World Cup Betting Offers, Enhanced Odds and Free Bets

2018 Football World Cup Betting Guide: Enhanced Odds Offers, Promotions and Free Bets

The World Cup is one of the biggest global sporting events around. If you want to bet on the World Cup, we’ve got all the latest and best offers, as well as tips, free bets and loads more!

Even if betting isn’t your thing, the World Cup is a great time to try the odd small bet just to spice up the less interesting games. With the promos and freebies we detail here the odds can be tipped in your favour and even with a very small risk you may be able to land a good win.

For those with no interest at all in betting though, we’ve STILL got your back. Check out the World Cup history and stats below for some impressive (or geeky!) facts!

Offers, Enhanced Odds and Free Bets

We’ll have all the best promotions and enhanced odds here as the bookies release them. In the meantime, check out all of the best free bets we offer. These are all perfect for using and claiming on the World Cup!

World Cup News – Finals Draw Looms

The draw for the groups at the finals will take place in the Russia capital on the 1st December. Moscow’s famous Kremlin Palace will host the draw. Let’s hope it’s better organised than the Caribou Cup draws!

At the moment the 32 teams are split into four seeded pots. Pot 1 features the hosts plus the seven best qualified nations (according to FIFA rankings). Pot 2 features the next-best eight and so on, down to pot four where we have relative minnows such as Iran and Panama.

The Draw

  • Where? – the Kremlin building in Moscow
  • When? – 1st December 2017
  • Who? – probably quite a few Russians, some French guys and the odd old footballer
  • How? – we have eight groups of four to be drawn from four pots of eight
  • Come on, how? – each finals group will contain a side from each pot but nations from the same Confederation cannot face each other, apart from UEFA (European) ones.
  • England? – are in Pot 2 and would love to be drawn with Poland, Iran and Panama
  • Group of Death? – there is bound to be one and it will feature one of the following: Brazil or Germany, Spain or England, Denmark or Sweden, Serbia or Nigeria

Russia World Cup - Pots for the Draw for the Finals

POT 1POT 2POT 3POT 4
 Russia SpainDenmarkSerbia
 GermanyPeruIcelandNigeria
BrazilSwitzerlandCosta RicaAustralia
PortugalEnglandSwedenJapan
ArgentinaColombiaTunisiaMorocco
BelgiumMexicoEgyptPanama
PolandUruguaySenegalKorea Republic
FranceCroatiaIranSaudi Arabia

World Cup History, Stats and Info

World Cup: A brief history

The success of football in the Summer Olympics inspired FIFA president Jules Rimet to organise a tournament of his own. On 28th May 1928, it was decided at the FIFA Congress that it would happen. With Uruguay having already won the FIFA-recognised Olympic football tournaments in 1924 and 1928, they were the natural choice be the hosts of the inaugural World Cup in 1930.

It was a long trip for many European sides but Rimet persuaded Belgium, France, Romania and Yugoslavia to make an appearance. Out of the 13 teams in attendance, it was the hosts Urguay who were crowned champions in front of 90,000 people in Montevideo as they beat fellow South Americans, Argentina 4-2 in the final.

The World Cup quickly became the elite international football tournament, overtaking the prestige of the Summer Olympics. With plenty of appetite for the competition to continue, further tournaments were held in 1934 and 1938. The Second World War stopped the next two scheduled instalments but things were back underway as normal by 1950.

As was the case before, 16 teams were scheduled to feature but India, Scotland and Turkey opted not to travel to Brazil to take part. It did see the return of Uruguay, however, who had boycotted the two previous World Cups and their return was a winning one as they beat hosts Brazil 2-1 in the final.

It was only in 1982 when the tournament was expanded to include 24 teams and space for a further 8 was added in 1998. This allowed for a great representation of nations from across the globe to take part in the competition. Despite that South American and European nations continued to dominate. Extra spaces helped increase demand to be a part of this wonderful tournament and for the 2002 World Cup, 200 teams entered the qualification rounds. This was quite the increase from the 32 teams who fought to be part of the 1934 World Cup, the first time qualifying was introduced.

The Trophy

Initially the Coupe du Monde was handed to the World Cup Champions but it was later renamed the Jules Rimet Trophy. Brazil became the first side to permanently keep the trophy after winning the World Cup three times although they would only retain it 13 years before it was stolen.

Replacing the Jules Rimet Trophy was the Silvio Gazzaniga-designed trophy we see today. The current World Cup Trophy stands at stands 36cm tall, weighing 6.2kg and features two layers of malachite. The winning side can only hold the real thing during the post-match celebrations. Afterwards they are instead given a gold-plated replica.

The Stats

German striker Miroslav Klose is the all-time World Cup finals record goalscorer with a total of 16 goals. The former FC Kaiserslautern man also sits just one game off the all-time appearance record held by fellow German, Lothar Matthaeus (25).

Just Fontaine holds the record for scoring the most goals in one single tournament. The Frenchman scored an incredible 13 goals in six matches during the 1952 World Cup.

When it comes to the fastest goal, that accolade goes to Hasan Sukur who needed just 11 seconds to find the back of the net against South Korea at the 2002 World Cup.

The quickest red card wasn’t quite so fast but it only took Uruguay defender Jose Batista 56 seconds to be given his marching orders in a game against Scotland.

In 2010, South Africa became the first host nation in World Cup history to be eliminated in the first round.

No player has won more World Cups than Pele. The legend was part of the winning Brazil sides in 1958, 1962 and 1970. He featured in 14 games across the three tournaments, scoring 12 goals.

At 24 years old, Juan Gardeazabal is the youngest ever referee to feature at the World Cup.

The Trivia

The only team not to lose a game in the 2010 World Cup was New Zealand who were eliminated in the group stages.

When the Jules Rimet Trophy was stolen in 1966, it was found by a black and white collie named Pickles a week later.

Another dog reached fame thanks to the World Cup after running on the pitch during a match between England and Brazil in 1962 before being caught by Jimmy Greaves. It may or may not have been called Onions.

Chile reached the semi-finals of the 1962 World Cup while engaging in an unusual opponent-themed pre-match ritual every step of the way. This included a Swiss folk dance against Switzerland and a Cossack dance against the USSR.

When rushing to the aid of a player in the 1930 World Cup, US physio Jack Coll managed to knock himself out as he broke the bottle of choloform inside his medical bag.

Argentina keeper Sergio Goycochea attempted to put off his opponents in the quarter-final and semi-final penalty shootouts by urinating on the pitch.

The pitch invader in a match between Kuwait and France in 1988 was no ordinary member of the public, rather it was Prince Fahid, head of the Kuwaiti FA.

Betting on the World Cup

If there’s any occasion to have a wager on the football, it’s during this incredibly special tournament. The betting really begins during the qualifiers with money placed on who will be one of the teams who makes it to the finals.

Once there, all nations have another group to face and you can usually expect there to be at least one surprise package among the sides that progress. Backing the outright winner is the main market of course and it’s something you can do several years in advance if you feel one side has a promising future ahead of them. Golden Boot betting is great for some potential big returns as there are always a lot of names in with a shout of being the tournament top scorer.

Both of those markets are great in that they can offer long odds. However, with so many games, throughout qualifying and the finals, there are loads of matches to bet on, with all the normal markets too. So, whether you like betting on both teams to score, first scorer or simply who will win a given clash, the World Cup is a fantastic betting opportunity!