2022 FIFA World Cup Previews, Predictions and Betting Tips

The FIFA World Cup is the men's international football world championship which is the biggest sporting event on the planet. The tournament is contested every four years and involves 32 football nations who have earned qualification (including hosts, who qualify automatically).

The football World Cup is the most widely viewed sporting event in the world with the cumulative audience exceeding the Olympic Games. It is estimated that more than one billion fans tuned in to watch the 2014 World Cup final alone.

Latest 2022 FIFA World Cup News


FIFA World Cup History 


FIFA, world football's governing body, launched the World Cup after being inspired by the success of the Olympics' football tournament. The inaugural World Cup was held in Uruguay in 1930, and has been held every four years bar 1942 and 1946 when it was not organised due to World War II.

Where is the 2022 FIFA World Cup being played?


The 2022 tournament will be the 22nd edition of the FIFA World Cup and will take place in Qatar. They were awarded hosting rights by FIFA after winning the bidding against the USA, Australia, South Korea and Japan. It will be the first World Cup to be held in the Arab world and the first in a Muslim-majority country. 

The 2022 World Cup will be the last to involve 32 teams before the tournament increases to 48 teams for the 2026 World Cup. The 2026 World Cup will be jointly hosted by 16 cities in the United States, Canada and Mexico. 

Due to the extreme heat in Qatar during summer and safety concerns regarding players and supporters, the 2022 World Cup will be the first World Cup not to be held in May, June, or July. 

The tournament is scheduled for late November until mid-December which will disrupt the major domestic leagues around the world. It will be played in a reduced timeframe of approximately 28 days.

When does the 2022 FIFA World Cup start?


The 2022 FIFA World Cup is scheduled to kick off on 21 November 2022, with the final set to take place on 18 December.

Who has won the most FIFA World Cup titles?


Brazil are the most successful nation with five World Cup titles (1958, 1962, 1970, 1994 & 2002) and are the only team to have played in every tournament. Germany and Italy have each won four, while Argentina, France and Uruguay all have two to their names and England and Spain one  World Cup each.

brazil 2002 world cup trophy
Brazil are the most successful nation at the FIFA World Cup, winning their 5th trophy in 2002 at South Korea & Japan (Getty Images)

Who are the defending FIFA World Cup champions?


France will seek to defend their crown in 2022, having beaten Croatia 4-2 in the 2018 final on 15 July in Moscow, Russia. Les Bleus' goals came through a Mario Mandžukić own goal, Antoine Griezmann, Paul Pogba and Kylian Mbappé. Croatia, meanwhile, scored via Ivan Perišić and Mandžukić.

What happened at the 2018 FIFA World Cup?


The 2018 FIFA World Cup was a tremendous success in Russia with France defeating Croatia 4-2 in a thrilling final. There were plenty of upsets in Russia, defending champions Germany crashing out in the group stage and 2010 winners Spain eliminated in the last 16 by hosts Russia. 

Croatia stunned the world with a shock run to the final with Player of the Tournament Luka Modrić leading the way. England and Belgium impressed by reaching the semi-finals, but ultimately Didier Deschamps' France stole the show. 

The tournament will be remembered for the rise of French winger Kylian Mbappe. Mbappe became the youngest player to score in a World Cup final since Brazilian icon Pelé when he netted against Croatia at just 19 years of age.

France celebrate with the FIFA World Cup trophy after winning the 2018 tournament in Russia (AFP/Getty Images).

Who are the favourites to win the 2022 FIFA World Cup?


Bookmakers generally agree that the four favourites are Germany, France, Brazil and Spain. There is some variation with regards to who comes out tops among the four, but Bet365 lists Brazil at 6/1, with Germany, France and Spain all at 7/1.

What are the latest odds for the 2022 FIFA World Cup?


Betting is open for the tournament winner and there is plenty of value on offer this far away from kick off. Brazil are equal favourites alongside Germany, Spain and 2018 World Cup winners France. 

2022 FIFA World Cup Betting Odds


Brazil lead the way with bookmakers in the betting odds for the 2022 FIFA World Cup followed by France, Germany and Spain. Argentina, England and Belgium are further back followed by Italy, Netherlands and Portugal. Those nations appear to be the main challengers with Croatia, Uruguay and Colombia listed at 41.00. Odds from bet365 and correct on 2 September 2019:

TeamOdds
Brazil
6.50
France
8.00
Germany
8.00
Spain
8.00
Argentina
11.00
England
13.00
Belgium
13.00
Italy
17.00
Netherlands
17.00
Portugal
17.00
Croatia
41.00
Uruguay
41.00
Colombia
41.00
Chile
51.00
Mexico
67.00
USA
101.00
Sweden
101.00
Denmark
101.00
Turkey
151.00
Qatar
151.00
Source: bet365

2022 FIFA World Cup Qualification


All 211 FIFA member associations are eligible to enter qualification for the 2022 World Cup. Qatar qualify automatically as hosts. For the first time after the initial two World Cups 1930 and 1934, the tournament will be hosted by a country whose national team has never played in the competition.

The same allocation as 2006 has been kept for the 2010, 2014, 2018 and 2022 World Cups and is as follows, with the qualifying draw taking place in July 2019:

  • CAF (Africa): 5
  • AFC (Asia): 4.5 (not including host nation)
  • UEFA (Europe): 13
  • CONCACAF (North and Central America and Caribbean): 3.5
  • OFC (Oceania): 0.5
  • CONMEBOL (South America): 4.5

FIFA World Cup Hosts, Winners and Runners-up


Year
Hosts
Winner
Runners-up
2022
Qatar

2018
Russia
France
Croatia
2014BrazilGermanyArgentina
2010
South Africa
Spain
Netherlands
2006GermanyItalyFrance
2002South Korea & JapanBrazilGermany
1998
France
France
Brazil
1994
United StatesBrazilItaly
1990ItalyWest GermanyArgentina
1986MexicoArgentinaWest Germany
1982SpainItalyWest Germany
1978ArgentinaArgentinaNetherlands
1974West GermanyWest GermanyNetherlands
1970MexicoBrazilItaly
1966EnglandEnglandWest Germany
1962ChileBrazilCzechoslovakia
1958SwedenBrazilSweden
1954SwitzerlandWest GermanyHungary
1950BrazilUruguayBrazil
1938FranceItalyHungary
1934ItalyItalyCzechoslovakia
1930UruguayUruguayArgentina

At FreeTips.com we will have 2022 FIFA World Cup Tips throughout the qualifying campaigns and the tournament in Qatar. Our 2022 FIFA World Cup bets will include our World Cup Bet of the Day, World Cup Score/Win doubles, 2022 FIFA World Cup Accumulator Tips and Outright Tips including Group bets such as Group Winner and to Finish Bottom of the Group.

FIFA World Ranking (at 25 July 2019)


RankTeamPoints
1Belgium1746
2Brazil1726
3France1718
4England1652
5Uruguay1637
6Portugal1631
7Croatia1625
8Colombia1622
9Spain1617
10Argentina1610
11Switzerland1605
12Mexico1604
13Denmark1589
14Chile1583
15Germany1582
16Italy1569
16Netherlands1569
18Sweden1558
19Peru1552
20Poland1550
20Senegal1550
22
USA
1548
23 Iran1518
24Wales1514
25Ukraine1513
26Venezuela1505
27Austria1498
28Romania1497
29Tunisia1496
29Northern Ireland1496
31Slovakia1491
32Republic of Ireland1489
33Nigeria1481
33Japan1481
35Serbia1477
36Iceland1473
37Korea Republic1467
37Turkey1467
39Paraguay1464
40Algeria1463
41Morocco1461
42Bosnia and Herzegovina1453
43Czech Republic1448
44Costa Rica1445
45Hungary1442
46Australia1436
46Russia1436
48Scotland1433
49Egypt1431
50Norway1429
50Ghana1429
52Jamaica1425
53Cameroon1409
54Greece1403
55Montenegro1401
56Congo DR1395
57
Icory Coast
1394
57Finland1394
59Mali1389
60Bulgaria1388
61Burkina Faso1381
62Qatar1375
63Slovenia1363
64Albania1362
65United Arab Emirates1360
66Ecuador1359
67Honduras1350
68Saudi Arabia1342
68El Salvador1342
70South Africa1338
71China PR1333
71North Macedonia1333
73Bolivia1332
74Panama1331
75Guinea1325
76Cape Verde Islands1319
77Iraq1315
78Canada1312
79Curacao1309
80Uganda1305
81Zambia1299
82Benin1295
83Haiti1288
84Israel1286
84Belarus1286
84Uzbekistan1286
87Syria1277
87Oman1277
87Lebanon1277
90Gabon1272
91Congo1265
91Luxembourg1265
93Cyprus1258
94Georgia1255
95Kyrgyz Republic1252
96Madagascar1251
97Vietnam1232
98Armenia1230
99Jordan1229
100Estonia1228