What is the World Cup and Betting on the 2018 World Cup?

The world cup is the grand finale of the world’s finest football tournament and is often referred to as the football championship of the season. Teams from around the world compete for the prestigious trophy and the bragging rights that come with it. The competition takes place over the course of about a month, beginning on June 14th, and ends on July 10th, with the final scheduled for July 12th.

The 2018 world cup is being held in Russia and this year’s tournament promises to be yet another thrilling event. Russia, in particular, is set to host the event and has prepared some truly world-class stadiums and arenas for the occasion. The country is no stranger to hosting major sporting events and has done a remarkable job in ensuring the world feels welcome. Security during the competitions will be exceptionally high and visitors might experience some culture shock, as Russian men and women in uniform will be everywhere you look. Travel will also be restricted during the cup, so make sure you prepare for this eventuality.

The Goal: To Score As Many Goals As Possible

Each game during the world cup has a distinct theme and the objective is to score as many goals as possible within that time frame. These are not like normal games where you try to beat the opposition by playing the ball into the opponent’s net. Here there is no set score, so long as you score you win. Therefore, the emphasis is on creating as many chances as possible and not solely on trying to put the puck into the net. This is a tactical game of trying to outsmart the opposition by using your footballing skills. The first team to reach five goals wins!

One of the primary ways you can win is by scoring a beautiful goal that wows the crowd and gets the commentator’s praises. There is also the option of trying to defend your goal with a brave performance and preventing the opposition from scoring. You can also manipulate the game by getting a penalty or an indirect free kick. Indirect free kicks are given when the referee believes the foul occurred outside the penalty area and the free kick is then delivered from the half-way line. The more skilled player takes the shot but it must be struck with the foot and fly past the goalkeeper into the net. There is also the option of a corner kick, where you can put your opponent under pressure by delivering a fast ball that goes in sharply. Remember to always keep in mind the importance of keeping your players healthy, as a serious injury to a key player might end your tournament early. If you have an odd number of players, you can use the extra man to your advantage by putting him on the other team to create an even playing field. This is only done at the end of the competition when both teams have played the same number of games. The strategy behind this is to tire out your opponent over the course of the tournament so that when the day of the final comes, you have the energy to win.

How Do I Bet On The World Cup?

If you are looking to place a wager on the world cup, you have several options. You can either bet on your favorite team to win or place a wager on a particular player or manager to emerge as the tournament’s top scorer. There are also betting exchanges that specialize in World Cup odds and you can place bets on a variety of games, with the possibility of getting some great value. Just remember to keep in mind the time difference between Europe and America as many sportsbooks are closed in the morning in New York and are open until the early evening in California. Plus, of course, you have the option of going all-in and placing a wager on one or two games to win. This is mostly done via mobile phones and the likes of WhatsApp, Viber, and Telegram have made it much easier for people all over the world to place wagers on-the-go. Just remember, all bets are off when the tournament is being hosted by country, as there are restrictions on what you can and cannot do. For instance, you cannot bet on injuries, red cards, or the behavior of the players or officials.

World Cup Final Venues

There are a variety of iconic stadiums and arenas around the world that have been used to host some of the greatest football matches. The 2018 world cup final will be held at the Moscow Olympic Stadium and the Luzhniki Stadium. The Karaiskaya, the Sochi World Cup Stadium, and the Fisht Stadium are also set to play host to some epic confrontations. If you are a fan of Italian football, then you can also catch the action at St. Petersburg’s fantastic vernizzaro stadium. The Lekhwiya Stadium and the Khalifa International Stadium have both been used for the final in previous years and both have witnessed some brilliant matches. Even the Mordovia stadium, which is a smaller venue, has a magnificent atmosphere and has been known to explode with passion. When the final whistle blows at the end of each game, there is always some noise left in the stadium. It would be a missed opportunity if the final venues do not live up to expectations and I am sure there will be many surprises in store for football fans this year. 

Some Major Players To Keep An Eye Out For

With the World Cup comes the opportunity to see some of the greatest football players of all-time grace the pitch. Naturally, you will be tempted to place a wager on which team you think will win, but you should also keep an eye out for some of the more recognizable names in football. Keep an eye out for these players and make sure you place a bet on them before the bookies get a hold of them:

  • Ronaldo
  • Zidane
  • Robben
  • Lloris
  • Messi
  • Djor
  • Tricher
  • Bale

Key Points To Remember

The world cup is one of the greatest sporting events of the year and, as mentioned above, the pinnacle of the football season. The footballing world looks forward to the conclusion of the tournament and the chance to celebrate the winners. Bookmakers usually set the odds for the world cup to be as close to even as possible and ensure the spectacle is exciting to build up to. Just remember that the odds are generally set by the bookmakers, rather than by the organizer, so always check the odds and make sure they are not biased in any way. The last thing you want is to bet on a team that is expected to win and then see them lose because the odds were set wrong!