The much-awaited 2022 Football World Cup is just around the corner. And just like it represents an excellent opportunity for one team to secure football immortality, it also represents an opportunity for Indian football betting enthusiasts to try and make some money from the month-long tournament.

FIFA World Cup 2022 begins on Nov 21, 2022, and the final will be played on Dec 18, 2022. Here’s your ultimate guide on how to bet on FIFA World Cup 2022 and FIFA World Cup betting strategies to follow.

Opening an Account On A Football Betting Site

Before you start wagering on the World Cup, you’re going to need to:

  • Choose a football betting site in India
  • Register an account and make a real-money deposit
  • Verify your account via a Know Your Customer (KYC) check. That’s so you can withdraw any winnings at a later date.

There is no shortage of betting apps out there available to Indian players which is obviously a good thing. The more choice there is, the more likely you are to find a top-quality site that is just right for you.

Football World Cup Betting Sites

Top Tip: It’s always a good idea to have an account at more than one betting site. Having multiple accounts means: you can always secure higher odds at one site on whatever it is you’re betting on, you can benefit from more bonuses, and you’ll also have a much wider selection of markets to bet on.

2022 Football World Cup Betting tips

Here are some betting strategies to consider when actually placing your bets.

Top Goalscorer Market (Golden Boot)

It’s a difficult market to win on but the nice thing about it is that with no player any shorter than odds of 10.00 in the betting market, and with some realistic candidates at around 30.00, a few Indian Rupees on the eventual winner could see you get a big payout.

Factors to consider:

  • Plays for a side with a somewhat easy group (the team as a whole are likely to score plenty of goals), who you think should at least make the semis (play extra matches) and who play a brand of attacking football rather than a defensive one.
  • The player takes penalties. VAR has meant more penalties are awarded than before so those not taking penalties miss out on great extra chances to score.
  • The player is the focal point of attack and star man. Look for strikers whose team specifically looks to create chances for them rather than two or three different players. Harry Kane and Cristiano Ronaldo are good examples of this.

World Cup Winner

Here are a few factors to bear in mind:

  • Look at the strength of the teams in the group but also map out who is likely to play who in the knockout rounds. Having to beat three top teams just to make the final may be too much.
  • Consider who might best handle the blisteringly hot conditions in Qatar. And look at who has the strongest squad, not just the best XIs. In the heat, managers are going to need all their players, not just the same 12 or 13.

2022 Football World Cup betting strategies

  • All teams are desperate to not lose their first match. If a match looks tight before kick-off, the draw may be the best option in comparison to the next Group games.
  • In matches that go to penalties, the pre-match favorite is generally the favorite to win the shootout. But should they be? Betting value can be found on the outsider before the shootout because the odds should be very close to 50/50.

Which is the best site for betting on the FIFA World Cup?

Our site reviews are about which sites are best for certain things in general, not with the World Cup specifically in mind.

However, here are a few tips to consider when choosing the best betting sites from a World Cup point of view.

Best odds

it sounds obvious but this is crucial. Look out for what we say about the generosity of odds but go a step further and check out the site yourself.

Choose four or five specific outcomes on different markets (eg. Brazil to make the semis or better, Cristiano Ronaldo to be Portugal’s top scorer) and compare the odds on offer about them across the different sites.

The one(s) offering the best odds across those are likely to be the most generous in general.

If you’re going to have dozens of bets across the tournament, all those examples of slightly better odds will all add up and make a big difference to your balance come the end of the tournament.

And if you’re going to have one big bet, for example, Germany to win it, then it makes sense to choose the site offering the highest odds on Germany.

Strong live football betting product

Many of the best betting opportunities lie in bets during the game rather than before it.

After all, watching the match for 15 or 20 minutes will give you a clearer picture of what might happen next than what you had before kick-off.

So, look out for sites that have lots of live betting markets, who update their odds quickly and crucially, who don’t keep their Live betting markets suspended for long.

Good mobile product

Given you’re unlikely to be doing most of your wagering from your PC at home during the World Cup, you’re going to need a site with a strong mobile product that’s quick, responsive, and easy to use.

Read our reviews about this aspect or download the mobile app and try it out for yourself.

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