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Introduction to world cup betting
Whether in individual league games or international competition, goal-spread betting for soccer is the same. The favored team is assigned a negative number, usually -½ or -1½, while the underdog is the opposite, positive spread of usually +½ or +1½.
Betting on the World Cup tournament is pretty different from placing regular soccer season’s league bets. It is a cup format competition that starts with 32 teams in the group stage, with each of them playing three games each, which is similar to the UEFA Champions League. However, unlike the UCL, the teams only face each other once rather than twice.
If you want to bet on the group stage, you should look at how the teams perform during the qualifying rounds. Also, you should look at their current seedings as it is rare for two teams seeded high in the same group. In most cases, you can easily spot the two best teams in each group. That way, the group stage is easier to bet than the knockout round.
In addition to that, you can even take advantage of parlay bets since there are many games to bet on during the group stages. You can easily pick multiple top-performing teams, and you will have a better chance of winning. However, the tournament becomes tougher once it gets to the knockout round, and betting is trickier.
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FIFA World Cup Betting
Qatar WC Odds & Examples
Whether in national league games or international tournaments, point spread betting in soccer is the same. The favored team has a negative number, usually around -0.5 or -1.5. Meanwhile, the underdog is the opposite, with a positive number, like +0.5 or +1.5.
One thing about soccer is that matchups can end in a draw. So, for instance, if the United States is -0.5 against Denmark and the match ends in a 1-1 draw, you would lose. On the flip side, you’d win if you back Iceland at +0.5 even as the game ended in 1-1.
In this example, USA is the favorite and Denmark the underdog. The connection of the point spread to the moneyline: A bet on the USA only wins if they beat Iceland by at least one goal within the standard 90 minutes.
Group games in the FIFA Qatar World Cup do not have overtime. However, there is overtime from the round of 16 knockout games. But, the point spread bet does not count in overtime.
In that case, overtime goals or penalty shootout goals are not counted in the spread bet, and the game is still officially a draw.
How to Bet on World Cup
FIFA Qatar World Cup betting will begin properly in November/December 2022. The qualifying rounds are still ongoing worldwide, with the final games set in March and June. After that, the World Cup draw will take place. As a result, we won’t know the 32 teams to participate in the tournament until June.
Once the qualifying rounds are complete, the 32 teams are categorized into eight groups of four. Each team plays at least three games, with the top two that can amass the most of the nine points, qualifying for the knockout stages.
The group matches can provide many mismatches. Popular and top teams like Brazil, Germany, France, Argentina, Spain, and England find themselves as group winning favorites. This is mostly true when they face lower-seeded teams from Africa, North America, Asia, or Oceania.
When betting the point spreads line in the World Cup, other factors include lineups and team motivation. For instance, if a team qualifies after two games for the knockout round, the coach might look to give other players a chance, or when qualification is impossible, and there is only pride to play for, the lines can be impacted.
Understand how the teams are set up and their respective firepower, like Brazil, are known for flare and skills to aid control and attack. Or Germany, who tend to score much with fast transitioning play, while others like Qatar, New Zealand, Uruguay, and Sweden rely on their defensive strength to win.
Tips, Tricks and Advice for World Cup Betting
The 2022 FIFA World Cup is scheduled for November/December in Qatar. Qualifying is ongoing globally, with games taking place in March and June. The full 32-team field won’t be determined until June, sith the draw taking place this summer. Teams will be placed into eight groups of four. Each team will play others in their group times, with the top two teams in each group qualifying for the 16-team knockout round.
This World Cup will be unique given the setting in Qatar. The atmosphere, the weather, the time of year and the fact these games interrupt traditional domestic leagues and their schedules.
If a team has already qualified for the knockout round, they may use secondary players in the final game of groups, Conversely, if they can’t qualify and have nothing to play for in the competition, that can also impact the lines
After the World Cup groups are finally set, odds come out in the sportsbooks. Do not jump on these right away. The trick for winning on soccer goal-spread betting at a tournament such as the World Cup is waiting as long as possible.
When lineups are announced 60-to-90 minutes before kickoff, find the great value. Knowing exactly who will play provides an advantage, especially with teams that are new to the bettor.
For example, if Harry Kane is in good form at the Qatar World Cup and can carry England through its group by scoring goals, his presence is worth taking England at -½ or -1½ . A hot goalkeeper can also provide value, as Hugo Lloris did for France in the 2018 World Cup.
Unlike the NFL or basketball, the goal spread won’t be much different in any of the sportsbooks. It’s not likely to see Brazil -2½ at one book and -1½ at another.
However, the “juice” may be different, so it is worth shopping around to find -105 instead of -110 or -115 on that -2½ goals spread.
Another thing to look for is the way the tournament is officiated. The World Cup will use VAR (Video-Assisted Refereeing) to fix egregious mistakes and monitor offsides.
The last two World Cups have been higher scoring than the previous three that included 32 teams. The 2006 edition had 147 goals, while the 2010 tournament had 141. The 2014 tournament had 171 goals, while the 2018 tournament, first to use VAR, had 169.
FIFA WORLD CUP HISTORY
Every four years, we get to see 32 teams represent different countries in a global showdown to the most coveted trophy in the world of football. Billions of viewers tune in every day for four weeks to watch the teams play, and in the end, one country is crowned champions of the world. You do not even have to be a soccer fan to enjoy the beauty of the FIFA World Cup competition.
Soccer is one of the oldest sports in the world, older than most of the popular sports. The England Football Association certified the rules and made them official in 1863. And because they had colonies in most parts of the world at the time, many countries were introduced to the sport, giving it more popularity across the globe.
The first international soccer match took place in 1872 between England and Scotland, and in 1908, it became an Olympic sport, leading to the first World Cup in 1930, hosted by Uruguay, who were eventual winners.
The competition continues to break TV viewership records every four years, and the build-up is always better than the last. Therefore, millions more people tune in every time to enjoy the competition and support their favorites.
The bottom line is to be prepared and don’t be afraid of the underdogs.
Backing the favorites can work when the big teams play the smallest ones. However, as the tournament advances, the teams are pretty evenly-matched, with games tending to be decided by one goal, or ending tied.