The World Cup kicks off on November 20, when the host country Qatar will face off against Ecuador. Over the course of the next month, 64 matches will be played between the best teams in the world. This also happens to be the first World Cup where sports gambling will be legal for a large portion of the United States.
If you've been wanting to give sports betting a shot, the World Cup is a great place to start. Here are some of the basics you need to know.
Here are the odds for the 10 teams with the best odds of winning the tournament (via FanDuel Sportsbook)
Brazil +320 ($10 wins $320)
There are several types of bets you can make on the World Cup beyond just which team will win the tournament.
If you're more attached to individual performances, you can place a wager of which player will win the Golden Boot, awarded to whoever scores the most goals during the course of the tournament.
Here are the players with the best odds of winning the trophy (via FanDuel):
Killian Mbappe +850
Lionel Messi +1100
Karim Benzema +1400
Lautaro Martinez +2000
Memphis Depay +2300
Romelu Lukaku +2300
Similarly, you can also bet on the result of an individual game — AKA, the moneyline. For example, the odds for the first match of the tournament are as follows:
Qatar to win: +230 ($10 wins $23)
Ecuador to win: +135
You can similarly bet on the exact scores of matches or the total goals that will be scored.