World Cup Match Betting & Odds
Live on ITV1: Thu 16:00: Russia v Saudi Arabia Russia are massive favourites to win the 2018 World Cup curtain-raiser, with bet365 going 2/7 about the hosts beating Saudi Arabia.
The Saudi Arabians look to be among the worst teams in the tournament although 12/1 (BetVictor) seems a mammoth price considering that the Russians are far from world-beaters and we should acknowledge that the Asian side did come through qualifying.
Live on BBC1: Fri 13:00: Egypt v Uruguay Egypt clash with Uruguay in the second World Cup match and the Pharaohs are a lumpy 9/2 (bet365) to enjoy a winning start in Group A, with Mohamed Salah leading the line for the African side.
The Uruguayans are favourites to win this section and rate a decent bet at 8/11 (Ladbrokes), with the South American side having finished second in CONMEBOL qualifying to reach Russia.
Live on ITV1: Fri 16:00: Morocco v IranIt would be a major surprise if we saw lots of goals when Iran and Morocco meet in Group B and the market has already priced up a low-scoring match.
To take this further, Under 1.5 Goals is priced at 11/8 (William Hill) and one goal could settle matters.
Live on ITV1: Fri 19:00: Portugal v Spain Spain and Portugal clash in a tasty Group B curtain-raiser, with La Roja among the favourites to win the 2018 World Cup and William Hill have 10/11 that they claim three points against their Iberian counterparts.
The Portuguese arrive as European champions and will be focused on landing at least a point from this clash, with Fernando Santos’ team 23/10 (Paddy Power) to get the job done with a draw.
If you think that the outsiders can land the spoils, then Ladbrokes have 7/2 that they do a number on a Spanish side who will have bad memories of losing 5-1 to the Netherlands in their 2014 World Cup opener.
Live on BBC1: Sat 11:00: France v Australia France look like banker material for their Group C opener against Australia, with Les Bleus priced at 2/9 (Ladbrokes) to get the better of the Socceroos and settle into the World Cup.
The team from Down Under will hope to catch their opponents cold and they can be backed at a massive 18/1 (Ladbrokes), with manager Bert van Marwijk looking for his side to be physical and organised in this clash.
The draw would be a brilliant outcome for the Australians and Paddy Power have 5/1 that this one ends all square.
Live on ITV1: Sat 14:00: Argentina v IcelandArgentina could be anything at the 2018 World Cup, with La Albiceleste possessing some of the most dangerous strikers in the tournament but the squad looks imbalanced.
The South Americans are a 3/10 poke with Paddy Power to beat Iceland in their opener, although there’s a strong case to be made for a European side to land a point from this Group D clash.
Live on BBC1: Sat 17:00: Peru v Denmark Denmark and Peru will regard their Group C opener as a big chance to get three points on the board before clashes against France and Australia.
The Peruvians are more of an unknown quantity in a World Cup and they’re priced at 27/10 (BetVictor) to get the better of their European opponents and set alight their World Cup campaign.
Live on ITV1: Sat 20:00: Croatia v Nigeria Croatia will be happy enough to have been handed a Group D curtain-raiser against Nigeria, with the European side available at 10/11 with Paddy Power to get their World Cup campaign off to a smooth start.
Mario Mandzukic will be a popular pick at 4/1 (BetVictor) to score the opening goal, with the African side hoping to avoid defeat in their first match and William Hill going 5/2 that the game ends all square.
The Nigerians do have some dangerous players including Chelsea’s Victor Moses and Ladbrokes have 17/5 that they land the spoils and have a massive nation celebrating back home.
Live on ITV1: Sun 13:00: Costa Rica v Serbia Serbia have a wonderful chance to win their World Cup opener, with Mladen Krstajic’s side meeting Costa Rica in Group E.
The Serbs are 21/20 (Ladbrokes) to claim three points before further clashes against Brazil and Switzerland, with the European side having won a tough qualifying group to reach Russia.
Costa Rica were a surprise package of the 2014 World Cup and some might think the 16/5 (Paddy Power) about them winning is a tasty price, while the draw could also be a runner at 9/4 (William Hill).
Even so, Serbia will be well-supported and BetVictor have 21/10 that they win this game to nil in front of a big following.
Live on BBC1: Sun 16:00: Germany v Mexico Germany are the reigning world champions and Die Mannschaft are a 4/9 poke with Ladbrokes to get three points on the board in this Group F opener.
Joachim Low has a strong squad at his disposal and will want a clean victory in this clash, with Ladbrokes chalking up 13/10 that they lead at half-time and full-time.
Live on ITV1: Sun 19:00: Brazil v Switzerland Brazil take to the 2018 World Cup stage for the first time on 17 June, with Tite’s team clashing with Switzerland and you can get a best price 4/11 (bet365) that the South Americans claim three points.
After all, the Swiss will be mainly looking to nullify their opponents, with the European side available at 8/1 (Paddy Power) to claim the spoils and you can get 15/4 (bet365) that we see this Group E clash end all square.
Live on ITV1: Mon 13:00: Sweden v South Korea Sweden claimed their World Cup spot by beating Italy in a two-legged play-off, with the Scandinavian side available at 11/10 (William Hill) to get the better of a South Korea team who look like the weakest side in Group F.
Live on BBC1: Mon 16:00: Belgium v Panama Belgium and Panama meet in Sochi on 18 June, with the Red Devils getting a plum opening match and the 1/6 (bet365) about them winning can be put in an accumulator with confidence.
Live on BBC1: Mon 19:00: Tunisia v England England line up for their World Cup curtain-raiser on 18 June and bet365 go 3/10 that the Three Lions get the better of a Tunisia side who will be looking to cause a shock.
The African team look like a modest outfit, with BetVictor offering 9/1 that they enjoy a shock win and the draw surely has to merit consideration at odds of 7/2 (Paddy Power).
Gareth Southgate’s team were defensively solid in the group stage and evens (Ladbrokes) about them winning the match to nil makes appeal, with England looking for a professional performance.
Live on BBC1: Tue 13:00: Colombia v Japan Colombia came through a difficult CONMEBOL qualifying section by finishing fourth and the South American team are odds-on (4/5 bet365) to overcome a Japan side who look like Group H whipping boys.
Colombia catch the eye at 13/8 (BetVictor) to win the match without conceding to a Japan side who could be playing on the back foot, with the favourites available at 13/2 (Ladbrokes) to win by a 2-0 scoreline.
Live on ITV1: Tue 16:00: Poland v Senegal Poland were in Pot 1 for the World Cup draw and they’re a 6/5 shot (Paddy Power) to demonstrate their class against Senegal in this Group H opener.
The European side possess a dangerous operator in Robert Lewandowski and he’s 4/1 (Ladbrokes) to break the deadlock in this match, while Senegal’s Sadio Mane can be backed at 13/2 (BetVictor) on the same market.
The Lions of Teranga are 5/2 (William Hill) to claim the spoils in this match and they’re a lively set of players who could cause ripples in this particular section. The draw is a 21/10 poke with Paddy Power and could be a big runner.
Live on BBC1: Tue 19:00: Russia v Egypt
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