FIFA World Cup 2022 Predictions, Odds & Preview
There are a little more than six months left until the beginning of the most popular and highest quality football competition in the world. Although it is still early for any World Cup 2022 predictions, football fans around the world and the best betting sites have started with preliminary calculations. Who will win the World Cup? Who will be the top scorer? Who will be the biggest disappointment, and who will be the most pleasant surprise of the tournament? Will we see any unexpected results in the group stage?
These are the most common topics that football fans discuss, and in the following paragraphs, we will express our opinion and try to make some predictions. Most European and world betting sites have announced odds for the most popular specials. We will use the odds from bet365 and 22bet in this article because both betting platforms are definitely among the best sportsbooks.
World Cup 2022 Predictions – Winner
An exciting World Cup is before us, and it is really difficult to predict the winner from this perspective. Several national teams are among the main favorites, and we will give a slight advantage to France, the current world champion. Only twice has a national team won two consecutive tournaments in the history of the World Cup. Those were Italy (1934 and 1938) and Brazil (1958 and 1962), but as you can see, the last time it happened was exactly 60 years ago.
An interesting fact is that in four of the last five World Cups, the current World Champions ended their participation in the group stage. France was eliminated in 2002, the Italians in 2010, the Spaniards in 2014, and the Germans in 2018, and only Brazil managed to get out of the group stage in 2006, but the Cariocas were eliminated in the quarterfinals.
The French have had a powerful national team for years and manager Didier Deschamps often has more than 20 players who play at the top level. The popular “Tricolors” will be led in Qatar by Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema, who is playing his dream season and is already one of the candidates for the best player of the year. If he won the FIFA World Cup Trophy, he would solve all the dilemmas.
Mbappe, Pogba, Griezmann, Kante, Coman, Lenglet, Pavard, Varane, Lloris, Rabiot, Digne, Kimpembe, Hernandez, Dembele, Lemar. This squad will take your breath away, and more great talents of French football will surely emerge before the start of the World Cup.
France finished the last EURO below expectations and they were defeated in the eighth finals by Switzerland. Therefore, we believe that this experienced team full of qualifications will not allow themselves two consecutive unsuccessful competitions. Moreover, we predict that they will win the World Cup, and bet365 offers very good odds – 6.5.
RIP Pogba’s agent❤️ throwback to 2018 for his magical performances for France in the Fifa World Cuppic.twitter.com/3xMTCJZzRI
— JW (@jmoItisanti) April 30, 2022
World Cup 2022 Predictions – Best striker
It is also very difficult to predict who will be the top scorer of the FIFA World Cup 2022, but everyone who follows football, even superficially, has their favorite among the goal scorers before the start of the championship. As with the prediction for the winner of the tournament, we believe that history will repeat itself.
Harry Kane was the most efficient player at the World Cup in Russia, and he finished the competition with six goals scored. He has already scored five goals in the first two games – two against Tunisia and three against Panama. It is an interesting fact that he scored his last goal in the tournament in the round of 16 against Colombia, but that was enough to keep him at the top of the list.
In Qatar, as well as four years ago, the English had a very easy draw, so they won the national teams of Iran, the USA, and the winner of the European playoff between Wales, Ukraine, and Scotland. In the quarterfinals, they will cross paths with a team from Group A, which includes Qatar, Senegal, the Netherlands, and Ecuador. This means that The Three Lions will have their first stronger opponent in the quarterfinals.
England is considered one of the main favorites for the world throne, and it is already clear that Harry Kane will be the main shooter. He will certainly be the lead when it comes to penalties, which is very important for these predictions, so we believe that the English national team player will once again show that he is a world-class striker.
Bet365 offers excellent odds (8.00) that Harry Kane will be the World Cup top scorer.
🏴 Harry Kane in 2022 for Tottenham and England so far:
— Mozo Football (@MozoFootball) May 1, 2022
World Cup 2022 Predictions – Group H Winner
Portugal, Uruguay, Ghana, and South Korea are participants in Group H, and it is clear that the European and South American representatives will fight for the leading position. Although many consider the Portuguese to be the main favorites, we believe that the Uruguayans have enough quality and experience to compete in the fight for the leadership position.
This will probably be the last big competition for the attacking tandem of Luis Suarez – Edison Cavani, who marked the previous decade, as well as for central defender Diego Godin. All three are in their late playing years and the chances of seeing them in jerseys with the national emblem in the next World Cup are almost nil.
This experienced trio will be surrounded by a multitude of very good players, known to the widest football public. These include defenders Jose Gimenez (Atletico Madrid) and Ronald Araujo (Barcelona), midfielders Federico Valverde (Real Madrid), Rodrigo Bentancur (Tottenham), Lucas Torreira (Fiorentina), Giorgian De Arrascaeta (Flamengo), as well as talented striker Darwin Nunez (Benfica).
The Uruguayans were eliminated in the quarterfinals at the previous World Cup by the later champions France (0: 2). In the eighth finals, they defeated the Portuguese (2: 1), and the scorer of both goals was Cavani. The odds that Uruguay will be the winner of Group H is 3.00 in the bet365, so it is definitely worth investing some money.
On this day in 2005, Luis Suárez made his professional debut for Nacional.
He has gone on to become the greatest Uruguayan goalscorer in history.
Te amo, Lucho! 💙 pic.twitter.com/OmnIoTMt2x
— Warriors of Uruguay (@UruguayanHeroes) May 3, 2022
World Cup 2022 Predictions – First round
Since the complete schedule of matches is already known, we will try to predict the outcome of some matches of the first round.
Denmark vs Tunisia, Group D
Denmark has been playing fantastically in recent years. They were eliminated in the semi-finals at the last EURO by England after extra time. The Danes continued with good performance in the qualifications for this World Cup, and they finished their qualifying group with nine victories and only one defeat. They were defeated only in the last round by Scotland when it was already known that they would travel to Qatar for sure.
On the other hand, Tunisia has participated in the final tournament continually, but like most African national teams, they usually finish the competition in the group stage. They will come to the World Cup in a modest lineup and we think that they will not be able to avoid defeat by Denmark.
Denmark To Score More Than 1.5 goals / 1.78 @22bet
Switzerland – Cameroon, Group G
The Swiss have been regular participants in the World Cup since 2006, and they have passed the group stage of the competition in three of the last four appearances. They left behind the current European champions Italy in the qualifications, and they qualified directly for Qatar. Xherdan Shaqiri will be the leader of the national team in this competition, and experienced players such as Granit Xhaka, Haris Seferovic, Steven Zuber, and Ricardo Rodriguez are expected to play. Younger players should also make a big contribution – they certainly belong to that group.
Cameroon eliminated Algeria and qualified for Qatar after missing the World Cup in Russia four years ago. Vincent Aboubakar is the leader of this generation of Cameroonian footballers, who won third place at this year’s African Cup of Nations. However, the Cameroonians did not show great quality at that tournament, so we do not believe that they can cope with the experienced Swiss successfully.
Switzerland To Win / 1.81 @bet365
Uruguay – South Korea, Group H
This is perhaps the greatest gift of the first round. Earlier in the article, we presented all the qualities of the Uruguayan national team, and we really think that bookmakers underestimated them. That is, they overestimated the qualities of South Korea.
The Koreans have had a bad team for years, and they did not pass the group stage in three of the last four World Cups. Apart from Heung-Min Son, who is an outstanding football player, this national team does not have a player who plays at the top level, so we do not see how they can compete with the Uruguayan national team.
Uruguay to Win / 1.8 @bet365
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