World Cup 2022 Betting Tips & Predictions

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We’re all set for the semi-finals in Qatar as just four teams remain at what has been a pulsating World Cup.

The groups were settled a while ago with Germany and Belgium the surprise casualties, while the hosts crashed out with a whimper and pointless after three defeats. Uruguay, Denmark and Serbia were a few other shock departures.

Argentina have made their way through to the semi-finals after dispatching Australia and the Netherlands, with Lionel Messi inspiring his nation yet again and Emiliano Martinez producing the goods in the shoot-out victory over de Oranje.

Waiting for them will be a Croatian side who seem to produce miracle after miracle on the World Cup stage. They’ve won both their Round of 16 and Quarter Final matches against Japan and Brazil respectively on penalties, like they did four and a half years ago in Russia when they eventually lost the final to France.

And Vatreni could meet les Bleus in the final once again this time around, as Kylian Mbappe’s inspired form set up a quarter-final fixture against an in-form England, but it was France’s all-time top scorer Olivier Giroud who made all the difference.

Meeting the champions in the final four will be Africa’s first semi-finalist Morocco who caused yet another shock after beating Spain and Belgium, can the Atlas Lions cause another?

When do you release World Cup 2022 tips?

We look to publish our World Cup 2022 betting tips and predictions approximately 48 hours prior to kick-off, allowing you time to consider your options. Time periods can change depending on fixture congestion. However, you can still count on us ahead of the group stages and into the knockout rounds.

With the finals in full swing, there will be a whole host of different betting offer guides, match previews and plenty more around the site. So, keep your eyes peeled for a special Squawka slant on your betting content during the biggest tournament in international football – the World Cup.

World Cup last-16 predictions

Today’s World Cup 2022 tips

Not only do we add a tips box for every game which you will find above ahead of each round of World Cup fixtures, but we also produce special betting previews on each and every game.

Our betting previews include our tips, of course, but they also include the odds from a host of different bookmakers, our key stats ahead of the fixture, the predictions of our expert writers and a look back at previous meetings between the two nations.

World Cup 2022 in-play betting tips

In-play betting has become more and more popular by the year. A lot of punters will be watching each and every game live as it unfolds, giving ample opportunity for some in-play betting.

That means you’ll be able to place bets based on how the game is playing out before your eyes, whether you fancy that minnow nation to nick an unlikely equaliser, or the big man up front is looking dangerous from set-pieces and you want to back him to score the next goal.

And what’s more, with most bookmakers also offering cash out on bets, you can react to the action to cash out for a portion of your potential winnings before the game is over.

Full-time results

The most popular market on any sportsbook, a full-time result bet is as simple as it sounds – you’re betting on the eventual outcome of the game.

The beauty of the World Cup sees some of the greatest players and teams in the international game go head-to-head and whichever way you see the game heading, you can bet on the outcome with the full-time results market.

You can even bet on which team will win each half or be leading at a certain point. There are also correct score markets, where you can bet on the exact result at full-time, or indeed half-time.

To score and win tips

You might get more value on those short-price odds for the favourites by combining your team to win tip with a goalscorer tip!

Of course, there are plenty of goalscoring markets available regardless, including first scorer, any time scorer, last scorer, to score two or more and many others.

Both teams to score

Exactly what it says on the tin – both teams must score in the 90 minutes for your bet to come in.

These are particularly popular bets to place as multiples, when you’re betting on for example four games and essentially eight different teams to score. Easy pickings with some of the attacking talent set to be on show!

Over 2.5 goals

Similar to the BTTS market, in these markets you’re betting on more than two goals to be scored in the game, which can be particularly popular if you’re expecting a thumping win for one side – or if you’re backing both teams to be on the scoresheet a lot.

Of course, you can also bet on Under 2.5 goals if you’re expecting a lower-scoring game, or you can change the parameters to bet on Under or Over 1.5, 3.5 or 4.5 goals and more.

Double chance

Think the bookies have got the odds all wrong and fancy those underdogs to get the better of their more illustrious opponents?

The double chance bet is perfect for this kind of hunch, as it allows you simply to bet on a team not to lose, giving you both the victory on your chosen team and the draw within the odds.

Player total shots

Obviously, here at Squawka Bet, we are keen on the player stat bets and at the World Cup, you can expect a deluge of stats and analysis to best inform you for these types of bets

One such market is the Player total shots market, where you can bet on how many attempts at goal a player will take during the match.

You can also bet on team shots, or player shots on target. Bet365 are one of the bookmakers to offer odds in these types of markets on the biggest games.

Player total tackles

Which players will rack up the most amount of total tackles, you ask? Well, we’ll have tips for these markets too, based on how many tackles players have won in their domestic leagues and continental competitions.

Looking around the domestic leagues of Europe, players like Cristian Romero of Argentina, Marcelo Brozovic of Croatia and Casemiro of Brazil will be worth watching in this particular market.


With passions and tensions always likely to be running high at the World Cup when teams are fighting for their nation’s hopes, expect cards to feature in almost every game.

There are plenty of markets available here, from total bookings, overs and under markets and which team will pick up the first booking in a game. Plus, you can even bet on whether a specific match will feature a red card.

There are also markets available on specific players to be carded or even sent off in a game.

Corners taken

Most bookmakers now offer bet-builder style markets where you can combine different bets from corners, cards, goals and result markets to create a specific, bespoke bet on the game.

But corner markets are worth backing themselves and you can bet on a certain amount of corners in the game, overs and unders markets, team specific amounts and who will win the first corner among other bets.

World Cup 2022 VAR specials

After the relative successful use of VAR at the World Cup in Russia in 2018, the technology has caused some controversy in Qatar.

Some bookmakers are now offering VAR specials – will there be a check in the game, how many will there be, that type of thing.

All of that and more will be present across an international stage unlike any other. So, expect more tears, angst and angry fans shouting at their TV’s.

World Cup 2022 Groups

Group A: Qatar, Ecuador, Senegal, Netherlands
Group B: England, Iran, USA, Wales
Group C: Argentina, Saudi Arabia, Mexico, Poland
Group D: France, Australia, Denmark, Tunisia
Group E: Spain, Costa Rica, Germany, Japan
Group F: Belgium, Croatia, Morocco, Canada
Group G: Brazil, Serbia, Switzerland, Cameroon
Group H: Portugal, Ghana, Uruguay, South Korea

World Cup 2022 dates

The tournament kicked off on Sunday, November 20 with hosts Qatar losing 2-0 to Ecuador. Over two weeks later, we are now into the last 16. They finish up on Tuesday, and then we are into the quarter-finals on Friday.

Here’s how the schedule is looking:

December 5: Last 16 games 53 & 54
December 6: Last 16 games 55 & 56
December 9: Quarter-final games 57 & 58
December 10: Quarter-final games 59 & 60
December 13: Semi-final game 61
December 14: Semi-final games 62
December 17: Third-place play-off
December 18: Final

Current World Cup 2022 outright odds

Below you can find the latest World Cup 2022 outright odds from both Paddy Power and 888sport and what’s more, if you fancy any of these odds, simply click on them to load them directly to your betslip within the site. Then, log-in and place your World Cup outright bet!

At the moment, Brazil remain the favourites. Although, holders France, Euro 2020 finalists England and Argentina are also considered to be in the running, while the likes of Spain and Portugal should not be ruled out either.

Nation Sky Bet Paddy Power 888 Sport
France 4/5 5/6 5/6
Argentina 10/11 10/11 10/11
You have to be 18+ to gamble. All odds within this article are accurate at the time of writing (21:40, 14/12/2022).BeGambleAware.

This week’s World Cup 2022 predictions

Feel you’re ready to start placing your World Cup 2022 bets? Read on for a little more information if you’re still looking to be armed with everything you need before you start looking to bash those bookmakers.

World Cup 2022 price boosts

It would be foolish not to take advantage of the excellent price boosts, new customer offers and specials available on World Cup 2022 – and the tournament itself.

With some bookmakers such as Sky Bet, you’ll find a raft of boosted prices on every single game once the main tournament itself kicks off.

World Cup 2022 accumulators

The accumulator markets are perhaps best utilised over days where there are multiple matches, the World Cup is perfect for such a bet.

BTTS and Win-Draw-Win accumulators are most popular when it comes to accas, but you can mix and match with different markets from different matches if you so desire.

The possibilities are almost endless!

Best bookmakers for World Cup 2022

The World Cup is now in full swing so if you haven’t already, it’s best to get used to which bookmakers you want to use now!

Such an influx of action means you may not be able to distinguish the good from the best. Fortunately, at Squawka Bet, we’ve done the legwork for you. Check out the crème of the crop below:

What other competitions do we offer tips for?

The World Cup isn’t the only competition we provide dedicated tips and betting insight for. Indeed, there are plenty of other tournaments and leagues we cover with just as much zest and accuracy.

So, without further ado:

World Cup 2022 offers & free bets

Aside from our World Cup 2022 tips and predictions, there’s plenty more betting contributions to delve into, chiefly the world cup betting offers and free bets.

These will most be present for every knock-out game with specials, promotions and enhanced odds available to wager on.

So, strap yourselves in, arm yourself with our betting content, and sit back as the games come in thick and fast for an international tournament unlike any other.