The World Cup is almost here! From June 14 to July 15, Russia hosts the 21st edition of the FIFA 2018 World Cup. Who will take the World Cup home, Germany, crowned as 2014 champion? Will France glue the second star to their blue shirts? Or will Brazil win a sixth title? Discover the odds and bet online on all the World Cup football matches in Russia: spice up the competition, and bet on the best teams of the World Cup!
World Cup 2018 Live Table
World Cup 2018 Live Table
Thirty-two national teams claimed their place at the World Cup 2018 after passing a qualifying phase in which 209 teams participated. After 60 years Italy will be missing, it was defeated in the playoff against Sweden after coming second in their group behind Spain. Starting favourites are Brazil, Argentina, France, and the winners of the last two editions, Spain and Germany.
Russia, the host country of the championship, qualified by default. Russia ranks 12th among the bookmakers’ favourites, with odds between 32 (Bet365) and 50 (William Hill).
Of the thirty-two teams present at the FIFA World Cup twenty also participated in the previous edition in Brazil in 2014. Some national teams like Italy, four times winners of the World Cup, the Netherlands, three times World Cup finalists, Chile, holders of America Cup, the United States, holders of the Gold Cup, and Cameroon, winners of the last African Cup did not manage to qualify for Russia 2018.
Brazil won the World Cup five times. Only eight countries won this World Cup. Italy and Germany each have four wins. Uruguay, the first big winner, has two wins to its credit, just like Argentina. Spain, England, and France all three won the World Cup once.
As in the previous World Cup editions, the national teams are divided into 8 groups of four teams. The draw of the 8 groups took place on the first of December 2017 in Moscow. The 32 national teams have been divided into groups of four based on the FIFA ranking.
Group A: Russia, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and Uruguay
Group B: Portugal, Spain, Morocco, and Iran
Group C: France, Australia, Peru, and Denmark
Group D: Argentina, Iceland, Croatia, and Nigeria
Group E: Brazil, Switzerland, Costa Rica, and Serbia
Group F: Germany, Mexico, Sweden, and South Korea
Group G: Belgium, Panama, Tunisia, and England
Group H: Poland, Senegal, Colombia, and Japan
The 2018 World Cup matches will be played on 12 stadiums in 11 cities in Russia.
- Lužniki Stadium in Moscow, about 81 thousand seats - Otkrytie Arena in Moscow, about 47 thousand seats - Zenit Arena in St. Petersburg, about 70 thousand seats - Baltika Arena in Kaliningrad, about 35 thousand seats - Arena of Kazan, about 45 thousand seats - Nizhny Novgorod Stadium in Nizhny Novgorod, about 45 thousand seats - Futbolnyj stadion of Samara, about 45 thousand seats - Volgograd Arena in Volgograd, about 45 thousand seats - Mordovia Arena in Saransk, about 45 thousand seats - Rostov Arena in Rostov-on-Don, about 45 thousand seats - Fišt Olympic Stadium in Sochi, about 40 thousand seats - Central Stadium of Ekaterinburg, about 45 thousand seats
As the Football World Cup is getting closer it is, therefore, appropriate to take a closer look at the schedule.
The inaugural match will be the one that will see the usual home team, that is Russia, on June 14th, against Saudi Arabia and the first stage will last until the 28th, with Panama and Tunisia closing it.
2018 World Cup: the knockout stage
As for the knockout stage, the matches will be played on Saturday, June 30th, and Tuesday, July 3rd. June 30th (1C-2D and 1A-2B) July 1st (1B-2A and 1D-2C) July 2nd(1E- 2F and 1G-2H) July 3rd (1F-2E and 1H-2G).
The quarter-finals will take place between the 6th and 7th of June, introducing the winners to the semi-finals on the 10th and 11th of July.
2018 World Cup: finals
The final will be held at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on July 15th.
Of course, all the fans of the teams that will give life to the event can already start daydreaming. As always, on the pages of Extratips.com you will find all the predictions for the 2018 World Cup, with analysis of the games, statistics, odds, insights, and tips to bet on the most awaited events by fans in all the world!
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