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 bet365 in the betting odds for the 2022 FIFA World Cup followed by France, Germany and Spain. England, Argentina and Belgium are further back followed by Netherlands, Italy 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 4 November 2019:

TeamOdds
Brazil
6.50
France
8.00
Germany
8.00
Spain
8.00
England
11.00
Argentina
11.00
Belgium
13.00
Netherlands
17.00
Italy
19.00
Portugal
21.00
Croatia
41.00
Uruguay
41.00
Colombia
41.00
Chile
51.00
Mexico
67.00
USA
101.00
Sweden
101.00
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
Qatartbatba
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 4 November 2019)


Rank Team Total Points
1
Belgium
1755
2
France
1726
3
Brazil
1715
4
England
1651
5
Uruguay
1642
6
Portugal
1632
7
Croatia
1631
8
Spain
1625
9
Argentina
1617
10
Colombia
1615
11
Mexico
1613
12
Netherlands
1602
13
Switzerland
1601
14
Denmark
1599
15
Italy
1593
16
Germany
1586
17
Chile
1579
18
Sweden
1563
19
Peru
1548
20
Senegal
1546
21
Poland
1544
22
Ukraine
1536
23
USA
1530
24
Wales
1524
25
Austria
1520
26
Venezuela
1512
27 Iran 1505
28
Japan
1498
29
Tunisia
1495
29
Romania
1495
31
Slovakia
1493
32
Turkey
1490
33
Serbia
1485
34
Northern Ireland
1483
35
Nigeria
1481
36
Republic of Ireland
1480
37
Russia
1474
38
Algeria
1469
39
Korea Republic
1466
40
Iceland
1460
41
Paraguay
1458
42
Morocco
1457
43
Czech Republic
1454
44
Australia
1450
45
Norway
1441
45
Jamaica
1441
47
Costa Rica
1436
48
Bosnia and Herzegovina
1435
49
Egypt
1433
50
Hungary
1429
51
Ghana
1426
52
Cameroon
1409
53
Scotland
1406
54
Congo DR
1399
55
Finland
1395
56
Côte d'Ivoire
1392
57
Qatar
1391
58
Greece
1388
59
Mali
1386
60
Burkina Faso
1378
61
Bulgaria
1371
61
Montenegro
1371
63
Honduras
1368
63
Ecuador
1368
65
Slovenia
1367
65
Albania
1367
67
United Arab Emirates
1353
68
North Macedonia
1344
69
Canada
1339
69
Saudi Arabia
1339
69
China PR
1339
72
South Africa
1337
73
El Salvador
1336
74
Iraq
1327
75
Bolivia
1324
76
Curacao
1323
77
Cape Verde Islands
1319
78
Guinea
1317
79
Uganda
1311
80
Panama
1310
81
Zambia
1299
82
Benin
1293
83
Syria
1292
84
Oman
1289
85
Uzbekistan
1287
86
Belarus
1286
87
Gabon
1285
88
Haiti
1281
89
Israel
1278
90
Georgia
1274
91
Lebanon
1266
92
Congo
1265
93
Cyprus
1263
94
Kyrgyz Republic
1252
95
Madagascar
1249
96
Luxembourg
1248
97
Vietnam
1245
98
Jordan
1236
99
Armenia
1226
99
Palestine
1226