2018 FIFA World Cup Betting Futures
2018 FIFA World Cup Betting Futures

With the 2018 FIFA World Cup going underway on June 14, there is an almost endless amount of items to bet on. There are individual awards, and of course, the chance to bet on what country will win it all. Here are few bets that may be worth your while during the FIFA World Cup.

Winning Continent - Europe -275

This isn't the most lucrative bet, but the odds are definitely in your favor. Outside of Brazil and Argentina, all of the leading favorites are European nations. Brazil, despite their incredible talent, typically don't perform their best at World Cups in European soil. Argentina, on the other hand, has a tough road to get out of the group, so they'll need to be near perfect from the start. The chances are good that someone from the European continent will go to Russia and win the title.

Top Goalscorer - Antoine Griezmann +1200

The Frenchman has the third-highest odds for this distinction behind Lionel Messi and Neymar, but he's a bet that could pay off. Griezmann has 20 international goals in 54 appearances, and depending how much teammate Oliver Giroud plays, he's going to be the player France looks at to score goals. More importantly, France is head and shoulders better than its three opponents in the group stage and is poised to make a deep run, giving Griezmann a great opportunity to lead the tournament in goals.

Golden Ball - Kevin De Bruyne +1400

Picking the player of the tournament is inherently a crapshoot, as the winner will almost certainly be on the winning team. Nevertheless, Belgium's De Bruyne is an interesting sleeper pick if the Red Devils can at least advance to the semi-finals. He may not be his team's leading goal scorer, but if Belgium does well in this tournament, it'll be De Bruyne pulling the strings in the midfield. He's also capable of producing magic on a set piece, which could end up being the difference in a tight knockout stage game.

Golden Glove - David De Gea +350

Naturally, there are a lot of great candidates for the best goalkeeper in the tournament, but it's hard not to side with Spain's De Gea. He has the second-best odds behind Germany's Manuel Neuer, although Neuer is a risky pick after missing most of the club season with an injury. While De Gea lacks Neuer's foot skills, he's arguably the best pure shot-stopper in the world. If Spain can avoid another group stage disaster like the one they experienced four years ago, they're set up well to reach the semi-finals, in large part because they have De Gea protecting their goal.

Highest Scoring Group - Group C +600

This could make for an interesting wager, and while there are three or four decent options, I favor Group C. France is the best team in this group, but they're not particularly stout defensively, and neither is anyone else. Moreover, in any game that doesn't involve France, both teams will be chasing the win, which should open things up and lead to high-scoring games.

World Cup Winner - Belgium +1000

Belgium is only the sixth-highest betting favorite for the World Cup, but they are the best-value pick from a betting perspective. They have a manageable group, which will give them a good chance to hit their stride heading into the knockout stage. The Red Devils also have world-class talent all over the field, and one could argue they have the longest odds of any team that has the talent needed to win the tournament, which is why they are a great betting pick. Belgium has all the pieces they need to win, it's just a matter of putting them together the right way over the next seven games. If they can do that, it'll pay off handsomely for anyone willing to take a chance on them.