The FIFA World Cup in Qatar is set to be one of the biggest sporting events of the year, with sports fans from all over the world tuning in to watch the action. This is also an opportunity to bet on the games, but what types of soccer bets can you place, and what else do you need to know about it?
Betting on the Outcome of a Single Match
The top sports betting sites have a variety of bet types you can choose from. Among them, betting on the outcome of a single match is the simplest and most common. You’ll see that some games have a clear favorite, such as when Brazil plays Cameroon, or Spain takes on Costa Rica, but other games will have much closer odds.
With 32 teams participating, a total of 64 games will be played in Qatar. The opening day will see the host nation play against Ecuador at the Al Bayt Stadium on November 20. The final game is scheduled to take place on December 18 at the Lusail Iconic Stadium.
The Overall World Cup Winner
Choosing the winner of the World Cup is known as a team outright type of bet. This is a very difficult prediction because at least six or seven of the 32 teams have a chance of winning. For example, France won the 2018 event by beating Croatia in the final, while Brazil is currently ranked number one in the FIFA rankings, ahead of Belgium and Argentina.
This means that the odds are typically quite generous, as most people bet on a single overwhelming favorite. Of course, if you place a wager like this and your team makes it to the final, you may need to wait until the entire tournament is finished before finding out whether you have any winnings to collect.
With the 32 teams divided into eight different groups, you also have the option of betting for the team you think will win any of the groups. This is more difficult than predicting the outcome of an individual game but not as hard as working out who will win the full thing.
If we look at the example of Group C, we can see Argentina, Saudi Arabia, Mexico, and Poland. Argentina is the clear favorite to win the group, with Mexico and Poland having similar odds and Saudi Arabia the underdogs.
There are many other types of soccer bets available for the World Cup 2022. These include picking accumulators or parlays covering several games, trying to guess the final score, and wagering on who will score the first goal.
An alternative is to try in-play betting, where you place a bet while the game takes place. This means you must keep an eye on how the game is progressing and decide whether to cash out your winnings early if you’re allowed to do so.
All of these different betting methods on the World Cup mean that anyone interested in wagering on this event can look for a way that suits them.
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