over Haiti in Buenos Aires.  Messi is currently 10/1 to be World Cup Top Goalscorer with SkyBet.

In other international friendlies involving World Cup contenders, host nation Russia lost 1-0 away to Austria, while Japan’s preparations suffered a further blow as they went down 2-0 at home to Ghana in Akira Nishino’s first game as manager.

Elsewhere, Panama were held to a goalless draw at home to Northern Ireland and Mexico also had to settle for a 0-0 draw against a youthful Wales team in Pasadena.  Peru saw off an inexperienced Scotland team 2-0 in Lima.

25/5/2018 Update – World Cup axe for Alvaro Morata and Radja Nainggolan

Competition for places in the Spain squad for World Cup 2018 was always going to be fierce and result in a number of high-profile players not being selected.  Perhaps the biggest surprise omission from Julen Lopetegui’s 23-man squad is Alvaro Morata. Spain are currently a best price of 13/2 with BetFred to win the World Cup.

The Belgium squad was also announced, with Roma midfielder Radja Nainggolan immediately announcing his international retirement after his name was omitted from Roberto Martinez’s 23-man list.  Belgium can be backed at 12/1 to win the World Cup with Sportingbet.

17/5/2018 Update – England’s final World Cup squad announced

England’s final 23-man squad for World Cup 2018 in Russia has been announced, with goalkeeper Joe Hart and midfielder Jack Wilshere being the two main omissions from Gareth Southgate’s selection.  There was also no place for the injured Adam Lallana, but his 19 year-old Liverpool teammate, Trent Alexander-Arnold, did receive a first call-up.

England backers who believe that it will be Harry Kane and company celebrating World Cup victory in Moscow on 15th July can get best odds of 18/1 with bet365. (*Odds correct at the time of writing)

10/5/2018 Update – Manuel Neuer looking increasingly unlikely to feature at World Cup 2018

Manuel Neuer, Germany’s first-choice goalkeeper, looks increasingly unlikely to feature at World Cup 2018 after Bayern Munich manager Jupp Heynckes has said that Neuer will not play club football again this season.  Neuer has not played since September after suffering a recurrence of a metatarsal fracture.

Australia Head Coach Bert van Marwijk named 32 players as part of his preliminary squad for the 2018 World Cup, including the 38 year-old veteran Tim Cahill.  At the other end of the spectrum, there is also a first call-up for 19 year-old winger Daniel Arzani.

Golden Boot Odds

Current Top Goalscorer odds for World Cup 2018 has Lionel Messi at a best price of 10/1, Neymar 12/1, Antoine Griezmann, Cristiano Ronaldo and Harrry Kane all 16/1 and Timo Werner and Gabriel Jesus both at 18/1.  

3/5/2018 Update – Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers World Cup and Champions League heartache

Liverpool midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will miss World Cup 2018 (and the Champions League Final) after suffering a serious knee ligament injury in the 5-2 Champions League semi-final first leg victory over Roma at Anfield. 

Portugal’s defensive midfielder Danilo is also out of World Cup 2018, with national team coach Fernando Santos admitting that the absence of the Porto man will force him to change his squad plans.  He had planned to take just three centre-backs to the tournament, with Danilo capable of providing cover at centre-back.

Bayern Munich’s 21 year-old winger Kingsley Coman has revealed that he expects to return to first-team football before the end of the season after undergoing ankle surgery in February and is back in contention for a place in Didier Deschamps’ France squad.

24/04/2018 Update – Sweden coach rejects recall for Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Speculation surrounding a possible return to national-team duty with Sweden for Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been rejected by coach Janne Andersson who told reporters, “Ibrahimovic said no to the national team.  He was not going to be in the team after the European Championship, and I respected him.  

If you rejected the team, I do not think you should come back, I respect what he said, but he’s definitely not included in the plans for the 2018 World Cup.”

Meanwhile Egypt’s Arsenal midfielder Mohamed Elneny suffered ankle ligament damage during Sunday’s 4-1 over West Ham United, but could be back before the end of the season according to his club.

Argentina midfielder Lucas Biglia picked up a back injury in AC Milan’s surprise defeat against Benevento in Serie A on Saturday and faces a race against time to be fit for the World Cup.

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.

World Cup Winners

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

2018 World Cup Betting Tips

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.

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Stay tuned to Freebets.com 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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  • 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.
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  • 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.

The Best World Cup 2018 Free Bets

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.

How To Use 2018 World Cup Free Bets

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.

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