Outrights for the 2018 Men's Volleyball World Championship
Canada will join 23 of the world's best nations at the FIVB Men's World Volleyball Championships, hosted this year by Italy and Bulgaria.
This event only comes around every four years and remains the biggest tournament in volleyball, so there is plenty of interest and a stack of betting opportunities to take advantage of.
Here you'll find all the top betting tips and odds for the tournament, and we let you know which nation is most likely to lift the trophy on October 20th.
2018 Volleyball Men's World Championship Outright Odds
This year’s tournament will be comprised of 24 teams, split into four groups of six. Hosts Italy and Bulgaria lead Pools A and D respectively, while top seeds Brazil and the USA head Pools B and C respectively.
The top four teams from each pool advance to the second round, which features four groups of four teams. From there, the gorup winners and two-best second-placed teams will reach the third round, and the top four from this round will compete in the finals.
This all means that the best team is no certainty of winning the tournament, as it can all come down to form in the latter stages. That brings a number of teams into contention, and the odds you’ll receive from some of the unseeded teams are quite high, so there’s a massive opportunity to win big.
The Canadians are the sixth seed in 2018 - can they go all they way?
The Top Seeds
Brazil enter the tournament as the top seed after successfully winning the gold medal at their home Olympic Games in 2016. In truth, the Brazilians coasted to the title with a 3-0 win over Russia in the semi-finals, before defeating Italy in a tighter, although still dominant 3-0 scoreline. They are a good chance of continuing their run.
The Brazilians also won the last event hosted by the Italians (2010) - could this be an omen heading into the final matches?
The USA are seeded second and will be one of the teams to beat at the meet. In fact, we're fairly confident that the men's team and the women's team could do the double by winning both the men's and women's world championships in one year.
Poland should also feature despite having a lacklustre tournament in Brazil. The Poles won the 2014 event, which they hosted, and as competition returns to Europe they should feel much more at home.
Italy are no strangers to hosting the tournament, having done so only eight years ago, and they will be one of the biggest favourites to win the tournament. After missing out on gold in 2016, the Italians will be a force to be reckoned with in 2018.
Bulgaria are not quite as adept at volleyball, but should still comfortably reach the second round. They could even surprise the world and make it through to the final six, although won't come close to winning the title.
Canada managed to finish ahead of the Americans in their initial group at the 2016 Olympics, although ultimately fell short of the medals by losing in the quarter-finals to Russia.
They have a great chance of reaching the last six, although it would come as a huge shock to see them reach the final round. They will be good value in the head to head markets, but we'd advise to steer clear in the outright market.
Russia finished fourth at the Rio Olympics and are unsurprisingly the fourth seed in this tournament. They have the strength to go all the way and are certainly a value pick. The team has big-match experience, and while they have struggled to overcome the Americans and Brazilians recently, perhaps this is their time to shine.
Argentina are the last seeded team, ranked seventh. It's been a while since the South Americans rivalled their neighbours Brazil in volleyball, and their 3rd place results in both the 1982 World Championships and the 1988 Summer Olympics remains their greatest achievement.
They are at long odds to go all the way in this competition, and we'd have to agree that their chances are slim.
The best of the unseeded teams is easily France, who look good at the moment. If they can go on a run they will take some stopping at the business end of the tournament.
As 24 become 16 after the first round, you will have an opportunity to see each of the big guns play a handful of games before the tournament starts to get really serious. There will also be time to scope out the matches between the seeded teams – each of the top eight teams will play one other seed in the opening round.
What we’re getting at here is that you don’t have to jump the gun to get a great price on the best teams. The odds on offer at the start of the tournament will vary only slightly when compared to those expected at the end of round 1, so our advice is to bide your time and wait for more information.
Research is the key to any betting, and the format of this tournament allows you to have your cake and eat it too. Use this opportunity wisely.
You’ll also be presented with a chance to bet on each individual match – stay tuned to CSB for more information.