We are now just under a week away from the start of the biggest sporting contest in the world, the 2022 FIFA World Cup, which will get underway in Qatar on Sunday with the opening ceremony and the first game, which will see the hosts take on Ecuador.

After having looked at the history of the tournament, the structure of the 2022 World Cup and some of the top players and teams that will be playing or not playing in the tournament, we now turn our attention to the latest betting markets for the tournament and which bets will be the ones most fans are likely to want to bet on.

Of course, when it comes to which teams to bet on, there’s plenty of betting options you can back at bet365 Sport, such as which team will win the group, or perhaps qualify from the group and which team will go all the way and win the World Cup itself.

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Let’s now begin with a look at some of the latest World Cup betting for the finals, beginning with a look at which teams will win each of the eight groups, before we take a look at the key outright winner market.

*all odds shown are from bet365 Sport and were correct at the time of writing but may have changed since.

Latest World Cup Finals 2022 Betting At Bet365

Group Winner Predictions and Odds

Outlined below are our predictions for which teams will win each group and the odds on each:

  • Group A – Netherlands – 4/9
  • Group B – England – 1/3
  • Group C – Argentina – 2/5
  • Group D – France – 2/5
  • Group E – Germany – 11/10
  • Group F – Belgium – 8/15
  • Group G – Brazil – 4/11
  • Group F – Portugal – 8/13

You can back these individually or make things more interesting with an eightfold accumulator bet which would see you get odds of 25.77/1 on the selections above.

Outright Winner

The outright winner of the tournament is always a popular pre-tournament bet  and unsurprisingly given their squad depth and recent form, it is the two South American giants, Brazil and Argentina that lead the way here.

Brazil are the 4/1 favourites with bet365 ahead of the tournament start with Argentina 11/2. Then comes France at 6/1, who are the current World Cup holders, while England’s odds have now drifted out to 8/1 on the back of their poor recent form.

Spain are 17/2, with Germany 10/1 and other notables are Netherlands at 12/1, Portugal 14/1 and Belgium 16/1.

The odds then drift to Denmark at 28/1, and Croatia and Uruguay who are both 50/1 shots to win it.

In terms of the rank outsiders, you can back Costa Rica and Saudi Arabia ay 750/1 to win the tournament.

And fans of Wales can back the Red Dragons at 200/1 with bet365.

Top Goalscorer

England’s Harry Kane was the leading goalscorer at the World Cup last time out with six goals and he is the 7/1 favourite to land the honour for a second time here (which would be the first time any player has been Top Goalscorer in successive World Cup Finals).

Kylian Mbappe of France is 9/1 second favourite with Neymar (Brazil), Karim Benzema (France) and Lionel Messi (Argentina) all 12/1 chances while Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo is a 16/1 chance.

The odds then drift somewhat out to three players at 25/1, Gabriel Jesus (Brazil), Romelu Lukaku (Belgium) and Lautario Martinez (Argentina).

I do feel that the winner of the leading scorer title will come from that group of players, but a great value each way bet (bet365 will pay out at ¼ odds on the top four top goalscorers in the tournament) is Germany’s Serge Gnabry who is a 40/1 chance.

Wales fans who think Gareth Bale can perform miracles for their country can back the Welsh legend at 80/1.

Let’s now take a look at how we see the last two groups in our preview, Groups G and H, which includes favourites Brazil amongst others, will pan out.

World Cup Group Stage Preview – Groups G and H

Group G

  • Brazil
  • Serbia
  • Switzerland
  • Cameroon

Group G Fixtures

24th Nov – Switzerland v Cameroon – Al Janoub

24th Nov – Brazil v Serbia – Lusail Iconic

28th Nov – Cameroon v Serbia – Al Janoub

28th Nov – Brazil v Switzerland – Stadium 974

2nd Dec – Serbia v Switzerland – Stadium 974

2nd Dec – Cameroon v Brazil – Lusail Iconic

Predicted Results

  • 24th Nov – Switzerland v Cameroon – Al Janoub – Switzerland win
  • 24th Nov – Brazil v Serbia – Lusail Iconic Brazil win
  • 28th Nov – Cameroon v Serbia – Al Janoub – Draw
  • 28th Nov – Brazil v Switzerland – Stadium 974 – Draw
  • 2nd Dec – Serbia v Switzerland – Stadium 974 Draw
  • 2nd Dec – Cameroon v Brazil – Lusail Iconic – Brazil win

Final Standings Prediction

Group G – 1st Brazil, 2nd Switzerland, 3rd Serbia, 4th Cameroon

Players To Watch

Brazil – Neymar (Att), Vinicius Jr (Att), Antony (Att),

Serbia – Filip Kostic (Mid), Aleksandar Mitrovic (Att), Dusan Vlahovic (Att)

Switzerland – Breel Embolo (Att), Remo Freuler (Mid), Xherdan Shaqiri (Mid)

Cameroon – Andre Onana (Gk), Vincent Eboubakar (Att), Martin Hongla (Mid)

Group H

  • Portugal
  • Ghana
  • Uruguay
  • South Korea

Group H Fixtures

24th Nov – Uruguay v South Korea – Education City

24th Nov – Portugal v Ghana – Stadium 974

28th Nov – South Korea v Ghana – Education City

28th Nov – Portugal v Uruguay – Lusail Iconic

2nd Dec – Ghana v Uruguay – Al Janoub

2nd Dec – South Korea v Portugal – Education City

Predicted Results

  • 24th Nov – Uruguay v South Korea – Education City – Uruguay win
  • 24th Nov – Portugal v Ghana – Stadium 974 – Portugal win
  • 28th Nov – South Korea v Ghana – Education City – Draw
  • 28th Nov – Portugal v Uruguay – Lusail Iconic – Draw
  • 2nd Dec – Ghana v Uruguay – Al Janoub – Uruguay Win
  • 2nd Dec – South Korea v Portugal – Education City – Portugal Win

Final Standings Prediction

Group H – 1st Portugal, 2nd Uruguay, 3rd Ghana, 4th South Korea

Players To Watch

Portugal – Cristiano Ronaldo (Att), Bernardo Silva (Mid), Joao Felix (Att)

Ghana – Inaki Williams (Att), Andre Ayew (Mid), Thomas Partey (Mid)

Uruguay – Edinson Cavani (Att), Luis Suarez (Att), Darwin Nunez (Att)

South Korea – Son Hyeong-min (Att), Minjae Kim (Def), Hwang Hee-chan (Mid)

Drawing Together Our Predictions For The Round of 16

Over the course of this four-part series of articles, we have brought you our predictions for which two of the four teams in each group will qualify and whether they will qualify in first or second place from their group.

So, if those predictions prove accurate, that would leave us with the following Round of 16 to kick off the Knockout Phase on the 3rd December.

Predicted FIFA World Cup 2022 – Round of 16

3rd December

  • Netherlands v Wales (Khalifa)
  • Argentina v Denmark (Ahmad bin Ali)

4th December

  • Spain v Croatia (Al Wakrah)
  • Brazil v Uruguay (Stadium 974)

5th December

  • England v Senegal (Al Khor)
  • France v Mexico (Al Thumama)

6th December

  • Belgium v Germany (Education City)
  • Portugal v Switzerland (Lusail)

Tune in later this week when we’ll be bringing you details on another fantastic Free To Enter World Cup competition at bet365 Sport, and remember the actions starts with the hosts Qatar taking on Ecuador on Sunday, before we see England and Wales in action on the Monday as the World Cup 2022 in Qatar gets underway!