The much maligned 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar is finally due to get underway, with 32 of the world’s biggest teams converging on the Middle East, looking to claim the biggest prize in football.
The usual mix of big names and upstarts will battle it out over the course of the 28 days of action, with the November/December scheduling sure to have an impact on the destination of the trophy.
France won the title back in 2018 and look well placed again to attempt to retain their trophy whilst the usual suspects of Brazil, Argentina and Germany will all fancy their chances in Qatar.
Here are our betting tips and predictions for the 2022 World Cup winner, Golden Boot Winner, and Name the Finalists.
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FIFA World Cup 2022 Predictions
2022 FIFA World Cup Winner
Best Bet: Brazil – $5.00 Bet @ BlueBet
Brazil are synonymous with World Cup football and have lifted the trophy on no fewer than 5 occasions. It has however been 20 years of relative pain for Brazil at World Cups in recent times and they will be out to avenge that in Qatar. With the likes of Neymar, Gabriel Jesus and Richarlison in their squad, they look well equipped to mount a serious challenge and they look to have a very winnable group – featuring Cameroon, Switzerland, and Serbia.
Next Best Bet: Argentina – $7.00 Bet @ BlueBet
2014 World Cup finalists Argentina are still chasing World Cup glory with Lionel Messi in their ranks and with it perhaps being his last major tournament, the stakes could not be higher. In comparison to recent tournaments, this Argentina side looks relatively youthful, which could be a blessing in disguise here in Qatar. A very winnable group of Saudi Arabia, Mexico and Poland awaits and from there, Argentina could be very much in the mix.
Value Bet: France – $8.00 Bet @ BlueBet
Winning back-to-back World Cups is always a big ask but France look to be well up for the challenge here in Qatar. Kylian Mbappe was the differential for les Blues in 2018 and he looks set to continue to have a serious impact at another World Cup. Didier Deschamps remains at the helm and the group of Denmark, Australia and Tunisia looks manageable, making it another tournament in which France could go deep.
2022 FIFA World Cup Golden Boot Winner
Best Bet: Harry Kane – England – $8.00 Bet @ BlueBet
2018 FIFA World Cup Golden Boot winner Harry Kane has continued to bang the goals in for club and country over the past few seasons and if England are to have any sort of chance here in Qatar, Harry Kane will be integral to their hopes.
Next Best Bet: Kylian Mbappe – France – $10.00 Bet @ BlueBet
PSG superstar Kylian Mbappe will be out to keep banging in the goals at international level and his stock has risen substantially since the 2018 World Cup. France have plenty of striking options but if Mbappe finds form in Qatar, it could be two from two for les Blues.
Value Bet: Lionel Messi – Argentina – $11.00 Bet @ BlueBet
Winning a World Cup remains the one thing outstanding on the Lionel Messi bucket list and how he would love a Golden Boot to match. He continues to bang the goals in for PSG and he will carry the hopes of the Argentine nation once again in 2022.
2022 FIFA World Cup Finalists
Part of the intrigue with the World Cup is planning a team’s potential route to the final.
Here are our best bets for potential final matchups:
Best Bet: France vs. Brazil – $13.00 Bet @ BlueBet
France and Brazil head up the list of sides that could potentially meet in the final, with relatively comfortable looking opening groups on paper. There is a lot of football to be played before the final showpiece on December 19th, but France vs Brazil is mouth-watering prospect.
Next Best Bet: Germany vs. Spain – $21.00 Bet @ BlueBet
Two European giants in the form of Germany and Spain will be out for glory from the outset and whilst they both have tricky looking draws, their World Cup stock is as strong as any, making them candidates to progress to the final reckonings of the tournament.
Value Bet: France vs. England – $25.00 Bet @ BlueBet
Defending champions France and European Championship runners up England have no love lost historically but they both look to be sides that are showing signs of improvement heading into the tournament, making a final matchup a potentially fascinating one.