As we race towards winter, soon the most wonderful time of the year 2022 will be upon us, and no, we’re not talking about Christmas. That’s because this year there’s an even more exciting festival taking place, and it’s a festival of football. The FIFA World Cup 2022 is taking place in Qatar, and will feature 32 countries from 5 different confederations, all vying to get their hands on the fabled golden trophy.
The tournament is due to kick-off on Sunday 20th November, with the Middle Eastern hosts Qatar, taking on the South Americans, Ecuador. Then it will be almost non-stop international football until the final, which takes place on Sunday 18th December. This is great news for footy fans, but even better news for betting aficionados, as there will be so many opportunities to have a flutter.
One of the biggest betting markets will be on who will be the top scorer in the competition and take home the prestigious Golden Boot. Seeing as Norway didn’t qualify, that means that Erling Haaland isn’t there to destroy every opponent, like he is doing at his new club Manchester City, where he’s already at odds of 8/13 to be top Premier League scorer. This leaves a number of world-class players to battle it out for the scoring top spot.
Let’s take a look at some of the best options for bettors to consider, then.
Being the leading man of both Tottenham Hotspur and England doesn’t seem to weigh heavily on the shoulders of Harry Kane. The now 29-year-old seems the type of striker who seems to care about one thing, and one thing only, and that’s scoring goals. It’s just as well then, that it’s something he’s extremely adept at doing, with him rapidly closing in on being England’s top goalscorer of all-time.
He actually only needs 3 more to overtake Wayne Rooney’s record haul of 53, and there’s no doubt he’ll be desperate to make that happen at this World Cup. That, paired with the fact that he won the Golden Boot last time around, at the 2018 tournament in Russia, goes some way to explaining why he’s the current favourite to take the prize.
Kane is currently priced at 7/1 to win the award with most online bookmakers, and even at those low odds, he looks a great choice. Although Gareth Southgate’s England have looked a bit ropey recently, they’re still expected to go far in the competition.
Whilst we could’ve easily picked Kylian Mbappe, who does score goals for fun at club side PSG, we’ve instead opted for his French teammate, Karim Benzema. Despite being in the twilight of his extraordinary career, the 34-year-old, shows absolutely no signs of slowing down. Last season he helped fire his club, Real Madrid, to an almost miraculous Champions League win, with his goals powering the Spanish giants to victory, when they seemed on the brink of defeat.
He’s currently priced at 12/1 at all the top football betting sites for 2022, which can be found over at SBO.net. It’s the best place for football fanatics to connect with the best online bookmakers, with each site allowing users to bet on the beautiful game all around the world, from the biggest tournaments, all the way to the lower leagues. Plus, they’ve managed to round up all the greatest bonus offers available, which even include tantalising free bets.
Another massive contributor to that Real Madrid Champions League win was Vinicius Junior, who scored the winning goal against Liverpool in the final. The now 22-year-old has become one of the hottest wingers in football, with his pacy marauding runs causing real damage to opposing teams. He’s also got an amazingly slick ability to finish, which has racked him up a decent number of goals.
Vinicius will be lining up on the left wing for Brazil, who a lot of knowledgeable pundits are predicting will capture their 6th World Cup. With the samba footballers heavily expected to turn on the heat at Qatar, even though Vinicius is currently priced at the long odds of 22/1 with most online bookmakers, he’s definitely worth a look. It could well be that his remarkable dribbling skills will find him plenty of goalscoring opportunities throughout the tournament.