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FIFA Soccer World Cup 2022 Qatar Betting & Winner Odds

With less than three months to football's biggest tournament, it's a good time to see what World Cup odds bookmakers are offering on different markets. One of the largest sporting spectacles is set to begin in Qatar on November 20, 2022. The 22nd edition of the men's World Cup will see 32 teams competing on the grandest stage. This year's tournament is expected to be one of the most competitive in recent history as reigning World Cup champions France looks to defend its title. As you start researching what World Cup bets are worth your money, here is a useful guide on choosing WC odds and lines.

Latest World Cup Odds

Get as much value as you can from your bets in the 2022 FIFA World Cup using Oddspedia. Odds comparison is critical in sports betting because it allows you to find the best prices on the market for various wagers. The World Cup is the most prestigious title in football, involving the biggest national teams in the world. Therefore, WC markets are highly profitable for sportsbooks, which is why odds vary broadly.

Betting with odds from one site without shopping for alternatives is shortchanging yourself. It could mean leaving money on the table. Oddspedia prevents this. We bring you the latest odds from more than 200 bookmakers in the US. Using our odds comparison tool, you can quickly find the best prices. We also have a bet calculator that shows you potential returns on wagers, so you can stake money based on actual data rather than guesswork.

Sportsbooks Favorites to Lift the World Cup in 2022

Are you wondering which teams have the strongest chances of being world champions? Here are some favorites according to various sportsbooks.

Brazil

It comes as no surprise that the No. 1 team on the FIFA World Ranking is the favorite to clinch football's ultimate prize. Brazil is the top pick for 2022 WC champions across different platforms, with odds to win ranging between +500 and +450. The South American nation has won the title five times, making it the most successful in the tournament's history. Although Brazil hasn't won since 2002, it had a stellar 2022 campaign, sailing through CONMEBOL in the qualification stage with 12 wins and 3 draws. With stars Neymar, Alisson, and Vinicius Jr alongside a fantastic supporting cast, Brazil's chances are promising. The group stage draw put Brazil, Switzerland, Serbia, Cameroon in the same Group G.

England

Manager Gareth Southgate saw his Three Lions through an impressive Euro 2020 where they lost to Italy in the finals on penalties. He also took the team to the WC semi-finals in 2018. With Harry Kane leading a team of talented players, England are expected to cruise through Group B. Sportsbooks are giving the team a 15% probability of winning, with many experts expecting a Brazil vs England final. After a 56-year drought at the FIFA World Cup, football may be coming home in 2022.

France

The FIFA World Cup 2018 champions are set to give other contenders a run for their money thanks to one of the most powerful men's national teams. Les Bleus, under manager Didier Deschamps, are looking to make up for a less than satisfactory Euro 2020 tournament. French star forward, Kylian Mbappe, alongside Paul Pogba, Karim Benzema and Antoine Griezmann should prove to be as strong a blend as they were in 2018. France has won the title twice and are priced between +650 and +600 for the 2022 WC.

Spain

The 2010 FIFA World Cup Champions did great in the qualifying stage, advancing from Group B with 6 wins, 1 draw and 1 loss. Spain reached the semi-finals of Euro 2020, which is part of the reason they are on the odds board. Manager Luis Enrique has posted excellent performances and has a skilled team that includes Pedri and Gavi. However, Spain is in the group of death (E) with Germany, who are other favorites in the competition. Team odds range from +900 to +800.

Germany

One of Europe's powerhouses at the WC also makes it to the top ten as a bookie favorite in 2022. Germany has four World Cups and is expected to test its opponents fiercely at every stage. Manager Hansi Flick took over at the end of Euro 2020 and is proving to be just what the team needed to re-energize. Star player Joshua Kimmich should put on an excellent display. However, Germany will have to do its best to beat Spain, Japan and Costa Rica in the group stage.

United States

The USMNT is one of the top outsiders in the World Cup Qatar 2022. Ir goes into the tournament with a young, ambitious team that includes Christian Pulisic. The team is 14th in the World Ranking and has great chances of moving to the round of 16 with England. However, the US national team lacks the experience to contend with European and South American football giants. The USMNT has never won a World Cup.

Part of the fun of betting on the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 is that you have a plethora of markets from which to choose. Here are the main ones.

World Cup Outright Odds

One of the simplest football markets is an outright bet. This wager requires you to stake money on an outright result. In this instance, you would bet on the winner of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022. Every bookie offers outright odds, which can be pre-match or live. The best way to make this bet is to wait for the tournament to get underway before putting on your selected team. Ensure you look up outright odds from multiple sites to find the best value.

Group Winners

In the group stage, you can bet on the teams you think will outperform their rivals. For example, Brazil will win group G. The tournament format suggests that the first two team in a group play in the next knockout round. The WC format has the 32 teams drawn into groups of four. So, you have a decent choice of bets. When betting on group winners, take the time to learn the strength of the different participants. Be particularly cautious with the 'group of death.' This stage also provides good opportunities for parlay bets. If you are feeling adventurous, you can wager on an eight-fold selection for all winners.

Who Will Contest the Semi-Finals

Various bookmakers offer odds on teams to reach the semi-finals or the World Cup final. It means you are staking cash on a certain country to pass the group stage, the round of 16 and the quarter-finals. Thus, you must predict the team that will make it to the last four. You can put money on one or more teams. For example, your bet can be on England to play in the semi-finals. Alternatively, it can be a four-fold selection, such as Brazil, England, Belgium, and France.

Golden Boot - Top Goal Scorer

Since FIFA introduced the World Cup in 1930, it has always named the player with the most goals in the tournament. However, it wasn't until 1982 that the governing body started giving out an official award for this feat. Initially, the award was called the Golden Shoe Award but was renamed the Golden Boot in 2010. In 1994, FIFA introduced tie-breaker rules in case two players had the same number of goals. The first is the player who scored fewer goals from penalties. Secondly, FIFA considers the player with more assists. The all-time leading goal scorer at the WC is Germany's Miroslav Klose scoring 16 goals in four tournaments. France's Just Fontaine holds the record for most goals in a single WC by a single player, with 13 goals in the 1958 tournament.

In 2018, Harry Kane took the Golden Boot home, having scored six goals. He is one of the top picks for this year's award due to his excellent form heading into the tournament. Kane had 12 goals after starting in 7 matches in the qualification stage. Mbappe from France is another leading bet as the country's star forward. Here are the top five predictions for the top goal scorer:

  • Harry Kane, England
  • Kylian Mbappe, France
  • Karim Benzema, France
  • Neymar, Brazil
  • Cristiano Ronaldo, Portugal

Golden Glove - Best Keeper

Since 1994, FIFA awards the Golden Glove to the best goalkeeper in the World Cup. It was originally the Lev Yashin Award and was renamed in 2010. The technician study group is tasked with picking the competition's top goalkeeper. If two keepers tie, the winner is determined by looking at the player who reached the furthest in the tournament, the keeper with the most saves and the minutes played. Goalkeepers are still eligible for the Golden Ball, awarded to the best player in the WC. Germany's Oliver Kahn is the only goalkeeper to have won the Golden Boot and Golden Ball in 2002.

Belgium's Thibaut Courtois was the Golden Boot awardee in the previous World Cup in Russia. He is still one of the leading contenders in this WC edition. He finished the 2021-2022 season with a La Liga and Champions League title. The competition has a number of other great showstoppers, including Germany's 'sweeper keeper' Manuel Neuer, who also won in 2014. Here are the top five picks for the 2022 Golden Boot:

  • Thibaut Courtois, Belgium
  • Manuel Neuer, Germany
  • Alison Becker, Brazil
  • Jan Oblak, Slovenia
  • Edouard Mendy, Senegal

Hosting the 2030 World Cup

According to FIFA rules, the AFC (Asia) and CONCACAF are not eligible for the 2030 World Cup host selection because the region won the 2022 and 2026 bids, respectively. Argentina and Uruguay put up the first bid to host the 2030 FIFA World Cup, which will be the tournament's centennial celebration. Subsequent proposals had Paraguay and Chile joining the two for a possible quartet hosting. England have also shown interest in bidding to be the 2030 hosts. In Africa, Morocco are looking at pontential collaborations with Tunisia and Algeria or Spain and Portugal. Egypt has also expressed interest.

Previous 5 Winners and Their Starting Odds

One way to understand 2022 World Cup odds is to look at previous performances in the tournament; what the expectations were and the results. So, here are the past five champions.

France at Russia 2018

From June 14 to July 15 the 2018 FIFA World Cup took place across 12 venues in 11 cities in Russia. The 21st edition of the competition saw two member associations participate for the first time - Iceland and Panama. Also, for the first time, all FIFA member associations applied for the qualifications. The 2018 competition was the first time the FIFA Council approved the use of video assistant referees (VAR) in a WC. Brazil were the top favorites going into the tournament. France won the trophy, beating Croatia 4-2 at Luzhniki Stadium. The French national team was in the top five contenders to win the title, with bookies giving it odds of 13/2. France's Kylian Mbappe was the Best Young Player.

Germany at Brazil 2014

In 2014, Brazil hosted the 20th FIFA World Cup from June 12 to July 14. In this tournament, hosts Brazil lost to Germany an astounding 7-1 at the semi-finals. As former champions and with home advantage, Brazil were the leading choice for title-holders. Germany won after beating Argentina 1-0, the same score they had against the same team in 1950. The German team also produced the Golden Glove winner - Manuel Neuer. Managed by Joachim Low, the Germany had a brilliant qualifying campaign and were big favorites for the title. Their odds averaged 6/1. 2014 was the first time the FIFA World Cup used goal-line technology. It was also the first time a UEFA nation was winning a WC played in the Americas.

Spain at South Africa 2010

South Africa became the first African country to host the FIFA World Cup in 2010 after it beat Egypt and Morocco in the bidding process. South Africa lost in the group stage, becoming the first host nation not to advance to the round of 16. The tournament, which ran from June 11 to July 11, was the first time Serbia and Slovakia appeared as independent nations. Also, it was the tournament's first edition to include three siblings in one team - Honduras' Jerry, Johnny and Wilson Palacios. In another first, South Africa 2010 had two brothers on opposite teams, Jérome Boateng for Germany and Kevin-Prince Boateng for Germany. Spain won their first World Cup after winning 1-0 against the Netherlands. The country also had the best goalkeeper in the competition - Iker Casillas. Spain had odds of 4/1 or +400 heading into the tournament.

Italy at Germany 2006

From June 9 to July 9, 2006, Germany hosted the 18th WC. The hosts finished third after beating Portugal 3-1. Italy won its fourth FIFA World Cup 5-3 in a penalty shootout with France. The score was 1-1 after extra time. Eight countries debuted at the 2006 World Cup - Angola, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Togo, Czech Republic, Ukraine, Serbia and Montenegro and Trinidad and Tobago. In this competition, Switzerland became the only team in World Cup history to fail to convert penalties. It left the tournament without conceding any goals. The reigning champions, Brazil, were overwhelming favorites in this competition. Italy had odds of 19/2 and were in the top five contenders' list. The 2006 champions also produced the Golden Glove winner - Gianluigi Buffon.

Brazil at Japan 2002

Japan and South Korea hosted the FIFA World Cup 2002 across 20 cities from May 31 to June 30. It was the first WC held in Asia and the last tournament where the defending champions (France) qualified automatically. Also, it was the first time the tournament had squads of 23 players, up from 22. Turkey had one of the best performances in the competition, qualifying for the first time since 1954 and finishing third. Brazil, with star Ronaldo in play, were top bets to win, at odds of 8/1. Brazil won the 2002 World Cup by defeating Germany 2-0 to hold a record fifth trophy. Ronaldo was the top goal scorer of the tournament.

Oddspedia WC Odds Betting Tools

We make World Cup betting easy with an interesting selection of tools. Here are the top features at Oddspedia to use during the WC.

Sure Bets

If you are looking to make your WC wagers with confidence, our sure bets will help. A sure bet has a prediction confidence of between 8/10 to 10/10. Therefore, they have a high winning probability. With the input of industry experts, we come up with these bets. We also include statistics with our sure bets. Check the preview for updated sure bets.

Dropping Odds

Our dropping odds tool enables you to track odds movements. Between now and when the WC begins, odds can drop for several reasons, such as injuries. Keeping an eye on dropping odds tells you which markets to wager on. Using our tool, you can monitor odds movements to check the percentage of decrease.

Value Bets

We have a free value bets tools feature that gives you the most attractive prices on the market. The tool scans odds from various bookies and highlights the markets with top value, thus giving you an edge. We also include tips on the most profitable markets in the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 tournament.

WC Odds Comparison

Leverage one of the most comprehensive odds comparison tools for your World Cup betting. With our comparator, you can find the highest odds on the market. We present odds from respected and licensed US sportsbooks, allowing you to pick prices that provide the best value. Oddspedia updates odds in real time, ensuring you work with up-to-date data.

Sportsbooks Odds – Who to Bet With

So, you know what to expect from bookies for this World Cup. However, do you know which sites to use for your WC betting? Picking a reputable US sportsbook should be a priority as the tournament approaches. Have two or three operators with the most competitive prices for a variety of markets. At Oddspedia, you can compare odds to find betting websites with the best offerings. Additionally, consider the markets available. If you want to experiment with different bets, find a platform with various wagers. Stick to operators that provide special markets and an array of prop bets.

World Cup Odds FAQ

After this guide, you should be able to find the best WC odds for various markets. Here are a few more answers to common questions about the tournament.

Who are the Favorites to win the World Cup in Qatar?

Brazil are the heavy favorites to become 2022 world champions. Besides an impressive WC record, the South American football giant has a top-tier team that includes Casemiro, Neymar and Jesus. Odds are available from +500 to +450. Reigning world champions, France, are other leading selections to win this year, thanks to one of the tournament's strongest teams. England, Germany and Argentina are other worthwhile bets.

What Are the Odds of the United States Winning The 2022 World Cup?

The USMNT is outside the top ten to win the 22nd edition of the World Cup. Bookmakers have The Stars and Stripes priced between +10000 and +11000. Of course, the odds will keep changing as the tournament inches closer. For this reason, check out the latest prices for the United States to win the WC on Oddspedia.

Are there World Cup Bets on Which FIFA Confederation will win in 2022?

Betting on the confederation that wins the WC is not popular, so, you won't find the option easily. However, some operators can have it as a special bet. Check out the odds available at different bookies on Oddspedia to see if you can wager on this market.

What are the Odds for a Confédération Africaine de Football (CAF) Team Winning the World Cup?

African teams have never won a World Cup. Hence, their odds to be title-holders are not excellent. However, CAF national teams have improved over time, with nations like Senegal, Morocco and Egypt showing great promise. Still, expect longshot odds for a CAF win.

Which Is the Most Popular Odds Format for Betting on the World Cup Finals?

American odds or moneyline odds are the default formats used in the US. With this format, odds are presented with a positive sign, indicating the amount you would win if you bet $100 or a negative sign showing what to bet to win $100. The +ve sign also identifies the underdogs, while the -ve represents the favorites.

What are the Largest Outside Odds of Winning the World Cup?

Sportsbooks have several teams pegged as outsiders to win the World Cup with high longshot odds to match. Amid the tough competition, hosts Qatar have some of the largest outside odds of between +35,000 and +30,000.

Who is the Favorite to Win the Golden Boot?

Several European and South American star players are in the running to take the Golden Boot, awarded to the top goal scorer in the World Cup. Harry Kane is leading the selection after proving to be in excellent form during the qualifiers and the Euro 2020. He is also the 2018 Golden Boot winner. Unsurprisingly, one of the best players in the world at the moment, Kylian Mbappe from France, is another big bet. Benzema, also from France, Brazil's Neymar, Portugal's Ronaldo and Argentina's Messi are other favorites.

What is the Most Popular Bet for the Football World Cup?

The outright winner is the most common bet to make at the WC. In this selection, you predict the men's national team that will clinch the ultimate title in association football. You can find the market at any decent online sportsbook in the US. An outright winner wager allows you to pick your favorite to win the FIFA World Cup 2022. A good strategy is to wait until the tournament begins to bet on a winner.

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