World football’s biggest festival is inching closer. The 2022 edition of the FIFA World Cup starts on November 20th as hosts Qatar take Ecuador in what promises to be a tournament for the ages. It is the most tournament in football and right up there in all of sports. As always, with increased attention comes increased chances of betting. And consequently, increased chances of winning! With that in mind, here’s the most comprehensive world cup betting guide out there to keep you ahead of the competition. Because a well-informed bet is a winning bet.
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Who are the favourites?
The basic bet in any tournament is putting money on the tournament winner. This World Cup is one of the deepest in terms of potential title contenders. From England seeking to “Bring it home” to France wanting a repeat to Brazil returning to the summit of international football, this tournament should have it all. So, who should you go for?
The informed bet would be Brazil. The Selecao are the bettor’s favourite for this tournament. Various odds calculators give them a nearly 20% chance of taking home the crown. Right behind them are defending champions France and Southgate’s England.
Besides these teams, surprise contenders could be Argentina, driven to being Lionel Messi the biggest international prize in what could be his last World Cup.
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The same narrative rings true for Portugal. Among others, Germany and Spain can never be counted out due to their big game experience and world-class players.
Who can be the top scorer?
Another popular type of bet is one put on the top scorer of the tournament. It doesn’t get much better than leading the scoring charge for your country en route to a deep run in the tournament. Just ask Kylian Mbappe and the effect the 2018 tournament had on his career.
Look towards Kylian Mbappe again playing a key role in France’s success.
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Harry Kane might be a close competitor. Kane has carried club and country on his back since he burst onto the scene With the title of being England’s all-time top scorer in his sights (50, three behind Rooney’s 53), the Tottenham forward will be more driven than ever to lead his country to their first World Cup title since 1966. Is it coming home? If Kane fires there’s a chance.
Besides these two frontrunners, watch out for Benzema crowning his potential Ballon d’Or season with a World Cup victory. Other usual suspects include Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi looking for their last hurrah.
Tournament stage betting
The World Cup becomes knockout football once the group stages are over. Knockout becomes anyone’s game and upsets might end up costing the bettors. However, a way to get around this is to bet on teams qualifying for specific stages, instead of placing an outright tournament winner bet.
For example, France should be a safe bet to qualify from a group containing Australia, Denmark and Tunisia. Same for Spain and Germany qualifying ahead of Japan and Costa Rica.
Being aware of group permutations and combinations can help place easy winning bets without any stress.
For example, the three tournament favourites- Brazil, England and France are also the favourites to progress to the quarter-final stage of the tournament.
Be aware of offers
Closer to the World Cup, most betting sites have special offers. These could include a free bet, higher odds on an event, seamless cash-out features etc.
Keep a tab on ongoing offers and only engage with known and trusted betting sites. Taking timely advantage of ongoing offers can often be the difference between that extra winning amount.
The euphoria is only just starting and will get more and more intense as the tournament is around the corner. Football fan or not, World Cup is watched by millions and billions around the globe. With these tournament favourites, top-scorer and stage guides, it is possible to make money while watching football’s grand bonanza. What could be better than that?