2026 World Cup Betting Picks

See what the most popular betting picks are for World Cup 2026 below. Our profitable soccer tipsters have done all the research so that you don't have to.

Find out what they are saying about the best wagers for all 64 games as well as predictions for the outright markets. For all todays soccer picks see the main soccer picks page.

The OLBG Army of Tipsters will be providing their best bets for this event.
In the meantime check out the content below for more information about betting on this event.

About World Cup Picks at OLBG  

OLBG has a wide variety of World Cup picks from a wide range of soccer tipsters.

Unlike many websites that only provide one side of an argument when it comes to tipping on an event, OLBG publishes all the quality pick write-ups that are submitted on each event, whichever outcome they favor.

This gives you the power to make an informed decision. You can read different angles and opinions about each outcome to decide what you want to wager on. 

You can simply go with the outcome that has a higher percentage of picks in its favor or you can follow a particular tipster because you agree with their pick comment or are impressed by their tipping stats.

OLBG believe in transparent picks and tipsters which is why for each tipster you can see how many profitable months they've had in the past 6 months.

As well as their 6-month level stakes profit, their 6-month strike rate percentage, and a variety of other statistical data in their profile. If you really like the look of a tipster you can even follow them and get alerts when they make a pick!

Who are the best World Cup tipsters?  

The World Cup only lasts one month so that's a very short time period in which to determine who the best World Cup tipsters are.

There are many great soccer tipsters on OLBG who have profitable records that go back seasons and they are very much expected to continue their fine form into the World Cup.

Some of the criteria for picking the best World Cup wagers can differ slightly from domestic soccer but the core principles remain the same.

Once again selecting a wager comes down to your preferences. Whether you want to follow the majority, a particular comment or tipster, or a collection of tipsters who are all in favor of the same outcome.

World Cup Picks from Previous Winners 

Here are the past ten winners of the World Cup:

YearChampionsOddsRunners-upOddsResult
2022Argentina6/1France6/13-3 (Pens)
2018France13/2Croatia33/14-2
2014Germany6/1Argentina4/11-0 (AET)
2010Spain4/1Netherlands10/11-0 (AET)
2006Italy10/1France14/11-1 (Pens)
2002Brazil7/1Germany20/12-0
1998France7/1Brazil10/33-0
1994Brazil10/3Italy6/10-0 (Pens)
1990West Germany7/1Argentina14/11-0
1986Argentina4/1West Germany14/13-2

Getting your World Cup Picks from Key Stats

Looking at previous World Cups can give us a glimpse into what is likely to happen at the 2026 World Cup. Here are some recent World Cup stats that will hopefully highlight some of the best World Cup 2026 tips:

  • 6/22 World Cup Winners were the host nation.
  • 16/22 World Cups have been won by teams playing in their home continent.
  • 10/11 European continent World Cups won by European teams.
  • 4/10 European World Cups have been won by Italy.
  • 3/10 European World Cups have been won by Germany.
  • Only 8 different nations have won the World Cup.
  • 9/10 most recent World Cups were won by a team rated 7/1 or lower by the bookies.
  • 7/10 most recent World Cup runners-up started the tournament at double-figure odds.
  • 19/22 teams to reach the final in European hosted World Cup finals have been European.
  • Germany has played in 8 finals, more than any other team.
  • Brazil is the next best (7) and then Italy (6) and Argentina (5).

Previous Top Scorers at The World Cup

History shows there have been some expected World Cup top scorers and some unexpected World Cup top scorers

 The top teams are represented in the list below as are some of the lesser countries and the World Cup top goalscorer odds remain some of the most popular bets at the World Cup.

YearTop ScorerNationalityGoals
2022Kylian MbappéFrance8
2018Harry KaneEngland6
2014James RodriguezColombia6
2010Muller/Villa/Forlan/SneijderGer/Spa/Uru/Hol5
2006Miroslav KloseGermany5
2002RonaldoBrazil8
1998Davor SukerCroatia6
1994Stoichkov/SalenkoBulgaria/Russia6
1990Salvatore SchillaciItaly6
1986Gary LinekerEngland6

Looking at the World Cup top goalscorer stats from previous years can help shed some light on potential winners of this year's World Cup top goalscorer award. 

  • In 8/19 World Cups where there has been one winner, the top scorer's nation played in the final.
  • In 3/6 most recent World Cups, a top scorer played in the final.
  • 12/16 most recent winners/joint winners reached the semi-finals and/or played for the hosts.
  • Semi-finalists play a total of 7 matches regardless of the semi-final result.
  • Teams who don't reach the semi-final can play a maximum of only 5 matches.

How can I find the best picks on today's World Cup matches?  

Great picks can be found all over OLBG, even if they don't look like gems before the event begins. Tipsters regularly pick big-priced winners on the site.

There are algorithms in place on OLBG to highlight the picks that are most likely to yield long-term profits using data such as tipster performance and tipster form.

These picks are highlighted in the 'Hot Picks' section of the site. You can then select soccer and the World Cup.

If there are World Cup matches on that particular day that have qualifying picks they'll be displayed with a star rating and a confidence percentage rating.

On which markets can I find World Cup picks?  

There are many markets that you can wager on at the 2026 World Cup and you can find picks on all the popular outright and match markets on OLBG.

As far as outright World Cup picks go you'll find picks on who will win the World Cup, top goalscorer at the World Cup picks, and picks for each World Cup group.

Then for each match, OLBG tipsters give analysis for markets such as full-time results, both teams to score, total goals, draw no bet, correct score, goalscorer markets, and many more.

James Banting and Andy Powell, created and maintain OLBG's comprehensive International soccer coverage of the World Cup, bringing a wealth of knowledge and experience to their work.

James Banting

James Banting

Tipster competition assistant

Through the creating and maintaining of the international football content, James has developed an in-depth understanding of the international competitions, including the Euro's and World Cup.
Andy Powell

Andy Powell

Content editor

During the process of both creating and maintaining the content of the international football competitions, Andy has gained a profound insight into the international competitions. He has a keen eye for detail and a knack for analyzing the intricacies of the game.
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