The World Cup is the most prestigious tournament in football, as well as being the most-watched sporting event in the world. First held in 1930, the World Cup is held every four years and has been won by some of the greatest international teams around the globe, including Brazil, Argentina, France, Italy, Germany and England.
So whether it’s a group game, a knockout game or the final itself, when you watch the World Cup, you can be certain you are watching the pinnacle of football.
There are two types of World Cup betting:
Match betting covers everything that you can bet on during a game, with bets placed either pre-match (before the game kicks off) or in-play (once the game has kicked off).
There are literally hundreds of match betting markets for every single World Cup game, with some of the most popular ones including:
- Both Teams To Score
- Correct Score
- Over/Under Total Goals
- First Goalscorer
- Anytime Goalscorer
Outright betting covers everything that will happen over the course of the season, with some of the most popular ones including:
- World Cup Winner
- Top Goalscorer
- First Time Winner
- To Reach Final
- Group Winner
- To Qualify
Find the Best World Cup Betting Sites in UK
World Cup betting is available on all of the best World Cup betting sites in the UK, with many offering generous sign-up bonuses to encourage new customers to bet with them.
With so many betting sites to choose from, it’s worth looking around to see which ones have the best World Cup odds. Betting.com has comprehensive and reliable reviews to help you find the best World Cup betting sites in the UK.
How We Rate Betting Sites for World Cup
We only work with reputable betting sites who value their customers, while our reviews are always honest, reliable and trustworthy.
We rate betting sites for the World Cup according to several different criteria, which are:
- Bonus Offers
- Sports Offers
- Betting Markets
- Live Betting
- Mobile App
Each betting site is rated out of 10 per criteria, which helps you to make the best choice.
You can read our reviews on the World Cup bookmakers here.
More about World Cup Betting
There are hundreds of World Cup betting markets available for each and every game. So whether it’s a big game featuring Brazil, Argentina, France or England, every single kick, header and moment is covered.
It’s always worth placing your bets pre-game, but World Cup betting really gets interesting once the game has kicked off.
Enter in-play betting, which allows you to bet on the game as the action unfolds, with the live odds changing in real-time.
Traditional match betting markets such as Win/Draw/Win remain available in-play, but there are also specific markets that are unique to in-play betting, including popular ones such as:
- Next Team To Score
- Next Player To Score
- Next Player To Be Carded
- Next Team To Win A Corner
World Cup Tips & Predictions
The World Cup features some of the greatest international teams and players from South America, Africa, Europe, Asia and North America. And while you can never guarantee the outcome of a game – World Cup betting wouldn’t be much fun if you could – you can give your bets the best possible chance of success by reading our World Cup tips and predictions, with preview articles published throughout the tournament on betting.com.
World Cup Odds
World Cup odds are calculated on the probability of something happening.
The odds of France winning the World Cup, for example, are much shorter than the odds of Japan. That’s because the probability of France winning the World Cup is much higher.
If France win the World Cup after you placed a £10 bet on them to do so at 6/1, you would win £60. But if Japan win the World Cup after you placed a £10 bet on them to do so at 250/1, you would win £2,500.
World Cup odds for individual games can sometimes be short, especially during the group stages, so one way of increasing them is through accumulator betting.
More commonly referred to as an ‘acca’, accumulator betting is when you bet on two or more World Cup games – ideal for the group stages – but combine them into one bet. Take advantage of Betting.com’s acca bet calculator to work out your betting strategy fast.
Because the odds are multiplied, you’ll win an enhanced amount if all the selections in your acca are correct.
World Cup 2022/23 Overview
The World Cup 2022/23 will be played in Qatar from Monday 21st November 2022 – Sunday 18th December 2022.
The competition is made up of 32 teams divided into eight groups of four, with the top two teams in each group qualifying for the knockout stages. The two teams who progress beyond the last 16, quarter-finals and semi-finals will meet in the World Cup Final, which will take place at the Lusail Iconic Stadium, on Sunday 18th December.
Five-time world champions Brazil are the pre-tournament favourites to win the World Cup, which would be their first since 2002. Defending champions France, who won the 2018 World Cup in Russia by defeating Croatia in the final, are second favourites. England, who have not won the World Cup since 1966, are third favourites, followed by Spain, Argentina, Germany, Portugal, Netherlands and Belgium.
England captain Harry Kane is the pre-tournament favourite to win the World Cup Golden Boot, having finished as top scorer in Russia in 2018. France forward Kylian Mbappe is second in the betting, followed by Karim Benzema, Lionel Messi, Romelu Lukaku, Neymar and Cristiano Ronaldo.
World Cup Winners of the Last Seasons
- 2018 – France
- 2014 – Germany
- 2010 – Spain
- 2006 – Italy
- 2002 – Brazil
- 1998 – France
- 1994 – Brazil
World Cup 2022 Competing Teams
Season start-end: 21st November 2022 – 18th December 2022
- Qatar (hosts)
- Saudi Arabia
- South Korea
- Costa Rica
- United States
Reigning Champions: France
World Cup Summary
World-class teams, world-class players and literally thousands of pre-game and in-play betting markets. All that and more is the reason why the World Cup is simply the greatest football competitions to bet on. And with 2022 shaping up to be another iconic World Cup, make sure you follow it every step of the way on betting.com.