Here's what you need to know about World Cup betting trends

World Cup Betting Trends: Second-Half Action

We’re deep into the World Cup now, which means we have some data to look at to find some betting trends to help us through the rest of the tournament. 

Of course, the group stage is just about done now. But at the time of writing, there are 30 games left to play. That means just over half the schedule has been completed, so we still have a lot of time to use this information to make some valuable picks.

So here’s what you should know based on the data we’ve been able to pull out of the 2022 World Cup so far.

New to betting on soccer? Find out where to bet on the Qatar World Cup with our best soccer betting sites page. You can also check out our World Cup computer picks page. Lastly, we have you covered as well with the odds to win the 2022 World Cup.

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World Cup Betting Guide

Underdog Profits

We already know this World Cup has offered up its share of shocking results. Teams that weren’t expected to pick up a win did so a number of times. Through the first 28 games, underdogs went 6-14-8 but were massively profitable, returning +$3,950 on $100 units. 

The dogs have also been profitable against the spread, going 15-12-1 and returning +$254.97 on $100 units. 

Remember, this World Cup is starting midway through the European season. Some of the best players aren’t necessarily coming into this tournament rested. They and their teams are basically playing catchup to some of the other sides that have been able to practice a bit more. 


This has not been an offense-first World Cup. The UNDER has gone 17-8-4 (68%) and returned a profit of $669.56 on $100 units. There’s massive profits to be made here.

Looking ahead at the Australia-Denmark game, the total is set at 2.5, with the juice on the UNDER at -108. A bet that has hit 68 percent of the time would return $92.59 on a $100 bet.

We’ve seen 86 goals scored so far at the World Cup. At this same point through the 2018 World Cup in Russia, we’d seen 92 goals. Again, it’s not been all-out offense in Qatar. And that might have a lot to do with some teams not having a full camp to prepare for the tournament.

Second-Half Props

If you’re like me, you might have noticed that the second half is a bit more lively in Qatar. The data backs up what we’ve been seeing. 

Through this first part of the World Cup, there have been 29 goals scored in the first half and 57 scored in the second half. That’s 66 percent of the offense in the second 45 minutes of the World Cup. So when it comes to betting on the World Cup, put your money on the spread and goal totals to go UNDER in the first half.

Again, looking forward to Australia vs Denmark, the UNDER on total goals in the first half is at +150. That’s $150 in profits in your pockets. 

World Cup Betting Trend FAQ

How has the underdog performed at the 2022 World Cup?

At the 2022 World Cup, the underdogs have gone 6-14-8 with a +$3,950.00 profitability on $100.00 units.

How often has the goal total hit at 2022 World Cup?

The goal total has gone UNDER 17-8-4 (68%) and returned $669.56 on $100 bets so far through the World Cup.

Are more goals scored in the first or second half at 2022 World Cup?

Most goals scored in the 2022 World Cup have come in the second half. A total of 66% of the goals have come in the second half of the 90.

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