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World Cup 2022: How to bet on your favorite team and matches

By Guardian Nigeria
16 December 2022   |   1:50 am
Although there were many twists and turns in the group stage of the World Cup 2022, the real action is yet to come, with many potential upsets during the knockout phase.

Fireworks go off around a giant replica of the World Cup trophy ahead of the Qatar 2022 World Cup Group C football match between Mexico and Poland at Stadium 974 in Doha on November 22, 2022. (Photo by ANDREJ ISAKOVIC / AFP)

Although there were many twists and turns in the group stage of the World Cup 2022, the real action is yet to come, with many potential upsets during the knockout phase. As the final draws closer, it can also be more difficult to guess who might be victorious in each match. If you’re thinking about placing a wager or two, you might not be sure where to start your journey if you’re located in Africa. To help you, here is a short guide on everything you need to know when it comes to betting on the World Cup. Virtual Reality

Learn a bit more about odds

First of all, if you’ve never placed a bet before, you want to start by learning a bit more about how odds work. For example, you should know that they are presented in one of three formats – decimal, fractional, and money line. While they all signify the same thing, they look different, so you need to decide which one is the easiest for you to follow. Odds help you see who the favorite is and who might be the underdog. You can also see if a draw is the most likely outcome. Top African and foreign operators also provide various other odds that you can encounter.

Do your homework before placing a bet
Even though you can see who is expected to win via the odds, you can also do some homework on your own. For instance, you can look into the match you’re thinking of betting on and see which side is in better shape. Who has a star player that’s injured and might miss a match? Who has a skilled individual that is really shining on the pitch? Who plays like a real team and fills all the gaps they might have? Which country is better at head-to-head matches? All of this can help you make an educated guess. Virtual Reality

Decide which bets you want to make

As you’re doing your research, you will also see that there are all sorts of bets that you can make besides the match winner. For one, you can bet on the half-time score. Then, you can try and guess the total amount of goals, the exact score, and the first country to score. Making an over/under bet means that you think that there will be, for example, fewer than three goals or more than four. You can also bet on who you think will be the first or last person to score. Something else you can look into is draw-no-win bets and Asian handicap betting.

Opt for a reliable operator

Once you’ve covered all your bases in terms of odds and bets, you should decide if you will bet online or in a local shop. If you decide to opt for the online approach from South Africa, you should look for a legal online sportsbook that has a wide array of bets available as well as some special bonuses. When opting for an operator, it’s vital that you make sure they are licensed and secure. For example, you can check for a license at the bottom of their website while the URL should tell you if your information is protected. If the address starts with HTTPS://, you are safe. Having ensured you’re dealing with a top-notch provider, you can make an online account and fill in your financial information.

On the other hand, going to a local betting shop can be more inconvenient if you don’t want to leave your home or there aren’t any in your town. However, it can be easier if you don’t want to go through the process of making an account and prefer paying with cash.

Pay attention to your budget

The temptation of betting on the World Cup can be huge, especially for Africans whose countries are still in the competition. However, it’s important to pay attention to your budget. Not to bring down the fun, but gambling responsibly is essential if you want to be able to keep doing it. For one, don’t put huge amounts of money on the line. If you want to bet on several matches, properly divide the money you can afford to wager. Don’t bet it all on one match. Furthermore, you want to set a budget for yourself that you should not break. So, no matter what happens and who ends up playing in the final, don’t put more money on the line if you already spent everything you set aside. That way, you will not be risking rent, utility, or food money.

As you can see, betting on a World Cup match is not too difficult. Unless you have a favorite that you want to support, you should do some research and find the best operator for the best result. Don’t forget to be responsible.