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World Cup 2022 Predictions & Betting tips

Find our free World Cup prediction on the final winner, as well as our expert predictions on all the matches of the World Cup 2022. Here is all the information you need to know for your sports betting!

Presentation and predictions of the 2022 FIFA World Cup

2022 has been an important year for the sport of football. It's World Cup year but this time it was a slightly different one. The World Cup was held in Qatar and due to the extremely warm weather, it took place from November 20 to December 18. Yes, we'll be giving World Cup betting tips at a very different time of the year than usual but just as exciting and informative. 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 their comprehensive World Cup 2022 betting tips. Their World Cup 2022 betting predictions will include information on how to predict the results of games and plenty of statistics.

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Argentina beat France to Win the 2022 World Cup?

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Brazil, the great favourite of the bookmakers and many experts, was surprisingly eliminated in the quarter-finals by Croatia! The same fate befell Portugal against the black horse Moroccans, and England against Les Bleus. This leaves four teams in total who can claim the title of champions this year. Didier Deschamps' Bleus have plenty of talent to spare and proved it in the group stage and in their round of 16 match. They showed their solidity and realism against the Three Lions in the quarter-final. The French players' performance during this competition shows that France being the favourite of the bookmakers is well deserved. This left us with a dream final between France and Argentina. None of us could imagine just what an amazing match it would be. France started slowly and Argentina were 2-0 up by half time. They kept that lead for most of the second half but then Mbappe scored twice for France to level the scores. The match went into extra time and there were more goals on the way. Argentina led 3-2 thanks to Messi's second goal of the match but a Mbappe penalty leveled the scores and gave Mbappe a hat-trick. The game finished 3-3 after 120 minutes. Argentina were crowned world champions after winning the penalty shootout 4-2.

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Mbappe Wins the Golden Boot

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Kylian Mbappe won the Golden Boot after scoring eight goals in the tournament. It was neck and neck between the French striker and Lionel Messi who ended on seven goals. Mbappe became only the second player to score a hat-trick in the final. Sir Geoff Hurst also scored a hat-trick in the 1966 World Cup final but unlike the English striker, his team went on to win the World Cup.

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Result of the World Cup Final

  • Argentina 3 France 3 after 120 minutes (2-2 after 90 minutes) - Argentina won 4-2 on penalties.

Result of the Third/Fourth Place Play-off

  • Croatia 2 Morocco 1

Results of the Semi-FInals of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar

  • Argentina 3 Croatia 0 
  • France 2 Morocco 0

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Results of the Quarter-Finals of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar

The quarter-finals are over, and here are the scores of the four matches:

  • Croatia 1-1 Brazil - Croatia win 4-2 on penalties
  • Netherlands 2-2 Argentina - Argentina win 4-3 on penalties
  • Morocco 1 Portugal 0
  • France 2 England 1

Results on the the Round of 16 of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar

The the Round of 16 are over, and here are the scores of the four matches:

  • Netherlands 3-1 USA
  • Argentina 2-1 Australia
  • France 3-1 Poland
  • England 3-0 Senegal
  • Japan 1-1 Croatia - Croatia win 3-1 on penalties
  • Brazil 4-1 South Korea
  • Morocco 0-0 Spain - Morocco win 3-0 on penalties
  • Portugal 6-1 Switzerland

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Our prediction on the groups for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar

Would you like to know more about the group stage of the 2022 World Cup? Without further ado, here is the composition of the groups of the competition. Great duels are expected in this group phase!

Group A | Qatar - Ecuador - Senegal - Netherlands

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In this first group, we found the host country Qatar, but also Ecuador, Senegal (African champion) and the Netherlands, who are considered as big outsiders of the tournament. The Dutch and Senegalese (without Sadio Mané, who is out of the tournament) were supposed to be able to get through to the last 16 on paper.

It is now a done deal for these two nations, who have confirmed their qualification after their three matches. The Netherlands finished top of the group without too much difficulty, while Senegal had to wait until their last match to secure their ticket for the rest of the competition. Qatar did not bridge the gap in class and became the first host nation to be eliminated after just two games. They went on to lose all three of their matches. Ecuador had their chances to qualify and Enner Valencia scored three goals for them but they missed out after losing to Senegal in their final match. Before the start of the competition, our prediction was that the Netherlands and Senegal would qualify. Our experts are therefore 2/2 in this group A!

Group A Final Standings:

  • Netherlands - 7 points
  • Senegal - 6 points
  • Ecuador - 4 points
  • Qatar - 0 points

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Group B: England - Iran - USA - Wales

2022 FIFA World Cup - England

With England, Iran, USA and Wales in the second group of the tournament, it was also an interesting group to predict. While the second qualifying spot was expected to be a battle between the Iranians, Welsh and Americans, Harry Kane and Jude Bellingham's Three Lions were expected to secure their place in the Round of 16 with relative ease.

England qualified well, finishing top of the group, and had no trouble in the second group of the World Cup. They scored nine goals but will need to avoid another disappointing performance such as the goalless draw in their second match which was against the USA.  Players such as Rashford (three goals) and Belingham excelled. They'll hope Kane will score his first goals of the tournament in the knockout phase. The United States, on the other hand, beat Iran 1-0 in their final game and ended the group unbeaten. Our pre-tournament prediction for the two qualifiers was that these two teams would make it, rather than the Welsh side which underpefomed and Iran who began with a 6-2 loss to England but improved defensively in their other two games.For this second group and as for Group A, it's another 2/2 concerning the qualifiers!

Group B Final Standings:

  • England - 7 points
  • USA - 5 points
  • Iran - 3 points
  • Wales - 1 point

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Group C: Argentina - Saudi Arabia - Mexico - Poland

2022 FIFA World Cup - Argentina

Group C of the 2022 World Cup included Argentina's Lionel Messi. In his last World Cup, La Pulga is playing for big money and he and the Albiceleste were favourites to finish top of the group. The second place was, on paper, destined to be a duel between Poland and Mexico. No one saw Saudi Arabia achieving anything in this 2022 World Cup.

And yet, to everyone's surprise, the Argentinians lost 2-1 to Saudi Arabia in their first match. They then won their next two games against Poland and Mexico, and finished top of the group with 6 points. The battle for second place was fierce. We didn't know until the last seconds of the last two games who'd qualify, it was not clear who would finish second between Mexico and Poland. If Argentina scored a third goal against Lewandowski and his teammates, or if Mexico scored 3-0 against Saudi Arabia, then the Mexicans would take second place. A late goal (95th minute) from the Saudis dashed the hopes of a whole nation.. It will be Argentina and Poland (against France) who will play in the Round of 16! Our experts, who advised you to bet on a qualification of these two countries before the beginning of the competition, realize a 2/2 in this group and difficult to predict!

Group C Final Standings:

  • Argentina - 6 points
  • Poland - 4 points
  • Mexico - 4 points
  • Saudi Arabia - 3 points

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Group D | France - Denmark - Tunisia - Australia

World Cup 2022 - France

This looked to be a group that would be dominated by world champions France and Denmark who reached the Euros semi--finals last year. Tunisia and Australia were expected to battle it out for third and fouth in Group D. 

And yet... With France officially through after  the second match, there was only one qualification place left going into the final games. It was, to everyone's surprise, Australia who qualified after wins against Tunisia and then Denmark. Tunisia thought they had done the hardest by beating France (who rested key players) in the last match, but this victory was not enough to secure qualification. We had recommended France and Denmark to be the qualifiers of this group, but the Danesad a hugely disappointing tournament with just one point from three games, which gives us a 1/2 for this Group D!  We certainly weren't the only experts shocked at the way this goup unfolded but credit to the Australians.

Group D Final Standings:

  • France - 6 points
  • Australia - 6 points
  • Tunisia - 4 points
  • Denmark - 1 point

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Group E: Spain - Germany - Japan - Costa Rica

World Cup 2022 - Spain

This group featured two European powerhouses. Spain and Germany are the two countries that should make it to the last 16. Qualification looked out of reach  for osta Rica and Japan despite the presence of very good players such as Kaylor Navas, Bryan Ruiz and Joel Campbell as well as Hiroki Sakai, Takehiro Tomiyasu, Daichi Kamada, Takumi Minamino, Takefusa Kubo and Junya Ito from Reims. And yet...

It didn't go as planned! To everyone's surprise, it was Japan who finished in first place in this difficult group. And Spain, despite their 7-0 victory against Costa Rica in the first match, did not confirm their position and even lost to the Japanese in the last match, thus losing the first place in the group... Germany, very disappointing and lacking in success failed to make it out of the goup stages for the second successive tournament., Our experts had logically advised you to bet on a qualification of the two big European teams. With the elimination of the Mannschaft and the success of Japan, who beat both Gemany and Spain, it is therefore a 1/2 for this group!

Group D Final Standings:

  • Japan - 6 points
  • Spain - 4 points
  • Germany - 4 points
  • Costa Rica - 3 points

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Group F: Belgium - Canada - Morocco - Croatia

2022 FIFA World Cup - Croatia

Group F was undoubtedly the most homogenous of this World Cup in Qatar. Before the start of the competition, it was still very difficult to make a reliable prediction on the qualification, and even more so on the final ranking! Obviously, the reason was to imagine that the Red Devils of Lukaku and De Bruyne and the Croats of Kovacic and Modric would be in the last 16 of this World Cup, but, once again, everything did not go as planned.

Unfortunately for Canada, they were eliminated after two games but should have beaten Belgium missing chance after chance. Morocco, on the other hand, were in a good position and, by inflicting a third defeat on Jonathan David and his teammates, took the first place in the group! A superb achievement, which is all the more deserved for this very fine team! Belgium and Croatia were fighting for the second qualifying place on the final day, and the Red Devils had to win. Croatia held on and Belgium, who are ranked second in the world were eliminated. This looks like the end of the golden generation as Croatia clinched second in the goup.  We advised you to bet on a qualification of Belgium and Croatia, and so we make a 1/2 for this surprising group, full of some big shocks.

Group F Final Standings:

  • Morocco - 7 points
  • Croatia - 5 points
  • Belgium - 4 points
  • Canada - 0 points

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Group G | Brazil - Serbia - Switzerland - Cameroon

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Group G contained the favorites Brazil and they had familiar opponents. Both Switzerland and Serbia were also in their 2018 group but this time the fourth team was Cameroon not Costa Rica. Brazil qualified after winning their first two games. They rested some key players and lost their final game to Cameroon 1-0. The group was still won though but only on goal difference from Switzerland who beat Cameroon and defeated Serbia 3-2 in their final match after trailing 2-1. It was 2/2 for us in predicting Brazil to win the group and the Swiss to finish second.

Group G Final Standings:

  • Brazil - 6 points
  • Switzerland - 6 points
  • Cameroon - 4 points
  • Serbia - 1 point

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Group H: Portugal - Ghana - Uruguay - South Korea

2022 FIFA World Cup - Portugal

This group saw teams from four continents taking part. As expected Portugal finished top of the group but after beating Ghana and Uruguay, they lost their final game to South Korea. It was the Koreans who qualified in second spot thanks to that win. They had an anxious wait to find out if they were in the last 16. Uruguay were stil playing Ghana and if they'd scored one more goal, they would have clinched second spot. They only won 2-0 and along with their opponents were eliminated. We predicted Portugal would win the group but had Uruguay to finish second, so 1/2 for us here.

Group H Final Standings:

  • Portugal - 6 points
  • South Korea - 4 points
  • Uruguay - 4 points
  • Ghana - 3 points

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How does the 2022 Football World Cup work?

2022 FIFA World Cup Betting Tips

Before we get to our 2022 World Cup betting tips, 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 now taken place and the draw for the finals has been made. . 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 so there will need to be even more World Cup betting tips in the future.

In Qatar, there will be eight groups played between November 20 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. We'll be producing World Cup betting tips for each and every game due to be played.

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 and again Sportytrader will be the place to read World Cup betting tips for every thrilling match. 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 or World Cup 2022 betting tips. .

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How to make reliable predictions?

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To make reliable predictions on the tournament, there are several good practices you can adopt. Thus, we strongly advise you to:

  • Check the form of the two teams playing
  • Know what form the key players are in
  • Know the team line-ups
  • Study the tactics both teams are using
  • Analyze the head-to-head results
  • How important is the match?

With these six best practices, you should be able to build more reliable analyzes around the 2022 World Cup matches, and thus increase your chances of success. Reading our excellent World Cup betting tips will also help a great deal. A short description of each best practice is given in the paragraphs below.

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Check the form of the two teams playing

In order to bet on a match well, you must of course know the form of the two countries that are facing each other. 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 qualifiers, 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? All these questions will have to be studied.

Know what form the key players are in

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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. Our World Cup 2022 betting tips will include details about the form of key players.

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Know 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. Again,

Study the tactics both teams are using

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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 with standing a nation that presses hard enough. This will allow you to refine your predictions an our World Cup betting tips will help you in this regard.

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Analyze 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. England take on the USA, how have they fared against them in the past? You might be surprised to know that England have never beaten the Americans in a World Cup match. That's the kind of information our 2022 World Cup betting tips will include. .

How important is the match?

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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.

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In addition to these six must-know tips, you can also use our World Cup team comparator to help you with your betting. With this tool, you can see the strengths and weaknesses of each team, and therefore the scenario to expect from the match.

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What not to do with your football predictions

In addition to the good practices mentioned above, you should know that there are also some behavior 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.

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Key statistics to know for World Cup matches

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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. Our 2022 World Cup betting tips will all include excellent statistical information.

To help you make the best possible bet during this tournament, our soccer experts have been busy looking at the key statistics, 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!

Main 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.

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Statistics to use for 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.

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Key statistics to know when betting 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.

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Statistics to use for 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, will they be as successful in Qatar?

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Important statistics for 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.

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