Germany players celebrate winning the 2014 FIFA World Cup by Agência Brasil is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Brazil license.

The World Cup is fast approaching with less than 6 days before the Kremlin curtain is drawn, we impatiently await footballs grandest stage. The controversies, skills, goals, and ultimately glory at the end of it all.

But before it all begins we look at how to make the most out of your Pre-Tournament betting, with a little preview of our own.

Tournament Winner:

The bookmakers favs have hardly budged between Germany lifting the trophy in 2014, and Germany announcing their final 23. Germany and Brazil go head to head as the favourites in this competition, with both around the 4-5/1 mark.

Both have outstanding talents within their squads, Germany have an unbelievable amount of depth and having won the Confederations Cup last summer with a blend of first team players and up and comers they are very strong contenders to defend their title this summer.

Brazil will be buoyed by the return of Neymar, who scored on his return to action over the weekend. the Samba star who started the last cup so impressively before an injury cut his tournament short will be Brazil’s main man this summer. (Fortunately for Neymar he didn’t need endure the humiliation of a 7-1 defeat on home soil against fellow favs Germany).

But what about the rest?

France who went all the way in the Euros, only to lose to Portugal in the final, are back with arguably even more quality than Euro 2016, and Spain have a fresh blend of young and old going into this campaign. Both can be backed around the 6/1 mark.

Argentina arguably have the best attack in the tournament, led by Lionel Messi in what will undoubtedly be his last chance of World Cup glory, the boast the likes of Higuain, Aguero, Dybala, Di Maria, but on the other side of the pitch they have the lack of pace in Otamendi, Fazio, and Mascherano. They are out at 9-10/1, but will be very much relying on outscoring the opposition if they are to get anywhere in this tournament. Remember it was only a few months back where Spain trounced them 6-1.

So where are your best value?

William Hill are offering bet £10 and get a £5 Free Bet every time your team wins in 90 minutes. This is where you want to be backing a fav with an easy group, France should coast their group, and you should have your stake back before the Last 16, with Germany and Brazil facing potential banana skins to finish the group with a clean sweep.

Skybet are offering £10 as a Free Bet if your team doesn’t win the tournament. A good opportunity if you fancy a bit of an outsider. With Belgium boasting one of the best starting 11s in the competition, could it time for the golden generation to make their mark?

And if you have patiotic fiver to throw away, Ladbrokes are offering a free bet up to £5 if (when) England get eliminated from the competition.

Top Goalscorer:

We have the obvious contenders at the top of bookies list, Messi, Ronaldo, Neymar are leading the way, but it’s Griezmann that could light up this tournament. The last two Golden Boot winners have been outsiders in James Rodriguez in 2016, and the then relatively unknown Thomas Muller in 2010. With the exception of Ronaldo in 2002, it’s not always a cert that the favourite will walk away with the accolade.

It only takes a group stage rout for someone to get ahead of the pack. France, Uruguay, and possibly look like they can pick up a glut of goals in the group stage. So don’t be surprised to see Mbappe, Griezmann, Cavani or Suarez leading the charts come the last 16.

Where should get your best value?

If you’re looking for price get on Ladbrokes best price on Top Goalscorer.

Where to get some extra you need to look at Betfred, bet £20 and get £5 in each match your player scores in, and William Hill again are going bet £20 and get £5 for each goal they score. William Hill offering the better of the two choices, but plenty out there to sink your teeth into.

All we ask is you bet responsibly, please check all terms and conditions, and enjoy the World Cup.