The 2022 FIFA World Cup will be one of the biggest betting events of all time when it is staged in Qatar during November and December.
All of the top football betting sites already have loads of World Cup markets available, giving punters the chance to grab some early value.
There will also be tons of wagering opportunities when the action gets underway, so let’s look at how you can get yourself ready to bet on the 2022 World Cup.
World Cup Odds
The outright market is one of the most popular at the World Cup and simply requires you to predict which team will lift the prestigious trophy. Here are the latest odds for the most fancied teams:
- Brazil 9/2
- France 6/1
- England 7/1
- Spain 8/1
- Argentina 8/1
- Germany 10/1
- Portugal 12/1
- Netherlands 12/1
- Belgium 12/1
- Denmark 28/1
- Uruguay 50/1
Previous history suggests the winner will come from this group of teams, with the top 10 in the betting featuring seven previous champions.
World Cup Bets
We’ve looked at the outright betting for the World Cup, but there are plenty of other ways you can wager before and during the tournament. The most popular World Cup bets are as follows:
- Match Betting: Wager on which team will win a match or whether the game will be drawn.
- Both Teams to Score: Bet on whether both teams will score (or not) during a game.
- Group Winners: Predict which team will finish top of a group during the opening stage.
- To Reach the Final: Bet on a team to progress to the World Cup final.
- Top Goalscorer: Choose which player you think will score the most goals at the tournament.
There are hundreds of other ways to wager on the World Cup including in-play betting, which allows you to bet on different markets as the game in progress.
World Cup Predictions
Only eight teams have previously won the World Cup – Brazil (5), Italy (4), Germany (4), Uruguay (2), Argentina (2), France (2), England (1) and Spain (1).
Italy will not be adding to their tally as they have failed to qualify, while Uruguay may find it difficult to compete with the more fancied teams.
Five-time winners Brazil are the bookmakers’ favourites to win the World Cup after breezing through South American qualifying.
However, they have not won the World Cup since 2002 and have developed a habit of imploding when major tournaments are staged.
Reigning champions France will be eager to retain the trophy, but could have their work cut out as no team has achieved the feat since Brazil in 1962.
England do not appeal as likely winners under manager Gareth Southgate, which leaves Spain, Argentina and Germany as the best betting options.
While all three teams are capable of winning the World Cup, slight preference is for Argentina whose talented squad have been in fine form in recent months.
Regardless of how you decide to bet on the World Cup, make sure you study the form before placing any wagers and never gamble more than you can afford to lose. Good luck!