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

Jul 12, 2018 - 1:15 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 in 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 France vs. Croatia matchups will make or break your bets on the World Cup final odds

Jul 12, 2018 - 12:57 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.

Vatreni won't crack under pressure: Why Croatia will win the 2018 World Cup

Jul 10, 2018 - 11:37 AM 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 2018 World Cup

Jul 10, 2018 - 9:39 AM 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.

Les Bleus could have you seeing green: Why France can win the 2018 World Cup

Jul 9, 2018 - 12:16 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 2018 World Cup

Jul 9, 2018 - 11:52 AM 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.

Stripping bias and sticking to the stats, this World Cup underdog holds the most value

Jul 5, 2018 - 12:26 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 the Golden Ball

Jul 5, 2018 - 11:30 AM 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.

Eight great stunning World Cup recent results we'll never forget

Jul 4, 2018 - 12:58 PM ET

The 2018 World Cup has been one of the most unpredictable tournaments of all time, including massive upsets and incredible matches. Our friends at Football Whispers look back over recent World Cup results and rank the most stunning moments for football bettors.

Winning World Cup punters can thank these unsung heroes of Russia 2018

Jul 4, 2018 - 12:32 PM ET

There's no shortage of star players on the pitch at Russia 2018, but if you've been winning your World Cup wagers chances are it's because of these unsung heroes. Our pals at Football Whispers give credit where credit is due, and praise these lesser-known talents making a big difference for their countries.

The spike in counter-attacking makes these World Cup contenders dangerous

Jul 4, 2018 - 11:43 AM ET

Possession football is suffering a slow death at the 2018 World Cup, with counter-attacking teams thriving. Our friends at Football Whispers look at this shift in style and how the spike in counter-attacking could impact your wagers for the quarterfinal matchups.

The most dangerous, creative, and disappointing players of the 2018 World Cup

Jun 30, 2018 - 9:59 AM ET

As the knockout rounds of the 2018 World Cup approach, Football Whispers have looked back at the some of the top-performing individuals from the group stage, as well as some who have underwhelmed.

Uptick in injury-time goals have made Russia 2018 the most thrilling World Cup ever

Jun 30, 2018 - 9:13 AM ET

It ain't over until it's over. That's especially true at the 2018 World Cup, which has seen an abundance of late goals in the group stage. Football Whispers investigates at the reasons behind the injury-time scores, how this pace compares to past tournaments, and if this trend will continue in the knockout stages.

These four World Cup underdogs are worth a wager to win it all

Jun 29, 2018 - 9:40 PM ET

If the 2018 World Cup has shown us anything, it's that we should expect the unexpected. With Germany bounced and many top teams underperforming, the door is open for these live underdogs to not make a deep run in the tournament but to cash in big for bettors with a World Cup win.

Spain will give hosts the heave-ho: Best ways to bet Spain vs. Russia World Cup odds

Jun 29, 2018 - 3:06 PM ET

Spain wasn't all that impressive in group play but got the luck of the draw, facing host Russia in the weaker side of the knockout bracket. Football Whispers sizes up the World Cup betting odds for Spain versus Russian, giving their top predictions for this Round of 16 showdown.

How VAR - Video Assistant Referee - is impacting your World Cup bets

Jun 29, 2018 - 2:19 PM ET

While no one player has stamped their mark on this summer’s World Cup, there can be little question the biggest impact on the tournament so far has been made by VAR. Football Whispers looks at how Video Assistant Referee is impacting your World Cup wagers heading into the Round of 16.

The biggest breakout stars of the 2018 World Cup

Jun 29, 2018 - 2:15 PM ET

Every four years, a handful of young promising talents step up on the global stage and make a name for themselves during the World Cup. And Russia 2018 is no different. Football Whispers looks at the best breakout performances of the 2018 World Cup so far.

Suarez will outshine Ronaldo in Round of 16: Best ways to bet Portugal vs. Uruguay World Cup odds

Jun 29, 2018 - 12:42 PM ET

Two of the top footballers on the planet headline a Round of 16 showcase between Portugal and Uruguay. Football Whispers combs over the World Cup betting odds and gives their best predictions for Saturday's match, including bets on Cristiano Ronaldo and Luis Suarez.

Is it all on Messi to stun Les Bleus? Best ways to bet Argentina vs. France World Cup odds

Jun 29, 2018 - 11:48 AM ET

After squeaking into the Round of 16, the pressure is off Messi and Argentina heading into a knockout phase match with France. Our friends at Football Whispers size up the World Cup betting odds and make their best predictions for Saturday's showdown.

Kane versus Lukaku headlines Group G finale: Best ways to bet on Belgium vs. England odds

Jun 26, 2018 - 3:43 PM ET

England and Belgium have been two of the most impressive teams in the World Cup, and it just so happens these nations collide on the final day of group play. Our friends Football Whispers size up what should be an exciting showdown in Group G, giving their best plays and predictions for the World Cup betting odds.