With the 2022 World cup tournament just around the corner, sports bettors can expect a wide range of betting markets to choose from. From outright betting, moneyline, point spread, single bet, accumulator and parlay, there’s going to be a whole lot of action on the big stage.
Here are some of the most notable mentions:
The moneyline is the simplest and most common bet you will find on any bookie. This type of bet is also known as a three-way bet; Win, Draw, Lose. However, some bookies tend to skip on the draw section during some World Cup matches like Quarterfinals, Semi-finals, and the final game. Odds on moneyline teams are determined by team strength, with the favourites given a negative moneyline and the underdogs given a positive moneyline. For example, you might come across a game with the following moneyline odds:
If you’re a fan of soccer, you will know that France is one of the only 8 teams to lift the trophy and most likely to win this game.
Being the favourite of both teams, the odds on France are lower but your chances of getting a win are much higher if you bet on them.
Spreads are some of the most popular betting markets and could be a great way to win on your wager if you know the competing teams well enough. Spreads refer to the total number of points in the game, however, when it comes to soccer, spreads are based on goals rather than points. Soccer games don’t usually record many goals so the spreads aren’t high.
When betting on World Cup matches, you could come across spreads like -1.5/+1.5, which means the underdogs need to win the game or lose by less than one goal while the favourites need to win by 2 or more goals.
Spread bets do come in handy if a big name like Brazil, France or Argentina is facing a team with fewer feats like Ghana or Costa Rica.
Totals betting also known as over/under betting is a famed choice for Canadian soccer bettors. As the name implies, total bets involve predicting the total number of goals scored in the game. The actual numbers will be decided by the oddsmakers and you get to choose over or under based on your preferred number.
For example, a match against Spain and Iran could have a total of 2.5. You could choose to bet over, meaning that 3 or more goals will be scored in the match or under, meaning that 2 or fewer goals will be scored.
When compared with other betting markets, total bets are very flexible. You could be given the option to bet on the total number of goals scored in the entire game, in either half, in the first ten minutes, or more depending on the online bookie.
The correct score is one of the riskiest types of bets available on World Cup matches, however, it also has the highest potential. Just as the name implies, bettors will have to predict the exact score of a game to win.
In a game between England and Qatar, you can easily tell that England is going to make an easy win here considering their current form and players. A correct score could be 4-2, 3-1 or even 2-0.
The main goal here is to get the exact score right. This is very tricky and is entirely based on luck.
Keep in mind that choosing a score like 4-2 will provide a higher potential win than when you go for a 2-0 score. There is no margin for error, so you might want to consider choosing a score that reflects the potential of the team rather than focusing on the returns.
Prop bets are not very popular with World Cup games, but they could offer you a chance to get lucky. Typically, there are two kinds of prop bets – team props and player props. Team props are bets on a team’s performance while player props are all about the performance of individual players. Both betting types have nothing to do with the final outcome or score of the game.
Some team props examples include:
- Will Team Canada be Eliminated at Quarterfinal?
- Will Team Canada qualify for the 2022 World Cup?
Players’ props could be as follows:
- Will Messi score a goal?
- Will Lukaka get a yellow card?
- Will Mpabbe score a hattrick?
These props will be offered on specific games as determined by the sportsbook
Some bettors prefer to stick to individual games where luck is more likely to shine on them, while others appreciate the wait for a big slice of the winning pie. If you’re the latter, then outright bets on the World Cup is the right choice for you. Outright bets are wagers made on the result of an entire competition. For example, if you want to place an Outright Winner World Cup bet, you would predict which team or nation will take the trophy at the end of the competition.
There are different types of Outright bets but the Outright winner is the most popular. Depending on the bookie, you could bet which teams will come Second and Third, as well as which players that will take the Golden Boot, Golden Ball, and Golden Glove. Some bookies may get more creative, allowing you to make predictions on the top teams; whether or not they will reach the Quarterfinals, semifinals, or finals.
For most bettors, outright bets are some of the hardest markets to get right, but that’s not always so with World Cup games. While the World Cup has been played more than 20 times, only 8 countries have emerged victorious. These countries are Brazil, Germany, Spain, Uruguay, France, Italy, Argentina, and England. If you’re predicting an Outright Winner, that gives you only 8 choices to worry about.
France is the current world champion and possesses one of the strongest teams. However, they flopped at the Euro 2021, losing to Switzerland in the round of 16.
Spain suffered a defeat to Italy in the Semi-finals which saw the latter cleared for the final with England. Italy later emerged victorious becoming the European champions. The Euro 2020 gives some detail as to the form of the top teams from Europe. In my opinion, France, Italy, Spain, and England are the main contenders.
From the South American side, you have Brazil and Argentina. Both teams put on a stellar performance in the Copa America competition in 2021 with Argentina lifting the cup and Brazil taking the runners-up position.
However, Argentina is less likely to be a major contender this year, considering the woes of its top star Lionel Messi. Brazil, on the other hand, still has names like Neymar, Thiago Silva, and Philippe Coutinho on their side. However, their chances are slim considering they’ve never been in the championship, runner-up, or third place position in the last four World Cup competitions.
If the current form of the national team players is anything to go by, then the World Cup championship would be said to be between Spain, France, Italy, and England. My preferred pick would be France or Italy. These two teams have the right experience to claim another World Cup win.
Betting on the underdogs
Every once in a while, the underdogs tend to shock the crowd with a stunning performance. Portugal is one of such underdogs. While they won the Euro 2016, they’ve seen little luck in other international competitions and are yet to qualify for the World Cup (as at the time of writing this article). Other underdog teams like Switzerland, Poland, Belgium, Netherlands, and Denmark have shown they have what it takes to be contenders in the past and would likely put up a win.
However, betting on the underdog teams should be limited to the group stages and the round of 16. I would recommend going for straight wins on moneyline bets, but you should also watch out for draws as some group teams do up a fight.
Belgium and Switzerland are two of the well-known underdogs that push all the way to the quarter-finals. Belgium secured a third place win in the 2018 World Cup but only made it to the Quarter-finals in the Euro 2020. Switzerland also has a similar portfolio. These two teams could bring you some easy wins on moneyline and other betting markets.