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World Cup Odds, Picks & Predictions For Qatar 2022

World Cup Odds, Picks & Predictions For Qatar 2022
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World Cup soccer betting is now available online and that means fans can bet on a multitude of soccer odds from various US sportsbooks between now and Qatar 2022 kicking off this November.

Betting on soccer has never been easier and this year’s World Cup is expected to produce a frenzy of wagering activity. Sports betting sites are tipped to offer extensive promotions and sign-up offers, and compete with each other to provide the best bets.

And this means bettors are in a great position to exploit the deals offered by sportsbooks and betting apps.

The 2022 World Cup odds are in constant flux but right now Brazil is the favorite to win the tournament, with defending champions France and Euro 2020 runners-up England closely behind the Samba Boys. Here are the latest odds:

2022 World Cup Winner Odds

Country Odds
Brazil +500 at FanDuel
England +550 at Bet365
France +550 at BetMGM
Spain +800 at PointsBet
Argentina +1000 at FanDuel
Germany +1000 at DraftKings
Belgium +1200 at DraftKings
Netherlands +1300 at FanDuel
Portugal +1400 at PointsBet
Denmark +3200 at FanDuel

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World Cup Group Stage Betting Analysis

Following the World Cup draw, group betting odds are now available across many betting apps. Here, we look in detail at all eight groups and which nations are likely to progress.

Group A

Netherlands should waltz through Group A with ease and top the table (-250) against relative minnows Senegal, Ecuador and Qatar. Indeed, the Dutch struck lucky in the draw as they were grouped with hosts Qatar, who had been gifted top seeding by FIFA despite being ranked below 50 in the world rankings.

Who escapes Group A alongside Netherlands is effectively a question of who wins in the game between Senegal and Ecuador. These nations have only once met before, way back in 2002. Senegal beat Egypt to reach the World Cup and boast the more experienced players with Idrissa Gueye, Sadio Mane and Ismaila Sarr in the squad. They should edge Ecuador here.

Best Bet: Senegal To Qualify From Group Stage (-110 at DraftKings)

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Group B

England vs USA on November 25th will be a huge game for both nations. Remember, USA famously tied with England back in 2010 and arguably deserved to win that game. The USMNT knows it has a great chance to escape Group B, especially with lowly Iran expected to place last.

Assuming England wins the group (-303), focus will be on the US and whichever team joins Group B. One of Wales, Scotland or Ukraine will qualify this summer, and head coach Gregg Berhalter will be confident of taking on any of these opponents. An England-America one-two here is not out of the question.

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Group C

Mexico and Poland are likely to fight it out for second place in Group C, behind an Argentina team that has one last chance to win the World Cup for Lionel Messi. Argentina is -250 to top this group but might struggle against Poland’s attack that is spearheaded by Robert Lewandowski.

This group is difficult to call. Yes, Saudi Arabia will almost certainly finish bottom with three defeats, but will Argentina earn victories over Poland and Mexico? Perhaps not. At +450, Poland are a great price to win the group, while Mexico (+500) cannot be ignored.

Best Bet: Poland To Win Group C (+450 at DraftKings)

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Group D

Defending World Cup champions France are well positioned not only to escape Group D but also cut a path to the final. Didier Deschamps’ team has a frightening offense capable of demolishing any team – and it’s no wonder France are -250 to win Group D.

Their odds would perhaps be even shorter had Denmark not entered this group. The Danes impressed at Euro 2020, reaching the semifinals, and have a solid structure to its defense and midfield that has seen it claim big wins over Austria, Scotland and Czech Republic in recent months. One of UAE, Australia and Peru will join Group D and Denmark will be confident of beating any of these teams. The question, then, is whether they can edge France for top spot.

Best Bet: Denmark To Qualify From Group Stage (-230 at FanDuel)

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Group E

If there is a Group of Death at the 2022 World Cup then it’s Group E. Spain and Germany are drawn together in a World Cup game for the first time since the 2010 semifinals. The other teams in Group E are Japan and one of Costa Rica or New Zealand.

Reason dictates that Spain and Germany will progress out of the group. So for World Cup betting fans the decision is who beats the other to finish top? Spain crushed Germany 6-0 in the Nations League two years ago and the team is perhaps more advanced than Germany’s. It’s therefore understandable why the bookies have Spain at -120 to top Group E, and Germany at +120.

Best Bet: Spain To Win Group E (-120 at PointsBet)

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Group F

Canada and its Canadian sports betting fan base could not have wished for a better group heading into its first World Cup since 1986. Granted, Belgium should cruise to three victories here but second place is very much “up for grabs”. Betting sites have Canada as the big underdogs to progress, and they will need to beat 2018 finalists Croatia (+250 to win this group) to do so.

What’s more, John Herdman’s team also needs to fight a way past Morocco – an outside contender for best African team at this tournament. It’s not going to be easy and the Croatia game on November 27th will likely define Canada’s World Cup.

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Group G

Brazil has perhaps the best overall team heading into the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. Not only does it feature a scary offense spearheaded by Neymar, Raphinha and Richarlison, but its defense is practically impregnable too.

Brazil should easily win Group G at -227. The big question is who will join them in the knockout bracket? The bookies have Switzerland and Serbia as neck-and-neck here, and their game on Dec. 2 could prove decisive. But we also cannot forget about Cameroon – serial World Cup attendees with an experienced team full of pedigree. Indeed, Cameroon could be the best outside bet to escape Group G.

Best Bet: Cameroon To Qualify From Group Stage (+290 at FanDuel)

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Group H

The last World Cup group is perhaps the most fascinating. Four nations from four continents, icons such as Cristiano Ronaldo and Luis Suarez competing, and games that will be incredibly well contested.

Portugal and Uruguay headline Group H but both Ghana and South Korea have the quality to threaten the top two places here. Indeed, Ghana in particular is out to avenge its loss to Uruguay in 2010, while Korea is seeking to escape the group stage for only the second time since reaching the 2002 semifinals. The odds have Portugal to win the group around -150, but Uruguay are not guaranteed second.

Best Bet: Portugal To Win Group H (-150 at PointsBet)

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2022 World Cup Winner Pick

All eyes are on Brazil (+500) to win a record sixth World Cup this winter. The Samba Boys have a dangerous forward line that is finally working together, now Neymar isn’t the only big name. Defensively there is a wealth of centre-back talent in the Brazil squad – so much so that they could viably avoid conceding in all seven games to the final.

It’s hard to look past Brazil but the knockout bracket could put them in the path of Spain (+900) or Germany (+1100) in the quarterfinals. Spain, in particular, might be the only team capable of taking down Tite’s side.

Brazil To Win World Cup: +500 at DraftKings

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2022 World Cup Golden Boot Pick

Harry Kane scored six at the previous World Cup as England reached the semifinals, and usually the top scorer comes from a national team that goes deep into the tournament. Therefore, Spain’s Ferran Torres is a great price at +4000 to win the Golden Boot in 2022.

Torres has been scoring for fun with Spain and Barcelona recently and is crucial to Luis Enrique’s offensive tactics. Kane at +700 is perhaps the more natural goalscorer but will England go as deep as Spain? There is also a credible justification for backing Belgium’s Romelu Lukaku (+1600). But the striker can run hot and cold, and Belgium’s Golden Generation might struggle to better its third-place finish from 2018.

Ferran Torres To Win Golden Boot: +4000 at DraftKings


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New World Cup Schedule

The World Cup typically takes place in June and July, when most major leagues are in their offseasons. But this year’s World Cup has been pushed to November/December due to concerns over high temperatures in the Qatari summer.

That decision has meant many top leagues have been forced to move fixtures to accommodate a mid-season break, and it remains to be seen how that will impact performance on the biggest stage.

There are also usually two years between continental tournaments like Copa America and Euro 2020, and the World Cup. However, Copa America and Euro 2020 were postponed for one year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, so both served as an early look at the top contenders for a World Cup just 16 months into the future.

The 2022 World Cup is set to begin on Nov. 21 and will conclude with the final in Lusail, Qatar, on Dec. 18. The tournament will feature 32 teams in eight groups of four.

World Cup Dates & Kick-Off Times

FIFA has announced the first two rounds of group stage matches will kick off at 1 p.m., 4 p.m., 7 p.m., and 10 p.m. local time (5 a.m. ET, 8 a.m. ET, 11 a.m. ET, 2 p.m. ET). Kick-off times in the final round of group games and knock-out round games will be at 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. local time (10 a.m. ET and 2 p.m. ET). The final will take place at 6 p.m. local time (10 a.m. ET).

Group stage: Nov. 21-Dec. 2

Round of 16: Dec. 3-6

Quarterfinals: Dec. 9-10

Semifinals: Dec. 13-14

Final: Dec. 18


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2022 World Cup FAQs

When is the 2022 World Cup?

The 2022 World Cup is set to begin on Nov. 21, 2022 and will conclude with the final in Lusail, Qatar, on Dec. 18. The World Cup typically takes place in June/July, but next year’s World Cup has been pushed to November/December due to concerns over high temperatures in the Qatari summer.

What is the format?

The tournament will feature 32 teams in eight groups of four. The finals draw to decide the groups took place on April 1, 2022.

What times will the games be on in the United States?

FIFA has announced the first two rounds of group stage matches will kick off at 1 p.m., 4 p.m., 7 p.m., and 10 p.m. local time (5 a.m. ET, 8 a.m. ET, 11 a.m. ET, 2 p.m. ET). Kick-off times in the final round of group games and knock-out round games will be at 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. local time (10 a.m. ET and 2 p.m. ET). The final will take place at 6 p.m. local time (10 a.m. ET)

What team won the last World Cup?

France defeated Croatia 4-2 in the 2018 World Cup final, winning the competition for the second time in the nation's history.

Which team is the favorite to win the 2022 World Cup?

Five-time winners Brazil is the favorite to win the 2022 World Cup at +500 with FanDuel sportsbook.

Which team has won the most World Cups?

Brazil is the most successful men's soccer team in World Cup history. It has won the competition five times.

About the Author

Joe Short, a contributor to Bookies.com, is a freelance journalist and former editor at the Daily Express, covering various sports, including soccer, darts and tennis.