Bookmakers get ready for a bumper 2018 World Cup

The bookies anticipating a busy summer thanks to a month-long World Cup with numerous betting possibilities

The draw for the 2018 World Cup has now been made and bookmakers all over the world are now preparing for a tournament featuring thirty-two of the strongest football nations on the planet.

Most operators have already priced up the opening round of matches and some have odds available for every group game, with customers able to get involved at a very early stage.

Naturally, there are also a spate of antepost markets including the chance to back the overall winner, top goalscorer and the respective winners of the eight groups.

The bookies will hope for a few upsets along the way, with UK-based operators anticipating plenty of patriotic money for England when they take on Tunisia, Panama and Belgium during the group stage.

A betting spokesman told “We want England to go a long way in the tournament because it will create mass betting interest, although every victory for the Three Lions will also hit us in the pocket.”

England bombed out of the 2014 World Cup after consecutive defeats against Italy and Uruguay although their opening match against the Azzurri saw punters rushing to back Roy Hodgson’s team and they went off as warm favourites.

Operators will anticipate plenty of support for the Three Lions in their opener against Tunisia, with the bookies expecting to have their satchels empty on that particular day.

The spokesman told us: “If England beat Tunisia by a scoreline of 2-0 and we see Harry Kane score the first goal, it’s likely that we’ll be staring at a six-figure payout on that match alone.”

However, the bookies don’t report a lot of money on England winning the World Cup, with Germany and Brazil the well-backed teams at this early juncture.