World Cup 2022 Tips

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What are our World Cup 2022 Tips? The prestigious international football competition will take place in Qatar (Sunday 20 November to Sunday 18 December 2022).

  • 32 teams (at least one from all 6 confederations) will play 64 matches in total (that’s 48 Group Stage matches, 8 Round of 16 matches, 4 Quarter-Finals, 2 Semi-Finals, the Third place play-off, and of course the Final). From 2026, 48 teams will take part.
  • These matches will take place in 8 venues:
    • Lusail Iconic Stadium (80,000 capacity, will host Final amongst other matches)
    • Al Bayt Stadium (60,000 capacity)
    • Education City Stadium
    • Ahmad bin Ali Stadium
    • Stadium 974 (974 shipping containers used to construct, and 974 is Qatar’s international dialling code)
    • Al Thumama Stadium
    • Al Janoub Stadium
    • Khalifa International Stadium

Group Winners & Runners-Up Tips

  • Group A
    • Netherlands to win group, Senegal to finish runners-up (pre-tournament tips, made on Friday 18th November 2022).
      • (also in group: Ecuador, Qatar)
  • Group B
    • England to win group, United States to finish runners-up (pre-tournament tips, made on Friday 18th November 2022).
      • (also in group: Wales, Iran)
  • Group C
    • Argentina to win group, Mexico to finish runners-up (pre-tournament tips, made on Friday 18th November 2022).
      • (also in group: Poland, Saudi Arabia)
  • Group D
    • France to win group, Denmark to finish runners-up (pre-tournament tips, made on Friday 18th November 2022).
      • (also in group: Australia, Tunisia)
  • Group E
    • Spain to win group, Germany to finish runners-up (pre-tournament tips, made on Friday 18th November 2022).
      • (also in group: Japan, Costa Rica)
  • Group F
    • Belgium to win group, Croatia to finish runners-up (pre-tournament tips, made on Friday 18th November 2022).
      • (also in group: Canada, Morocco)
  • Group G
    • Brazil to win group, Serbia to finish runners-up (pre-tournament tips, made on Friday 18th November 2022).
      • (also in group: Switzerland, Cameroon)
  • Group H
    • Portugal to win group, Uruguay to finish runners-up (pre-tournament tips, made on Friday 18th November 2022).
      • (also in group: South Korea, Ghana)

2022 Golden Boot Winner Tip

  • Harry Kane to win the 2022 Golden Boot (pre-tournament tip, made on Friday 18th November 2022).
    • In order to decide which players are realistically likely to be the World Cup 2022 Top Goalscorer, it is important to consider the following: which teams are likely to go furthest in the 2022 World Cup, what sort of football they are likely to play (attacking football is more likely to produce the top goalscorer), how many other good players are in the team who are likely to provide assists, how likely the player is to play (are there many options, or will this player always start if fit), and the player’s form over the last few years.
    • Each team can play a maximum of 7 matches, under the current World Cup format.
    • No player has won the Golden Boot twice – yet! Harry Kane’s 6 goals in 2018 won him this prize then, and we tip a repeat with him being so important to England’s attack. Although we don’t expect England to win this tournament, we expect the Group and early knockout stages will provide enough time for Kane to go down in history as the first (and so far only) two time winner.
    • In 2014 in Brazil James Rodriguez, of Colombia, scored 6 goals and was the Top Goalscorer. In both 2010 in South Africa and in 2006 in Germany, 5 goals were enough to be the Top Goalscorer. In 2002 in South Korea & Japan, Ronaldo (Brazil) scored an incredible 8 times to become the Top Goalscorer. In 1998 in France it took 6 goals to be the Top Goalscorer. 1998 was the first year the tournament was expanded to 32 teams, so we are not looking prior to that.

World Cup 2022 Winner Tip

  • The previous four World Cup winners have all been from Europe (all from Western Europe) – France (2018, their second win), Germany (2014, their 4th win), Spain (2010, their 1st win), and Italy (2006, their 4th win, who surprising failed to qualify for the second tournament in a row – despite being the reigning European champions). Apart from those four teams, another FOUR other countries have won this prestigious tournament in its entire history: Brazil (5 times), Argentina & Uruguay (2 times each), and England (1 time).
  • Defending champions France (who not only won in 2018, but also in 1998) have a host of talent including Kylian Mbappe, and cannot be discounted.
  • England, who haven’t won since 1966, do not have the strength and depth for us to tip them. Heavily reliant on Kane, and without a world leading playmaker in midfield, there are questions about the quality of their central defence and goalkeeper.
  • Argentina cannot be discounted, and could be a dark horse. They are a 2 time champion over an 8 year period (1978, 1986). This is likely to be Lionel Messi’s swan-song in this tournament – this amazing player finally won his only major international honour so far by winning the 2021 Copa America. However, we do not see them as having the strength and depth needed.
  • Our World Cup 2022 Winner Tip is Brazil (pre-tournament tip, made on Friday 18th November 2022).
    • A Brazil win will make it 6 wins for them, and end a run of 4 Western European champions. 5 times champions Brazil won in 1958 in Sweden, in 1962 in Chile, in 1970 in Mexico, in 1994 in the USA, and in 2002 in South Korea/Japan.
    • In 2022 barring injury they will have, the world’s most expensive footballer, PSG’s Neymar in their ranks.
    • Brazil are in Group G, where we expect them to breeze through their Group.