FIFA World Cup Betting PicksThe most famous sports tournament, the FIFA World Cup takes place every four years. The soccer tournament alternates around the globe where the best nations battle it out to be crowned the best footballing side. The 2018 FIFA World Cup was hosted in Russia and featured 32 teams from all the seven continents. Our World Cup betting guide includes a brief history into how the format of the cup competition is laid out, some of the most recent winners along with which team is pegged as favourites for the 2022 FIFA World Cup. Find a list of the best soccer betting sites to bet on the FIFA World Cup in 2022.

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Betting Odds for the Soccer World Cup

National teams that participate in the FIFA World Cup are put to the test when they face continental foes in the qualifiers. The 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers are played during the international break when domestic leagues around the world take a two-week hiatus. National teams from Europe, Africa, Australasia, North America, South America. Winners of the World Cup get an automatic place in the Confederations Cup hosted by the host nation of the World Cup. The spots that are already confirmed are France (2018 FIFA World Cup Winners) and Qatar (host nation).

FIFA World Cup Favourites

When looking for top bets for the FIFA World Cup, you’ve come to the right place. The favourites to win World Cup have always come from the teams with the most star players. Brazil is the most successful nation with five World Cup titles and just so happens to be the country that exports the most soccer players in the world. They are always in the thick of things and will definitely have a lot to say with players like Neymar and Philipe Coutinho in their arsenal. The reigning champions France won the tournament with a young squad and will have a bulk of their players in the peak years of their professional career in 2022. It will undoubtedly be the last chance that Lionel Messi and possibly Cristiano Ronaldo have at winning trophy, with both players in the twilight years of their football career.

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2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers

In between the four years of every World Cup tournament, there are games played to determine the teams that will contest the competition. The group winners of the qualifiers round-robin format will get a place in the competition. The host nation does not need to qualify as they automatically do by virtue of being host. Representatives of the different continents all represent different football federations. The allocation of spaces in the tournament has been a contentious issue for many years, with European teams having the most slots. Here’s a list of the different federations along with the allocated spots in the tournament:

  • Asian Football Confederation (Asia): 4.5 (not including host nation)
  • Confederation of African Football (CAF): 5 teams
  • UEFA (Europe): 13
  • Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF): 3.5
  • Oceania Football Confederation (OFC): 0.5
  • South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL): 4.5

Most Recent FIFA World Cup Winners and Runners-up

Year Host Nation Winner Runner-Up
2022 Qatar
2018 Russia France Croatia
2014 Brazil Germany Argentina
2010 South Africa Spain Netherlands
2006 Germany Italy France
2002 South Korea & Japan Brazil Germany
1998 France France Brazil
1994 United States Brazil Italy
1990 Italy West Germany Argentina