For the first time ever the FIFA World Cup won’t take place during the summer. Instead, it runs from November the 20th to December the 18th. Why is this? Mainly because of the location as it was deemed too physically demanding to play during the months of June and July (the traditional months).
We are now just under 3 months out from the start of the 2022 World Cup. As the tournament gets closer to kick-off, most sports bettors will be locking in their future bets and we are here to give you some of the best value soccer picks right now. As they say, the Early bird catches the worm.
2022 World Cup Winners
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Does France Deserve to Be Higher Than England?
Unbelievably, France has higher odds to win the World Cup than England. We believe this is completely wrong.
The best sportsbooks are more than happy to have England at +550 knowing they will get a lot of backers based on the fact it’s England by name alone, along with the fact all their players are known worldwide. It also helps that they made the Euro 2020 Finals (although the tournament was played in England).
What people are forgetting is England has only ever done well at home tournaments, and they always seem to fall short, known bottlers on the International stage, unfortunately.
Why Is There Value in France to Win the World Cup?
Yes, France has a superstar team and has “almost” at the same World Cup odds as England but they have pedigree along with a lot of confidence, even if they do all tend to fall out from time to time. It must be a French thing.
The value right now between the top three favorites to lift the World Cup is no doubt France at +600, we will be shocked if they don’t go off 2nd favorite ahead of England.
France has been drawn into a group with Australia, Denmark, and Tunisia.
- • (+800)
Why Is There Value in Argentina to Win the World Cup?
For once, Argentina under Messi is not a hot favorite to lift the World Cup, although dark horses might be a bit of an overstatement. We like their current odds of +800 to lift the trophy.
This team is flying under the radar and if Messi hits form, he could carry this team alone, but luckily for him, they have a superb team even if Messi isn’t on the field. Messi is already playing well for PSG this season, and we for once wouldn’t write him off to win his first World Cup in what is supposedly going to be his last.
They have a lot of experienced players in the squad who are still playing at a top level, this is all good news. Their coach Lionel Scaloni has the team playing exactly how he wants and they have a world-class goalkeeper in Emilio Martinez.
Argentina has been drawn into a group with Saudi Arabia, Poland, and Mexico.
2022 World Cup Top Goalscorer Props
Richarlison (Brazil) Top Goalscorer
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Brazil faces Serbia, Switzerland, and Cameroon in their group in this year’s World Cup. They will likely score 6/7 goals in this group. We also expect Brazil to go far in this tournament which is another reason why we are looking to bet on a top goalscorer from Brazil.
Yes, we could have gone for the obvious choices in Neymar, Vinicius Junior, or Gabriel Jesus but we wanted to think outside the box. Let’s be honest, at the odds Gabriel Jesus, Vinicius and Richarlison have to be top scorers, you could bet on all three and still make a big profit.
Why Is There Value in Richarlison to Win Top Goalscorer?
Both Jesus and Vinicius are around +3000 to be top goalscorers with the top-rated sportsbooks, but we like Richarlison odds at +4000.
He has been on fire so far this season with his new team Tottenham and he scored 6 goals in 8 appearances during the World Cup qualifiers.
Julian Alvarez (Argentina) Top Goalscorer
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If Argentina is going all the way, you would have to presume one of their players has a shot at being the top goalscorer. Lionel Messi is the obvious choice but he isn’t the goalscorer he once was and he won’t be able to carry the team for 90 minutes every game.
Why Is There Value in Julian Alvarez to Win Top Goalscorer?
A certain Julian Alvarez at a massive +5100 could be a dark horse to bag this World Cup’s top goalscorer award. If you are unfamiliar with Alvarez, his current credentials are:
- • 122 games played and 54 goals scored for River Plate.
- • 6 games played and 3 goals scored for Manchester City.
Although he has only scored once in 9 International games for Argentina, he accumulated 185 total minutes played which is a rate of 1 goal every 2 games, although a small sample size.
He might not start, which is a concern and why his odds are so high but we are more than happy to take a shot on this kid, he can only get better between now and the World Cup playing under Pep Guardiola at Man City.