The World Cup Final is the biggest sporting event in the world, and every four years when it comes around, it captures the attention of people all-over the globe.
Two international sides, who have made their way from continental qualification groups to the tournament, then through the group stages of the finals and finally through the knockout stages to showpiece event that is the world cup final – you don’t get there by luck.
Every competing country will want to add their name to the list of World Cup winners, with the likes of Germany, Brazil and Italy looking to earn the coveted trophy once more.
With an international tournament and so much football happening in a short space of time, you will be well aware of stand-out players and teams in form by the time the final comes around in mid-July.
This puts you in a good position to predict what will occur during the final game of the world cup – what the score will be, who will get the goals, and of course, who will be the ones bringing home the trophy.
With so many people watching, it can be a busy time for bookmakers, who offer a large variety of markets to bet on. There is so much more than betting on the outcome of the match nowadays – The following article looks at how you could bet on the World Cup final. Betting on wold cup 2018 will be easy after this article.
Who’s Going to be There
Now, while obviously there’s no way we can predict exactly who will be contesting the world cup final before we know all of the teams that are competing, we can look at previous tournaments and current favourites to gain an idea as to which countries will still be going by the last game.
Last World Cup’s finalists Germany and Argentina are expected to once more stake a claim for the honour, with Germany coming out on top in Brazil 2014 thanks to an extra time winner from Mario Gotze.
European Champions Portugal and captain Cristiano Ronaldo will be hoping to secure their place in history by coming out on top and so will neighbouring country Spain, who will be looking reignite their world football dominance by re-securing the cup they won in South Africa 2010.
Brazil, who have had a terrific qualifying campaign, will be looking to make amends for their home tournament in 2014 and travel to Russia with the intention of winning like they did in 2002 (and four times before that!).
Didier Deschamp’s France, like Brazil, will be hoping to improve upon their home tournament form at Euro 2016 and lift the trophy they last won in 1998.
European countries Belgium, Italy and even England will also see themselves as contenders to win the trophy when the final is played in Moscow in July 2018, due to large amounts of talented footballers amongst their ranks.
What You Can Bet On
There is a huge amount of markets you can bet on any football match, but the world cup final isn’t just ANY football match – it’s the biggest match and sporting event in the world. Here’s the type of things you can bet one:
Who’ll Win the Game
The most straight forward and popular market to bet on for the world cup final – who is going to win the match. To get to the final, you need to play six matches at the tournament, so the teams competing in the final will already be well known to punters. Whether Germany continue their dominance or a team like Belgium finally take advantage of their talent, football viewers will have a fair idea who their favorite is going into the match after following their form and performances at the tournament, so will know who they want or think will win before the game comes around.
You can bet whether the game will be one in normal time, in extra time, by penalties or simply who will lift the cup at the end.
What the Score Will Be
World Cup Finals have no set pattern – they’re always two of the best sides in the world competing at the top of their game, and this means that the games can be incredibly tightly fought, like the previous two finals between Germany and Argentina in 2014 and Spain and Holland in 2010; or dominated like France against Brazil in 1998.
Choose what you believe the score in 90 minutes will be, based on what you’ve seen so far. If a team has only won by small margins in previous games, it’s unlikely they’ll open the floodgates in the final.
Who’ll Score the Goals
The final is always a chance for one or more players to vie for and scoop the top scorer award. By playing more games than anyone else, the finalists are usually containing the top contenders.
It may be Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo, hoping to make history; or it could be a young talent like Harry Kane or Romelu Lukaku imprinting their name on the scorer gong due to their immense talents.
You can choose who you believe will be the first scorer, last scorer, anytime scorer, who’ll score two or more or a scorecast bet which offers large odds for selecting who you believe will score the first goal and what the final score will be.
Sometimes the odds may not be great on what you’re certain will be the result, and this is where handicap betting comes in. If it’s Spain vs Italy in the final, for example, and you believe the Spaniards will trounce the Italian’s 4-0 like they did in the final of Euro 2012, then you can bet that Spain will win the game at -3.
This means they begin the game at a large disadvantage, meaning the odds are far larger, and can make for an entertaining final bet.
As the World Cup is the most viewed sporting event across the globe, you can be certain that bookmakers will be offering special bets with enhanced odds. It will definitely be worth keeping an eye out for these as they may be plentiful and they may provide good value on things that you already intended on placing a bet on.