World Cup Betting
The 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar will be the 22nd edition of soccer’s most prestigious tournament and the first ever to be staged in the Arab world. It will also be the last to involve 32 nations, with an increase to 48 teams scheduled for the 2026 World Cup.
The tournament will also be the first to be played outside of the traditional timeframe of June and July. Due to the climate in Qatar, FIFA decided to stage the World Cup from November 21 until December 18, 2022. This caused plenty of controversy, with many of the top domestic leagues around the world complaining that this would cause disruption to their seasons.
BettingTop10 will be providing daily updates throughout the tournament including important team news, results, the latest betting odds and updated standings throughout the month-long soccer extravaganza. We’ll also bring you the best betting offers from Canadian betting sites to help ensure our readers make the most of the numerous free bets and enhancements which will be generously offered throughout the tournament.
World Cup Betting Markets
World Cup Odds
The 2018 World Cup odds are constantly fluctuating and the listed odds are correct at the time of writing.
It’s been an interesting battle at the top of the betting between Brazil and Germany with the pair regularly swapping position at the top of the market. Germany are the holders and still look to have an extremely strong squad with plenty of options going forward whilst Brazil embarked upon an incredible qualifying campaign and have the influential Phillipe Coutinho and Neymar Jr in their side. Bodog Sports are currently narrowly favouring Germany, who are listed as 5.50 favourites in their World Cup futures markets with Brazil available at 6.00. France, who have an embarrassment in riches in the forward positions are next at 6.50 whilst Spain are always likely to the make the business end of the competition and can be backed at 8.00. Despite an almost-disastrous qualifying campaign, Sports Interaction still have Argentina fifth in the outright betting at 9.00.
Belgium and England, who have been drawn together in Group G will be hoping to both reach the latter stages of the tournament and are 12.00 and 17.00 respectively with William Hill.
The qualification process for the tournament has not yet been announced. All FIFA member associations, of which there are currently 211, are eligible to enter qualification. The hosts qualify automatically for the tournament.
The World Cup 2022 qualifiers will be split geographically, with Europe’s 14 places at the tournament the largest allocation for any region.
European qualifying generally features nine groups of either five or six teams. The group winners qualify automatically for the World Cup, with play-offs used to determine who will join them.
Qualifying in other regions usually takes a different format. In North and South American qualifying, all of the teams placed are placed into two groups. Seven teams qualify automatically, with the eighth determined by a two-legged play-off.
Africa’s qualification process leads to five teams securing a place at the World Cup, with Asia guaranteed four places. The remaining spot is decided by a play-off between a team from Asia and one from the Oceania Football Confederation.
WHO WILL PLAY AT THE 2022 WORLD CUP?
Five-time winners Brazil are the only nation to have featured in every World Cup and they will be eager to maintain that record in Qatar.
Holders France will be fancied to win the World Cup for a third time, while the likes of Germany and Spain will have a point to prove after a poor showing at Russia 2018.
Argentina, England, Belgium, England and Portugal are other nations who will be prominent in the outright betting market to lift the famous trophy.
The 2022 World Cup promises to be a fascinating event and BettingTop10 Canada will bring you all of the build-up to soccer’s most prestigious competition.
Alternative World Cup Markets
Some online betting sites in Canada have priced up a number of alternative markets which provide a decent alternative to simply betting on the outright market. These include:
Winning Confederation: Europe and South America tend to dominate this market but will the eventual winner be representing UEFA or CONMEBOL? These two confederations are usually short prices with the remainder of the market significant outsiders.
Group to Feature Tournament Winner: Those who fancy narrowing down the winner of the tournament can also predict which group the champion will emerge from. Section involving Germany and Brazil (Groups F and E) are predictably the shortest prices)
Team to Receive the Most Cards: There are always a few mistimed challenges flying in throughout the four months and punters at some Canadian bookmakers can predict which team will pick up the most cards during the event. This is usually a market which appears closer to the competition getting underway.
Top Assists: Who will set up the most goals at the tournament? 888Sport is one of the Canadian bookmakers who offer this market with Manchester City’s Belgian wizard Kevin de Bruyne joint favourite with Neymar at 11.00.
First Time Winner? Sports Interaction are amongst the online betting sites who offer odds on a first time winner of the tournament. There have only been eight sides who have previously lifted the trophy and with 24 teams vying for first time success, the 4.00 on ‘Yes’ is likely to attract a number of wagers this year.
World Cup Facts
There have been eight winners of the World Cup with Brazil holding the record, having lifted the trophy on five different occasions. Uruguay were the inaugural winners in 1930 but haven’t been successful since 1950. England, France and Spain can boast just one triumph each, in 1966, 1998 and 2010 respectively.
Other winners include: Germany, who are the current holders, Italy and Argentina.
Just Fontaine holds the record for most number of goals in a World Cup tournament having netted 13 times during the 1958 tournament. He averaged over two goals per game. Miroslav Klose holds the record for total number of World Cup goals with the German striking bagging 16 in total.
UEFA are the most successful Confederation in World Cup history, largely thanks to their recent dominance in the competition. CONMEBOL have had nine successes at the FIFA event with UEFA taking the remaining 11.
Brazil lead the way when it comes to most players sent off in a World Cup tournament with 11 in total. The South American side were always likely to be high up the list considering they’ve participated in every single competition since its inception. Argentina have received ten dismissals and are closely followed by Uruguay’s nine.
There are a number of players who have chalked up four assists at the World Cup with Argentina’s Lionel Messi on the list alongside Thomas Muller, Juan Cuadrado and Bastian Schweinsteiger. Michael Ballack and Kaka are close behind with three each.
Surprisingly, Germany have scored the most goals in World Cup history with 224 strikes ahead of Brazil and Argentina but they’ve also conceded the highest amount of goals with 121.
World Cup Prop Bets
There are always a number of World Cup prop bets available ahead of the tournament, many of which require accurate predictions of individual player or team performance. One notable example from the 2014 tournament was the 175/1 bet on Luis Suarez to bit an opponent. Several punters enjoyed a huge payout when the fiery Uruguayan sunk his teeth into Giorgio Chiellini’s shoulder.
More sensible props include ‘Kevin de Bruyne to claim three assists at the tournament’ and ‘Neymar to score and get sent off in the same game’.