Would You Bet On Your Own Country to be World Cup Winners?

Of the countries in the 2022 World Cup, which has the most patriotic fans? A report published by betting company Entain has revealed that it is Brazil. 50% of gamblers in the South American country believe that Brazil will win the 2022 World Cup. If they do, it’ll be their first victory in 20 years.

Second on the list were Portugal with 41% of fans betting of Portuguese gamblers betting on them to win a first World Cup. The odds of Cristiano Ronaldo sending the Glazers a Christmas card haven’t been given.

Proving that some people bet with their heart not their head, Canada were next with 30% of fans betting on them to become world champions on December 18. That’s despite this being their first time in the finals since 1986.

Some fans do actually watch their team play before betting on them. That probably explains why only 18% of UK bettors have placed a bet on England to win the World Cup.

They may not have much faith in England but it’s even worse for Wales. 2% of UK gamblers believe it’ll be Wales who will win the World Cup. It’s a tie for the top spot with 15% of punters betting on Brazil and the same percentage for Argentina.

Spanish gamblers have even less confidence in their country again becoming world champions. Just 9% of them are backing Spain to win the title.

Dominic Grounsell is the Chief Commercial Officer for Entain. He said of the report: “With just days to go until the World Cup kicks off, it’s great to see the passion and emotion that football generates around the globe.

“Our geographic scale and bench-strength of brands, combined with our industry-leading technology, gives us a unique view and ability to provide our customers around the world with exciting experiences, innovative content and a whole host of new products aimed at bringing the tournament even more to life. We’re looking forward to the excitement that a World Cup brings for our customers.”

The US have qualified for the World Cup finals after missing out in 2018. Four years ago, a US Supreme Court Judge ruling changed the American gambling industry. He ruled that individual states could decide whether they should legalise gambling, especially on sport.

Over 30 US states have now done that. It’s now expected that the 2022 World Cup will see around $1.8 billion wagered by US gamblers on the tournament.

A report by the American Gambling Association says that 20.5 million American adults plan on betting on the World Cup. 72% of those will do so either online, at a physical sportsbook or with a bookmaker. 48% plan to place their bets online.