2018 FIFA World Cup Preview & Betting Tips

June 13, 2018 by Posted in Soccer Tips

2018 FIFA World Cup Preview
The biggest tournament in world sport is just days away now with the 2018 FIFA World Cup set to kick off. Here, we’ll be providing our best tips for the major awards and value markets to have a bet on, so check it out below!

Picking the winner of the World Cup prior to commencement is often as hard as throwing darts blindfolded. However, there are a few teams that I believe stand above the rest in this year’s competition. Germany, France, Brazil, and Spain are always dangerous on the big stage and could again make some noise at the business end of the tournament.

The country I fancy most this year is Brazil. We’re all aware that Brazil absolutely bombed out in the final of the 2014 World Cup, getting smashed 7-1 and breaking all sorts of records in the process. However, they were a young side and were without Neymar Jr in the final, who is now in the prime of his career and is undoubtedly among the top 5 players in the world. The world class talent doesn’t stop there either. They also have Marcelo, Coutinho, Firmino and Thiago Silva, just to name a few. Brazil aren’t just a team of champions either, they’re a champion team. They absolutely blitzed their competition in the South American Qualifiers, which includes football heavyweights Argentina, Uruguay, and Colombia, finishing clear at the top of the standings.

Brazil should progress through their group stage with ease, which will set up a favourable Round of 16 matchup. Barring injuries to key players, I believe they can go all the way and become champions of world football for the 6th time in their history.

TIP: Brazil to win the World Cup – $5 at Sportsbet

Dark Horse
There’s a lot of talk about Belgium being the next team to break through and make a deep run at this year’s World Cup, but my dark-horse pick for success in Russia is Portugal. They obviously have one of the best players of all time in Cristiano Ronaldo leading the charge, and there’s no doubting that he can win a game off his own boot. But they now have a decent supporting cast, with players like Adrien Silva, Bernardo Silva, Andre Silva, and Goncalo Guedes who have all had terrific seasons at club level. It’s also important to mention that Portugal are the reigning European Champions after winning the 2016 Euro’s. When it’s all said and done, there’s no reason why they can’t progress through the group stages and push and challenge the heavyweights in the knockouts.

TIP: Portugal to reach the Quarterfinals – $2.10 at CrownBet
VALUE TIP: Portugal to win the World Cup – $26 at CrownBet

Golden Boot
The Golden Boot is awarded at the end of the competition to the individual player who scored the most goals in the tournament. My pick to top score at this year’s World Cup is Cristiano Ronaldo. The man needs no introduction. He’s always a force to be reckoned with and has had success in just about every major competition possible (besides the World Cup). He’s the reigning Ballon d’Or (world player of the year) winner and is in exceptional form at club level. As mentioned above, his supporting cast is a lot better this year and there’s no reason why they can’t go deep into the tournament. If Portugal go well, Ronaldo is excellent value to be the top scorer.

TIP: Cristiano Ronaldo to win the Golden Boot – $20 at Sportsbet

Golden Ball
The Golden Ball is awarded at the end of the competition to the individual who was deemed to be the best player of the tournament. My pick for this year is Brazilian superstar, Neymar Jr. Brazil should top their group and progress deep into the competition, which will provide a lot of chances for their forwards. Brazil play a fast-paced game with a lot of flair and trickery, and when they score it’s usually because of some Neymar Jr magic.

TIP: Neymar Jr to win the Golden Ball – $9 at Sportsbet

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