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What Will Happen Next Year According to Betting Sites? Predictions for Politics, TV and Sport

Published: Dec 20, 1:20pm Last Updated: Jan 4, 10:48am Specials 0 Comments 102 Views

2022 Betting Intro

Major political events both at home and abroad will occur in 2022, about that there will be no doubt and we can expect TV & Entertainment specials from the Oscars and Eurovision Song Contest Betting.

Here, we take a snapshot at different markets and provide some information on what the best betting sites think will or won’t happen in 2022 according to the betting odds. 

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More detailed analysis on 2022 betting markets can be found in the OLBG News Section

The 2022 FIFA World Cup is just around the corner and what better way to whet your appetite than with a little bit of betting speculation.

There are many things that we can expect in the UK during 2022, from major sporting events such as Wimbledon and how Emma Raducanu might get on, will Lewis Hamilton win back his world title, and stateside, if Tiger Woods might win a major or retire from the sport.

Political Betting 2022 :Boris Johnson

We know a week is a long time in politics so over the year and from around the world we can expect cataclysmic change.

Boris Johnson Betting in 2022

Prime Minister Boris Johnson had a fraught and busy 2021 what with the Dominic Cummings allegations, a new baby, and his backbenchers revolting, he will hope that 2022 is quieter, but we doubt that will be the case. 

Talk has now turned as to whether the PM can survive in the top job and as leader of the Tory Party.  

The leading betting sites have a range of markets on BOJO including the following,

  • Boris Johnson To Exit in 2022 at 11/10
  • Not To Be Tory Leader at Next General Election 8/13

Rishi Sunak and Liz Truss are waiting in the wings to be Next Conservative Leader whilst Keir Starmer is hoping he can replace Boris at Number 10 Downing Street.

Nigel Skinner - OLBG Betting Expert

Rishi Sunak and Liz Truss are waiting in the wings to be Next Conservative Leader whilst Keir Starmer is hoping he can replace Boris at Number 10 Downing Street.

Next Conservative Leader Betting Odds - December 2021
Rishi Sunak 9/4
Liz Truss 9/2
Michael Gove 7/1
Jeremy Hunt 9/1

Next Prime Minister Betting Odds - December 2021
Rishi Sunak 2/1
Liz Truss
Keir Starmer 7/1

Political Betting 2022: Donald Trump

Donald Trump Betting in 2022

There is always a lot of news and betting interest (often created by Donald Himself) surrounding the former President Of the United States. 

In 2022 he may decide that he is definitely going to run in the US Election in 2024. 

The bookies currently have him as the favourite to be the 47th President at  3/1, if he does become the Republican nomination those odds will instantly shorten. 

Next US President Betting Odds -December 2021
Donald Trump 3/1
Joe Biden 5/1
Kamala Harris 7/1
Ron De Santis 10/1

US Political Betting

You can be darn sure things will be happening in political betting across the pond. 

The race for control of the House and the Senate will determine how effective President Biden can be in 2022. 

The  midterm elections could see the Republicans win control of the House

The Senate is currently 50/50 and again the opposition the Republicans only need a slight change in the make-up for them to control the Senate.

They are at 2/5 to win more than 50 seats with Coral, and 5/1 to win less than 50 seats. 

Party Betting Odds - December 2021
Republicans 3/14
Democrats 4/1

Political Betting 2022: The Labour Party

It has not all been rosy for the Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer despite being given plenty of ammunition by the often shambolic Boris Johnson and the Torys. 

Many within his party want to change and there are a host of candidates in the next labour leader betting market with Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham favourite to replace Starmer. 

Next Labour Leader Betting Odds - December 2021
Andy Burnham  3/1
Lisa Nandy 7/1
Rachel Reeves 8/1
Angela Rayner 8/1


Political Betting 2022: General Election Betting

A 2022 General Election had seemed unlikely but since the trials and tribulations of the Conservative party and Boris Johnson in particular the bookies think a snap 2022 Election could be on the cards. 

Date Betting Odds - December 2021 Percentage Chance
2022 9/1 10.00%
2023 15/8 34.72%
2024 4/7 63.69%

Political Betting 2022: French Presidential Betting: How will the final vote split go?

April 2022 will see the French going to the polls to elect a President. 

Emmanuelle Macron who has been President since 2017 will be campaigning for a second term with the best betting sites having him as clear favourite to return to the Elysee Palace. 


Lined up against him are a host of centre/right candidates including Marine Le Pen (National Rally), Valerie Pecresse (Independent),  and Eric Zemmour (Independent).

If the President does not receive an overall majority in the 1st round then there will be a runoff in round 2.  

Macron received 24% of 1st round votes and 66% of 2nd round votes in the 2017 French Election.

Nigel Skinner - OLBG Betting Expert

Will those trying to unseat Macron split the vote and allow the President to remain in charge?

Candidate Party Odds
Emmanuel Macron LREM 4/9
Valerie Pecresse Les Republicans 7/1
Marine Le Pen National Rally 3/1
Eric Zemmour Indpendent 9/1


Political Betting 2022: Next Scottish First Minister

The best betting sites consider that Nicola Sturgeon could call it a day as First Minister in 2022 and have odds available on her successor. 


The First Minister has had a lot to deal with including the Covid Pandemic and trying to keep the momentum going on Scottish Independence. 

She has been in charge since 2014 and has steered the party successfully, however she or her party may feel that change would be a good thing.

Leading the pack is Angus Robertson the Cabinet Secretary, although you can see by the 7/2 odds the field is very open. 

Next Scotland First Minister Betting Odds - December 2021 Percentage Chance
Angus Robertson 7/2 22.22%
John Swinney 9/1 10.00%
Kate Forbes 10/1 9.09%
Humza Yousef 12/1 7.69%

Political Betting 2022: Who Will Be Next Taioseach?

Favourite with Smarkets is Mary Lou Macdonald with Sinn Fein expected to win the most seats at the next Irish General Election. 

Former Taoiseach Leo Vardaker from Fina Gael is available at around 5/2 with online bookmakers.

2022 should give us a clearer picture on which direction Ireland is heading. 

 Next Taoiseach
Exchange Betting Odds - December 2021 Percentage Chance
Mary Lou Macdonald
1.8 55.56%
 Leo Vardaker
3.4 29.41%
Simon Coveney 8.0 12.50%

Football Betting 2022: World Cup Betting

The biggest sporting event of 2022 will be the World Cup in Qatar at the end of the year. 

Betting odds are available with England around 3rd favourites at around 7/1. 

World Cup 2022 28 Jan @ 23:23 - Win Tournament
France 7.00
Brazil 7.00
England 8.00
Spain 9.00
Argentina 11.00
Germany 11.00
Italy 13.00
Belgium 13.00
Netherlands 17.00
Denmark 26.00

Football Betting 2022: Will Newcastle United Survive In The EPL

Hopes were high when the Saudi Public Investment Fund were announced as the owners of Newcastle United. 

However new manager Eddie Howe has found it difficult and relegation to the Championship is looking increasingly likely.  

England Premier League 2021/22 28 Jan @ 23:23 - To be Relegated
Norwich 1.25
Watford 1.33
Burnley 1.53
Newcastle 2.38
Everton 6.00
Leeds 7.00
Brentford 8.00
Southampton 26.00
Crystal Palace 26.00
Aston Villa 101.00

Football Betting 2022: World Record Transfer Fee to Be Broken in 2022

Betting odds of 5/1 are on offer that the  World Football Transfer record is broken in 2022.   

The current holder of the World Transfer record is the move of Neymar from Barcelona to PSG in 2017. 

He moved from Catalonia to Paris for an eye-watering 222 million euro which was around 198 million pounds sterling. 

There are only a few players who could command such a fee and only a few clubs with deep enough pockets to pay such a fee.  

Erling Haaland moving from Borussia Dortmund to one of the giants of European football in 2022 could be that player.  

Player From  To  Fee
Neymar Barcelona PSG 222 Million Euros
Kylian Mbappe Monaco PSG 180 Million Euros
Phillipe Coutinho Liverpool Barcelona 140 Million Euros
Joao Felix Benfica Atletico Madrid 126 Million Euros
Antoine Griezmann Atletico Madrid Barcelona 120 Million Euros

Tennis Betting: Emma Raducanu NOT To Win a Grand Slam Tennis Tournament in 2022?

How do the leading bookies think Sports Personality Of the Year Emma Raducanu will perform in 2022. 

Emma Raducanu

Emma Raducanu To Win a Grand Slam Title in 2022 is 2/1

Emma Raducanu To Win The Wimbledon Singles Title in 2022 is 7/1

Emma Raducanu To Be World Number 1 At The End of 2022 is 12/1

Her sensational US Open victory thrust the 19-year-old from Bromley into the world tennis spotlight.

F1 Betting 2022: Sir Lewis Hamilton in 2022

The newly knighted Lewis Hamilton will be looking to regain his F1 title which he controversially lost to the Flying Dutchman Max Verstappen. 

Currently, Lewis has equal the amount of F1 Championships as Michael Schumacher, (7) winning in 2022 will propel him ahead of the German.

However, bookmakers still have him as favourite at 5/6 to win the 2022 Drivers Championship. 

Formula 1 Drivers Championship 2022 28 Jan @ 23:23 - Win Tournament
Lewis Hamilton 2.50
Max Verstappen 3.00
George Russell 6.50
Charles Leclerc 13.00
Carlos Sainz 23.00
Lando Norris 34.00

F1 Betting 2022: Odds on Home Winners in Britain, Spain, Netherlands and Mexico

Who doesn't want to win on their home soil/tarmac? 

There are F1 odds available on drivers winning in their home country in 2022. 

Grand Prix Yes No
British Grand Prix 8/11 1/1
Dutch Grand Prix 2/1 4/11
Mexican Grand Prix 10/1
Spanish Grand Prix 20/1

Darts Betting 2022: Fallon Sherrock To Reach The Final Of A Darts Premier Ranking Event in 2022

In 2021 Fallon Sherrock showed she could compete on the oche on a level footing with male players. 

Her victories over Ted Evitts and  Mensur Suljovic in the Men's World Darts Championship made headlines for the 27-year-old.

She is young enough to keep on improving and is priced at 16/1 to make the final of a ranking event in 2022. 

Snooker Betting 2022: Ronnie O'Sullivan 7/2 to Retire from Snooker in 2022!

Ronnie O'Sullivan gives the impression to many that he gets bored with Snooker, the best player in the world has talked of giving the game up. 

Ronnie O'Sullivan

He said he is not as good as he was but still wants to add more titles. 

The bookies have him at 7/2 to depart the green baize in 2022. 

If your ranking goes above your age it is time to give the game up.

Ronnie O'Sullivan quoting Steve Davis.

Snooker Betting 2022: Any Chinese Player To Win The 2022 Snooker World Championship

With the victory of Zhao Xintong in 2021 of the UK Championship bookmakers have priced up the chance of a Chinese player winning the Snooker World Championship.

Bookmakers in their New Year specials offer odds of 10/1 that a Chinese player lifts the trophy at the Crucible in May 2022. 

World Championship 2022 28 Jan @ 23:23 - Win Tournament
Judd Trump 4.50
Neil Robertson 6.50
Ronnie OSullivan 7.00
Mark Selby 7.00
John Higgins 11.00
Kyren Wilson 19.00
Shaun Murphy 26.00
Mark Allen 26.00
Yan Bingtao 26.00
Luca Brecel 29.00

Golf Betting 2022: Tiger Woods To Win The Masters or Retire

The greatest golfer of all-time Tiger Woods looks likely to play in the US Masters 2022 and is priced at 60/1.

Whether he can still be as good as he once was is open to debate. 

Tiger Woods

He may feel that Father Time has got him and he is priced at exactly the same odds to retire as he is to win the tournament. 

2022 US Masters 28 Jan @ 23:23 - Win Tournament
Jon Rahm 9.00
Jordan Spieth 13.00
Collin Morikawa 13.00
Dustin Johnson 15.00
Justin Thomas 15.00
Rory McIlroy 15.00
Bryson DeChambeau 19.00
Brooks Koepka 21.00
Xander Schauffele 23.00
Patrick Cantlay 23.00

Eurovision Betting 2022: The UK's realistic chance of winning is less than 5%

The UK use to perform well at Eurovision (Those Were The Days) but since we won in 1997 with Love Shine A Light by  Katrina And The Waves the results have been getting progressively worse.

In the last 10 years, the UK Eurovision entry has finished 26th, 24th, 15th, 24th, 24th, 17th, 19th, 25th, 11th, 25th. 

The UK Eurovision entry before we even know the song is priced on the Betfair Exchange at 60.0. and 40/1 with the best betting sites. 

Those kinds of odds give us a less than 5% chance of winning the contest.

Ladbrokes go 5/1 that the UK entry finishes in last place, depending on the song that could become much shorter!

Eurovision Betting 2022: Sweden look set to give a good show in Eurovision

Sweden has won Eurovision on 6 occasions (1974, 1984, 1991,1999, 2012, 2015). 

A victory for the Scandinavians in 2022 will see them on an equal number of wins as Ireland who top the table with 7 (1970, 1980, 1987, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1996). 

As a country, they take the competition incredibly seriously, Melodifestivalen the annual music competition usually selects their Eurovision entry and regularly is watched by over 4 million viewers.  

The early betting exchange odds for Turin 2022 see Sweden at the head of the Eurovision market such is their history of doing well.

Movie Betting 2022: Top Grossing Worldwide Movie Betting

The top Grossing Film of 2021 was the patriotic Chinese epic The Battle Of Lake Changjin with two other films from the People's Republic making the top 5. 

It is more than likely that after the success of those films the film industry in China will again be competitive when it comes to the Top-Grossing Film in 2022.   

Chinese cinema-goers flocked to the movies in 2021 and their film market is now the largest in the world.

Glastonbury 2022 Headliners Betting: Who fills the final spots on the Pyramid Stage

We all hope that Glastonbury 2022 can take place this summer after a two-year hiatus due to the Covid Pandemic. 

Headline acts mooted for the Pyramid Stage for those who don't want to miss a thing include Aerosmith, Elton John, Paul McCartney and Taylor Swift, with bookies making Taylor Swift odds on to finally make her first Glasto appearance. 

To Headline Any Night On The Pyramid Stage Odds
Taylor Swift 4/7
Aerosmith 9/4
Paul McCartney 5/2
Adele 4/1
Fleetwood Mac 4/1
Coldplay 5/1
Ed Sheeran 6/1
Fatboy Slim 8/1

Movie Betting 2022: Academy Awards Betting The Categories

The Academy Awards 2022 should hopefully be a celebration of a return to some sort of normality after the Covid 19 pandemic decimated the making of and going to the movies. 

Films that have been delayed are finally getting released and cinema-goers are returning to the big screen. 

The leading categories and the ones the bookies take most bets on are:

  • Best Film
  • Best Director
  • Best Actor
  • Best Actress

The 94th Annual Academy Awards Best Picture 28 Jan @ 23:23 - Win Contest
The Power of the Dog 2.75
West Side Story 3.00
Belfast 3.25
Licorice Pizza 15.00
Drive My Car 15.00
Dune 17.00
The 94th Annual Academy Awards Best Director 28 Jan @ 23:23 - Win Contest
Jane Campion (The Power of the Dog) 1.20
Steven Spielberg (West Side Story) 8.50
Kenneth Branagh (Belfast) 8.50
Denis Villeneuve (Dune) 12.00
Paul Thomas Anderson (Licorice Pizza) 17.00
Guillermo del Toro (Nightmare Alley) 21.00
The 94th Annual Academy Awards Best Actor 28 Jan @ 23:23 - Win Contest
Will Smith (King Richard) 1.36
Andrew Garfield (tick tick Boom!) 5.50
Benedict Cumberbatch (The Power of the Dog) 5.50
Denzel Washington (The Tragedy of Macbeth) 15.00
Javier Bardem (Being the Ricardos) 21.00
Leonardo DiCaprio (Dont Look Up) 26.00
The 94th Annual Academy Awards Best Actress 28 Jan @ 23:23 - Win Contest
Nicole Kidman (Being the Ricardos) 2.10
Kristen Stewart (Spencer) 3.40
Olivia Colman (The Lost Daughter) 5.50
Jessica Chastain (The Eyes of Tammy Faye) 7.00
Jennifer Hudson (Respect) 12.00
Lady Gaga (House of Gucci) 13.00

We will be following these 2022 markets throughout the year both in the OLBG Blogs and on OLBG News. 


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