Best Soccer World Cup Betting Sites

The most prized possession in international soccer, the FIFA World Cup is played every four years and hosted by a different country each time. The first World Cup was played in 1930 and won by hosts Uruguay. They defeated Argentina in the championship match. Thirteen nations competed in the inaugural World Cup, which was also the only time participating teams weren’t required to qualify for the tournament. Brazil captured back-to-back World Cups in 1958 and 1962 and has a total of five championships — the most of any country. [+]

Once a nation other teams feared, Brazil has fallen off the international map somewhat. Their last World Cup came 14 years ago at the 2002 tournament in South Korea.

Germany and Italy are right on Brazil’s tail with four World Cups apiece. The Germans are reigning champions, after defeating Argentina at the 2014 tournament in Brazil.

Former German striker Miroslav Klose is the tournament’s all-time top goal scorer with 16, followed by Brazilian great Ronaldo at 15.

The 2018 World Cup will be played in Russia, which beat out Portugal/Spain and Belgium/Netherlands to host the tournament. Russia’s best World Cup performance was in 1966 when it finished fourth overall.

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The World Cup qualfying round will heat up again in the fall when Argentina faces Uruguay on Sept. 1 in a highly anticipated match. A victory for Argentina would put them in the lead among South American qualifying teams. In other action, Brazil will face Ecudor on Sept. 1. [+]

Keep track of all the qualifying matches using the competition widget — a helpful tool that also offers up-to-date odds to help you make your betting decisions easier.

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Soccer World Cup Standings Right Now

Whether it’s in the qualification stage or in World Cup group action, expect all the powerhouse nations to be near the top of the standings. [+]

Brazil, Germany, Argentina, Italy, France and Spain are among countries always expected to be near the top of the table and battling for a World Cup title.

Follow where your team sits in the standings throughout the qualifying stage and into group competition as it will be a major factor in your betting decisions.

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# team pts P W D L GF GA +/-
Qualifiers - Conmebol - 1st Round
1 Brazil Brazil 38 17 11 5 1 38 11 27
2 Uruguay Uruguay 28 17 8 4 5 28 18 10
3 Chile Chile 26 17 8 2 7 26 24 2
4 Colombia Colombia 26 17 7 5 5 20 18 2
5 Peru Peru 25 17 7 4 6 26 25 1
6 Argentina Argentina 25 17 6 7 4 16 15 1
7 Paraguay Paraguay 24 17 7 3 7 19 24 -5
8 Ecuador Ecuador 20 17 6 2 9 25 26 -1
9 Bolivia Bolivia 14 17 4 2 11 14 34 -20
10 Venezuela Venezuela 9 17 1 6 10 18 35 -17
Qualifiers - Asia - 2nd Round - Group stage - Group A
1 Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia 20 8 6 2 0 28 4 24
2 U.A.E. U.A.E. 17 8 5 2 1 25 4 21
3 Palestine Palestine 12 8 3 3 2 22 6 16
4 Malaysia Malaysia 4 8 1 1 6 3 30 -27
5 Timor-Leste Timor-Leste 2 8 0 2 6 2 36 -34
Qualifiers - Asia - 2nd Round - Group stage - Group B
1 Australia Australia 21 8 7 0 1 29 4 25
2 Jordan Jordan 16 8 5 1 2 21 7 14
3 Kyrgyzstan Kyrgyzstan 14 8 4 2 2 10 8 2
4 Tajikistan Tajikistan 5 8 1 2 5 9 20 -11
5 Bangladesh Bangladesh 1 8 0 1 7 2 32 -30
Qualifiers - Asia - 2nd Round - Group stage - Group C
1 Qatar Qatar 21 8 7 0 1 29 4 25
2 China China 17 8 5 2 1 27 1 26
3 Hong Kong Hong Kong 14 8 4 2 2 13 5 8
4 Maldives Maldives 6 8 2 0 6 8 20 -12
5 Bhutan Bhutan 0 8 0 0 8 5 52 -47
Qualifiers - Asia - 2nd Round - Group stage - Group D
1 Iran Iran 20 8 6 2 0 26 3 23
2 Oman Oman 14 8 4 2 2 11 7 4
3 Turkmenistan Turkmenistan 13 8 4 1 3 10 11 -1
4 Guam Guam 7 8 2 1 5 3 16 -13
5 India India 3 8 1 0 7 5 18 -13
Qualifiers - Asia - 2nd Round - Group stage - Group E
1 Japan Japan 22 8 7 1 0 27 0 27
2 Syria Syria 18 8 6 0 2 26 11 15
3 Singapore Singapore 10 8 3 1 4 9 9 0
4 Afghanistan Afghanistan 9 8 3 0 5 8 24 -16
5 Cambodia Cambodia 0 8 0 0 8 1 27 -26
Qualifiers - Asia - 2nd Round - Group stage - Group F
1 Thailand Thailand 14 6 4 2 0 14 6 8
2 Iraq Iraq 12 6 3 3 0 13 6 7
3 Vietnam Vietnam 7 6 2 1 3 7 8 -1
4 Taiwan Taiwan 0 6 0 0 6 5 19 -14
Qualifiers - Asia - 2nd Round - Group stage - Group G
1 South Korea South Korea 24 8 8 0 0 27 0 27
2 Lebanon Lebanon 11 8 3 2 3 12 6 6
3 Kuwait Kuwait 10 8 3 1 4 12 10 2
4 Myanmar Myanmar 8 8 2 2 4 9 21 -12
5 Laos Laos 4 8 1 1 6 6 29 -23
Qualifiers - Asia - 2nd Round - Group stage - Group H
1 Uzbekistan Uzbekistan 21 8 7 0 1 20 7 13
2 North Korea North Korea 16 8 5 1 2 14 8 6
3 Philippines Philippines 10 8 3 1 4 8 12 -4
4 Bahrain Bahrain 9 8 3 0 5 10 10 0
5 Yemen Yemen 3 8 1 0 7 2 17 -15
Qualifiers - Asia - 3rd Round - Group stage - Group A
1 Iran Iran 22 10 6 4 0 10 2 8
2 South Korea South Korea 15 10 4 3 3 11 10 1
3 Syria Syria 13 10 3 4 3 9 8 1
4 Uzbekistan Uzbekistan 13 10 4 1 5 6 7 -1
5 China China 12 10 3 3 4 8 10 -2
6 Qatar Qatar 7 10 2 1 7 8 15 -7
Qualifiers - Asia - 3rd Round - Group stage - Group B
1 Japan Japan 20 10 6 2 2 17 7 10
2 Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia 19 10 6 1 3 17 10 7
3 Australia Australia 19 10 5 4 1 16 11 5
4 U.A.E. U.A.E. 13 10 4 1 5 10 13 -3
5 Iraq Iraq 11 10 3 2 5 11 12 -1
6 Thailand Thailand 2 10 0 2 8 6 24 -18
Qualifiers - Africa - 3rd Round - Group stage - Group A
1 Tunisia Tunisia 13 5 4 1 0 11 4 7
2 DR Congo DR Congo 10 5 3 1 1 11 6 5
3 Guinea Guinea 3 5 1 0 4 5 11 -6
4 Libya Libya 3 5 1 0 4 4 10 -6
Qualifiers - Africa - 3rd Round - Group stage - Group B
1 Nigeria Nigeria 13 5 4 1 0 11 3 8
2 Zambia Zambia 7 5 2 1 2 6 5 1
3 Cameroon Cameroon 6 5 1 3 1 5 7 -2
4 Algeria Algeria 1 5 0 1 4 3 10 -7
Qualifiers - Africa - 3rd Round - Group stage - Group C
1 Morocco Morocco 9 5 2 3 0 9 0 9
2 Ivory Coast Ivory Coast 8 5 2 2 1 7 3 4
3 Gabon Gabon 5 5 1 2 2 2 7 -5
4 Mali Mali 3 5 0 3 2 1 9 -8
Qualifiers - Africa - 3rd Round - Group stage - Group D
1 Senegal Senegal 8 4 2 2 0 6 2 4
2 Burkina Faso Burkina Faso 6 5 1 3 1 6 6 0
3 Cape Verde Cape Verde 6 5 2 0 3 4 8 -4
4 South Africa South Africa 4 4 1 1 2 6 6 0
Qualifiers - Africa - 3rd Round - Group stage - Group E
1 Egypt Egypt 9 4 3 0 1 5 2 3
2 Uganda Uganda 8 5 2 2 1 2 1 1
3 Ghana Ghana 6 5 1 3 1 6 4 2
4 Congo Congo 1 4 0 1 3 3 9 -6
Qualifiers - Concacaf - 4th Round - Group stage - Group A
1 Mexico Mexico 16 6 5 1 0 13 1 12
2 Honduras Honduras 8 6 2 2 2 6 6 0
3 Canada Canada 7 6 2 1 3 5 8 -3
4 El Salvador El Salvador 2 6 0 2 4 4 13 -9
Qualifiers - Concacaf - 4th Round - Group stage - Group B
1 Costa Rica Costa Rica 16 6 5 1 0 11 3 8
2 Panama Panama 10 6 3 1 2 7 5 2
3 Haiti Haiti 4 6 1 1 4 2 4 -2
4 Jamaica Jamaica 4 6 1 1 4 2 10 -8
Qualifiers - Concacaf - 4th Round - Group stage - Group C
1 USA USA 13 6 4 1 1 20 3 17
2 Trinidad/Tobago Trinidad/Tobago 11 6 3 2 1 13 9 4
3 Guatemala Guatemala 10 6 3 1 2 18 11 7
4 Saint Vincent and The Grenadines Saint Vincent and The Grenadines 0 6 0 0 6 6 34 -28
Qualifiers - Concacaf - Final stage
1 Mexico Mexico 21 9 6 3 0 14 4 10
2 Costa Rica Costa Rica 15 8 4 3 1 12 5 7
3 USA USA 12 9 3 3 3 16 11 5
4 Panama Panama 10 9 2 4 3 7 9 -2
5 Honduras Honduras 9 8 2 3 3 9 16 -7
6 Trinidad/Tobago Trinidad/Tobago 3 9 1 0 8 5 18 -13
Qualifiers - Oceania - 3rd Round - Group stage - Group A
1 New Zealand New Zealand 10 4 3 1 0 6 0 6
2 New Caledonia New Caledonia 5 4 1 2 1 4 5 -1
3 Fiji Fiji 1 4 0 1 3 3 8 -5
Qualifiers - Oceania - 3rd Round - Group stage - Group B
1 Solomon Islands Solomon Islands 9 4 3 0 1 6 6 0
2 Tahiti Tahiti 6 4 2 0 2 7 4 3
3 Papua New Guinea Papua New Guinea 3 4 1 0 3 6 9 -3
Qualifiers
1 Australia Australia 0 1 0 1 0 1 1 0
2 Syria Syria 0 1 0 1 0 1 1 0

How To Win At Champions League Betting

A lot can change in two years when the 2018 World Cup gets underway. The Germans will enter the tournament with a similar, yet a bit older, team that won the 2014 championship.

That being said, Germany is still considered the favorite to win the World Cup outright as Bet365.com has the four-time champions at +500 to win its second consecutive title.

Argentina’s odds of +900 to win outright may change with the news of superstar forward Lionel Messi announcing his retirement from international soccer recently.

As always, you have to put Brazil in the mix of teams considered favorites to win it all. Bet365.com has the five-time champions at +900 to claim its sixth crown.

Some teams have already started playing qualification matches. In the South American qualification, Uruguay and Ecuador jumped out to solid starts as both are tied with 13 points apiece after six matches. Argentina is also in the thick of things with 11 points, while Brazil has been sluggish out of the gate with nine points through six matches.

The United States, which is +5000 underdogs to win the tournament outright, opened qualifying action on the right foot with two wins and seven points through four matches.

Ready to place your bet on the World Cup? Here are a few online sportsbook options to help make all your wagering decisions easier.