2018 World Cup Prop Bets

2018 World Cup Prop Bets article feature image

Frank Augstein, AP Photo. Pictured: Brazil’s Marcelo and Germany’s Jerome Boatang argue in the last World Cup

There’s no shortage of prop bets available for the 2018 World Cup, and we’ve compiled them all below including, Group Points, Total Goals, Best Finish by Continent and more.

Group Points O/U 

The highest group point totals belong to France (7.5) and Brazil (7.5), although both are heavily juiced on the under.

The lowest group point totals belong to five different teams, all with O/U’s of 1.5: Costa Rica, Australia, Iran, Panama and Saudi Arabia.

Group with Most Goals Scored – Group Games Only 

Group G is expected to be the highest scoring group, mostly due to the lopsided matchups that both Belgium and England have over Panama and Tunisia. Belgium is a -531 favorite against Panama in the opening game and -313 against Tunisia in the second match, so blowouts are anticipated.

Oddsmakers aren’t expecting a ton of action in Group H, as they have the longest odds at +1000 to score the most goals in the group stage. Every game should be close and competitive, and the Over/Under for each matchup is listed at just 2 goals.

Total Goals Scored in World Cup 
Over 159.5 (-120)
Under 159.5 (-120)

Total Goals Scored in World Cup
155 or fewer:  +150
156-165:  +200
166-175:  +333
176 or more:  +700

There are 64 total games, so the betting market expects about 2.5 goals per match. This coincides with most of the Over/Unders you’ll see for every game.

Team with Most Goals Scored 

Odds for most tournament goals are obviously very similar to the title odds, since more games allow for more scoring opportunities: Brazil (+400), Germany (+450) and Spain (+450) lead the way.

Will a team finish the tournament without scoring a goal? 
Yes (+130)
No (-160)

Every team scored at least 1 goal in the 2014 World Cup, and only three teams finished with fewer than 2: Cameroon, Honduras, Iran.

The teams expected to score the fewest goals in 2018 are Iran, Saudi Arabia and Panama.

Total Matches to go to Extra Time 
Over 4.5 Matches (-187)
Under 4.5 Matches (+138)

Total Matches to go to Extra Time 
0-1 Matches: +1200
2-3 Matches: +187
4-5 Matches: +125
6+ Matches: +333

The betting market is expecting about 5 matches to go to extra time. The maximum number of matches that could go to extra time is 16 (8 games in Round of 16, 4 games in quarterfinal, 2 games in semifinal, 1 in final, 1 for third place)

Total Matches to go to Penalty Kicks 
Over 3.5 (+130)
Under 3.5 (-160)

Total Red Cards Issued 
Over 17.5 (-115)
Under 17.5 (-115)

Total Cards Issued
Over 238.5 (-115)
Under 238.5 (-115)

Total Corners 
Over 660 (-170)
Under 660 (+140)

Best Overall Finish by Continent 


Germany is the obvious favorite to be the best European team at the World Cup, followed by France and Spain.


Senegal is expected to be the top team in Africa (+225) while Tunisia (+850) has the lowest expectations. I think both Senegal and Nigeria are good bets at plus-money odds.


Japan is expected to be the top Asian team (+175 odds), and I would only bet on them or South Korea (+375). I would avoid Australia (+325).

North America:

Mexico (-270) clearly leads the way as the only team in North America that’s expected to advance from the group stage.

South America:

Brazil (+105) and Argentina (+185) will battle it out for top South American team, but both Uruguay (+725) and Colombia (+825) could make deep runs as well. I’m also fairly high on Peru this tournament, but it’ll be extremely difficult to finish ahead of the other South American nations.

Title Winning Continent
Europe -260
South America +200
Rest of the World +2500

Title Winning Group
A: +1550 (Uruguay, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Russia)
B: +450 (Spain, Portugal, Iran, Morocco)
C: +550 (France, Peru, Denmark, Australia)
D: +650 (Argentina, Nigeria, Croatia, Iceland)
E: +350 (Brazil, Serbia, Costa Rica, Switzerland)
F: +450 (Germany, Mexico, South Korea, Sweden)
G: +650 (Belgium, England, Tunisia, Panama)
H: +2200 (Colombia, Poland, Senegal, Japan)

Will there be a first time title winner?
Yes +325
No -450

How would you rate this article?