World Cup News

Bettors firing on favored France vs. upstart Croatia in World Cup final

Covers Jul 14, 2018 - 7:55 PM ET
A month after the World Cup began, the tournament comes to a close with Sunday's championship match. Covers checks in on the action, with insights from John Murray, sportsbook director at the Westgate Las Vegas Superbook, and Lee Price, spokesman for Ireland-based Paddypower.com.

England bettors far less fired up for World Cup third-place match

Covers Jul 13, 2018 - 7:55 PM ET
Covers checks in on the action and odds movement for England-Belgium Part II at the World Cup, with insights from Lee Price, spokesman for Ireland-based PaddyPower.com, and Will Bernanke, lead analyst for CG Analytics in Las Vegas.

There's great betting value behind Mbappe in World Cup Golden Ball odds

Covers Jul 12, 2018 - 4:15 PM ET
The Golden Ball is given to the standout player of the tournament and here, our friends at Football Whispers look at the five players with a chance of scooping the prize, including 19-year-old French sensation Kylian Mbappe, who is a -110 favorite to win the Golden Ball.

These matchups will make or break your bets on the World Cup final

Covers Jul 12, 2018 - 3:57 PM ET
The World Cup is down to France and Croatia in what will be the most dissected football game in World Cup history. If you're betting the World Cup odds for Sunday's final, chances are these vital matchups will make or break your punts on France vs. Croatia.

Don't bank on fireworks in final: Best ways to bet France vs. Croatia

Covers Jul 12, 2018 - 1:45 PM ET
France was among the World Cup betting favorites when the tournament kicked off last month, so it's no surprise to see them in Sunday's final. Croatia, not so much. We size up the long list of World Cup odds and tell you why you shouldn't bet on a high-scoring final, based on past history.

Plenty of goals in third-place games: Best ways to bet England vs. Belgium

Covers Jul 12, 2018 - 1:38 PM ET
In a rare rematch, England faces Belgium for the second time in the tournament in the third-place game at the 2018 World Cup. We size up the best ways to wager on Saturday's match, including why Over bettors have loved the third-place game and if England will even bother to show up after a crushing semifinal loss.

France opens solid fave, draws early cash vs. Croatia in World Cup final

Covers Jul 11, 2018 - 11:56 PM ET
Covers checks in on the opening line, liability and anticipated handle for the World Cup final between France and Croatia, with insights from PaddyPower.com in Ireland, the Westgate Las Vegas Superbook and offshore sportsbook Bookmaker.eu.

Books 'flooded' with England bets vs. Croatia in World Cup semifinal

Covers Jul 10, 2018 - 9:30 PM ET
Covers checks in on the action and odds movement for the World Cup's second semifinal, with insights from Paddy Power, spokesman for – you guessed it – Dublin-based PaddyPower.com, and Will Bernanke, lead analyst for CG Analytics in Las Vegas.

Vatreni won't crack under pressure: Why Croatia will win the World Cup

Covers Jul 10, 2018 - 2:37 PM ET
Croatia's run to the World Cup semifinals has been forged in the fires of pressure, advancing in both knockout phase games via victory on penalty kicks. Football Whispers sizes up the Vatreni and gives three reasons why Croatia will win the World Cup - and three reasons why they won't.

Cashing in on 'It's Coming Home': Why England can win the World Cup

Covers Jul 10, 2018 - 12:39 PM ET
The Three Lions are so close to the World Cup final and bringing football home for the first time since 1966. Football Whispers dissects the English squad and gives you three reasons why England can win the 2018 World Cup - and three reasons why they won't.

Sharps on France at offshore book; Belgium draws action in Vegas

Covers Jul 10, 2018 - 2:01 AM ET
All the World Cup hullabaloo seems to center on England, but the Tuesday semifinal between France and Belgium is also drawing plenty of interest. Covers checks in on the action for that contest, with insights from offshore sportsbook BetDSI.eu and from CG Analytics in Las Vegas.

Les Bleus could have you seeing green: Why France can win the World Cup

Covers Jul 9, 2018 - 3:16 PM ET
France is the betting favorite in the World Cup odds to win it all at Russia 2018. Our friends at Football Whispers dissect Les Bleus heading into Tuesday's semifinal showdown with Belgium, giving three reasons why France will win the World Cup - and three reasons why they won't.

Going all in on the 'Golden Generation': Why Belgium can win the World Cup

Covers Jul 9, 2018 - 2:52 PM ET
Belgium have come of age at this World Cup. Blessed with an extraordinarily talented group of players, this team is on the brink of the World Cup final and face a powerful France squad in the semifinals Tuesday. Football Whispers breaks down Belgium's chances, giving you three reasons why they'll win the World Cup - and three reasons why they won't.

A tale of two very different halves: Best ways to bet England vs. Croatia

Covers Jul 8, 2018 - 11:40 PM ET
A spot in the World Cup final is up for grabs when England takes on Croatia in a semifinal showdown Wednesday. We size up the World Cup betting odds and give our favorite bets, top props, and predictions for England vs. Croatia.

England's World Cup run creating financial fallout for UK bookmakers

Covers Jul 8, 2018 - 10:32 PM ET
Across the pond, a sports wager is referred to as a punt. But with England’s wild and continued World Cup success, bookmakers in that country are just about ready to punt in the more American sense, facing huge liability if the Three Lions win it all.

A surplus of scoring chances: Best ways to bet France vs. Belgium

Covers Jul 8, 2018 - 12:31 PM ET
Belgium enters the World Cup semifinal with a lot of momentum after knocking off Brazil in the quarterfinal while France has been steady in its play throughout the knockout phase. We size up the World Cup betting odds for France vs. Belgium and give you our best bets and top props for Tuesday's semifinal.

Sharps on England, public pounding Sweden in World Cup quarterfinals

Covers Jul 6, 2018 - 11:37 PM ET
One semifinal is set at the World Cup, and the other will be determined by the outcome of Saturday’s two quarterfinal matches. Covers checks in on the action and odds movement for both contests, with insights from offshore sportsbook Bookmaker.eu and from CG Analytics in Las Vegas.

Sticking to the stats, this World Cup underdog holds the most value

Covers Jul 5, 2018 - 3:27 PM ET
International soccer teams play so infrequently that things like FIFA Rankings and historic pedigree build up a bias. Football Whispers strips this bias away and leans into the most important statistics heading into the World Cup quarterfinals, revealing which teams it truly the most impressive at Russia 2018.

Mbappe and Kane lead the World Cup betting favorites to win Golden Ball

Covers Jul 5, 2018 - 2:30 PM ET
As well as the team goal of winning the World Cup, several of the biggest stars on display in Russia are competing for the Golden Ball award for the tournament’s best player. Football Whispers takes a close look at the contenders for the Golden Ball and their World Cup betting odds.

Prepare for plenty of penalties: Best ways to bet Russia vs. Croatia

Covers Jul 5, 2018 - 12:33 PM ET
Croatia and Russia are 50 spots apart in the FIFA World Ranking, but that doesn't mean a thing as they face off Saturday with a berth in the World Cup quarterfinals at stake. We look at the World Cup betting odds for this matchup, giving you our best bets, prop plays and predictions for Russia vs. Croatia.
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