Bettingpro.com.au writers provide you with free 2018 World Cup predictions and the very best betting tips for the finals in Russia. Our World Cup tips, match previews and best bets include free soccer tips for every game of the tournament from the opening fixture of the Group stages through the World Cup Final. Our betting advice includes the latest 2018 World Cup odds, World Cup 2018 tips and the best value selections. 

WORLD CUP BETTING TIPS

The 2018 World Cup in Russia will feature 32 nations bidding to lift the Jules Rimet Trophy. Only one can, but who will it be? 

Reigning champions Germany, Brazil, France, Spain and Argentina are heading the World Cup betting odds and are favourites to be crowned world champions. Can hosts Russia achieve the ultimate goal on home turf? And how will the Socceroos perform in their third successive finals appearance.

We bring you the ultimate guide to the World Cup finals with in-depth previews and free World Cup betting tips ahead of the tournament as well as expert match previews and predictions for every game across the five weeks of action in Russia.

WORLD CUP CUP BETTING TIPS: WHO ARE THE BEST BOOKMAKERS FOR THE 2018 WORLD CUP?

Bookmakers offers World Cup betting odds and markets for all games - not just the Socceroos - throughout the tournament from the Group stages to the Final. You can also bet on several futures markets including the tournament winner, Group winners, Top Goalscorer and much more. 

If you are looking for the best bookmaker for World Cup betting then there are plenty of option to choose from in Australia. Are you looking for competitive soccer odds? Is it special offers on the big games that you want to take advantage of? Do you want to place soccer multibets on World Cup matches? It is important to choose the right corporate bookie to suit your betting requirements. 

We have ranked the best bookmakers for betting on the 2018 World Cup below and you can read more about them in our reviews HERE.

2018 WORLD CUP SCHEDULE & GUIDE TO THE TOURNAMENT

The 2018 World Cup finals get underway in Russia on Thursday, June 14 and run until Sunday, July 15 when the champions will be crowned.

It is host nation Russia who kicks things off when they take on Saudi Arabia in the opening match in Group A and the 32 teams spread across eight group will battle it out to book a place in the Round of 16 which begins on Saturday, June 30.

From there it is all knockout football as the eight Round of 16 games followed by four quarter-finals and two semi-finals. The last two teams standing will battle it out in the World Cup Final on Sunday, July 15 in what promises to be a blockbuster tournament.

The key World Cup dates, 2018 World schedule and guide to what is going on in Russia in below.

Route To The World Cup Final

StageStart DateEnd Date
Group Stage A (Russia, Saudi Arabia, Egypt & Uruguay)Thursday, June 14Monday, June 25
Group Stage B (Portugal, Spain, Morocco & Iran)
Friday, June 15Monday, June 25
Group Stage C (France, Australia, Peru & Denmark)
Saturday, June 16Tuesday, June 26
Group Stage D (Argentina, Iceland, Croatia & Nigeria)
Saturday, June 16Tuesday, June 26
Group Stage E (Brazil, Serbia, Switzerland & Costa Rica)
Sunday, June 17Wednesday, June 27
Group Stage F (Germany, Mexico, Sweden & S Korea)
Sunday, June 17Wednesday, June 27
Group Stage G (Belgium, Panama, Tunisia & England)
Monday, June 18Thursday, June 28
Group Stage H (Poland, Senegal, Colombia & Japan)
Tuesday, June 19Thursday, June 28
Last-16Saturday, June 30Tuesday, July 3
Quarter-FinalsFriday, July 6Saturday, July 7
Semi-FinalsTuesday, July 10Wednesday, July 11
Third-Place Play-OffSaturday, July 14
World Cup FinalSunday, July 15

WORLD CUP GROUP A BETTING & TIPS

Hosts Russia headline Group A and they will be expected to qualify for the knockout stages. Bookmakers expect Uruguay to be the team battling with Russia for top spot in the group, but don't rule out Egypt, the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations runners-up. Saudi Arabia are not giving much hope of qualifying but could cause an upset along the way.

WORLD CUP GROUP B BETTING & TIPS

Neighbours Spain and Portugal will lock horns in Group B in what could be one of the more interesting groups. Spain are among the tournament favourites and predicted to qualify, while reigning European champions Portugal should join them according to bookmakers. But both Morocco and Iran are no pushovers and could have a say.

WORLD CUP GROUP C BETTING & TIPS

The Socceroos weren't done any favours during the World Cup draw with Australia landing one of the toughest groups. Former winner France are group favourites while Peru and Denmark both have talented sides. It could be an interesting three-way battle to join France in the Round of 16.

WORLD CUP GROUP D BETTING & TIPS

Beaten finalists four years ago, Argentina will be looking to go one better in Russia. Lionel Messi and co almost missed out on the finals, but they made it and should cruise through the group stages. Croatia, Nigeria and World Cup debutants Iceland will all fancy their chances of progressing to the knockout stages.

WORLD CUP GROUP E BETTING & TIPS

Brazil should dominate Group E and move a step closer to lifting the World Cup again. In what looks a competitive group, the other three teams will be left to fight it out for second spot. Serbia and Switzerland look closely matched, but could Costa Rica be a dark horse?

WORLD CUP GROUP F BETTING & TIPS

Germany will begin the defence of their World Cup crown against Mexico and are firmly expected to end up topping Group F. Mexico themselves should progress to the Round of 16 if the bookmakers have things right, but Sweden will expect to have a say in things and South Korea might just be a touch overpriced to make it beyond the groups.

WORLD CUP GROUP G BETTING & TIPS

England and Belgium are not predicted to have too much trouble qualifying from the group, but is there a banana skin waiting for either nation. Tunisia and Panama should be heading home early if the bookmakers markets are correct.

WORLD CUP GROUP H BETTING & TIPS

The least appealing of all eight groups, it is Colombia and Poland who are favourites to qualify from Group H. Japan and Senegal can produce the goods on their day, however, and this one could provide an unlikely qualifier. 

WORLD CUP TIPS: HOW TO BET ON THE FINALS

Betting on the World Cup is huge and the 2018 finals in Russia will be no different. Backing the winning nation is just one of the number of ways you can punt throughout the 2018 World Cup and the opportunity to bet on soccer has never been greater.

A rundown of some of the types of bets you can place on outright and tournament bets on the World Cup is below:

World Cup Winner: Back the team you think will be crowned champions by winning the World Cup Final. You can bet on this market before the World Cup qualifying gets underway and throughout the tournament as odds fluctuate from round to round. This is a popular selection in soccer multibet tips.

Name The Finalists or To Reach The Final: Get some extra value on your tournament winner selection by combining them with another team in the Name The Finalists markets. Your two selection will need to contest the World Cup Final for your bet to be a winning one. Alternatively, you can add some insurance to your predictions for the tournament winner by backing a team in the To Reach The Final market. If your team make it to the decider, you will win regardless of the outcome of the final itself.

Group Winners: Once the group stage draw is done, you can bet on who will win each of the groups (or who will qualify from them). This is a popular market to combine selections into a multi and add to the odds.

World Cup Top Goalscorer: Predict who will finish the competition as the leading goalscorer in the World Cup and be awarded the Golden Boot. Will you go for a big name from one of the leading contenders to win the tournament? Or will one of the unknown quantities who could be this year's surprise package just like James Rodriguez was in 2014? 

WORLD CUP BETTING: HOW TO BET ON WORLD CUP MATCHES

Betting on World Cup matches is more varied than ever before with a variety of betting markets available to choose from for each game. 

A rundown of some of the types of bets you can place on 2018 World Cup games is below:

Match Betting: Simply back the result, whether you think it will be a home win, an away win or a draw.

Correct Score: Predict the correct score in the game. The odds on getting the score prediction right offers extremely good value.

HalfTime / FullTime: This option allows you to bet on who you think will be leading the game at both halftime and fulltime. There are many possibilities that can occur in any match, particularly as a draw is an option.

Team A/Team A
Team A/Team B
Team A/Draw
Team B/Team B
Team B/Team A
Team B/Draw
Draw/Draw
Draw/Team A
Draw/Team B

Over/Under Total Goals: Bet on whether you think there will be more or less than 2.5 goals in the game. If it ends 1-1, then it is under 2.5 goals. If it ends 3-2, then it is over 2.5 goals. Other totals are available - usually 0.5, 1.5, 3.5 and 4.5.

First Goalscorer / Anytime Goalscorer / Last Goalscorer: Predict who will get the first goal of the game, who will score at any stage during the game or who will get the last goal score during the match. These are three of the most popular markets. 

Both Teams To Score: If you think both teams will find the back of the net in the game, then this is the bet for you.

Handicap Betting: Bookmakers offer you the chance to bet on the result of the game but where one team starts with a handicap (usually one or two goals). If you think a team will win, and do so comfortably by sticking several goals past the opposition, this is the option for you to increase the price.

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