Who do Bettors Favour?
The World Cup gets underway on November 21 but there are already a variety of betting markets available with the best sportsbook sites. Brazil haven’t won the competition since 2002, but they are always a leading contender and it is not surprising to see them leading the Tournament Winners futures market. Holders France seem to be their main market rivals, while England and Spain are also in contention. At higher odds, you can back the four-time champions Germany and Italy, as well as two nations who have never won the tournament: Belgium and the Netherlands.
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Key Betting Brief for World Cup 2022
Every World Cup has something special to offer football fans, but this year’s competition is particularly unusual. The event will take place in Qatar, during the European season, when temperatures are expected to reach 90 degrees Fahrenheit.
When it comes to international soccer, generalizing about climatic preferences may be a mistake, but if you’re searching for clues from history, USA 1994 might be a decent comparison. In that event, European teams struggled in the high temperatures. They also find it tough in 1986 and 1970, but those tournaments combined altitude and heat in a way that won’t be an issue in Qatar.
Sixteen of the 18 World Cups hosted in Europe or Central/South America have been won by countries from those regions, although the situation is less clear outside those zones. Brazil won the Cup in the United States in 1994 and in Japan and South Korea in 2002, while Spain triumphed in South Africa in 2010.
Who will win the World Cup 2022?
This World Cup promises to be a one-of-a-kind event, but the tournament’s history suggests we shouldn’t anticipate an out-of-the-ordinary champion. While the European Championship might be unpredictable, the World Cup is typically won by the best team in the tournament, though not necessarily the greatest team in the world.
This time, the heat will be a major factor, and I doubt many of the European teams will like it. Germany is a team still in transition, while Belgium has a history of missing out on big events, and England has yet to demonstrate that it can harness its youthful potential to win an international championship.
France must be considered due to their plethora of talent, but given the French’ history of failure in major tournaments, bettors may be wary to go all-in on Didier Deschamps’ squad at such low odds.
With Argentina underperforming and none of the African teams showing much promise, this tournament seems to be a perfect chance for Brazil to win for the sixth time. They’ve already ended a 12-year trophy drought by winning the 2019 Copa America, and they’ve breezed through the CONMEBOL qualifying process, winning 12 of 15 games and scoring 32 goals.
Spain is the most likely European alternative if you want to hedge your bets. They won’t be as impacted by the heat as many of their European competitors, and, more importantly, they’re in the middle of a rebuilding phase in which they’ve successfully developed the next generation of young talent. It’s possible that we won’t see their best until the 2024 Euros, but they have the ability to go all the way in this tournament, and they’ll be tough to stop if they go on a run.
Which Teams will Qualify for the World Cup?
Normally, at this time in the World Cup cycle, the whole list of qualified teams and the Group Stage draw would have been completed, but due to the tournament’s November date, there are still some qualifying issues to be sorted.
At the time of writing, 15 teams have qualified, including Qatar, who qualified as hosts, leaving 17 spots open. The ten-team UEFA qualifying round will generate three more qualifying teams from Europe. Notably, the draw has paired Portugal and Italy together which means one of those two countries will not be part of the World Cup Finals.
Wales might be a good option in the Path A Qualifier market. They’ve been grouped alongside Austria, Scotland, and Ukraine, and they should be able to match any of those sides, especially if Gareth Bale is healthy and performing at his best. They seem to be a decent option at their current odds.