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.

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2022 FIFA World Cup FAQ

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.

How many teams are playing at the 2022 FIFA World Cup?

There will be 32 teams playing at the 2022 FIFA World Cup. The 2022 World Cup will be the last to involve 32 teams before the tournament increases to 48 teams for the 2026 World Cup.

Where is the 2026 FIFA World Cup?

The 2026 World Cup will be jointly hosted by 16 cities in the United States, Canada and Mexico.

When is the 2022 FIFA World Cup being played?

The 2022 FIFA World Cup is being played from 21 November - 18 December 2022. Due to the extreme heat in Qatar during summer and safety concerns regarding players and supporters, the 2022 World Cup was scheduled to be played in winter.

When does the 2022 FIFA World Cup start?

The 2022 FIFA World Cup starts on 21 November 2022, with the final set to take place on 18 December.

When is the 2022 FIFA World Cup Final?

The 2022 FIFA World Cup Final is set to take place on 18 December 2022.

Who has won the most FIFA World Cup titles?

Brazil have won the most FIFA World Cup titles with five World Cup titles (1958, 1962, 1970, 1994 & 2002). Germany and Italy have each won four FIFA World Cups. Argentina, France and Uruguay have won two titles with England and Spain winning one World Cup each.

Who won the 2018 FIFA World Cup?

France won the 2018 FIFA World Cup, beating Croatia 4-2 in the final on 15 July in Moscow, Russia. France's goals came through a Mario Mandzukic own goal, Antoine Griezmann, Paul Pogba and Kylian Mbappe. Croatia's goals were scored by Ivan Perisic and Mario Mandzukic.

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FIFA World Cup Results


Get the latest FIFA World Cup results to get ahead of the bookmakers for the upcoming matches. The 2022 FIFA World Cup betting odds will fluctuate until kick off for each match so getting in early is essential for finding value.

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Take advantage of 2022 FIFA World Cup free bets when you sign up for a new account with an online bookmaker. Use FIFA World Cup free bets during the tournament to get your sports betting account off to a positive start.

FIFA World Cup Bet of the Day


We will select our best bet during the 2022 FIFA World Cup as our bet of the day. Our bet of the day could come from football markets including full time result, over 2.5 goals, BTTS, handicap or player markets including first goalscorer and anytime goalscorer.

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?


Brazil are the favourites to win the 2022 FIFA World Cup. Bookmakers have a number of teams close behind including Germany, France, Spain, England, Argentina and Belgium.

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


We have all the latest 2022 FIFA World Cup betting odds including 2022 FIFA World Cup Winner. 

2022 FIFA World Cup Betting Odds


Check the 2022 FIFA World Cup betting odds regularly in the years and months leading up to the tournament to find value in the betting markets. The main market is 2022 World Cup Winner with more markets announced closer to the start of the tournament including Group Winners, Finish Bottom of the Group and To Reach the 2022 World Cup Final.

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 Winners and Runners-up & Hosts


Year Winner Runners-up Hosts
2026 tba tba United States, Canada and Mexico.
2022 tba tba Qatar
2018 France Croatia Russia
2014 Germany Argentina Brazil
2010 Spain Netherlands South Africa
2006 Italy France Germany
2002 Brazil Germany South Korea & Japan
1998 France Brazil France
1994 Brazil Italy United States
1990 West Germany Argentina Italy
1986 Argentina West Germany Mexico
1982 Italy West Germany Spain
1978 Argentina Netherlands Argentina
1974 West Germany Netherlands West Germany
1970 Brazil Italy Mexico
1966 England West Germany England
1962 Brazil Czechoslovakia Chile
1958 Brazil Sweden Sweden
1954 West Germany Hungary Switzerland
1950 Uruguay Brazil Brazil
1938 Italy Hungary France
1934 Italy Czechoslovakia Italy
1930 Uruguay Argentina Uruguay

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.

FIFA World Ranking (at 20 February 2020)


RankTeamPoints
1
Belgium
1765
2
France
1733
3
Brazil
1712
4
England
1661
5
Uruguay
1645
6
Croatia
1642
7
Portugal
1639
8
Spain
1636
9
Argentina
1623
10
Colombia
1622
11
Mexico
1621
12
Switzerland
1608
13
Italy
1607
14
Netherlands
1604
15
Germany
1602
16
Denmark
1598
17
Sweden
1579
17
Chile
1579
19
Poland
1559
20
Senegal
1555
21
Peru
1544
22
USA
1542
23
Wales
1540
24
Ukraine
1537
25
Venezuela
1517
26
Austria
1507
27
Tunisia
1506
28
Japan
1500
29
Turkey
1494
29
Serbia
1494
31
Nigeria
1493
32
Slovakia
1490
33
IR Iran
1489
34
Republic of Ireland
1486
35
Algeria
1482
36
Northern Ireland
1476
37
Romania
1475
38
Russia
1470
39
Iceland
1465
40
Korea Republic
1464
41
Paraguay
1461
42
Australia
1457
43
Morocco
1456
44
Norway
1451
45
Czech Republic
1446
46
Costa Rica
1439
46
Ghana
1439
48
Jamaica
1437
49
Bosnia and Herzegovina
1430
50
Scotland
1422
51
Egypt
1420
52
Hungary
1416
53
Cameroon
1413
54
Greece
1409
55
Qatar
1396
56
Mali
1389
56
Congo DR
1389
58
Finland
1386
59
Bulgaria
1381
59
Burkina Faso
1381
61
Côte d'Ivoire
1378
62
Honduras
1377
63
Ecuador
1368
64
Montenegro
1365
64
Slovenia
1365
66
Albania
1356
67
Saudi Arabia
1351
68
North Macedonia
1347
69
El Salvador
1346
70
Iraq
1344
71
United Arab Emirates
1334
71
South Africa
1334
73
Canada
1332
74
Guinea
1328
75
Bolivia
1324
76
China PR
1323
77
Uganda
1321
78
Cabo Verde
1318
79
Syria
1314
80
Curaçao
1313
81
Panama
1304
82
Oman
1303
83
Gabon
1297
84
Benin
1295
85
Uzbekistan
1289
86
Haiti
1285
87
Belarus
1280
88
Zambia
1279
89
Congo
1269
89
Lebanon
1269
91
Georgia
1267
91
Madagascar
1267
93
Israel
1260
94
Vietnam
1258
95
Cyprus
1251
96
Kyrgyz Republic
1240
97
Jordan
1238
98
Luxembourg
1236
99
Bahrain
1225
100
Mauritania
1223

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