Eyes and ears at the ready… the draw for next year’s World Cup takes place THIS Friday – and you can now bet on the outcome with Marathonbet.
Some 32 teams will do battle in football’s flagship tournament next summer in Russia but who they face in the group stages is yet to be decided. Marathonbet has a host of markets open to punters wanting to try their luck ahead of Friday’s glitzy draw ceremony in Moscow.
The action takes place at the State Kremlin Palace – frequently used as a concert hall – and you could be singing your team’s praises if a cheeky wager on their draw comes up trumps.
All 32 teams will be divided into four pots of eight, with one team selected from each pot to form a group. All pots are determined by October’s FIFA World Ranking, with pot one containing the highest-ranked teams. No group may have more than one team from any continental confederation with the exception of UEFA, which must have at least one but no more than two in a group.
Amongst our markets, consider a wager on tournament fancies Brazil to face either England OR Spain in the group stage at 5/4.
The five-time winners are seeded in pot one while Gareth Southgate’s Three Lions and Julen Lopetegui’s Spain side are in pot two alongside Peru, Switzerland, Colombia, Mexico, Uruguay and Croatia.
Elsewhere, England are priced at 8/1 for a clash with neighbours France (pot one) and 73/20 to renew rivalries with the Argentinians (pot one).
A mouth-watering tie against the Argentinians would prove a must-watch for all England fans. Who can forget their France ’98 exit to the South Americans, when David Beckham famously saw red after lashing out at Diego Simeone? Back the sides to meet again for another potential belter and you could be quids-in by the time they kick off next year.
And in true lottery format you can also bet on which teams will make which groups. For example, Belgium are 11/2 to be drawn in Group B and England are 13/2 to be drawn in Group C. Got a lucky letter? Now’s the time to make use of it.
Check out Marathonbet’s host of markets ahead of Friday’s big draw HERE.
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Next year’s World Cup is shaping up to be one of the best yet. Get closer to the action with Marathonbet.