World Cup 2022 – A Full Betting Guide
There has been plenty of talk, and the build-up is mounting ahead of the next edition of the FIFA World Cup in 2022. After the European Championships last summer, we will be treated to more dazzling displays from the world’s best players.
After all, the World Cup is the biggest footballing extravaganza, so expect plenty of drama and upsets. Qatar will take centre stage, and the footballing community will have their eyes fixed on them.
So, read our complete guide below to find out our thoughts and views, as well as share with you some tips and discuss the latest betting odds.
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World Cup 2022 - The Hosts
Qatar will be hosting the World Cup this year, and while some voices of discontent have been aired in the run-up, they will be hoping to put on a show for football fans to remember.
As hosts, Qatar received automatic entry into the World Cup Finals, and they have been drawn in Group A alongside Ecuador, Senegal, and the Netherlands. So if you’re feeling brave, you can back Qatar to win the World Cup, but be warned, they are long shots with bet365 at a massive 350/1.
World Cup 2022 - The Groups
Group A - Qatar, Ecuador, Senegal, Netherlands
Group B - England, Iran, USA, Wales
Group C - Argentina, Saudi Arabia, Mexico, Poland
Group D - France, Australia, Denmark, Tunisia
Group E - Spain, Costa Rica, Germany, Japan
Group F - Belgium, Canada, Morocco, Croatia
Group G - Brazil, Serbia, Switzerland, Cameroon
World Cup 2022 - Can England Win?
It’s been 56 years since England won their one and only World Cup, but Gareth Southgate and his squad will head to Qatar in a confident mood.
The Three Lions reached the semi-finals of the last World Cup in Russia and followed that up by reaching the final of Euro 2020 last summer, where they lost in heartbreaking style to Italy.
This time, they have been drawn into Group B with Iran, the USA, and Wales, and if England plays to the best of their capabilities, they should top the group easily, and they’re 4/9 with Coral to be the group winners.
If they win the group, they will face the runner-up from Group A in the last 16 - one of Qatar, Ecuador, Senegal, or the Netherlands.
If they can reach the last eight, then the dream will be well and truly on, and the bookmakers fully expect the Three Lions to make it to the quarter-finals - they’re just 1/2 with Paddy Power to reach that stage.
And if you fancy England to repeat their 2018 World Cup performance by reaching the semi-finals, you can be rewarded with odds of 6/4 at Betfair.
Of course, they will need to bring their A-game to every clash if they want to reach the World Cup Final on December 18th, but England are 3/1 with 888sport to feature in their second tournament final in 18 months.
And to end 56 years of hurt, England can be backed at 7/1 with Betfred to lift the famous gold trophy.
A lot has to go right, though - Gareth Southgate will also be hoping that he can take a fully fit squad to Qatar, and they remain healthy and injury-free as the tournament progresses - losing Harry Kane in the opening group game with an injury would be a massive negative to their chances.
So if England can play to their best in every match and keep their key players healthy, there’s no reason they can’t go all the way and end their long wait for another major tournament win.
World Cup 2022 - Golden Boot Winner
If you want to win a World Cup, it always helps to have a decent striker, and Qatar 2022 will see some of the sharpest bagsmen in world football on show, all having one eye on lifting the Golden Boot for the top tournament goalscorer.
2018 saw Harry Kane lift the Golden Boot on the back of six goals for England in their run to the semis and the Tottenham striker heads the betting for Qatar 2022 - he’s 8/1 with BetVictor.
France are the reigning World Cup champions, and they’ll arrive in Qatar looking to defend their title and with two of the hottest strikers in European football at their disposal - Kylian Mbappe and Karim Benzema.
Mbappe ended the season with PSG having scored 28 goals, and he scored three goals in 2018, including against Croatia in the World Cup Final - he’s 9/1 with William Hill to win the Golden Boot this time.
And Benzema has played some of the best football of his career this season, helping Real Madrid to win the La Liga title and the Champions League. Benzema scored 44 goals in 46 appearances for Real this term, and having been omitted from France’s World Cup squad in 2018, he’ll be out to prove a point this time. He’s 11/1 with bet365 to land the Golden Boot, and that’s a price that is bound to catch the eye of plenty of punters.
Qatar 2022 will undoubtedly be the international farewell of two of the greatest players to play the game - Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.
The duo have dominated the football scene over the last 15 years, writing themselves into the scoring history books at both club and international level.
Neither have come close to landing the World Cup Golden Boot, but they will once more be popular selections with their legions of fans - and both can be backed at 14/1 with William Hill to top the scoring charts in Qatar this December.
World Cup 2022 - Dates for Your Diary
The 2022 World Cup will feature 32 teams, and here are some key dates you need to bear in mind. The list below highlights when each stage of the tournament starts and finishes:
Group stage - November 21st - December 2nd
Round of 16 - December 3rd - 6th
Quarter-finals - December 9th & 10th
Semi-finals - December 13th & 14th
Final - December 18th
World Cup 2022 – Tips & Predictions
With the World Cup fast approaching, we’ve taken a closer look at the current favourites with the bookmakers to be the last team standing in Qatar this December.
Brazil - 5/1
It may be 20 years since Brazil won the World Cup, but they head to Qatar as one of the favourites for glory as they chase a record sixth win. They have a settled squad at present, and coach Tite has the likes of Neymar, Vinicius Junior and Alisson at his disposal - they look set to go very close.
France - 6/1
France are the reigning World Cup holders, and they are strongly fancied to mount another serious challenge. Didier Deschamp’s squad know what it takes to win the tournament, and in Kylian Mbappe and Karim Benzema, they have two of the best front men in world football.
England - 8/1
England are traditionally among the favourites to win a major tournament, more so due to the Three Lions fans putting their money where their heart is. This time around, though, England have a real shot of glory if they can build upon and learn from the experience of reaching the Euro 2020 final last summer.
Spain - 8/1
2010 saw Spain crowned World Cup champions, but they have disappointed in the two tournaments since that success. Coach Luis Enrique has built a squad full of young talent, but they are in a tough group this time, facing Germany, Costa Rica, and Japan.
Argentina - 8/1
Like their South American rivals Brazil, Argentina have had a long wait since their last World Cup success. They also have a settled squad and will be doing all they can to aid Lionel Messi in his quest to win the one major honour that has so far eluded him.
* Betting odds correct at the time of publication. All odds are subject to changes.
World Cup 2022 - FAQs
When does the World Cup begin?
The World Cup Finals gets underway in November, with the start of the group stages.
How many teams will be at the World Cup?
There will be 32 teams at the World Cup Finals split into eight groups of four. The top two in each group will then qualify for the Round of 16.
Who is the favourite to win the World Cup?
Brazil are the current favourites to win the World Cup at 5/1 with BetVictor.