By Betting Buzz
It can take hours to analyze all the 2018 World Cup betting markets and options — and that’s exactly why gamblers love this damn event. While some like to wager on winning teams, others focus on individuals and back them for the Golden Ball. Let’s check out some of the most popular bets:
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As of May 30, the bet365 odds are Germany retaining the trophy at 9/2.* However, they aren’t the favorites. Brazil is 4/1. Other soccer powerhouses in the top 10 are Spain at 6/1, followed by France 13/2, Argentina 9/1, Belgium 11/1 and England at 16/1.
There are some strong dark horses, such as reigning European champions Portugal at 25/1 and former World Cup winners Uruguay at 28/1. Host nation Russia is 40/1 with the longest shots being Panama and Saudi Arabia at 1000/1. To be crowned world champion, these teams win or place second in their group though. Those favored to finish first in each their groups are:
Group A – Uruguay (4/5)
Group B – Spain (1/2)
Group C – France (2/7)
Group D – Argentina (8/13)
Group E – Brazil (2/7)
Group F – Germany (1/3)
Group G – Belgium (5/6)
Group H – Colombia (11/8)
If you’re thinking about this year’s top scorer, the bet365 favorites are Lionel Messi (Argentina) at 9/1, Neymar (Brazil) 10/1, Antoine Griezmann (France) 12/1 and Portuguese skipper Cristiano Ronaldo at 14/1.
Note: Odds were correct at the time of publishing but are subject to change.