Best Places to Bet on the 2022 FIFA World Cup

With the return of European club play, the calendar has moved one step closer to the start of the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar on November 21.

With 64 games set to take place in 28 days, starting in approximately 103 days and 22 hours, it’s time to check out what oddsmakers are offering. From group winners to the favorites to win it all, several sportsbooks already have plenty of action available.

While I’d strongly advise waiting until we know who’s healthy for each squad, there’s nothing wrong with getting familiar with your options in advance. Another benefit to taking a look now: knowing what teams’ futures prices are so far in advance can be useful, because the way odds and prices change based on action will often tell us something about a team’s prospects.

For example, current favorite Brazil – whose odds are between +450 and +500, depending on the sportsbook – might be worth a closer look if the price increases without any injuries.

Best Online Sportsbooks To Bet On The 2022 World Cup

For now, we’ll consider what’s available via DraftKings, Caesars, BetRivers and FanDuel.

Specifically, let’s talk futures to win the tournament, Golden Boot (top scorer) winner and the USMNT’s group play odds.

2022 World Cup Futures Odds

So what are the World Cup odds looking like? DraftKings, FanDuel, BetRivers and Caesars all agree on not only Brazil as the favorite – at either +450 or +500 – but on France and England as the second- and third-favorites, respectively, to win it all.

While the order varies a bit, all four bookmakers give Spain, Argentina and Germany the next-shortest odds.

What about the USMNT? Gregg Berhalter and the USMNT’s odds to take home the trophy are +10,000 on DraftKings, BetRivers and Caesars. FanDuel lists the USMNT at +11,000.

USMNT 2022 World Cup Group B Odds

The U.S. will begin the tournament in Group B alongside England, Wales and Iran. The side is even-money (+100) to finish in the top two and advance from Group B to knockout play, according to DraftKings, which lists the USMNT at +600 to win the group. 

On DraftKings, England (-320 to finish first, -1,600 to advance) is the clear favorite, followed by USA and Wales (+550 to win, +110 to advance). Iran (+2,000 to win, +350 to advance) is the group’s heavy underdog.

BetRivers also lists the U.S. at +100 to advance, but +700 to win the group. BetRivers sees England (-335 to finish first, -1,250 to advance) as the clear favorite in Group B.

If you like the chances that the U.S. will at least reach knockout play, if not win the group ahead of England, BetRivers is the place to go right now.

Can Brazil End Europe’s Dominance?

If you believe Neymar & Co. will secure the Seleção’s first World Cup title since 2002, FanDuel and BetRivers both offer +500 odds. At DraftKings and Caesars, Brazil are +450. 

It’s interesting to me that a team from South America is the clear favorite. Not only have three of the last four World Cup finals been all-European affairs, but European sides have won all four: Italy beat France in 2006, Spain took down the Netherlands in 2010, Germany denied Argentina in 2014 and France topped Croatia in 2018.

With that in mind, the best value will likely come from the sites offering the highest payouts for England, France and the other European contenders.

England’s Harry Kane favored to defend 2018 title, win 2022 World Cup Golden Boot

As you see below, sportsbooks differ much more on the Golden Boot market than they do on futures. While all identify Kane as the favorite, his odds range from +600 to +800. France’s Kylian Mbappe is second-favorite, according to all but FanDuel, which gives that nod to Belgium’s Romelu Lukaku.

In 2018, Kane took home the Golden Boot with six goals for a team that lost in the semifinals. He was followed by five players with 4 goals apiece: France’s Antoine Griezmann, Lukaku, Russia’s Denis Cheryshev, Mbappe and Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo.

Below are the Golden Boot favorites at DraftKings, FanDuel, BetRivers and Caesars:

  • DraftKings: Kane (+600), Mbappe (+750), Argentina’s Lionel Messi, France’s Karim Benzema, Lukaku and Neymar (+1,000)
  • FanDuel: Kane (+650), Lukaku (+700), Mbappe (+850)
  • BetRivers: Kane, Mbappe (+800), Neymar (+1,200)
  • Caesars: Kane (+800) Mbappe (+900) Benzema (+1,000)

While the wise move is to hold off on betting on this until we know about each player’s form and physical condition, Caesars offering Mbappe at +900 feels like a bargain.

Which sportsbook offers the best value for 2022 World Cup bets?

There’s no clear answer to that question at this point, because there are a million variables surrounding every team, and we won’t have a clear idea of what to expect until November. 

What’s important is to shop around and compare as many odds as you can find. No matter which teams or players you like in a given bet, some books will offer better prices and odds than others.

If there’s one bookmaker that currently offers the widest variety of available bets, from futures to props, it has to be DraftKings, whose site deserves some love for how easy it is to navigate and find all the options.