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World Cup 2022 Betting Odds: Favorites To Win
The top 6 nations in the conversation this year had won the World Cup at least once. Here are the latest odds, from PointsBet Sportsbook New York in the second column and BetRivers New York in the fourth. And the Cup stayed in that family as Argentina topped France in a spectacular final.
Croatia defeated Morocco for third place.
2022 World Cup Betting Markets
The 2022 World Cup opened play November 20. The first match was between the host nation, Qatar, and Ecuador.
This every-four-years soccer spectacular is a betting extravaganza – FIFA, the worldwide governing body of the sport, estimated that $155 billion was wagered legally in 2018, an average of $2.4 billion per match over 64 matches. Of course, the final was the king, with an estimated $8.2 billion bet on that match alone. With that much money at stake, all sportsbooks in the U.S. are already open taking wagers.
2022 World Cup Betting: Wagers You Can Make
There will be scores of betting options for the 2022 World Cup, from tournament winner to how far teams will advance, to top scorers, whether or not there will be a first-time winner, how the USA will do and more. Here is a look at some of the more likely wagers.
Reach Final, Reach Semifinal And Reach Quarterfinal
The lower the bar, the more likely teams are to reach them. Favorites are less than twice as likely to hit with each step down. Longshots are more than twice as likely to reach a lower level of success. There are no ties at this stage of the tournament – every game is a win-or-go-home contest.
These pre-tournament odds are from Caesars Sportsbook New York show the odds progressions.
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Latest 2022 World Cup Odds Flow
Golden Boot Winner
The top goal scorer is recognized with the Golden Boot, a prestigious award for the player who delivered huge on the largest stage. Here are the players most favored to win the Golden Boot, with odds from BetRivers Sportsbook NY.
Team success is important – the longer the team is alive, the more matches to put the ball in the net. Scheme is important as well, as some sides play a more defensive style and others have a well-rounded attack that produces goals from multiple players.
This is a soccer and betting festival that mimics the opening rounds of the NCAA Basketball Tournament, but with a different format (group stage and knockout stage). There are multiple matches every day for the first 16 days, and because the event is being held in Qatar – seven hours ahead of U.S. Eastern Time – there are lots of daytime opportunities to watch and wager. There are even four matches on Thanksgiving Day. The event being in Qatar also accounts for the November-December timeframe, which is reasonably cooler than summer there.
Game odds for USA and Christian Pulisic (above) from BetMGM Sportsbook subject to change. Last updated November 30, 2022.
The United States has qualified from Group Stage five times (1930, 1994, 2002, 2010, 2014 and 2022) and has one knockout round victory, 2-0 vs. Mexico in 2002. Its all-time World Cup record is 9-19-8.
Sunday, November 20
Ecuador 2, Qatar 0
Monday, November 21
England 6, Iran 2 | Netherlands 2, Senegal 0 | USA 1, Wales 1
Tuesday, November 22
Saudi Arabia 2, Argentina 1 | Denmark 0, Tunisia 0 | Mexico 0, Poland 0 | France 4, Australia 1
Wednesday, November 23
Morocco 0, Croatia 0 | Japan 2, Germany 1 | Spain 7, Costa Rica 0 | Belgium 1, Canada 0
Thursday, November 24
Switzerland 1, Cameroon 0 | Uruguay 0, South Korea 0 | Portugal 3, Ghana 2 | Brazil 2, Serbia 0
Friday, November 25
Iran 2, Wales 0 | Senegal 3, Qatar 1 | Netherlands 1, Ecuador 1 | England 0, USA 0
Saturday, November 26
Australia 1, Tunisia 0 | Poland 2, Saudi Arabia 0 | France 2, Denmark 1 | Argentina 2, Mexico 0
Sunday, November 27
Costa Rica 1, Japan 0 | Morocco 2, Belgium 0 | Croatia 4, Canada 1 | Spain 1, Germany 1
Monday, November 28
Cameroon 3, Serbia 3 | Ghana 3, South Korea 2 | Brazil 1, Switzerland 0 | Portugal 2, Uruguay 0
Tuesday, November 29
Netherlands 2, Qatar 0 | Senegal 2, Ecuador 1 | USA 1, Iran 0 | England 3, Wales 0
Wednesday, November 30
Australia 1, Denmark 0 | Tunisia 1, France 0 | Argentina 2, Poland 0 | Mexico 2, Saudi Arabia 1
Thursday, December 1
Croatia 0, Belgium 0 | Morocco 2, Canada 1 | Japan 2, Spain 1 | Germany 4, Costa Rica 2
Friday, December 2
Uruguay 2, Ghana 0 | South Korea 2, Portugal 1 | Switzerland 3, Serbia 2 | Cameroon 1, Brazil 0
Saturday, December 3 (Round Of 16)
Netherlands 3, USA 1 | Argentina 2, Australia 1
Sunday, December 4
England 3, Senegal 0 | France 3, Poland 1
Monday, December 5
Croatia 1 (3 PK), Japan 1 (1 PK) | Brazil 4, South Korea 1
Tuesday, December 6
Morocco 0 (3 PK), Spain 0 (0 PK) | Portugal 6, Switzerland 1
Friday, December 9 (Quarterfinals)
Argentina 2 (4 PK), Netherlands 2 (3 PK) | Croatia 1 (4 PK), Brazil 1 (2 PK)
Saturday, December 10
France 2, England 1 | Morocco 1, Portugal 0
Tuesday, December 13 (Semifinals)
Argentina 3, Croatia 0
Wednesday, December 14
France 2, Morocco
Saturday, December 17 (Third-Place Game)
Croatia 2, Morocco 1
Sunday, December 18 (World Cup Final)
Argentina 3 (4 PK), France 3 (2 PK)
New York Sportsbooks Expect to Be Busy During 2022 World Cup
The Empire State has quickly become the national leader in sports betting handle, less than a year after launching online wagering within its boundaries.
In total, New York sportsbooks have raked in more than $11 billion in handle since January, the most in the country during that span.
As we approach the opening kickoff of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, EmpireStakes.com wanted to project how the state of New York would do, wager-wise, during the event.
Based off data collected by the American Gaming Association, we have a ballpark projection for how much will be wagered on the matches in Doha ($1.8 billion) nationally and can use the year-to-date sports betting handle total ($63.735 billion) to come up with a projection.
Because New York sports betting has between 18% and 19% of the national betting total each month, the estimate for legal World Cup betting in the state is from $230 million to $245 million.
AGA: Americans To Wager $1.8B on World Cup
The aforementioned AGA World Cup survey found American bettors will wager $1.8 billion on the event, which bodes well for the New York market in the month ahead.
The AGA survey found most Americans who bet on the World Cup will do so online, largely through New York’s existing sportsbook applications.
The AGA’s survey found that 72% of bettors will place their wagers through legal sportsbooks or a bookie, with the rest coming through pools and other communal forms of betting.
When you include the additional 28% of potential revenue, you can pin New York’s World Cup wagering potential anywhere from $320 to $340 million, which would be the top market in the country.
The AGA’s survey found 9.8 million, or 48% of the 20.5 million adults who plan to wager on the 2022 World Cup, plan to do so on their phones or computers. Those folks can take advantage of New York sports betting offers at EmpireStakes.com.
World Cup History
There have been 21 World Cups and eight nations have won it all – Brazil (5 times), Italy (4), Germany (4), Uruguay (2), Argentina (2), France (2), England (1) and Spain (1).
All World Cup Winners
Among previous champions, only Italy, ranked No. 6 in the world, did not qualify for this World Cup.
Most Goals Scored In A Single World Cup
🥇 Just Fontaine, France (1958), 13
⭐ Sandor Kocsis, Hungary (1954), 11
⭐ Gerd Muller West Germany (1970), 10
⭐ Ferreira Eusebio, Portugal (1966), 9
⭐ Guillermo Stabile, Argentina (1930), 8
⭐ Leonidas da Silva, Brazil (1938), 8
⭐ Ronaldo, Brazil (2002), 8
The past 5 Golden Boot winners are England’s Harry Kane (2018, 7 goals), Colombia’s James Rodríguez (2014, 6), Germany’s Thomas Müller (2010, 5), Germany’s Miroslav Klose (2006, 5) and Croatia’s Davor Suker (2002, 6). None of those players were on teams that won that year’s World Cup.
World Cup 2022 Betting FAQ
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Yes. You can place bets already at many of the top New York Sportsbooks, covering wagers from which nation will win the World Cup to which nations will advance to varying stages and which player will win the Golden Boot for leading goal scorer.
Yes. Not only can you bet on it, it is one of the biggest events globally for sports wagering. FIFA, soccer's worldwide governing body, estimated that $155 billion was wagered legally in 2018, an average of $2.4 billion per match over 64 matches. An estimated $8.2 billion was bet on the World Cup Final alone.
The full match schedule for the 2022 FIFA World Cup is available on multiple websites, including here on EmpireStakes.com. There will be 64 matches played over 29 days. Matches are held in different cities, and most of the starting times will be staggered to allow maximum viewership.
Most of the traditional soccer powers are at the top of the oddsmakers' lists. Brazil, which has won the event five times, is No. 1 with most bookmakers at +400. France (+600), Argentina (+600), England (+700), Spain (+800) and Germany (+1000) round out the top 6 at BetMGM as of October 26.
Yes, the United States qualified for the 2022 World Cup by finishing third in CONCACAF qualifying behind Canada and Mexico. This World Cup will be the 11th for the US, but a rebound event as it missed out on participating in the 2018 World Cup.
The World Cup is being played in Qatar, a peninsular Arab country that shares a border with Saudi Arabia. It will be the first World Cup held in the Middle East. Qatar's bid to host the 2022 World Cup beat out bids from the United States, South Korea, Japan and Australia.
The World Cup traditionally has been played in June and July, but the temperatures in Qatar in June and July average above 97 degrees, with maximum temperatures of 108. The temperatures in November (78) and December (69) are healthier for players and fans, and more conducive to better soccer.
The 2022 FIFA World Cup will be broadcast live across FOX Sports (both FOX and FS1) in English, as well as on Telemundo in Spanish. You can live stream the 2022 FIFA World Cup on Fubo, Peacock, SlingTV and Vidgo.
The FIFA 2022 World Cup began November 20 with a match between Qatar, the host nation, and Ecuador.
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