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2018 World Cup dates, schedule and betting tips

The 2018 World Cup takes place in Russia and the first match kicks off on 14 June

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We know the thirty-two teams that will compete at the 2018 World Cup next summer, with the planet’s best teams competing over thirty-two days to determine which country will be crowned as football champions of the world.

Hosts Russia will play the opening match in Group A against Saudi Arabia, with this clash taking place on 14 June 2018. They are joined by Egypt and Uruguay in this section.

England have been handed a favourable group on paper, with Tunisia their first opponents before another winnable clash against Panama. It will be a tougher test against Belgium in the final group game, with this a potential decider as to who tops the section.

We’re backing Brazil to win the 2018 World Cup, with the South Americans looking like a great bet to power through their group and prove their quality in the knockout stage. They finished top of South American qualifying phase and look equipped to go very well.

Latest World Cup betting from bet365
Brazil 4/1
Germany 9/2
Spain 6/1
France 7/1
Argentina 9/1
Belgium 10/1
England 16/1
Portugal 22/1
Uruguay 28/1
Croatia 33/1
Colombia 40/1
Russia 40/1
Poland 80/1

When does the World Cup 2018 start?
After Russia’s opening game on 14 June, there will then be three more group games on 15 June, with the group stage continuing until 28 June. We will then have the knockout stage which begins on 30 June, with the round of 16 stage ending on 3 July which will leave us with eight teams remaining.

The 2018 World Cup quarter final matches take place on 6 and 7 July, with the semi-finals taking place on 10 and 11 July. We then have the World Cup final on Sunday 15 July, with the third place play-off taking place on 14 July.

2018 World Cup Schedule


Thursday 14 June 2018
Russia v Saudi Arabia 1600

Friday 15 June 2018
Egypt v Uruguay 1300
Morocco v Iran 1600
Portugal v Spain 1900

Saturday 16 June 2018
France v Australia 1100
Argentina v Iceland 1400
Peru v Denmark 1700
Croatia v Nigeria 2000

Sunday 17 June 2018

Costa Rica v Serbia 1300
Germany v Mexico 1600
Brazil v Switzerland 1900

Monday 18 June 2018
Sweden v South Korea 1300
Belgium v Panama 1600
Tunisia v England 1900

Tuesday 19 June 2018
Colombia v Japan 1300
Poland v Senegal 1600
Russia v Egypt 1900

Wednesday 20 June 2018
Portugal v Morocco 1300
Uruguay v Saudi Arabia 1600
Iran v Spain 1900

Thursday 21 June 2018
France v Peru 1300
Denmark v Australia 1600
Argentina v Croatia 1900

Friday 22 June 2018
Brazil v Costa Rica 1300
Nigeria v Iceland 1600
Serbia v Switzerland 1900

Saturday 23 June 2018
Belgium v Tunisia 1300
Germany v Sweden 1600
South Korea v Mexico 1900

Sunday 24 June 2018
England v Panama 1300
Japan v Senegal 1600
Poland v Colombia 1900

Monday 25 June 2018
Russia v Uruguay 1500
Saudi Arabia v Egypt 1500
Iran v Portugal 1900
Spain v Morocco 1900

Tuesday 26 June 2018
Australia v Peru 1500
Denmark v France 1500
Iceland v Croatia 1900
Nigeria v Argentina 1900

Wednesday 27 June 2018
South Korea v Germany 1500
Mexico v Sweden 1500
Serbia v Brazil 1900
Switzerland v Costa Rica 1900

Friday 28 June 2018
Japan v Poland 1500
Senegal v Colombia 1500
England v Belgium 1900
Panama v Tunisia 1900


30 June 2018
Winner Group C v Runner-up Group D
Kazan Arena, Kazan

Winner Group A v Runner-up Group B
Fisht Olympic Stadium, Sochi

1 July 2018
Winner Group B v Runner-up Group A
Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow

Winner Group D v Runner-up Group C
Nizhny Novgorod Stadium, Nizhny Novgorod

2 July 2018
Winner Group E v Runner-up Group F
Cosmos Arena, Samara

Winner Group G v Runner-up Group H
Rostov Arena, Rostov-on-Don

3 July 2018
Winner Group F v Runner-up Group E
Krestovsky Stadium, Saint Petersburg

Winner Group H v Runner-up Group G


6 July 2018
1500 MSK
Winner Match 49 v Winner Match 50
Nizhny Novgorod Stadium, Nizhny Novgorod

Winner Match 53 v Winner Match 54
Kazan Arena, Kazan

7 July 2018
Winner Match 55 v Winner Match 56
Cosmos Arena, Samara

Winner Match 51 v Winner Match 52
Fisht Olympic Stadium, Sochi


10 July 2018
Winner Match 57 v Winner Match 58
Krestovsky Stadium, Saint Petersburg

11 July 2018
Winner Match 59 v Winner Match 60
Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow

14 July 2018

Loser Match 61 v Loser Match 62
Krestovsky Stadium, Saint Petersburg

15 July 2018

16:00 MSK (UTC+3)
Winner Match 61 v Winner Match 62
Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow

All odds were correct at time of posting.

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