The world cup happens to be one of the most awaited sporting events in the world, if not the number one event. The event occurs once every 4 years, with teams from 32 countries drawn from all the continents represented. World Cup is hosted by the country that wins the bid, with Qatar being this year’s host. It is important to know that this is the first time that the tournament is being held in the Middle East and, also towards the end of the year.
In this article, we will give you a nosedive into all the information that makes this sport great, how matches are played, and where and how South Africans can bet. We will also list for you the top 10 bookies that you can partner with, to stake and win with, and give you some tips and strategies that you could use to bet your money.
- Group A: Qatar, Ecuador, Senegal & Netherlands
- Group B: England, IR Iran, The U.S.A. & Wales
- Group C: Argentina, Saudi Arabia, Mexico & Poland
- Group D: France, Australia, Denmark & Tunisia
- Group E: Spain, Costa Rica, Germany & Japan
- Group F: Belgium, Canada, Morocco & Croatia
- Group G: Brazil, Serbia, Switzerland & Cameroon
- Group H: Portugal, Ghana, Uruguay & Korea Republic
The Format for World Cup 2022
The men’s world cup has evolved since its inception in 1930, incorporating various changes that have been made, to make the game more inclusive, fair, and fun. It is worth noting that the Qatar world cup marks the 7th and last World Cup featuring a 32-team group stage followed by a 16-team knockout playoff. The tournament is divided into 8 groups, each with 4 teams. Every team plays 3 matches in the group stage matches, with the top 2 teams with the highest points qualifying for the round of 16. In the round of 16, 8 matches are played, and the 8 teams that win proceed to the quarterfinals. The quarterfinals have a total of 8 teams who play one another, and the 4 winners in each match proceed to the semis. In the semis, 4 teams play 2 matches, and the winners qualify for the finals. The 2 teams play in the finals, while their 2 opponents who lost play for 3rd place. These are the teams that have qualified, their respective groups.
Tips when Betting on the Qatari World Cup 2022
Just like any other game of chance, football, and specifically the World Cup, requires one to have a strategy and plan in order to leap handsomely. We have researched, compared, and analyzed what experts have thought to be the best tricks that they can use to win big. These tricks if followed, with a bit of luck, will assure you of a better online betting experience.
Analyze the current form of teams playing
Here, you will need to look at the team’s journey to qualifying. Consider how difficult their opponents were, their aggregate strength as a team, and their previous history. This applies to both teams that you intend to stake with. The current form can also be deduced from the team’s history and previous performances in the World cup if they have taken part before. Use the data you gather here to stake on teams with higher odds, and you will definitely reap abundantly.
Consider the team’s starting 11
This is the most important tip that any experienced bettor would offer. You see, it’s the individual players that form a team that is expected to play. The best form of analysis is looking at the current shape of the players named in the squad, and their recent performances in the respective clubs they play for. Look at their individual contributions and rankings and the influence they may have on the squad. It is widely accepted that the individual influence players like Christiano Ronaldo and Didier Drogba always had on their teams when they played was always reflected in the results. You could also bet on certain players to score or earn a booking or bookings and stake on them, as they are widely known to be goal machines or aggressive when playing. Once you see the names of those players on the line-up, prepare to bet.
Avoid chasing low odds
At times we look at the favorites and other selections that offer low odds, and we assume that they must win- but I got news for you- they don’t work always. It is important that you look at other factors before staking with this type of bet, as the bets don't always win and when they do, their value is low.
Look at head-to-head results
Most bookmakers always avail an analysis of the two teams when they are meeting. This includes the team’s history, their statistics during the match, and the current data when comparing the players. The head-to-head data is important, as the punters always rely on it to come up with the game’s odds. Where the data seems to favor a certain team, and the bookies have given them better odds, you better believe them and stake on that!
Consider the psychological aspect of the fixture
The other aspect is understanding the importance of a game to both teams. When a team is fighting to qualify for the next round, and the opponent has already qualified, it is important that you stake with the one whose stakes are higher, unlike those who are already qualified.
This plays an important role in the world cup, especially where an underdog is placed in a group with a favourite. This works in 2 ways- the underdog will be given high odds, and you may want to risk, which may be rewarded by the mentality of the favourite to undermine, and they end up losing.
Types of Betting Available for World Cup 2022
Betting on a team to win is the most obvious bet that punters will be looking at. But there are other options that you could stake on, and despite not being very hard to predict, amount to higher winnings. These include:
- Top Scorer- you can predict who is going to score in these matches, first by looking at the teams’ formation, the reputation of the striker, and their world cup history. You could also stake on the player who will win the Golden Boot from the onset, and the odds will be much higher.
- .Goals- there are teams that are known to be goal machines, and others are known to be very defensive. You may not know the outcome of a match, but you could definitely predict the goals likely to be under or over.
- Corners- these attract higher odds, where a team is termed as a favorite playing against an underdog team. The bookmakers always give them higher odds, and this is also another chance to win big
- Bookings- this is another field in which bookmakers always place better odds. You could stake the known aggressive players and teams on the probability that they will be given red or yellow cards.