We’re now only a few short weeks away from the start of the 2022 FIFA World Cup, where the best teams from around the world will face off against each other in one of the most fantastic sports tournaments.
France currently holds the title of world champion. Will they join the ranks of Italy and Brazil as the only countries to win consecutive World Cups?
Or is this the year for a small country like Wales to finally win its first Cup? Betting on the World Cup is a big part of the experience.
It adds to the excitement to have something more than national pride on the line — and if you know your team will never win, it gives you something else to look forward to.
We all want to bet on our team to win, but following the best World Cup tips and predictions can help you make smarter bets.
This article will be a basic guide to the World Cup and how to bet on it. We’ve even thrown in some of our top tips and predictions.
How The 2022 World Cup Works?
The World Cup is a month-long tournament composed of two phases — the Group Stage and the Knockout Stage.
The Group Stage reduces the number of competing teams from 32 to 16. The Knockout Stage has four rounds: Round 16, Quarterfinals, Semi-finals, and the Final.
The World Cup 2022 Groups
The Group Stage sets the stage for the rest of the tournament. Getting into a hard Group can destroy a team’s chances.
An easy Group can help propel a team to later stages and give them the confidence to outperform themselves.
This year, there are eight Groups. Every team in the Group plays, and the two teams with the best record move on to the next phase of the competition.
This means that the initial pool of 32 teams will be halved for the knockout rounds.
The current chatter has Group B positioned as the hardest Group. Group B comprises England, Wales, Iran, and the United States.
Breaking down the FIFA rankings, this Group has an average of 14.75, which makes it statistically the toughest.
England seems like an obvious pick to go through, but the second spot is harder to predict. Iran and Wales are both hungry for a victory.
The United States failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup and maybe nursing bruised egos that could make them even more formidable opponents.
Who Are The Favorites
Unsurprisingly, Brazil and France are the two favorites to win.
Brazil is the team with the most wins in World Cup history and, as mentioned above, France is the current world champion.
France also has two players that are favorites to win the Golden Boot. Having an expected top scorer on the team increases France’s odds considerably.
England rounds out the top three. However, the oddsmakers don’t have them placed relatively as high, partly due to the uncertainty surrounding Group B.
Making it to the semi-finals in 2018 has made England even more eager to prove themselves and bring it home once more.
Today’s World Cup 2022 Tips
Today’s World Cup 2022 betting tip is to keep an eye on team news and to focus more on that second slot in each Group.
The first qualifying team may be fairly obvious in each Group, so the second qualifying team is where there is some potential to place bets that pay off.
How To Place Reliable Predictions?
Futures betting is betting on the outcome of an entire tournament or season, and it requires being reasonably skilled at making intelligent predictions. But how do you make reliable predictions?
If sports results were easy to predict, what would be the fun in watching? The key to making reliable predictions is to do your research.
The more you know about all the teams competing, the easier it will be for you to judge their skills, weaknesses, and potential.
What To Avoid With Your Sports Predictions
The main thing to avoid with sports predictions is relying too heavily on one source of information. It’s easy to find biased sources online, especially if there is the potential for money to be made.
Plus, simply trusting someone else’s predictions removes the personal element from the equation. A good part of the fun is putting the work in yourself and making bets you believe in.