Canada’s men’s soccer team has qualified for the World Cup finals stage for only the second time in their history. It’s the first time since Mexico 1986 that the side has made it through to the biggest competition in the sport, and there are reasons to be positive about the 2022 roster.
It will, however, be a tough assignment for Coach John Herdman and his squad. Canada have been drawn in Group F alongside Belgium, Croatia and Morocco. Fans can get behind their team by watching all the action from Qatar while there are other ways to back the Maple Leafs.
World Cup Betting
This is the biggest event of them all as far as the betting industry is concerned. Soccer generates the most income for the sector and the World Cup is the most important competition.
During the tournament, there will be more betting markets available than on a regular matchday. Sportsbooks ensure they list competitive odds and there are a ton of promotions thrown in for extra value. But what markets are available?
Team Futures Betting
There’s a clue in the name: A Futures bet is a long-term stake that plays out across a season or an entire tournament. In the case of the World Cup, the most obvious futures bet is on the overall winner.
For 2022, Brazil are the favorites to win the competition, closely followed by Argentina and France. While they haven’t won the tournament since 2002, the Brazilians are the most successful team in the history of the World Cup, and they have an exceptionally strong squad this year.
It would be the biggest shock in the history of sport if Canada were to win, but there are other ways to get behind John Herdman’s side. Other futures bets relate to the winner of each group where there are just four teams to consider.
Of course, this will also be tough. Canada have been drawn with Croatia who reached the final in 2018 and Belgium who won the third place play off. It’s all about gaining experience for the Maple Leafs, but the roster will be hopeful of the occasional shock result.
Individual awards are handed out at the end of each World Cup and there are betting markets attached to many of these. The Golden Boot is the most popular and this is a trophy given to the leading goal scorer across the tournament.
England’s Harry Kane won this award in 2018 and he’s the favorite for Qatar 2022. Kane is followed by other prolific strikers such as Kylian Mbappe of France, Robert Lewandowski of Poland and Argentina’s Lionel Messi.
Canada’s main striker is Jonathan David who plays his soccer with Lille in France. David has scored 22 goals in just 35 senior international games and it’s felt that he may be the subject of a big money club move very shortly. He may not win the Golden Boot, but a productive World Cup would hasten that transfer.
FIFA also awards a Golden Glove trophy for the best goalkeeper. Flying the flag for Canada is first choice stopper Milan Borjan while the favorites include France’s Hugo Lloris and Alisson Becker of Brazil.
Every single match in the World Cup has hundreds of markets attached to it. For anyone starting out, the easiest one to follow is the match result. This is referred to as the Moneyline in North America and it’s a choice between three options.
Odds are provided on a win for either team or the draw. By studying form and any recent head-to-head results between the two sets of opponents, bettors can get a better insight when staking on Moneyline markets.
The word ‘prop’ is short for proposition, and it relates to something that can occur during a match. That occurrence wouldn’t necessarily affect the outcome of the game in question.
These markets are separated into team props and player props. Typical player props would include Both Teams to Score and Total Goals. Player props can involve first goal scorer, last goal scorer and whether a specified player would receive a red card.
This is another area where research can offer an advantage and, during the World Cup, there are more markets available.
The Perfect Storm
Canada is one of three countries taking on hosting duties for the 2026 World Cup. USA and Mexico are also involved, and Toronto and Vancouver have been confirmed as Canada’s host cities.
As co-hosts, the Canadian team have pre-qualified for the tournament. This can only help to boost the game in the country and, with betting opening up across North America, it’s a good time for this industry too.
In short, there’s never been a better time to get involved, but it pays to understand the markets available, and just why the World Cup is so important for sportsbooks and bettors alike.
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