Odds to win the World Cup 2022
Another summer of international football is already winding to a close, and the conclusion of Euro 2020 naturally leads to only one question: When can we start preparing for the 2022 World Cup betting bonanza?
England finished as runners-up to Italy in a dramatic Wembley final, ending their first European Championship final in a penalty shootout defeat to prolong their 55-year crusade without silverware.
Bookies will introduce lots of betting opportunities (crazy bets, in-play betting, futures, props and more) for the World Cup 2020 football. Here we looked at some common bets, England chances, odds and betting tips with predictions. More info: fifa.com/tournaments/mens/worldcup/qatar2022
UK Bookies Tips & Predictions: England World Cup 2022
Most bookmakers have the Three Lions pegged somewhere around odds 15/2 to recover from 2021 summer’s disappointment and go on to lift the Jules Rimet trophy in Qatar (World Cup 2022).
However, the specials are already beginning to precipitate as England can be found as high as 9/1 in some early bonuses, and the betting offers aren’t liable to stop there.
Football fans are sure to see a healthy offering of new, enticing specials sprout up before the tournament kicks off in November 2022, but here we look at some of the usual betting markets to expect during World Cup 2022 football games.
England Group-Stage Placement
The sky may seem like the limit for England right now, but it’s important to remember Euro 2020 was the first time the nation has topped their group in four major-tournament appearances.
A lot can change in three first-round fixtures, and predicting the finishing order of any pool can be a difficult but highly lucrative venture if your forecast proves accurate.
It’s impossible to predict at present given the hosts, Qatar, are still the only team guaranteed to be in attendance next autumn, with the group-stage draw currently expected to take place in April.
Maybe you fancy the Three Lions to fall limp and finish bottom of the pile, or maybe you back them to qualify at the head of the class, but a lot will depend on the competition in front of them.
Clear Top Goalscorer
Along with discovering who wins the trophy itself, predicting the Golden Boot winner at any competition is often a sideshow in itself, with Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo taking the honour at Euro 2020.
England captain Harry Kane fell just one short of Ronaldo’s five-goal tally this summer, but there’s every chance the Tottenham talisman will be back in 2022 with a good chance (according to the betting odds) at the individual award at World Cup 2022.
British bookmakers will offer Golden Boot odds as their own bet, but you’ll also find top goalscorer selections combined with others—such as tournament winner—to boost the odds.
Backing England to win the World Cup with Kane top scorer at 15/1, for example, can often be a much smarter selection than backing Kane for the Golden Boot individually at half the price.
Those odds can really spiral when you throw another team or player into the mix, so watch out for Spain taking home the World Cup while Poland’s Robert Lewandowski clinches the Golden Boot.
Highest Goalscorers/Best Defence
And speaking of prolific players, it’s also become increasingly common for bookmakers to offer markets on the more minute details, such as which teams score and concede the most.
These betting markets can apply to the tournament overall or just to a specific round of the competition, like the group stage.
Like the Golden Boot betting, bookmakers have started to specify ‘clear’ or ‘outright’ as a means to stop any confusion when two players or teams finish level-pegging on the same amount.
For example, few might have predicted England would leak as few as two goals throughout the entire Euro 2020 tournament, especially considering they made it to the final.
An easy group draw can often have a big impact in dictating these markets as some teams can score big against smaller opponents, with games traditionally becoming tighter as the contest progresses.
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Total Shots On Target
And going with that theme of UK bookmakers placing an even greater emphasis on statistics, it’s not only goals they’re interested in, but also shots on target.
Shots on target have become a very popular mini-market inside the ‘Bet Builder’-style markets that many online betting sites now use, with most using official Opta stats to certify when an attempt is ‘on target’.
Rather than applying to any single match, it’s now possible to back certain players to have a certain amount of shots on target over the course of an entire World Cup 2022 (or other tournaments).
For example, Kane and Raheem Sterling each had eight shots on target apiece at Euro and will have yielded good odds to combine for more than 15 combined.