The 2018 World Cup is here and sportsbooks are ready with hundreds of prop bets for the tournament in Russia. Football – or soccer as we call it in North America – is the most popular sport on the planet with more than 250 million playing the game in more than 200 nations – including many countries known to enjoy gambling.
Sportsbooks are filling the board with hundreds of wagering options, but we thought it’d be fun to identify the craziest things you can bet on at the World Cup 2018. Here’s what we found:
*All odds courtesy of BetDSI
Will England be eliminated from the 2018 World Cup in a penalty kick shootout? (Yes +400, No -500)
The Three Lions are one of only eight countries to have lifted the FIFA World Cup trophy but they have a history of heartache at the tournament. England have lost on penalty kicks three times at the World Cup and three times at the Euro Cup since 1990. That’s six times they’ve been knocked out in the sport’s cruelest fashion.
England are expected to finish second to Belgium in Group G which would likely mean a matchup against Columbia in the last 16. The Three Lions would then face Germany in the quarterfinals – again if chalk holds in the bracket.
Will a team finish the 2018 World Cup without scoring a goal? (Yes +130, No -160)
Since 1998, there have been six teams to fail to score a goal in a tournament and 12 that just scored once before heading home. That works out to 18 teams in the last five tournaments have scored one or fewer goals. That means an average of 3.6 teams per World Cup score one or fewer goals before saying adieu.
One of those six teams to fail to score a goal in a World Cup over the last 20 years is back in the field in 2018. Saudi Arabia didn’t find the back of the net in their three matches at the 1998 World Cup in France and there a very good chance they’ll repeat the goalless performance in Russia.
Total times Donald Trump tweets “World Cup” from June 14-July 15
Over 2.5 (-115) | Under 2.5 (-115)
It’s not a proper sporting event unless The Donald is weighing in on it. BetDSI has set the Over/Under on number of times the President tweets about the World Cup at 2.5 times. The 45th US President didn’t tweet anything about the Super Bowl in February but he was in the middle of a spat with the NFL over players kneeling during the national anthem.
Total matches Vladimir Putin attends at the 2018 World Cup
Over 3.5 (-115) | Under 3.5 (-115)
The man at the helm in Russia since the turn of the century is a sports enthusiast and supports FC Zenit in the Russian Premier League. There are 11 locations hosting matches and 64 games to be played before the tournament’s conclusion. Over 3.5 for Mr. Putin Puttin’ on the Ritz seems like a safe bet.
Will Luis Suarez bite a player at the 2018 World Cup? (Yes +2000, No -3000)
The Uruguayan striker is a world class talent and doesn’t look out of place playing next to Lionel Messi at Barcelona. Any club in the world would be lucky to have his services – but he does have history of umm… let’s just call it unsportsmanlike conduct on the pitch.
Suarez bit Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini in an aerial duel at the 2014 World Cup. It was weird but not a first time offense for Suarez. It was actually the third time he’d be caught laying his chompers on an opponent.
He hasn’t laid a tooth on anybody on the football field since the Chiellini incident. Uruguay are hoping he doesn’t bring back his signature move at the 2018 World Cup.