World Cup 2018: Thought-provoking pre-tournament analysis to consider


AS well as our jam-packed Ultimate Guide we released as an online magazine, we’ve produced a number of pre-tournmanet analysis pieces to help give you the extra edge ahead of the big kick-off in Russia. Here’s a selection of our finest World Cup features. 

What effect might Ramadan have on performance?

Ramadan is due to end on the opening day of the 2018 World Cup.

Ben Levene (@BenLevene96) discusses how the holy festival could have a part to play in the competition.

Four fabulous stats-based selections

Numbers obsessive Ben Levene (@BenLevene96) has analysed the past five World Cups in order to find potential punting angles.

Here he showcases his four favourite stats-based selections.

Four request-a-bet style selections to cheer on

Request-a-bet style selections are all the rage these days.

Ben Levene (@BenLevene96) has sourced four attractive wagers that fit the bill from across the industry.

Continental kings: Who’ll take the crown in each region

Will Brazil take Top South American honours? Are Senegal the side to follow in Africa? Could there be a surprise side to emerge from Asia?

Ben Levene (@BenLevene96) picks out his favourite fancies from the top continental team markets.

Bookings bets to exploit

Gavin Murphy (@GamePlanGavin) has scoured the card markets and believes there’s opportunity to attack a number of big-priced bookings bets.

Our Card King ventures into the team markets to pinpoint players that have a history for trouble.

Five points-based plays from the group-stage

Ben Levene (@BenLevene96) has crunched the numbers from the previous World Cup tournaments and highlights five potential plays in the Over/Under points markets from the group-stage.

How often do teams conclude with maximum points, or the dreaded nil points?

Delightful Danes could hack-up in the group-stage

Ben Levene (@BenLevene96) reckons there are two excellent goals-based Over/Under angles of attack during the group-stage.

The Danes are fancied to impress but which nation may struggle to meet attacking expectations?

The Two Marks: World Cup previews

Our own Mark O’Haire (@MarkOHaire) joins Racing Post royalty Mark Langdon (@MarkLangdon) for a special pre-World Cup edition of The Two Marks.

Here the guys discuss their tournament NAP, their outright winner, the best bet surrounding England and the Top Goalscorer market.


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