FIFA World Cup 2022: Betting Tips & Predictions

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FIFA World Cup 2022 will begin on Monday 21st November in Qatar, with the Netherlands taking on Senegal in the world's most famous sporting competition's opening match. Here at BettingPro we will be providing you with a host of betting tips and predictions to get stuck into, as well as general information relating to the tournament.

World Cup 2022 Overview

The 22nd edition of the FIFA World Cup will take place in Qatar, which will become only the second Asian nation to host the World Cup after Japan and South Korea shared hosting duties in 2002.

France enter the competition as holders after beating Croatia 4-2 in the final in Russia in 2018, but record five-time winners Brazil are the bookmakers’ favourite to triumph for the first time since 2002.

Hosts Qatar are the only World Cup debutants this year, although Wales and Canada are making only their second ever appearances since last qualifying in 1958 and 1986 respectively.

Italy are the only previous World Cup champions to have failed to qualify for this year’s tournament.

The 2022 World Cup begins on Monday 21st November and concludes with the final on Sunday 18th December, making this the first ever World Cup to be held during the Northern Hemisphere’s winter months.

World Cup 2022 Groups & Predictions

Group A P W D L GD PTS
Qatar 0 0 0 0 0 0
Ecuador 0 0 0 0 0 0
Senegal 0 0 0 0 0 0
Netherlands 0 0 0 0 0 0

Group A Predictions

Group A is certainly an interesting one, and pleasing for the purists given it contains four representatives from four different continents, but it’s tough to see beyond the Netherlands reigning supreme here.

It’s likely to be a fight between Senegal and Ecuador for second spot, with the Africa Cup of Nations winners Senegal likely to edge into the knockouts.


Group B P W D L GD PTS
England 0 0 0 0 0 0
Iran 0 0 0 0 0 0
United States 0 0 0 0 0 0
Wales 0 0 0 0 0 0

Group B Predictions

Group B is arguably more interesting from a geo-political point of view than a footballing one, with England surely too strong for their opponents.

It’s wide open who will join the Three Lions in the knockout stages, but Wales’ defensive stubbornness and counter-attacking punch could make them a force to be reckoned with.


Group C P W D L GD PTS
Argentina 0 0 0 0 0 0
Saudi Arabia 0 0 0 0 0 0
Mexico 0 0 0 0 0 0
Poland 0 0 0 0 0 0

Group C Predictions

Group C looks one of the strongest on paper, even if you’d be very surprised if Argentina and Saudi Arabia don’t end up in first and fourth positions respectively.

That leaves Mexico and Poland to slug it out for second spot, with Mexico’s astonishing record at getting out of World Cup groups likely to continue before an inevitable last-16 exit.


Group D P W D L GD PTS
France 0 0 0 0 0 0
Australia 0 0 0 0 0 0
Denmark 0 0 0 0 0 0
Tunisia 0 0 0 0 0 0

Group D Predictions

Group D looks one of the easiest to predict, with France and Denmark surely sailing through into the last-16.

As such, the betting value may be in opposing France with Denmark to win the group. Les Bleus often start tournaments slowly before coming strong in the latter stages.


Group E P W D L GD PTS
Spain 0 0 0 0 0 0
Costa Rica 0 0 0 0 0 0
Germany 0 0 0 0 0 0
Japan 0 0 0 0 0 0

Group E Predictions

Could Group E be the Group of Death? 2010 champions Spain are joined by 2014 winners Germany, while Costa Rica and Japan both have plenty of pedigree in recent World Cup’s.

The European pair are heavily favoured to progress, and I think there may be value in taking Spain on with Germany winning the group. Die Mannschaft have improved under Hansi Flick’s management and they have the stronger team on paper.


Group F P W D L GD PTS
Belgium 0 0 0 0 0 0
Canada 0 0 0 0 0 0
Morocco 0 0 0 0 0 0
Croatia 0 0 0 0 0 0

Group F Predictions

Group F is another where two strong European sides are expected to dominate, but Morocco and Canada have enough attacking quality to cause an upset on their day.

However, 2018 finalists Croatia are proven at this level and should have enough about them to finish second at worst.


Group G P W D L GD PTS
Brazil 0 0 0 0 0 0
Serbia 0 0 0 0 0 0
Switzerland 0 0 0 0 0 0
Cameroon 0 0 0 0 0 0

Group G Predictions

Group G will surely be dominated by the bookmakers’ outright favourites Brazil, but second spot looks wide open and up for grabs.

However, Switzerland are routinely underestimated at major tournaments, having reached the knockout stages in five of their last six World Cup and European Championship appearances.


Group H P W D L GD PTS
Portugal 0 0 0 0 0 0
Ghana 0 0 0 0 0 0
Uruguay 0 0 0 0 0 0
South Korea 0 0 0 0 0 0

Group H Predictions

Group H is a worthy contender for the Group of Death label, and definitely the most fascinating given it shares Group A’s honour of comprising four nations from four different continents.

Portugal and Uruguay should have enough to progress, but I think A Selecao are a cut above and represent value to win the group.


World Cup 2022 Fixtures & Predictions

Monday, November 21 – Round 1

Senegal vs Netherlands (10am GMT)

England vs Iran (1pm GMT)

Qatar vs Ecuador (4pm GMT)

United States vs Wales (7pm GMT)

Tuesday, November 22 – Round 1

Argentina vs Saudi Arabia (10am GMT)

Denmark vs Tunisia (1pm)

Mexico vs Poland (4pm GMT)

France vs Australia (7pm GMT)

Wednesday, November 23 – Round 1

Morocco vs Croatia (10am GMT)

Germany vs Japan (1pm GMT)

Spain vs Costa Rica (4pm GMT)

Belgium vs Canada (7pm GMT)

Thursday, November 24 – Round 1

Switzerland vs Cameroon (10am GMT)

Uruguay vs South Korea (1pm GMT)

Portugal vs Ghana (4pm GMT)

Brazil vs Serbia (7pm GMT)


Friday, November 25 – Round 2

Wales vs Iran (10am GMT)

Qatar vs Senegal (1pm GMT)

Netherlands vs Ecuador (4pm GMT)

England vs United States (7pm GMT)

Saturday, November 26 – Round 2

Tunisia vs Australia (10am GMT)

Poland vs Saudi Arabia (1pm GMT)

France vs Denmark (4pm GMT)

Argentina vs Mexico (7pm GMT)

Sunday, November 27 – Round 2

Japan vs Costa Rica (10am GMT)

Belgium vs Morocco (1pm GMT)

Croatia vs Canada (4pm GMT)

Spain vs Germany (7pm GMT)

Monday, November 28 – Round 2

Cameroon vs Serbia (10am GMT)

South Korea vs Ghana (1pm GMT)

Brazil vs Switzerland (4pm GMT)

Portugal vs Uruguay (7pm GMT)


Tuesday, November 29 – Round 3

Ecuador vs Senegal (3pm GMT)

Netherlands vs Qatar (3pm GMT)

Iran vs United States (7pm GMT)

Wales vs England (7pm GMT)

Wednesday, November 30 – Round 3

Tunisia vs France (3pm GMT)

Australia vs Denmark (3pm GMT)

Poland vs Argentina (7pm GMT)

Saudi Arabia vs Mexico (7pm GMT)

Thursday, December 1 – Round 3

Canada vs Morocco (3pm GMT)

Croatia vs Belgium (3pm GMT)

Japan vs Spain (7pm GMT)

Costa Rica vs Germany (7pm GMT)

Friday, December 2 – Round 3

Ghana vs Uruguay (3pm GMT)

South Korea vs Portugal (3pm GMT)

Serbia vs Switzerland (7pm GMT)

Cameroon vs Brazil (7pm GMT)


World Cup 2022 fixtures: Round of 16

Saturday, December 3

Group A Winner vs Group B Second Place (3pm GMT)

Group C Winner vs Group D Second Place (7pm GMT)

Sunday, December 4

Group D Winner vs Group C Winner (3pm GMT)

Group B Winner vs Group A Second Place (7pm GMT)

Monday, December 5

Group E Winner vs Group F Second Place (3pm GMT)

Group G Winner vs Group H Second Place (7pm GMT)

Tuesday, December 6

Group F Winner vs Group E Second Place (3pm GMT)

Group H Winner vs Group G Winner (7pm GMT)


World Cup 2022 fixtures: Quarter-Finals

Friday, December 9

Round of 16 5 Winner vs Round of 16 6 Winner (3pm GMT)

Round of 16 1 Winner vs Round of 16 2 Winner (7pm GMT)

Saturday, December 10

Round of 16 7 Winner vs Round of 16 8 Winner (3pm GMT)

Round of 16 3 Winner vs Round of 16 4 Winner (7pm GMT)


World Cup 2022 fixtures: Semi-Finals

Tuesday, December 13

Quarter-Final 1 Winner vs Quarter-Final 2 Winner (7pm GMT)

Wednesday, December 14

Quarter-Final 3 Winner vs Quarter-Final 4 Winner (7pm GMT)


World Cup 2022 fixtures: Third-Place Play-off

Saturday, December 17

Semi-Final 1 Loser vs Semi-Final 2 Loser (3pm GMT)


World Cup 2022 fixtures: Final

Sunday, December 18

Semi-Final 1 Winner vs Semi-Final 2 Winner (3pm GMT)


Where will World Cup 2022 take place?

The FIFA 2022 World Cup is being hosted in Qatar, which will become only the second Asian nation to host the World Cup after Japan and South Korea shared hosting the tournament in 2002.

What are the dates for the Qatar World Cup 2022?

The tournament begins on Monday 21st November and concludes with the final on Sunday 18th December, making this the first ever World Cup to be held during the Northern Hemisphere’s winter months.

The opening match of the competition is Netherlands versus Senegal in Group A, with Qatar facing Ecuador later in the day.

How hot will it be at the Qatar World Cup 2022?

The temperature in Qatar in November and December should range between 17°C and 30°C, making it not too dissimilar to summer months in most European countries.

All eight of Qatar’s venues have installed air conditioning inside the stadiums to help avoid fans, players and staff becoming too hot.

What countries have qualified for World Cup 2022?

At the time of writing, 29 teams have qualified for the 2022 World Cup, with Qatar doing so automatically as hosts.

From Europe, Netherlands, England, Poland, Denmark, France, Spain, Germany, Belgium, Croatia, Serbia, Switzerland and Portugal will be won

When will all qualified countries be confirmed for World Cup 2022?

All 32 nations have now qualified for the 2022 World Cup, with Wales, Australia and Costa Rice booking their places in Qatar in the final play-off ties in June.

When will the World Cup 2022 squads be announced?

The deadline date for each team submitting their final squad is 30 days prior to the opening match, which is Thursday 20th October.

All teams must name a 23-man squad containing at least three goalkeepers. Unlimited changes are allowed in the event of squad members becoming injured or ill prior to the tournament beginning.

What will the kick-off times be at the World Cup 2022?

The kick-off times are generally very friendly for most western audiences, with the first two rounds of group stage games kicking-off at 10am, 1pm, 4pm and 7pm GMT each day.

Teams within the same group must kick-off at the same time in the final group stage round, and these slots are currently allotted for 3pm and 7pm GMT.

The knock-out rounds have the same time slots, with two games taking place each day at 3pm and 7pm GMT, while the final is scheduled for 3pm GMT on Sunday 18th December.

What stadiums will be used as World Cup 2022 venues?

• Lusail Stadium, Lusail, capacity 80,000

• Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor, capacity 60,000

• Al Janoub Stadium, Al Wakrah, capacity 40,000

• Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan, capacity 40,000

• Khalifa International Stadium, Doha, 40,000

• Education City Stadium, Doha, capacity 40,000

• Stadium 974, Doha, capacity 40,000

• Al Thumama Stadium, Doha, capacity 40,000

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