FIFA World Cup Betting (Odds, Contenders, History)

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The World Cup in Qatar will feature 32 teams looking to emulate current champions France. There is expected to be a record number of betting markets in the competition, with more bookmakers than ever offering odds, prices, and specials in all the matches and rounds of the competition.

FIFA World Cup Betting (Odds, Contenders, History)
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World Cup Headlines

  • Argentina win the World Cup in 2022, The match went to extra time and penalties before Argentina triumphed. 
  • Kylian Mbappe wins the World Cup Golden Boot with 8 goals.  
  • The 2026 World Cup will be held in the United States of America, Canada and Mexico.

The  2026 World Cup Odds 

World Cup 2026 24 May @ 06:45 - Win Tournament
Brazil 7.00
France 7.00
England 8.00
Argentina 10.00
Spain 10.00
Germany 11.00
Portugal 15.00
Netherlands 19.00
Italy 23.00
Belgium 34.00

World Cup Statistics

With the number of betting opportunities available OLBG will be awash with World Cup Statistics, all these stats are added so you can make informed betting decisions on the tournament.   

World Cup Average Goals Per Game

World Cup Average Goals
2022 2.69
2018 2.64
2014 2.67
2010 2.27
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Average Goals Per Game - Over

World Cup Over 0.5 Goals Over 1.5 Goals Over 2.5 Goals Over 3.5 Goals Over 4.5 Goals
2022 89% 73% 47% 25% 19%
2018 98% 75% 48% 19% 11%
2014 89% 70% 57% 27% 13%
2010 89% 63% 42% 20% 9%
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Average Goals Per Game - Under

World Cup Under 0.5 Goals Under 1.5 Goals Under 2.5 Goals Under 3.5 Goals Under 4.5 Goals
2022 11% 27% 53% 75% 81%
2018 2% 25% 52% 81% 89%
2014 11% 30% 42% 73% 87%
2010 11% 38% 57% 80% 91%
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Percentage Of Goals Per Half

World Cup 1st Half Goals 2nd Half Goals
2022 39% 59%
2018 38% 62%
2014 38% 62%
2010 41% 59%
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World Cup Winners 1930-2022

Year World Cup Winners
2022 Argentina
2018 France
2014 Germany
2010 Spain
2006 Italy
2002 Brazil
1998 France
1994 Brazil
1990 West Germany
1986 Argentina
1982 Italy
1978 Argentina
1974 West Germany
1970 Brazil
1966 England
1962 Brazil
1958 Brazil
1954 West Germany
1950 Uruguay
1938 Italy
1934 Italy
1930 Uruguay
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World Cup Golden Boot Winners 1930-2022

Year Venue Top Goalscorer Country Goals
2022 Qatar Kylian Mbappe France 8
2018 Russia Harry Kane England 6
2014 Brazil James Rodríguez Colombia 6
2010 South Africa Thomas Muller Germany 5
2006 Germany Miroslav Klose Germany 5
2002 South Korea/Japan Ronaldo Brazil 8
1998 France Davor Suker Croatia 6
1994 United States Oleg Salenko/Hristo Stoichkov Russia/Bulgaria 6
1990 Italy Salvatore Schillaci Italy 6
1986 Mexico Gary Lineker England 6
1982 Spain Paolo Rossi Italy 6
1978 Argentina Mario Kempes Argentina 6
1974 West Germany Grzegorz Lato Poland 7
1970 Mexico Gerd Muller Germany 10
1966 England Eusebio Portugal 9
1962 Chile Florian Albert Hungary 4
1962 Chile Valentin Ivanov Soviet Union 4
1962 Chile Garrincha Brazil 4
1962 Chile Vava Brazil 4
1962 Chile Drazan Jerkovic Yugoslavia 4
1962 Chile Leonel Sanchez Chile 4
1958 Sweden Just Fontaine France 13
1954 Switzerland Sandor Kocsis Hungary 11
1950 Brazil Ademir Brazil 8
1938 France Leonidas Brazil 7
1934 Italy Oldrich Nejedly Czech Republic 5
1930 Uruguay Guillermo Stabile Argentina 8
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Betting On The World Cup

All the best betting sites will have 

Odds will vary between the bookmakers and betting exchanges, so please do shop around between different firms. 

Football tips can now be placed both on the group matches and outright winners, just visit the OLBG World Cup Tips Page. 

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How to Place a Bet on the World Cup

Placing a bet on the World Cup is as easy as picking a contender from the list of possibilities at the top of this page, finding the bookmaker offering odds, choosing how much you want to bet, and placing it.

If you want to read what tips are being placed please check out the Football Tips Page.

Remember each game and group will have odds available. 

  1. Find the best football betting site offering the best odds on your selection. 
  2. Choose one of the possible contenders
  3. Decide how much you want to bet
  4. Check the odds and your stake to understand how much you may win if your prediction is correct
  5. Understand that if your prediction is wrong, you will lose your money.  

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World Cup 2022 Betting Odds

Ahead of the World Cup Final 2022

"France are just the favourites to lift the World Cup Trophy. 

The match odds are very close with the 90-minute draw to be considered. 

Lionel Messi was 12/1 ahead of the first game, he is now the favourite to win the Golden Boot.

Kylian Mbappe was at odds around 8/1 ahead of the first game he is the second favourite."

Ante Post Prices March 2022

Here are the odds from a leading bookmaker in the spring of 2022 on the Semi-Finalists in Qatar. 

Something to consider when you are looking at the odds in early 2026. 

Country March 2022
France 6/1
Argentina 10/1
Croatia 50/1
Morocco 200/1
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Below is how the teams were ranked going into the World Cup in 2022. 

FIFA World Cup 2022

Group A

Country FIFA Ranking
Qatar 50
Ecuador 44
Senegal 18
Netherlands
8


Group B

Country FIFA Ranking
England 5
Wales
19
Iran 20
USA
16


Group C

Country FIFA Ranking
Argentina 3
Mexico 13
Saudi Arabia 51
Poland 26


Group D

Country FIFA Ranking
France 4
Australia 38
Denmark
10
Tunisia 30


Group E

Country FIFA Ranking
Spain 7
Costa Rica 31
Germany 11
Japan 24


Group F

Country FIFA Rankings
Belgium 2
Canada 41
Morocco 22
Croatia 12


Group G

Country FIFA Rankings
Brazil 1
Serbia 21
Switzerland 15
Cameroon 43


Group H

Country FIFA Rankings
Portugal 9
Ghana 61
Uruguay 14
Korea Republic 28


World Cup 2026 24 May @ 06:45 - Win Tournament
Brazil 7.00
France 7.00
England 8.00
Argentina 10.00
Spain 10.00
Germany 11.00
Portugal 15.00
Netherlands 19.00
Italy 23.00
Belgium 34.00

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