World Cup 2022 Odds and Betting
This year’s tournament will be missing some usual heavy hitters such as four-time champions Italy, who failed to qualify for their second consecutive World Cup after losing a 1-0 playoff against North Macedonia. Also absent from the competition will be Sweden, Colombia, Chile, Egypt, and Nigeria as they all missed out on qualification as well. The United States will make their long-awaited return to the World Cup stage after missing out on 2018 in Russia, while Canada, Mexico, and Costa Rica will join them as representatives of CONCACAF. While Brazil open as the favorites to win, they’re followed closely by powerhouses Argentina, France, Spain, England and Germany.
World Cup 2022 FAQs
Where is the World Cup being played?
The 2022 FIFA World Cup is being held in Qatar, which was announced by FIFA back in 2010. Qatar is a peninsula located in the Middle East and shares a border with Saudi Arabia. Qatar built seven brand new stadiums from scratch for the tournament to bring the total to eight venues that will play as host for the World Cup matches.
When is the World Cup?
The 2022 FIFA World Cup will take place between November 21 and December 18, with the first group stage match between Senegal and Netherlands taking place at 5:00 a.m. ET. The final will be held on Sunday, December 18 at Lusail Iconic Stadium.
Who won the last World Cup?
France won the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, marking their second-ever World Cup title. They defeated Croatia with a score of 4-2 in the final match, with goals from Mario Mandžukić, Antoine Griezmann, Paul Pogba, and young phenom Kylian Mbappé, who was just 19 years old at the time. Mbappé finished the tournament with four goals overall, tied with the likes of Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo and Belgium’s Romelu Lukaku.
How does the World Cup format work?
32 teams from around the world who qualified for this year’s World Cup are split into eight groups of four for the group stage. Each team plays each other once within their respective group, with the top two finishers from each group advancing to the knockout rounds. From there, it’s a win-or-go-home competition until there’s only one team left standing as the World Cup champions.