About the FIFA World Cup 2018
The FIFA World Cup is the biggest event in world soccer. While there are plenty of tournaments we love – not least the Champions League in Europe – the World Cup is the sport’s flagship occasion, drawing enormous crowds from every corner of the world.
The 2018 World Cup will be held in Russia, and will see 64 matches contested between 32 teams across 11 cities. Kick-off is on June 14th (when Russia play Saudi Arabia) and the final takes place at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, on July 15th.
It is also guaranteed to be the biggest sports betting event of the year! The thing about the soccer World Cup is that so much can happen: there will be major upsets, phenomenal goals, and nothing is predictable.
From daring accumulators, to wild outside bets and hordes of free coupons, the betting markets at the World Cup are a delight for fans. On this page you’ll find essential details about watching and wagering at this summer’s World Cup. Look out for free betting tips, our how-to-watch guide, and much more!
Where to Watch the Games Live
Here in Canada, there are 3 TV networks with streaming rights for the World Cup over in Russia:
With CTV GO and TSN GO, soccer fans can follow all the action on their desktops, laptops, tablets, and smartphones wherever they are. Of course, these are paid networks which means you will need to pay for a network to get live action.
If you have access to a VPN, it’s also possible to watch live matches via the following subscription-based channels:
- Hulu Live TV
- Playstation Vue
- YouTube TV
Of course, even with your VPN, you’ll still need to have valid login details and subscribe to the site. There are more options than ever before when it comes to live streaming, so no excuses for missing matches!
Favourites to Win
As reigning world champions, and recent winners of the Confederations Cup, few will bet against Germany taking another title. Along with serial winners Brazil, they are the bookies’ favourites, each set at roughly 9/2.
Spain will have one of the most experienced sides in Russia, while France boasts a star-studded outfit which could thrash anyone on its day.
But what about the underdogs?
While we’d love Mo Salah to carry Egypt to a title, they just don’t have the depth. However, if you’re in the market for a left-footed talisman leading an underdog side to victory, how about Lionel Messi and Argentina? They were thrashed by Spain a few weeks ago, but with Messi leading the line, you can never discount them.
For the shock title, our money would be on Belgium: Lukaku, De Bruyne, and Hazard leading the line with Courtois manning the sticks? They lack depth but could be devastating on their day!
How to Bet on the 2018 World Cup
Placing bets at the World Cup is a walk in the park. It’s super easy to set up an account (see our “Picking the Best World Cup Betting Sites” section for some advice) and once you’re in, placing bets is as simple as clicking your mouse.
Big Focus on Mobile Betting
With the world gone so digital in recent years, sportsbooks have massively improved their apps and mobile sites. There’s no more rushing down to your local betting shop in the rain; simply load the app, smoothly navigate the markets, and place your bets. Here are just a few huge advantages of betting on mobile:
- Push notifications for match events (e.g. live goal updates).
- Bet wherever and whenever you like.
- Cash out anytime you need, if your outside bets are going to plan!
Russia World Cup Betting Offers
As you’d expect, part of the fun when it comes to betting on the World Cup is the range of markets available. Here are just a few fan-favourites:
- Outright winner – Choose the winner. The best return is always on the least-likely teams, but remember the odds can vary wildly as the tournament progresses.
- Top scorer – This is always exciting, and at a World Cup there are often surprises. You’d expect Muller of Germany, perhaps, but what if Senegalese superstar Sadio Mané puts 4-5 past Japan in Group H?
- Group and match winners – Self-explanatory, but you’ll need your strategic thinking hat on here. This is also a fantastic market for building accumulators – see below!
- Golden glove – Best goalkeeper in the competition.
- Best [area] team – There are loads of markets here, like best Asian team, or best South American team. If you’re looking for a team to support, this is a great way to find one.
Accumulators for Days
There was a time when accumulators were clumsy, complicated, and reserved for the super-experienced. Now you can visit any online sportsbook and compile them with ease! Accumulators are bets where you combine multiple results, for example Russia to beat Saudi Arabia and Brazil to beat Spain.
Or maybe bet on the winner (or loser) of all 8 groups? The benefit is that as you increase the size of your accumulator, you massively boost the odds. We just drew up an accumulator on groups A-H, mostly favourites, and got 130:1!
Our World Cup Betting Tips
Germany to win – With doubts over Neymar’s fitness, and Germany in imperious form of late, we expect them to add to their 2014 title.
Argentina not to qualify from Group D – Argentina have had a horrible time getting to the event, and they’ve looked shaky all year. You’ll get great odds on this, and they’re probably the most likely giant to fall.
Lukaku top scorer – The big Belgian might not be on every radar, but with Kevin De Bruyne and Eden Hazard providing the service, he could score 3, 4, or 5+ goals just in the group stages!
England to get 3 clean sheets – Goalkeeper debate has shrouded the England team selection, but with the sketchy Joe Hart out of the squad and a veteran defence out front, England’s back line could have a point to prove!
Set up some accumulators – The great thing about accumulators is that you can wager small amounts (say $1) and return tens, hundreds, or thousands of times that.
Picking the Best World Cup Betting Sites
With hundreds, maybe thousands of betting sites out there, there’s no reason for you to play with the low-quality ones. See below for our hand-picked list of the best world cup betting sites for Canadian players.
We take pride in suggesting only the best apps and sportsbooks to our readers, and so if you select any of the following options, you’ll have the betting experience of your life. Russia is just round the corner – are you ready for it?