Which Football Competitions Can You Bet On?
Here’s a look at some of the most popular football competitions among bettors.
Qatar World Cup 2022
Held every four years, the World Cup usually takes place during the summer, although 2022’s competition — the 22nd edition — will be in November and December in Qatar. All the action is just around the corner now, and we’re here to tell you what to expect.
The FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 runs from 20th November to 18th December. 32 teams compete in the group stages, with these teams split into eight groups of four, as shown below. The top two teams in each group progress to the knock-out rounds, held between the 3rd and 6th December. The quarterfinals are on the 9th and 10th December, with the semi-finals held on the 13th and 14th. The losing teams will take part in a playoff for third place on 17th December, before the World Cup Final unfolds on the 18th at Lusail Stadium.
|Group A||Group B||Group C||Group D|
- Saudi Arabia
|Group E||Group F||Group G||Group H|
- Costa Rica
- South Korea
England’s World Cup Journey
If you’re excited about seeing the England team in action on the pitch, you won’t need to wait long. England’s first game of the tournament — a matchup against Iran — will play out on 21st November at Khalifa International Stadium. It will be the first time the two football teams have met, and, despite pundits expecting some ‘feeling out’ time, our boys are favourites to win.
Here’s what the remainder of England’s Group B matches look like:
- England vs USA – 25th November at Al Bayt Stadium.
- Wales vs England – 29th November at Ahmad bin Ali Stadium
If England finish in first or second place in Group B, they will progress to the knock-out rounds to play either the runners up or winners of Group A.
The Group of Death
Which group is the toughest to win — the so-called group of death — is a matter that’s up for debate. Some pundits have Group E down as the toughest group due to the presence of World Cup winners Spain and Germany. Others feel that political problems off the pitch between the UK, USA and Iran makes Group B the toughest group. Only time will tell how things play out.
World Cup Wagers and Betting Odds
The World Cup 2022 will feature an incredible 64 matches across eight venues, so you won’t find yourself short on World Cup betting options. Here’s what World Cup odds are looking like for popular bets ahead of the tournament:
- England to win Group B: 1/3
- Harry Kane to be England Team Top Scorer: 4/6
- England to win the World Cup: 15/2
- The favourite to win the World Cup: Brazil at 4/1
The World Cup betting odds listed above were live on Paddy Power at the time of writing and give you a good idea of the sort of bets on offer. However, betting odds can change quite significantly in the run-up to an event, and after it gets underway, so remember to compare the latest prices for your World Cup bets before you place your wagers.
The Premier League is the highest football league in England. It was formed back in 1992 as the successor to the former First Division. Also known as the Prem and the EPL, it comprises 20 teams, some of which are household names around the globe: Manchester United and Liverpool, for example, are two of the best supported teams in the world. Every year, three teams are relegated from the EPL and three teams are promoted from the Championship below. The top four finishers qualify for the pan-European Champions League. The Prem currently attracts some big-name talents, with the likes of Paul Pogba, Kevin De Bruyne, and Mohamed Salah all plying their trade here.
Also comprising 20 teams, La Liga is the premier football division in Spain and can trace its history all the way back to the 1920s. You’re sure to recognise some of the clubs associated with La Liga, which include the superstar rosters of Real Madrid, Barcelona, and Atlético Madrid, with top players including Lionel Messi, Karim Benzema and Luka Modrić. Real Madrid are the current record holders of the league, having been crowned champions a whopping 34 times in all. The four top places of the league also qualify for the Champions League, while the bottom three places get relegated to Spain’s Segunda División.
Twenty teams also compete in Serie A, the top league in Italy. They include some of the great veterans of European football – Juventus, Internazionale, AC Milan, and Roma. One of the highest rated football leagues in the world, Serie A has been running since 1929 and has provided European Cup winners on multiple occasions. Today, four teams at the top of Serie A get qualification to the Champions League, while the bottom three teams are sent back into Serie B. Faces you’ll recognise while watching this league include the legendary Cristiano Ronaldo and Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku.
The pinnacle of the German football hierarchy is the Bundesliga. Made up of 18 teams, it’s been going for almost six decades, having been first founded back in the early 1960s. The Bundesliga is again allocated four qualifying spots for the Champions League, with two of these sports usually going to Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund ‒ these are the biggest clubs in Germany, with players like Robert Lewandowski and Erling Haaland currently in their ranks. Finish in the bottom two spots of the Bundesliga and the team gets put back into Germany’s second tier.
Ligue 1 is the premier football league in France. There are 20 teams involved, three of which will qualify for the UEFA Champions League by finishing in the top trio of positions. The league was known as National since its inception in 1930 but changed its name in 2002. In recent years, Ligue 1 has been dominated by Paris Saint-Germain, who now field the likes of Kylian Mbappé and Neymar. The three bottom-finishing teams are relegated down to, you guessed it, Ligue 2.
The best teams in their respective domestic leagues will qualify to compete for the following season’s Champions League — Europe’s premier cup competition. 32 teams qualify for the group stages, with the top two going through to the knock-out rounds, where ties take place over two legs.
Also held every four years, the Euros crowns the best footballing nation in Europe. 24 teams qualify for the finals, and the format is the same as the World Cup. The only difference is that the four highest third-placed finishers in the group stages will also progress to the knock-out rounds.
England played host to the 2022 Women’s European Championships, in which 16 teams competed for the crown. The tournament was delayed by a year as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, and England’s Lionesses took the title, beating Germany 2-1 in the final.