Early FIFA World Cup 2022 Prop Bets
It may still be three years away, but sportsbooks are already making it possible for you to place bets on the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
With Qatar being the only confirmed participant so far, thanks to its qualification by way of hosting, there are not many betting markets offered yet.
But that doesn’t stop some interesting prop bet opportunities from springing up.
MyBookie.ag is always a good place to look for these types of fun betting markets, and there are already some prop bets at its online sportsbook.
I’m going to take a look at the markets being offered at the moment and whether any of them are worth going for so long before the tournament kicks off.
World Cup Prop Bets to Avoid
Before I analyze a few of the prop bets that I think could be worth checking out, I’m just going to mention some that are currently available at MyBookie that are not worth your time.
First on the list is that the 2022 World Cup final will be a rematch of the 2018 one.
For those of you who may have forgotten, France beat Croatia 4-2 in Russia last summer to lift the trophy. The prices being offered for this bet make it unworthy of your time.
MyBookie has “yes” at +2500 and “no” at -5000. So, you can see, there is no value whatsoever in this wager.
France may well repeat its 2018 heroics and make the final in three years’ time. It has a good, young squad with players like Kylian Mbappe and Paul Pogba who should still be featuring for the best teams in the world in 2022.
In fact, France is the favorite to win the tournament in Qatar with many online bookmakers. But it is highly unlikely that Croatia will make it back to another final anytime soon.
Croatia’s golden generation was the team that made it to the World Cup final last year. Some of the squad have already retired from international soccer, and others like Luka Modric may not be part of the setup in another three years.
It could be argued that Croatia massively overachieved to reach the 2018 final, so even with odds of +2500, this is a prop bet to avoid.
Another example of a World Cup bet to steer clear of is that all the 2018 quarterfinalists will reach that stage in Qatar. Firstly, that would be very unlikely to happen even if the final eight had been the top nations in the world.
But when you take into account that Russia used its home advantage well to make the quarterfinals, and consistently good teams such as Spain and Germany missed out, then the -10000 price for a “no” is nowhere near attractive enough.
But let’s take a look at some 2022 World Cup prop bet markets that could be worth investigating further.
Harry Kane to Win the Golden Boot
England enjoyed an excellent summer in Russia, and although football didn’t end up going home, the run to the semifinals gave its top striker the chance to grab some goals.
Kane managed six in the tournament to take the top goal-scorer award. Although critics will point to the huge slice of luck he received in the Panama game especially, as the old adage goes, they all count.
Harry Kane will be 30 by the time the 2022 World Cup comes around, so if he keeps injury free over the next couple seasons, he could conceivably still be the number-one choice up front for England.
It is very unlikely that England will fail to qualify for the tournament, so then it depends on the luck of the draw as in Russia.
Top goal-scorer betting is always a bit tricky when it comes to major international tournaments, but a price of +1000 for Harry Kane to win the Golden Boot in Qatar is not terrible.
USMNT Prop Bets
The USWNT has attracted all the headlines this year as Megan Rapinoe, Alex Morgan, and the rest of the team triumphed in France, winning the Women’s World Cup for a fourth time.
The USMNT is not at the same level as its female counterparts, but there are some prop bets that look interesting concerning the 2022 World Cup.
With the revamped qualification process revealed by CONCACAF last month, it would seem as though it would take a miracle for the US not to qualify for the tournament now.
The process is so weighted in favor of the big nations that it would be a real shock if head coach Gregg Berhalter (or any possible replacement) didn’t lead his squad to Qatar.
So the market covering the question of qualification doesn’t look worth the odds.
There is more value to be found in the prop bet market covering when the USMNT will be eliminated from the 2022 World Cup, however. These are the odds being offered by MyBookie.ag.
Do not qualify can immediately be disregarded, as can semifinal, final, or winners, realistically. The USMNT has not looked very impressive of late, with the non-qualification for the 2018 World Cup an obvious low point.
The new coach led the team to the final of the CONCACAF Gold Cup, which may have been the least expected, but only narrowly lost to Mexico.
A lot more needs to be done to bring through younger players, but the squad as a whole will shed its older players over the next few years, and it is very probable that the team will be centered around new Chelsea signing Christian Pulisic.
If the US can get a good momentum going in the next few years and then receive a favorable group draw for the World Cup finals, then a prop bet predicting the team to make the round of 16 or quarterfinals is not out of the question.
I would go for the latter out of the two to make the wager interesting.
Other Nations to Qualify
Nearer the time, there will probably be an extended section asking whether various countries will qualify for the 2022 World Cup. But for now, MyBookie is concentrating on two very intriguing prop bets.
Italy famously failed to make the 2018 Russia World Cup after losing to Sweden in a playoff game. This was obviously huge news in the soccer world and the reason for a profound sense of shame for the Italian people.
MyBookie is offering odds of -1000 for Italy to make it to Qatar and +600 for it to repeat the misery.
It doesn’t seem like Italy could fail again, so I would probably avoid this one as the odds for the Azzurri to make the finals just aren’t attractive enough.
But the bet covering Canada is far more interesting. Canada has only ever qualified for one World Cup finals, back in 1986, but things are looking up for Les Rouges.
The quarterfinal exit from the recent Gold Cup was disappointing, but it was to a Haiti side that surprised everyone this year.
The Canada squad is a young one that will only improve over the next few years. In Alphonso Davies, it has a superstar in the making, and he will be just 22 when the 2022 World Cup starts.
Now at Bayern Munich, Davies will be the main focus of a dynamic young team. If older players like Junior Hoilett, who has spent many years playing in England, are still interested in playing for their country, then there could be a very well-balanced squad.
The odds offered by MyBookie are as follows.
Given that Canada should benefit from the same qualification revamp as the USMNT, those odds look pretty good. You also have to take into consideration that the price will only narrow the closer we get to the tournament if Canada is doing well.
I always enjoy looking through the prop bets offered on all major events, and the Super Bowl is undoubtedly the king when it comes to these types of wagers.
Although many markets seem far too jokey to consider placing an actual bet, as you can see from these offered on the 2022 World Cup, there can usually be some interesting-looking markets to be found.
As superhuman as Cristiano Ronaldo seems to be, I don’t think it is worth staking money on whether he will play at the 2022 World Cup at the age of 38, but some of these bets can be analyzed to show good value, or at least an outside chance.
Keep an eye out for any other interesting prop bets and let me know if you see any that look worth taking.