The FIFA World Cup is a highly regarded international soccer tournament, and the 2022 World Cup in Qatar will take place in November. Superstar performers from all over the world will be off to the Middle East for the event, which is held every four years. France won the 2018 World Cup held in Russia, so they are the defending champions. In total, 32 countries will compete, and France is likely to mount another serious challenge.
Who are favorites to win the World Cup?
Besides France, the Brazilian, English and Spanish teams are also favorites to win the World Cup. Brazil has some excellent players, and the futures market has the five-time champion as the favorite alongside France. England was in the semi-finals in 2018 and is at 7/1. Spain won in 2010, has a young squad and is at 8/1. Germany is always in the mix, won in 2014 and is at 10/1. Argentina is hopeful that Lionel Messi will land the one honor that has eluded him in his illustrious career.
Viewership for the World Cup is very high and many of those watching will be betting online at casinos. With such a prestigious event, sportsbooks will offer plenty of gambling opportunities, odds, and unmissable bonuses in the month-long event.
Spreads are popular in sports betting. In soccer, they are called goal line bets and not point spreads due to soccer tracking goals instead of points. The games are quite low-scoring, so the spreads aren’t that high.
Who are the contenders?
The Italians are the reigning European champions and would like to have a global triumph since their last win was in 2006. They first have to get through the UEFA qualification playoffs before they book to Qatar. Belgium and Netherlands have plenty of potential, while Portugal must still go through the playoffs and sit alongside Denmark.
Who are the outsiders?
Croatia reached the final in 2018 but the team is 50/1 in 2022. Colombia and Uruguay are 66/1. Algeria and Nigeria will be representing Africa but are both outsiders at 100/1. Mexico and the United States are set at the same price. The hosts are not expected to contend at 150/1. Poland, Wales, and Egypt are serious long shots at 250/1 and there is little reason to travel to Qatar for fans of these teams.