The 2018 Fifa World Cup is edging closer and closer - you can feel the excitement in the air, as the most prestigious international tournament draws closer. Bettors flock to bet on the World's most watched football tournament, but before listening to your mates down at the pub and consider placing bets in the same way, you best get your thinking hat on and seriously consider where you’ll be placing yours.
You Can Bet on Messi
Barca’s legend 29 year old Lionel Messi, the leading goalscorer in the club of all time will certainly be one to watch. The Argentinian born player is to thank for Argentina making it through the qualifying rounds but it’s pretty safe to say that with their group paired with Iceland and Nigeria - they should be just fine. We still aren’t sure if Messi will be making the move to join the Man City Squad, either way, if you want to bet on a player you can count on Messi, with 36 international goals spread over 84 appearances, the odds are looking good.
Don’t Let Your Patriotism Get the Best of You
When it comes to World Cup betting, it’s very tempting to support good old Blighty. We aren’t saying not to support your country - by all means, let the lion roar but when it comes to placing your bets, we wouldn’t be so sure that England is the way to go. We’re proud that England has the highest average attendance of any European qualifier but even before kick-off, tying with Panama, Belgium and Tunisia puts us in a bad spot.
If top scorer Harry Kane is injured who will be getting that ball in the net? Unfortunately, it’s looking like this World Cup, England could be in for playing worse than ever, so keep on supporting the lads by all means, shout even louder - but maybe keep your money in your pockets.
One’s to Keep an Eye Out for
Latin Americans must have been having a right kick around in the womb, they seem to launch into the world born football legends. Uruguay's Group A competition in the form of host nation Russia, Egypt and Saudi Arabia makes us confident that they’re going to shine. Besides that, the bookies are in agreeance, before the draw their odds were at 20/1, which were then later slashed to 16/1 after the draw was announced.
Belgium also seems like a pretty good country to place your bets on. Top players including the likes of Vincent Kompany, Eden Hazard, and Romelu Lukaku are raring to go and it looks like this could just be Belgium’s lucky year. They are definitely worth following and keeping a close eye on during the games.
Always Check the Odds
We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again, tracking the odds both before and during the World Cup (or any sporting event) is an obvious one. As injuries and surprises (the good and the bad) happen, the odds modify in real-time.
If you aren’t too sure where to place your money, again, don’t listen to your mates, it’s best to track the odds and experiment with small bets. In doing this, when you misplace your bets and the money is lost, at least it’ll only be a small amount, the perfect learning curve. And of course, if you do end up winning (fingers crossed), chances are the odds are so big, you’ll pocket a nice reward!