World Cup 2022 Betting
World Cup 2022 Betting
The World Cup will break new ground in 2022 as football’s top tournament is staged in the Arab world for the first ever time.
FIFA’s decision to move the World Cup from the traditional months of June and July to later in the year hasn’t been met with widespread approval, with many top domestic leagues arguing it will cause disruption to their competitions.
Scheduled to take place from November 21 until December 18, World Cup 2022 features 32 nations for the final time as 48 will take part four years later.
The qualification process for the World Cup has yet to be confirmed, but will be split geographically as per previous tournaments.
Europe will have 14 teams in Qatar, while eight teams from North and South America will also qualify. Africa (5), Asia (4) and one determined by a play-off between another team from Asia and one from the Oceania Football Confederation will complete the line-up.
France are prominent in the football betting market to retain the trophy they won in 2018, but they are likely to face strong competition from elsewhere.
Brazil are the only nation to have featured in every World Cup, although they were disappointing in Russia and will be expected to bounce back.
The likes of Spain and Germany were strongly fancied to perform well in Russia, but both made early exits from the tournament and they will be desperate to put things right in 2022.
Belgium, England, Argentina and Portugal are other teams who will be popular in the World Cup betting odds lists with many punters.
France’s success in Russia was just the second time in their history they had lifted the trophy and left one of the major World Cup facts intact.
There have only been eight winners of the tournament in history, with Brazil (5), Germany (4) and Italy (4) leading the way. Argentina, France and Uruguay have two titles each, while England and Spain have each won it once.
World Cup Facts
Before we leave you to enjoy the best World Cup betting action in the UK, here are a few facts to whet your appetite:
- Almost 50% of the world’s population watched the 2010 World Cup final.
- There were no football World Cup events in 1942 and 1946 because of World War II.
- Brazil has played in every World Cup since it started in 1930.
- The first ever FIFA World Cup goal on July 13, 1930, by France’s Lucien Laurent.
- The current FIFA World Cup Trophy will need to be upgraded or changed in 2038 as it will run out of space for the winners’ names.
- Despite the tournament having been in existence since 1930, there have only ever been eight winners of the World Cup. Brazil hold the record, having lifted the trophy on five different occasions. Uruguay were the inaugural winners in 1930 but haven’t been successful since 1950. Germany were the 2014 winners and knocked our in this World Cup.
- UEFA are the most successful Confederation in World Cup history, largely thanks to recent wins in the competition. CONMEBOL have managed nine successes at the FIFA event.
- The record for highest number of goals in a World Cup tournament goes to Just Fontaine. He netted 13 times during the 1958 tournament and averaged just over two goals per game. Miroslav Klose holds the record for total number of World Cup goals with the German striking 16 times in total.
- Germany have scored the most goals in World Cup history with 224 and this leaves them narrowly ahead of Brazil and Argentina but they’ve also conceded the highest amount of goals with 121.
- Lionel Messi may be one of the favourites in the top goalscorer market but he’s also leading the way in the assist charts having chalked up four so far at the World Cup. He’s listed alongside Thomas Muller, Juan Cuadrado and Bastian Schweinsteiger. Michael Ballack and Kaka had three each.
- Brazil can lay claim to having the most players sent off in a World Cup tournament with 11 in total. The South American side have competed in more tournaments than any other side which helps explain this figure. Argentina have received ten dismissals with Uruguay suffered nine.