World Cup 2026 Qualifying Betting Tips & Predictions

Get the latest predictions and betting tips from Squawka Bet’s team of experts as the nations of the world look to secure their route to the Canada, Mexico and USA World Cup finals in 2026.

Bristol CityNorwich City

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Norwich have conceded a league-high four penalties this season, while Bristol City have also conceded one.

Penalty in match YES
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The last four meetings between these sides have featured just four goals combined, and no more than two in a single match.

Under 2.5 goals
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Only Sammie Szmodics has scored more Championship goals than Adam Armstrong this season.

Adam Armstrong anytime goalscorer
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Sheffield WednesdayBlackburn

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Sheffield Wednesday have just seven points from 18 games so far, while Blackburn have won their last two matches with at least three goals scored in each.

Over 2.5 away goals
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Morgan Whittaker is Plymouth's top scorer with eight goals, including four in his last six appearances.

Morgan Whittaker anytime goalscorer
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There has been at least three goals scored in each of Millwall's last three matches and five of their last six, while Sunderland lost 2-1 at home to Huddersfield last time out.

Over 2.5 goals
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Leeds have won their last two matches against Middlesbrough without conceding a goal, while Boro have scored just one goal in their last four meetings with the Yorkshire side.

Leeds to win to nil
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Ipswich are without a clean sheet in their last seven matches (all comps) but have failed to score just once during that time.

Both teams to score YES
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Four of Mileta Rajovic's seven Championship goals this season have come in his last five appearances.

Mileta Rajovic anytime goalscorer
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Birmingham have won just one of their last seven Championship fixtures and that came against bottom side Sheffield Wednesday. Rotherham, meanwhile, have won just one of their last 13.

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West BromLeicester

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Leicester have won their last three meetings with West Brom by a three-goal margin.

Leicester to win by 3 goals
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Omar Marmoush has been directly involved in a goal in each of his last three Bundesliga away games (3 goals, 1 assist) and scored Frankfurt's only goal in their 2-1 Europa Conference League defeat to PAOK in mid-week.

Omar Marmoush anytime goalscorer
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Bayer LeverkusenBorussia Dortmund

Squawka Betting Tip

Bayer Leverkusen are the first team in Bundesliga history to have scored at least two goals on each of the first 12 matchdays of a season. Borussia Dortmund have conceded 19 goals in the Bundesliga this season, which is the most after 12 games since 2014/15 when they finished seventh in Jürgen Klopp’s final campaign.

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1. FSV Mainz 05 have lost only one of their 14 Bundesliga home games against SC Freiburg (2-1 in January 2020, otherwise W8, D5). There is no team against whom the 05ers have more clean sheets at home in the Bundesliga than Freiburg (8, same as vs. Gladbach).

Mainz win or draw
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StuttgartWerder Bremen

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VfB Stuttgart have scored 31 goals from the first 12 games of this Bundesliga season. They have only had more at this stage in 1984/85 and 1996/97 (both 33).

Over 2.5 home goals
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Bayern MunichUnion Berlin

Squawka Betting Tip

Bayern’s Harry Kane is the first player in Bundesliga history to score 18 goals after 12 matchdays of a season.

Harry Kane to score 2+ goals
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RB LeipzigHeidenheim

Squawka Betting Tip

Heidenheim have conceded the joint-most goals of all teams in the opening 15 minutes of Bundesliga games this season (6, same as Borussia Dortmund). RB Leipzig have let in only one in that period.

RB Leipzig to score first
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Borussia Mönchengladbach have already dropped 12 points from winning positions this season, a league high.

Half-time/full-time: Gladbach/Hoffenheim
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AFC WimbledonRamsgate

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Wimbledon have won their last four home games in all competitions, scoring 13 goals in the process and they should ease past a Ramsgate side from four divisions below them here.

Wimbledon -2
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WrexhamYeovil Town

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Wrexham have led at half-time in four of their last six league games and they were also leading at half-time in their Round One tie as they beat fellow League Two high-flyers Mansfield Town at Field Mill.

Wrexham HT/FT
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We’ve got a shorter wait than usual for the biggest spectacle in world football after the drama of Qatar 2022, with World Cup football returning to our screens in 2026 from the USA, Mexico and Canada in what will be a new look format for the tournament that is adored by football fans the world over.

With 48 teams now competing in the finals from six confederations, we’re set to see one of the biggest and best World Cups of all-time but first there’s the small matter of which 48 teams will find their way into the finals via the qualifying campaigns.

The finals will include 16 teams from Europe, one from Oceania, six from South America, six from Central and North America (including the three host countries), nine from Africa and eight from Asia – plus a further two to be determined via the play-off process.

Qualifying for the tournament has already started with South America, Asia and Africa all getting underway. CONCACAF and OFC are set to start in 2024, but UEFA qualifying is not beginning until March 2025, following the conclusion of the European Champions and Nations League group stages.

World Cup 2026 key dates

Event Dates
CONMEBOL Qualifying Starts 7th September 2023
AFC Qualifying Starts 12th October 2023
CAF Qualifying Starts 15th November 2023
CONCACAF Qualifying Starts March 2024
OFC Qualifying Starts September 2024
UEFA Qualifying Starts March 2025
OFC Qualifying Ends March 2025
CONMEBOL Qualifying Ends September 2025
AFC, CAF & CONCACAF Qualifying Ends November 2025
UEFA Qualifying Ends March 2025
Playoffs March 2026
Finals Tournament June-July 2026

2026 World Cup Qualifying story so far

As always, CONMEBOL qualifying is in a single round-robin stage with all 10 teams playing each other twice. The top six now go straight to the World Cup with seventh making the inter-confederation play-offs — only three are automatically eliminated. We’re already six games into the group and Argentina are leading the way with five wins, only losing to second-placed Uruguay.

But the story of the campaign so far is Brazil. The record world champions are sixth right now having won just two of their six games, with three defeats. They have lost to Uruguay, Colombia and Argentina, the latter handing them their first ever home qualifying defeat. It’s now four without a win for Brazil and while they are still likely to qualify, it’s not looking good right now.

In AFC qualifying, we’ve already seen some countries’ World Cup hopes come to an end in the first round, though obviously no big name have entered or fallen. But another chance has passed for teams such as Maldives, Sri Lanka and Cambodia. Now in the second round, the likes of Japan, Iran, Australia, South Korea, Saudi Arabia and Qatar have all entered the group stage format. Split into nine groups of four, the top two from each then enter the third round of qualifying.

CAF is often seen as the hardest qualification campaigns given the number of high quality teams in proportion to the low places on offer. This time around with the expanded tournament, nine African nations will directly qualify for the World Cup. Those will be the nine group winner, with the four best second-placed teams playing for the chance to be the CAF representative in the inter-confederation play-offs. At the moment, the likes of Nigeria and Ghana are currently outside the qualifying spots among the big nations, but there are still eight games left to play.

Today’s World Cup Qualifying 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 games involving the biggest nations where possible.

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 Qualifying 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.

This week’s World Cup Qualifying predictions

Feel you’re ready to start placing your World Cup Qualifying 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 2026 price boosts

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

Qualifying for the 2026 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:

Read below for a comprehensive list of the competitive action we offer tips on alongside international football.

World Cup 2026 offers & free bets

Aside from our World Cup 2026 qualifying 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.