World Cup Betting Tips
Presentation and predictions of the 2022 Football World Cup
2022 is going to be an important year for the sport of football. It's World Cup year but a slightly different one. The World Cup is being held in Qatar and due to the extremely warm weather, it will take place from November 21 to December 18. Yes, a World Cup final just a week before Christmas! Will France be able to retain the trophy they won four years ago? It's not just a big tournament for the countries taking part but those who wish to gamble on the results. At Sportytrader, our team of betting experts will be helping you with your predictions. This includes information on how to predict the results of games and plenty of statistics. It's going to be the most exciting end to a footballing year ever seen.
How the 2022 World Cup works?
Before we get to our experts' predictions about the World Cup, let's look at the basics and just how the winner of the greatest football competition in the world will be decided. The qualifying rounds have been taking place and there are still some places in the finals yet to be decided. By the end of June, we'll know the 32 countries playing in Qatar. This is the last time that number of countries will be participating. The 2026 World Cup (being hosted by the USA and Canada) will see the number of participating countries increased to 48.
In Qatar, there will be eight groups played between November 21 and December 2. Each group has four countries and they play each other once. The top two in each group qualify for the knockout stages of the competition. Unlike in some tournaments, the teams finishing third in their group have no chance of progressing.
16 countries will take place in the knockout stages of this tournament. They start on December 3 with the final taking place on December 18. The day before the final, the two losing semi-finalists take part in the third/fourth place play-off. A game no country really wants to play, they'd much rather be in the final. There are great betting opportunities waiting for you in the World Cup, so don't hesitate to take a look at the tournament analysis. Every prediction is worth making in the World Cup.in Qatar.
How to place reliable predictions?
To make reliable predictions on the tournament, there are several good practices you can adopt. Thus, we strongly advise you to :
- Analyze the form of the two teams
- Study the form of the key players
- Check the team line-ups
- Look at the tactics of both teams
- Research the head-to-head results
- Consider the psychological aspect of the match
With these six best practices, you should be able to build more reliable analyses around the 2022 World Cup matches, and thus increase your chances of success. A short description of each best practice is given in the paragraphs below.
Analyze the form of the two teams
In order to bet on a match well, you must of course know the form of the two countries that are facing each other. By this we mean looking at their recent results in the lead-up to the World Cup. You will also need to look at the line-ups that countries have been playing. It is unlikely that full strength teams will be played, especially in friendlies. Looking at results in the World Cup qualfiers, Nations League, AFCON, Euros and Copa America will show you just how good or bad teams have been playing. Look at statistics such as how many shots and chances teams have been creating and their defensive records. How many chances did the nations have? How many shots, corners, free kicks? How many fouls were committed, how many cards were given? All these questions will have to be studied. This is the only way to get an accurate picture of the form of a team.
Study the form of key players
Paolo Rossi in 1982 with Italy, Diego Maradona in 1986 with Argentina, Romario in 1994 with Brazil, Zinedine Zidane in 2006 with France or Luka Modric in 2018 with Croatia...the paths of nations are often dependent on the performances of their best players. Therefore, it is essential to study the form of the major players of each nation, before betting on a match. If the best players aren't playing well, that can seriously affect their teams chances of success. If they are playing well, then that team has a good chance of success.. Don't forget that in modern soccer, there are no more "small teams" and that matches are often played on the differences created by star players. If a nation does not have its best player in form, be very wary. The opposite reasoning is applicable if a major player is in great shape with his team (it will then be smart to predict a favorable result).
Check the Team Line-ups
Before making your prediction, always take care to check theteam line-ups. Suspension, injury, choice of coach... the reasons for a major absence can be numerous during a FIFA World Cup. So don't get trapped when placing your sports bets online. In this regard, we strongly advise you to wait to know the official composition of the teams before validating your prediction. You will feel foolish if betting on England but then the game starts and there's no Kane, Sterling or Pickford. Always take the trouble to check if there are any absentees or not, for the match you want to bet on. In the group stages, the final game may feature a side already through to the last 16 or already eliminated. If that is the case, teams may well rest players and experiment with their line-ups, so take that into account.
Look at the tactics of both teams
4-4-2, 4-3-3, 3-4-3 or 4-2-3-1...the tactics used by the coaches can differ widely in a competition such as the World Cup. Therefore, it will be important to know how each team usually plays, to determine the chances of them being able to dominate their opponent. For example, against a nation that likes to play defensively and come out on the counter, a team that is not used to playing the game could have difficulty finding the break. The same reasoning applies to a nation that rarely resists the pressure imposed by its opponents. Qatar, for example, with less technical players than the top European teams, could have a hard time withstanding a nation that presses hard enough. To help you determine the best possible soccer prediction, look at the tactical aspect of each team. This will allow you to refine your predictions, and therefore accumulate a maximum of winning bets.
Reserach the head-to-head results
There will be matches played in the World Cup between sides who have never or rarely faced each other. However, there will be plenty of games played where the two countries have met each other on many occasions in the past. It is important to have a look and see how a team has played against their opponents in previous matches. For example, in a match between Germany and Spain. England take on the USA, how have they fared against them in the past? Such information can be very important when trying to predict the results of matches.
Consider the psychological aspect of the match
Finally, the sixth good practice to make good predictions will consist in considering the mental and psychological aspect of the match. In other words, you must know the motivation of each player and each team, the pressure that surrounds them (fans, journalists, president ...), their ability or not to shine in the competition, and their experience at the highest level. How important is the game that is being played? It may be that a side has already qualified for the knockout stages or been knocked out, so may not be too keyed up for their final group game. Most games in this World Cup will be of utmost importance to the teams takin part.
From this psychological context to the usual tactics, through the form of key men or the consideration of absentees, several factors can influence the outcome of a match. So, get into the habit of always studying them, if you want to make better and better sports predictions.
What to avoid with your sports predictions
In addition to the good practices mentioned above, you should know that there are also some behaviour that you should totally avoid. Not doing so will limit your chances of success.:
- Betting without doing any research - learn as much as you can before placing your bet.
- Betting on short odds for no reason - These don't always win.
- Prioritizing too many combined (multi) odds - the high odds are attractive but reduce your chances of winning.
- Chasing your losses - This can lead to further losses being incurred.
- Placing too many in-play bets - These can often be made rashly and without thought.
Unfortunately, many novice bettors often fall into one of these traps during a major competition like FIFA's premier event. So do everything you can to avoid making these mistakes.
Remember that in sports betting, it is the quality of the analysis and the odds that are important, not the quantity. A good sports analysis and a bet on odds of 2.25 will always be more profitable than 10 bets placed on odds of 1.50 without having taken the time to look into the events. To succeed in sports betting, research is so important.
The statistics to know for your predictions on the World Cup 2022
Now that you know the best practices for betting, it's time to look at the useful statistics of the World Cup. In order to make the most successful FIFA World Cup 2022 predictions, you need to know the key figures of the competition, which will help you build the most accurate analysis.
To help you make the best possible bet during this tournament, our soccer experts have been busy looking at the key stastics, based on the 2018 World Cup. A distinction between the group stage and the knockout phase has been made for each data, in order to refine your vision of the competition. The data concerning only the group phase are the first ones in brackets, and the data concerning only the knockout phase are the second ones. The global data (on the whole tournament) are the ones in bold. Enjoy reading!
Statistics for your under/over bets
- Average goals : 2.64 (2.54 / 2.94)
- Matches with + 0.5 goals : 99% (98% / 100%)
- Games with + 1.5 goals : 75% (71% / 88%)
- Games with + 2.5 goals : 48% (50% / 44%)
- Games with + 3.5 goals : 19% (17% / 25%)
- Games with + 4.5 goals : 11% (8% / 19%)
After reading these first figures, it would be better to take advantage of the group matches to try the Over 2.5 (meaning more than 2.5 goals in the match), and prefer to bet on the Over 1.5. By making a combined bet for example, the odds on your coupon could be worth it.
Statistics for your handicap bets
- Matches with exactly one goal difference: 47% (48% / 44%)
- Matches with at least two goals difference: 31% (31% / 31%)
- Matches with at least three goals difference: 13% (17% / 0%)
As far as handicap bets are concerned, the "Exactly 1 goal difference" bet could be the one to try more than once throughout the competition. With odds often hovering around 3.00, it would be a shame not to try it on a few matches.
Statistics for your bets on results and scores
- Draws: 20% (19% / 25%)
- Draws at half time: 55% (54% / 56%)
- Matches with 0-0 at half-time: 38% (40% / 31%)
- The most frequent score: 1-0, 23% of the games (27% / 31%)
Regarding the exact scores, you will notice that the other frequent results recorded in the last edition were 2-1 (20% of the games), 2-0 (15% of the games) and 1-1 (14% of the games). Focusing on the group phase, 2-1 represented 23% of the scores recorded, 2-0 13% of the scores and 3-0 11%. In the knockout phase, 2-0 was validated in 25% of the matches, while 1-0 and 2-1 each reached 13% of the total. So if you are a fan of exact score predictions, you know what to do. The 1-0 (or 0-1) can be enjoyed more than once in Qatar.
Statistics for your special bets on teams and players
- Matches with both teams scoring: 50% (46% / 63%)
- Matches with a penalty goal: 32% (33% / 25%)
- Matches with a double scorer: 13% (15% / 6%)
- Matches with a player scoring a hat-trick: 3% (4% / 0%)
What you have to remember for this penultimate paragraph is that you should not systematically throw yourself on the bet "Both teams score: yes", especially during the pools. For more reliable predictions, wait for the knockout phase, which is generally more open in the World Cup. Big odds on double scorers can also be played, if a big-name striker is on the field. Kane and Lukaku were two of the best players at the last World Cup.
Statistics for your alternative bets on goals
- Matches with the most goals in the first half : 22% (25% / 19%)
- Matches with the same number of goals in both halves: 31% (19% / 43%)
- Games with most goals in the second half: 47% (56% / 38%)
- Games with 1st goal scored between 1 and 15': 33% (30% / 44%)
- Games with 1st goal scored between 16 and 30' : 12% (12% / 13%)
- Matches with 1st goal scored between 31 and 45' : 19% (21% / 13%)
- Matches with 1st goal scored between 46 and 60' : 25% (25% / 25%)
- Matches with 1st goal scored between 61 and 75' : 5% (4% / 5%)
- Matches with 1st goal scored between 76 and 90' : 6% (8% / 0%)
- Games with a goal in the interval 76-90 : 45% (48% / 38%)
For this last paragraph dedicated to the statistics of the World Cup, you will note that it will be smart to predict more goals after halftime, and an opening score at intervals 1-15 and 46-60. Betting on a goal in the last quarter of an hour could also pay off.
So, after reading these different statistics, the World Cup should have no more secrets for you. Of course, these figures may differ from one edition to another, but they are still consistent with what we have seen for many editions of the competition. So, don't hesitate to use them when making your predictions on each match of the 2022 tournament.
The World Cup 2022 Groups
Having read the earlier paragraphs in this article, you should now have a clear idea of what we have in store for us in November and December. The draw has been made for the group stages in the finals. Not all the teams have been confirmed and we will update this page in June when the full line-up has been confirmed. Let's now look at the great matches the draw has created..
Group A | Qatar - Ecuador - Senegal - Netherlands
In this first group, we have the hosts Qatar who are playing in the World Cup finals for the first time in their history. They will be out to reach the last 16 but have a tough draw. Also in the group are Ecuador fwho finished fourth in the South American qualifying group. There's also Senegal who are the current African champions and the Netherlands who have previously reached the World Cup final. The two likely qualifiers are the Netherlands and Senegal. We will see those two countries in action in the very first match of the finals on November 21.
Our prediction: Netherlands and Senegal qualify for the round of 16.
Group B : England - Iran - USA - Ukraine, Scotland or Wales
This second group of the tournament is one that has so far only three teams confirmed. England reached the semi-finals in 2018 and then the final at the 2020 (21) Euros. They will be confident of winning this group. The USA also have a good chance of qualifying but need to improve their away form which was poor in the qualifiers. Iran have also qualified but don't look like making the last 16. The final country in this group will be either Wales, Scotland or Ukraine. Wales are through to the play-off final, Scotland play their semi-final against Ukraine in June. The chances of England facing another British side look strong.
Our prediction: England to win the group
Group C : Argentina - Saudi Arabia - Mexico - Poland
Group C of the 2022 World Cup includes Argentina with Lionel Messi likely to be playing his final tournament. Can he finally lift the trophy? Argentina finished second in the South American group and should be able to qualify from this group. It'll be close between Mexico and Poland who will have Robert Lewandowski up front. Poland beat Sweden in the play-offs to guarantee a place in Qatar. The other side in the group is Saudi Arabia who are likely to finish bottom of this group.
Our prediction: Argentina and Poland qualify
Group D | France - Denmark - Tunisia - Peru, Australia or United Arab Emirates
Here's another group that so far only has three confirmed participants. France are the world champions and should have few problems in getting to the last 16. Denmark will be the likely side to join them in the knockout stages after reaching the last four at the Euros. Tunisia don't look strong enough to finish in the top two. The other country will be either Peru, Australia or the UAE and whoever reaches Qatar they are unlikely to get into the last 16..
Our prediction: France and Denmark qualify
Group E : Spain - Germany - Japan - Costa Rica or New Zealand
This group features two European powerhouses. Spain and Germany are the two countries that should make it to the last 16. They meet in their second group match on November 27. If that ended in a positive result for one team, then the other would still have work to do in their final match to ensure qualification. The other two teams with the misfortune of drawing two top countries are Japan and the winners of the play-off between Costa Rica and New Zealand. It would be a massive surprise if they were to upset Germany and Spain..
Our prediction: Germany and Spain qualify
Group F : Belgium - Canada - Morocco - Croatia
Belgium have so many talented players but still never win a tournament. They should have few problems in reaching the knockout stages in Qatar. Croatia should follow them into the last 16. Canada have qualified but will struggle to get past Belgium and Croatia. The same can be said of Morocco.
Our prediction: Belgium and Croatia qualify
Group G | Brazil - Serbia - Switzerland - Cameroon
Group G is expected to be very competitive in Qatar but it's not quite a Group of Death. As in 2018, Brazil, Switzerland and Serbia are in the same group. Brazil topped the South American qualifying group and didn't lose a game in doing so. Switzerland are sometimes a tough team to beat, though rarely spectacular. Serbia will push them for second place. Cameroon are the outsiders and unlikely to qualify for the last 16.
Our prediction: Brazil and Switzerland qualify
Group H : Portugal - Ghana - Uruguay - South Korea
Portugal had to go through the play-offs to reach Qatar. They beat Turkey and North Macedona, so we will again see Cristiano Ronaldo in the World Cup finals, probably for the last time. They face Uruguay who knocked them out of the 2018 World Cup, so will be out for some revenge in November. Ghana have made it through as have South Korea who have talented players such as Heung-Min Son, Hwang Ui-Jo, and Hwang Hee-Chan). It's Portugal and Uruguay who should progress to the last 16.
Our prediction: Portugal and Uruguay qualify
Until we have more information on the Qatari tournament, here are our first predictions for the sporting event of the year. Do you agree with us? Don't hesitate to place your bets with the best online bookmakers. There are already some very nice odds available for you.
Winner prediction: who will win the 2022 World Cup?
From Brazil to France, through Portugal, Germany, Spain or England, there are many teams who will be in contention to win the World Cup. We will have to see the form that each country shows in Qatar to get a better idea of who will win the title. France look a good bet to win the title and Brazil always have to be considered. While waiting to know the form of the selections as the competition approaches, you can place a few euros on the winners of the last Nations League. Considering the odds offered by bookmakers, the Portuguese will be the #1 outsiders to try. The 2016 European champions seem to be quite underestimated by the sites but will have Ronaldo and with him in the team, they always have a chance of success.
The main bookmakers' odds
- Brazil, odds of 5.50
- England, odds of 6.50
- France, odds of 6.50
- Spain, odds of 9.00
- Argentina, odds of 10.00
- Germany, rated 12.00
- Belgium, rated 13.00
- Netherlands, rated 13.00
- Portugal, rated 13.00
- Denmark, rated 31.00
- Croatia, rated 51.00
- Uruguay, rating 51.00
- Switzerland, rating 81.00
- Senegal, rating 81.00
- Cameroon, rating 201.00
- Canada, rating of 250.00
- Morocco, rating of 251.00
- Qatar, rated 300.00
- Tunisia, odds of 351.00
Prediction Best Goalscorer World Cup 2022
In addition to betting on the future champion, the bookmakers offer you to predict the top scorer of the competition in Qatar. Here are for example the odds, currently proposed by the site www.1xbet.com :
- Harry Kane, odds of 9.00
- Kylian Mbappé, odds of 9.00
- Karim Benzema, odds 13.00
- Neymar, odds of 13.00
- Cristiano Ronaldo, odds of 15.00
- Lionel Messi, odds of 17.00
- Romelu Lukaku, odds of 17.00
- Memphis Depay, odds of 21.00
- Diogo Jota, odds of 26.00
- Vinicius Junior, odds of 26.00
- Raheem Sterling, odds of 34.00
- Kai Havertz, odds of 34.00
- Antoine Griezmann, rated 34.00
- Alvaro Morata, odds 34.00
- Lautaro Martinez, rated 41.00
- Luis Suarez, rated 41.00
- Karim Adeyi rated 41.00
- Thomas Müller, odds 51.00
- Robert Lewandowski, odds 51.00
You will note that in this World Cup 2022, the German Thomas Muller can hope to become the best scorer in the history of the World Cup. For this, the Bayern Munich striker must score 6 goals, he will then equal his compatriot Miroslav Klose (16 ). Cristiano Ronaldo is at 7 as well as the Uruguayan Luis Suarez.
In terms of predictions, the SportyTrader editorial staff can only advise you the very good odds of Mbappé, oh so brilliant in recent seasons on a global scale. The native of Bondy is one of the most effective players of recent years. The odds must therefore be tempted! It is advisable to choose a player who is with a team that should go deep in the tournament. Hence, the high odds for a player like Robert Lewandowski as Poland may not get too far.
We come to the conclusion of this page dedicated to the FIFA 2022 World Cup. For more analysis, we now invite you to consult our predictions on each match of the World Cup. They have been studied, thought out and written by a team of passionate experts. You can read them without moderation. Good luck with the different bookmakers on the market!
If you want to know more about the 2022 World Cup read :
- Where is the 2022 World Cup being played?
- Bookmakers: who will win the 2022 World Cup?
- World Cup 2022: our tips for getting started in sports betting
- How to bet on the 2022 World Cup?
Our FIFA World Cup Predictions of the moment
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