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The soccer world is aching for the next World Cup Games, in 2018. Considered to be the biggest single-event sporting competition in the world, the FIFA World Cup has been held since 1930 (with no games held during the 40’s when World War II was taking place. The games are played every four years. Compromised of the senior men's national teams from the 208 Member Associations of FIFA, not only are sports fans captivated, but those in the betting world look forward to the event as well. While underdogs pay out great odds, those who are suspected to be in the top eight still tend to have a greater than 5:1 ratio. It’s a great game to bet on!  

According to FIFA, the World Cup is the most widely viewed sports game. Even more amazing is that even with such a large membership base, the tournaments have only been won by eight different teams. During the 19 games held since 1930, Brazil have won five times. The other winners are Italy, with four titles; Germany, with three wins; Argentina and inaugural winners Uruguay, with two; and England, France, and Spain, with one title each. Those who enter the betting world, are always wondering if a new country will be amongst the winners. This curiosity keeps bookies busy with speculations and playing the odds.

There are some tips that bookies have offer on how to bet during the World Cup of 2018. For starters, if you are looking to place your bets online, be sure to take advantage of Bookie Bonus Codes, that can help you win every bigger. Knowing the ways you can bet is the next tip. Among the most popular are Moneyline, Spread, and, Total Betting.

Moneyline Betting

In soccer, when you chose a moneyline bet, you can either chose the team that wins or a tie/draw option. This is vastly different than with other sports. It’s important to remember that if you choose a team to win and the game ends in a tie/draw, your wager will be graded as a loss. This bookie tip is a big one, as far as moneyline betting is concerned.

Spread Betting

Spread betting is one of the simplest form of betting, because of the way it is structured. Essentially, the idea is to go with a spread that you feel is a favorable win. If your team wins by one goal, but the spread is 3, you do not win the bet. If you bet on the named underdog, then they cannot win the game and must not get more goals then the spread calls for. If they do, you again lose the bet.

Total Betting

Total Betting simply means you place your bet on what you think the game will get a higher or lower number of goals than the total number of goals the odds-maker predicts.

Statistics for Betting Strategies
There are several factors to consider when deciding how to bet on the 2018 World Cup Games.

Statistically, 9 out of 10 World Cups played in Europe were won by European teams and 30% of winners were the home team. Additional 75% of game have been won by teams playing on their home continent. That means, with Russia hosting the 2018 games, that Brazil may not be a fan-favorite this time around, despite winning the most world games. Perhaps Russia will have a strong home court advantage and since they did fairly well in the 2014 semi-finals, they are a team to watch.

From a finals perspective, which is important to consider if you are betting on any finals games, Germany have played more finals games than any other teams, followed in order of wins by Brazil and Italy. This again points to European teams as being a good bet.

Looking at the rest of the world contenders, the Asian teams tend to favor Japan and Korea, as they have done well historically in semi-finals games. The United States ranked fairly well in the 2014 World Games, as did Australia and Russia. It’s fair to say that African countries are a long shot, as they do not historically rank well, nor did the play well in the 2014 games.

If you are planning on betting during the 2018 World Cup Games, make sure you understand the types of bets that you can make, know how the teams having done throughout the year, and who the fan-favorites are. Also, be sure to pay attention to home team and continent advantage. It all affects how the odds-makers rates each team and how big of a payout you will have at the end of the day.