The FIFA World Cup is one of the premier sporting events on the entire planet so it’s no surprise that it’s one of the most bet on events in the world as well. The 2014 World Cup in Brasil attracted an astounding 3.2 billion people who tuned in to watch the World Cup.
FIFA World Cup 2018 Betting
Given the world-wide interest in the 2018 FIFA World Cup, it comes as no surprise that it’s going to be one of the most bet on sporting events to ever take place.
When you take into account that more than 3 billion people watch the World Cup, which sees 32 teams compete across 64 matches, the range of potential betting markets is huge.
Given how many people are planning to bet on the 2018 FIFA World Cup it’s no surprise that there is also fierce competition between bookmakers who are trying to lure potential punters to bet on the event.
The competition between online bookmakers such as Sportsbet, Crownbet, Ladbrokes and Neds means that bookmakers are using promotions and free bet offers to try to get a leg up on their competition.
Free bets have been used to lure in punters for as long as online bookmakers have existed and we’re expecting to have over $5,000 in Free Bonus Bets available to Australian punters this World Cup.
FIFA World Cup 2018 Match Betting
When it comes to betting on the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia there are a handful of popular markets that punters love to bet on.
The main market is the World Cup Outright betting market, this market allows punters to try bet on the overall winner of the World Cup. This market is most popular leading up to the world cup as it’s often the time when you can get the best value for a team.
Once the group stages are complete, generally you’ll have a better understanding of which teams have the best chance of winning the World Cup Final. So if you can pinpoint value in the Outright betting market, pre-competition is usually the best time to bet.
The next most popular World Cup betting market is the individual matches. Betting on each match can prove to be very profitable and given how many markets each match can have it’s not surprising that billions get spent on match-betting each World Cup.
Whether you’re betting on the head-to-head winner, the correct match score, or any of the other obscure markets – you’ll find there is no shortage of things you can bet on.
FIFA World Cup Group Betting
The group stages of the FIFA World Cup prove to be one of the most popular markets among punters. The 32 teams are separated into 8 groups made up of 4 sides per group. The first two weeks of the competition sees each group compete to finish in the top two spots of their group. The two bottoms sides of each group are eliminated.
This makes for a very attractive betting prospect as many punters believe they can accurately predict which teams will more through to the next stage.
It’s no uncommon to see lesser ranked sides make it through to the Round of 16 which also makes it a risky proposition.
FIFA World Cup Live Streaming & TV Coverage
Wondering how you can watch the 2018 FIFA World Cup? Well if you’re an Optus subscriber you’re in luck. The telecommunications giant purchased the rights to broadcast all 64 games from the World Cup in Russia.
Free to Air television viewers will be able to watch 25 premium FIFA World Cup matches, including all of the Socceroos matches.
Other games shown on SBS will include the opening match of the tournament, two quarter-finals, the semi-finals and the World Cup Final.