World Cup 2018 – betting offers, news and opinion

World Cup 2018 betting The World Cup in Russia 2018 starts on June 14th. The hugely anticipated tournament will see 32 teams battle it out over 64 games for the ultimate honour in football. Reigning Champions Germany go into the tournament amongst the favourites, but who else will fancy their chances on Russian soil?

Below you’ll find features and opinion in the lead up to the tournament. As it gets ever nearer we’ll bring you match previews, betting offers and enhanced odds. We’ll be looking at every single one of the 32 teams, picking out their danger men and looking for value in the betting.

World Cup 2018 - most popular betting offer

Top World Cup betting offer

World Cup 2018 - top betting offer

As one of the biggest sporting events on the planet you can be sure they’ll be plenty of special betting promotions. With the number of markets you can bet on today there will be value to found, and we hope our previews and features will help you do just that.

Bet outright and through the tournament

Our first superb offer is based on the outright market. Place a pre-tournament bet on any team to win the tournament outright and you’ll get a free £5 bet every time they win a game! This is a self-fulfilling bet, as if you pick a team that goes deep into the tournament you’ll be onto a potential winner on both counts.

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England and Portugal specials

Englland and Portugal World Cup betting specials

Support both nations at 14/5 Football punters are a picky bunch. It wasn’t too long ago we were happy to get ourselves down to the local betting office by 2.55pm to place our weekend accumulators and now there are thousands

World Cup seven points special

World Cup - 7 point group special

40/1 available on teams reaching the magic number As well as the outright and match markets you’d expect, this year’s World Cup also offers football lovers the chance to bet on a number of specials with Coral customers invited to

World Cup 2018 – England specials

England World Cup betting specials

Follow the Three Lions with interest Coral’s #YourCall specials promises to make betting on World Cup 2018 even more exciting. Allowing customers to play both trader and punter, if you have a bet in mind but can’t find odds for

Why there’s value in England to win World Cup Group G

World Cup group G betting

Betting makes for interesting reading Gareth Southgate takes his England team to Russia for this summer’s World Cup and despite a positive showing in the qualifying stages of the competition there doesn’t seem to be a lot of optimism among

England’s performances at last two World Cups and prospects for Russia 2018

Does recent history throw up any clues for Russia 2018? England have won the World Cup once before, famously securing the trophy back in 1966 with a 4-2 result over West Germany in London. 93,000 fans turned out at Wembley

Switzerland – Three World Cup stars to look out for in Russia 2018

Russia 2018, 3 Switzerland stars to look out for

6/1 quarter-finals finish Switzerland have featured in 10 World Cup competitions to date and have reached the quarter-finals on three occasions – 1934, 1938 and 1954. Will they better that effort at Russia 2018? The market doesn’t hold out much

Brazil – Three World Cup stars to look out for in Russia 2018

Russia 2018, 3 Brazil stars to look out for

Samba Boys have some making up to do We can’t imagine a World Cup where Brazil don’t go in as one of the betting favourites to lift the trophy and despite a below-par showing on their own patch four years

Germany – Three World Cup stars to look out for in Russia 2018

Russia 2018, 3 Germany stars to look out for

Fav for two in-a-row Germany arrive in Russia looking to defend the World Cup won four years ago in Brazil. They beat Argentina to clinch their fourth title with Gotze scoring the decider deep into extra-time. Nations have a poor

Mexico – Three World Cup stars to look out for in Russia 2018

Russia 2018, 3 Mexico stars to look out for

Mexicans are up against it Football fans knew Mexico were up against it in terms of qualifying for the knock out stages of the competition when the final team was drawn in Group F. Getting out of a pool boasting

Colombia – Three World Cup stars to look out for in Russia 2018

Russia 2018, 3 Colombia stars to look out for

Consistency is needed Colombia nicked a place at the World Cup after finishing fourth in the South American qualifying division behind winners Brazil, Uruguay and Argentina. Seven wins, six draws and five defeats means they must be far more consistent

Croatia – Three World Cup stars to look out for in Russia 2018

Russia 2018, 3 Croatia stars to look out for

Impressive in qualifying According to the betting Croatia are the 10th most-likely side to win the World Cup this summer. Bookmakers have them chalked up at as big as 50/1 and tight as 28/1 meaning they are behind nations such

Portugal – Three World Cup stars to look out for in Russia 2018

Russia 2018, 3 Portugal stars to look out for

Ronaldo in the form of his life Portugal head to Russia on the back of that impressive Euro 2016 win. That was their best effort to date in the competition and they’ll rate their chances of joining the exclusive club

Uruguay – Three World Cup stars to look out for in Russia 2018

Russia 2018, 3 Uruguay stars to look out for

Two-time winners now 35/1 Uruguay booked their place at the World Cup after finishing second behind runaway leaders Brazil in the South American qualifying group of 10 teams. A record of nine wins and four draws against five defeats gifted

Belgium – Three World Cup stars to look out for in Russia 2018

Russia 2018, 3 Belgium stars to look out for

Are Belgium about to break free? If Belgium were to win World Cup 2018 it would be their first ever success at a major tournament. They did reach the semis back in 1986 but that was a long time ago

Argentina – Three World Cup stars to look out for in Russia 2018

Russia 2018, 3 Argentina stars to look out for

CV means they can't be taken lightly Argentina journey to Russia as the competition’s fourth most successful team in the history books. Two World Cup winner’s medals has them behind Brazil (5), Germany (4) and Italy (4). They were runners

England – Three World Cup stars to look out for in Russia 2018

Russia 2018, 3 England stars to look out for

Over half a century of hurt 2018 – the year England ended over half a century of hurt. That’ll sound good to long-suffering fans but how realistic is it that a team led by Gareth Southgate will be crowned kings

Russia – Three World Cup stars to look out for in Russia 2018

Russia 2018, 3 Russia stars to look out for

Can Russia do what Brazil couldn't? Can Russia join the elite group of nations who have won a major tournament on their own patch? Brazil couldn’t manage it last time and seemed to crumble under the pressure of huge expectation

Poland – Three World Cup stars to look out for in Russia 2018

Russia 2018, 3 Poland stars to look out for

Orly not given a hope by traders Poland have no chance of winning the World Cup in Russia this summer. That’s the opinion of traders at all major bookmakers and there hasn’t been a rush from punters to argue against

Denmark – Three World Cup stars to look out for in Russia 2018

Russia 2018, 3 Denmark stars to look out for

Dynamite face a tough group Denmark finished runners up of Group E behind Poland with a record of six wins, two draws and a couple of defeats. A strong finish – four wins and a draw – saw them over

Sweden – Three World Cup stars to look out for in Russia 2018

Russia 2018, 3 Sweden stars to look out for

Organisation and discipline key to success Sweden booked their place at the World Cup following a second-place finish behind France in qualifying Group A. That was the best that was expected of them with Les Bleus bankers to lead the

Peru – Three World Cup stars to look out for in Russia 2018

Russia 2018, 3 Peru stars to look out for

Knock-out stages looks beyond them Peru were a surprise inclusion in the final line-up for Russia 2018 but they are here on merit after finishing fifth in the South American qualifying table. A 10-team division headed by Brazil, the likes

Serbia – Three World Cup stars to look out for in Russia 2018

Russia 2018, 3 Serbia stars to look out for

Expected to head home after three Serbia booked their passage to the World Cup proper after finishing top of Group D ahead of Republic of Ireland and Wales. There wasn’t too much trouble along the way either with their final

Nigeria – Three World Cup stars to look out for in Russia 2018

Russia 2018, 3 Nigeria stars to look out for

Progress isn't beyond them Nigeria boast some of the best individual football players on the planet but Russia 2018 won’t be the scene of their first ever World Cup win, that’s according to bookmakers. Anyone who disagrees will get a

Senegal – Three World Cup stars to look out for in Russia 2018

Russia 2018, 3 Senegal stars to look out for

Lions are no strangers to an upset Senegal arrive in Russia having won an African qualifying group which included Burkina Faso, Cape Verde and South Africa. The latter endured a nightmare campaign, finishing bottom with a record of one win,

Egypt – Three World Cup stars to look out for in Russia 2018

Russia 2018, 3 Egypt stars to look out for

Pharaohs have a hidden treasure It’s not often casual football fans would take any sort of interest in the chances of Egypt at the World Cup but the form of Mohamad Salah this season means they’ve just become very interesting

Iceland – Three World Cup stars to look out for in Russia 2018

Russia 2018, 3 Iceland stars to look out for

Tough group campaign ahead Odds of 300/1 tell us everything we need to know about the chances of Iceland at this summer’s World Cup but there wouldn’t have been too many punters expecting anything better. The qualifying campaign suggests they

Japan – Three World Cup stars to look out for in Russia 2018

Russia 2018, 3 Japan stars to look out for

A welcome addition Japan are a welcome addition to Russia 2018 and they fully deserve their place at the tournament proper following a strong qualifying phase. Samaria Blue topped their division with 20 points, one better than Saudi Arabia and

Australia – Three World Cup stars to look out for in Russia 2018

Russia 2018, 3 Australia stars to look out for

750/1 outsiders Australia have been dropped into Group C alongside France, Peru and Denmark and although qualification for the knock-out stage of the competition isn’t beyond them it’s certainly rated as unlikely by bookmakers. Punters who fancy a shot at

Morocco – Three World Cup stars to look out for in Russia 2018

Russia 2018, 3 Morocco stars to look out for

Experience of playing knock-out football 1976 African Cup of Nations champions Morocco cemented their place at the World Cup after finishing top of their qualifying pool, beating off interest from Ivory Coast, Gabon and Mali. There wasn’t too much fuss

Iran – Three World Cup stars to look out for in Russia 2018

Russia 2018, 3 Iran stars to look out for

750/1 winners Iran are widely predicted to be one of the tournament’s whipping boys this summer and it really hasn’t helped their cause that they have been dropped into Group B alongside big-guns Portugal, Spain and lively outsiders Morocco. Many

Costa Rica – Three World Cup stars to look out for in Russia 2018

Russia 2018, 3 Costa Rica stars to look out for

Former quarter-finalists We won’t see Costa Rica crowned World Cup 2018 champions it’s safe to presume and they will be virtually friendless in the betting ring despite bookmakers offering a cracking 750/1 on them making history. The Tricolor have played

South Korea – Three World Cup stars to look out for in Russia 2018

Russia 2018, 3 South Korea stars to look out for

4/1 to qualify South Korea have played in 10 World Cup competitions in their history, first appearing on the main stage back in 1954. They famously staged the tournament with Japan in 2002 when UK fans were forced to stay

Tunisia – Three World Cup stars to look out for in Russia 2018

Russia 2018, 3 Tunisia stars to look out for

We think they’ll struggle Tunisia finished top of their World Cup African qualifying group ahead of DR Congo, Libya and Guinea with a record reading four wins and two draws. Impressive, but it was far from a strong pool and

Panama – Three World Cup stars to look out for in Russia 2018

Russia 2018, 3 Panama stars to look out for

Canal Men in deep water Panama fans will surely be happy to just make up the numbers and enjoy their three games in a tournament a few major names were unable to qualify for. They can be found in Group

Saudi Arabia – Three World Cup stars to look out for in Russia 2018

Russia 2018, 3 Saudi stars to look out for

Competition whipping boys A qualifying record of six wins, one draw and three defeats doesn’t exactly fill backers with confidence for the summer ahead, but it was enough to see Saudi Arabia qualify behind Japan and ahead of Australia, finishing

Spain – Three World Cup stars to look out for in Russia 2018

Russia 2018, 3 Spain stars to look out for

7/1 to go all the way Surprisingly, The Red Fury have appeared in just one World Cup final throughout footballing history – winning the game’s biggest prize in South Africa 2010. Despite the stats weighing heaving against them punters will

France – three World Cup stars to look out for in Russia 2018

Russia 2018, 3 France stars to look out for

Third favourites for glory France have won the World Cup once before, but that spare came on home ground when claiming their own tournament back in 1998. It has been a painful wait for their support who know the nation