Among the best aspects of shopping the World Cup betting odds is volume of choice. The Group stage matches already have odds posted. You can lay money, goals or both. As well as pick each match over or under. While also selecting group winners. Not to mention the World Cup champion itself. Sharps are scouring the board for weaknesses. Bargain hunters are evaluating value up and down the board. Public punters are flocking to overlays. Which is what they always do. But the best bets rarely emerge from the masses. And there are some potential gems to get early.
2018 FIFA World Cup
Date and Time: June 14 through July 15, 2018
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Opportunity beckons right from the start with the World Cup betting odds. Opening Day is June 14. Host nation Russia gets the stage itself against Saudi Arabia. The Russians are undeniably solid chalks. Opening in fact at -285 on the money line. Or with odds of -1 ½ (+115). Many experts see this year as the opportunity for the Russians to emerge. And in Saudi Arabia they face the weakest possible opponent. Russian President Vladimir Putin will be in attendance. And he is not coming to see a loss. Russia should get gamblers off to a great start.
What about the Super Powers?
Most would agree that there is not much sportsbook value with the superpowers. Germany, Brazil and Spain carry hefty price tags. But there is a creative way to maximize their betting value. And doing so without making the overlay. A Group Win Three Team parlay on the Big Three is a good bet. Germany, Brazil and Spain together can bring a realistic profit. At less of a cost. To get really adventurous add France and Uruguay to the list. A five-team power parlay with a legitimate shot at success.
Finding the Golden Boot winner is part of the fun of World Cup wagering. Part of the trick is to find the player from a true contender. Cristiano Ronaldo opened as the favorite at +1200. And with plenty of good reason. But Thomas Muller of Germany brings better value at +1600. First, it’s likely Muller’s team will make the final. That means the maximum amount of games played. He was the 2010 Golden Boot winner. In 2014 Muller was runner up. He will certainly get plenty of minutes. And the help of world class long passer Toni Kroos.
Iceland is a cute pick for the public at the present time. Yet its fair to assess just how good they actually are. A case can be built that they are getting too much love. Beyond that Iceland lacks offensive pop. Argentina is likely to put them in their place in the Group opener. But an even better bet will be with Nigeria. The Super Eagles have seen radical improvement under Gernot Rohr. Rohr has coached Nigeria up to respectability. And Iceland will be shorthanded without their top attacker. Nigeria should pounce!
Matchup to Watch
Mexico has a highly winnable match against South Korea on June 23. South Korea lacks offense and depth. They have little hope against the World Cup betting odds. The underachieving Mexicans should make bank at +102 in this one.
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Russia in the opener is the best of many potential great bets!
World Cup Betting Online Pick: Russia to defeat Saudi Arabia
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