The 22nd edition of the FIFA World Cup kicks off in Qatar on 20 November 2022. The first Winter world cup concludes on 18 December 2002 and will see 32 teams compete over 64 matches to crowned champions of the world and take home the Jules Rimmet trophy. The change in timing of the finals and little time between breaks in domestic seasons and kick off of the event could mean that we will should expect the unexpected from the opening match until the final whistle in the final match of tournament. There are plenty of bets to be made in a variety of markets.
A bet on the overall winner of the tournament is one of the most popular types of World Cup bet. Of the 7 of the 8 previous winners of the world cup have qualified for this year’s event including current holders, France. A South American side has not won the tournament since 2002, but Brazil and Argentina are many people’s favourites and travel with strong squads and long unbeaten records. England head into the tournament after their semi final appearance in 2018 which represented their best performance in since Italia ’90.
Spain in 2010 were the last first-time winners of the world cup, but European heavyweights the Netherlands and Portugal are looking to make history. No nation from Africa, Asia, North and Central America or the Caribbean has ever claimed the ultimate prize but could that change here? Qatar are aiming to be the first world cup winning host and debutant since 1934.
If the thought of picking an outright winner is too daunting, why not instead opt to pick a or both finalists. Of the 12 finalists in World Cup history, 8 have made it to Qatar
The initial stage of the world cup has the teams split in to 8 groups of 4, with the top 2 sides heading through to the knockout phase (winners playing runners up from a corresponding group) and the bottom 2 heading out of the tournament. Every world cup features a so called ‘group of death’ where any of the 4 teams could conceivably qualify. This edition’s group of death is Group H featuring Portugal, Ghana, Uruguay and South Korea. There are endless possibilities with group stage wagers, from selecting a group winner, to the final ranking of all groups.
The top scorer at a world cup is awarded the golden boot, and selecting the same could prove to be quite lucrative. The golden boot has only been shared on two occasions, most recently in USA 94, and has never been retained although the last winner, England’s Harry Kane will aim to change that. There are plenty of world class goalscorers outside of the traditional big nations with Poland captain Robert Lewandowski being a two time balon d’or striker of the year and balon d’or runner up Sadio Mane of Senegal scoring 8 goals in 13 games for his country this year. The last two golden boots have been won with 6 goals, whilst the highest in history was 13 scored by Just Fontaine in 1958. 4 of the last 6 golden boot winners have come from Europe and the last 3 winners played in their first world cup.
Simply select who you think will awarded the Golden Ball, which is announced at the conclusion of the World Cup. The Golden Ball was first officially awarded in the 1982 world cup in Spain to Paolo Rossi. Runners up are awarded Silver and Bronze balls respectively. The best player isn’t necessarily awarded to the top scorer (winner as top scorer was Schillaci in 1990) or a world cup winner (last awarded to Romario in 1994) but statistically the winners have at least reached the semi final stage. The key here is the player’s performance in the matches they play, and with 832 players on show there is plenty to pick from. The award is typically dominated by forwards. Although goalkeepers have their own separate award (the golden gloves) they are still eligible for the golden ball too with Oliver Kahn the only person to win both awards. In what could be the last tournaments; Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar will all look to impress.
Was first awarded in the 2006 world cup and is open to players 21 at the start of the calendar year and under. The award has been dominated by Europe with two German and two French winners. Only Kylian Mbappe has been a world cup winner and crowned best young player. English duo, Jude Bellingham and Bukayo Saka are eligible for the award, as well as Brazilian forwards, Rodrygo and Gabriel Martinelli, and Spain’s Ansu Fati.
Bets can be placed before play gets underway or even during. First goalscorer in a match could offer a great and fast return within 90 minutes if you can accurately predict who will grab the first goal. Alternatively, you could opt to choose both sides to score and reap the rewards should both sides appear on the scoresheet. In respect of result, in addition to win or draw the match score can be predicted.
Many betting sites are making special offers for the world cup including sign-up offers, boosted odds, no lose bets and other betting options. This site will display the best offers available.
No lose bets involves staking your money when making a bet and should the bet lose, the bookmaker will give you cash back or a free bet of the same amount you wagered. No lose bets usually require a minimum amount to be wagered in order to activate the offer.
Bookmakers are offering increased odds on specific World Cup bets, such as selecting Harry Kane as top scorer or England to win the World Cup. Different Bookmakers will have different boosted odds available, so it could be worth looking to see if any of the offers coincide with a bet you are going to make.
Bookies may offer incentives to ensure that you don’t take your business anywhere else. Offers can include boosted odds and bet boosts. Some may even provide a free bet if you meet the criteria.
The first step here should be to find a good welcome offer and a site or app that is easy to use. You should consider existing customer offers, as they will provide extra values once the free bets have gone. It is also crucial that whoever you sign up with has the markets you are looking for.
Free bets terms vary between bookmakers. Typically, you will need to sign up, pay a deposit and the free bet credits should become available after your first bets made on the site are settled.
You should look for the best odds, whilst the betting requirement to be as low as possible. Try to avoid rollover requirements when you are credited with a free bet and further, no stipulation that minimum odds apply to a free bet. Check that cashing out is an option.
There are different types of free bets that could be offered by bookmakers. This could include ‘stake not’ returned where you only receive the winnings from a bet and not the stake, or matched free bet where the bookmaker matches your stake.
The world cup begins on 20 November 2022 and will finish on 18 December 2022.
Brazil are rated as the bookies’ favourites, closely followed by England, France and Argentina.
World Cup free bets offers will differ depending on the bookmaker. One may have you use an initial deposit a number of times to unlock free bets, whilst others may request that you enter a promo code and place a qualifying bet.
There are a variety of bets that can be placed during the competition, including predicting the winner of the competition. In respect of matches, bets such as win/draw/win, correct score, both teams to score prove popular with many more options available. You place a bet on just about anything that you think will occur at the finals.
The start of the tournament will mean that bookmakers will be introducing new betting offers to entice new customers. We will keep you updated on this page as to the best offers.