World Cup 2022 Preview & Maryland Sports Betting Options

World Cup 2022 Preview & Maryland Sports Betting Options

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The World Cup is arguably the biggest sporting event on the global calendar. Thirty-two of the world’s top soccer countries are slated to compete for the sport’s most coveted trophy. Bettors can find a plethora of 2022 World Cup odds across the industry’s top sportsbook brands.

For Maryland bettors, these sportsbooks will be of the retail variety — at least throughout the early stage of the tournament. It’s possible that Maryland sports betting will launch online in the state by the latter stages of the knockout round.

Continue reading to learn about the available promo and launch offers available at some of the top sportsbook brands in the industry, and a look at some of the betting favorites and betting values ahead of 2022 World Cup action.

Claim Maryland Sports Betting Bonus Offers For Launch

Sportsbooks typically incentivize new users with promo offers and betting bonuses. Maryland bettors can expect these in addition to launch offers at the industry’s top sportsbooks. At the moment, Maryland bettors are limited to betting in person at retail sportsbooks. However, mobile betting will launch in the state soon, perhaps in time to place mobile wagers for the final matches of the tournament.

Check out some of the top Maryland sports betting bonus offers available to prospective Maryland and World Cup bettors. These are offers you can claim now, before betting online launches later this month. The free bets should be available for World Cup betting when online apps launch.

  • DraftKings Maryland is currently offering new users $200 free bets + entry into a sweepstakes contest to win $100K in free bets. Claim DraftKings MD promo code by clicking here.
  • BetMGM Maryland is now offering $200 in free bets to users that sign up for the sportsbook ahead of launch. Claim the BetMGM MD promo code here.
  • FanDuel Maryland is offering $100 in free bets, which will be available on Maryland sports betting launch day. Claim the FanDuel MD promo code here.
  • PointsBet Maryland is offering new users 5X $100 in second chance bets + $200 in free bets when they sign up early. Claim the PointsBet MD promo code OFFERMD here.

Where Can You Bet On the World Cup In Maryland?

Maryland has not launched mobile sports betting yet, so World Cup betting options are limited to brick-and-mortar — or retail — locations for the time being. Stay tuned though. Even though Maryland bettors won’t be able to bet mobily for the opening matches, mobile sports betting could launch in time for the final in December.

As far as the retail locations where Maryland bettors can bet for the opening matches, there are several options.

  • Bingo World (BetRivers MD) – 4901 Belle Grove Rd, Baltimore
  • Hollywood Casino Perryville (Barstool MD) – 1201 Chesapeake Overlook Pkwy, Perryville
  • Horseshoe Casino Baltimore (Caesars Sportsbook MD) – 1525 Russell St, Baltimore
  • Live! Casino & Hotel Maryland (FanDuel MD) – 7002 Arundel Hills, Hanover
  • MGM National Harbor (BetMGM MD) – 101 MGM National Ave, Oxon Hill
  • Ocean Downs Casino (TwinSpires MD) – 10218 Racetrack Rd, Berlin
  • Riverboat on the Potamac (PointsBet) – 301 Beach Terrace, Colonial Beach, VA

World Cup 2022 Betting Favorites 

Brazil (+400, BetMGM) owns the shortest odds to win the 2022 World Cup, and for good reason. It doesn’t take a soccer fanatic to recognize Brazil as one of the top soccer nations and a consistent threat to bring home major trophies. They’re loaded with skilled attackers known for their flair and a rugged defense that will be difficult for opposing teams to break down.

As stout as Brazil is as the betting favorite, there is stiff competition throughout the field. There are a number of top challengers, and even a dark horse or two, who warrant respect from fans and bettors.

  • Argentina (+500, BetMGM) is familiar with Brazil from their battles in CONMEBOL events — they defeated Brazil 1-0 in the 2021 Copa America Final. Lionel Messi is the primary household name leading Argentina, but the team features a number of top talents that play across Europe’s top leagues.
  • France (+600, FanDuel), the reigning World Cup champions, bring another deep and dynamic side to the tournament. Star forward Kylian Mbappe is the headliner, but there are a number of top players throughout each third of the pitch.
  • Spain (+750, FanDuel) is a perennial contender in national competitions with their signature slick passing and movement. If there’s a reason to be bearish on Spain’s ability to advance to — and win — the final, it’s their lack of a killer finisher in the attacking third.
  • England (+800, FanDuel) is stocked with Premier League star power, and features difference makers in each third of the pitch. Do they play too conservatively to bring home the trophy? Some may make that argument, but expect the “Three Lions” to be a factor late into the event.

FIFA World Cup 2022 Dark Horses & Value Picks

While the favorites will receive most of the attention leading up to the 2022 World Cup tournament, there are a number of countries with longer odds that can make some noise.

  • Uruguay (+5000, BetMGM) is no stranger to big tournaments, and although their two World Cup wins came in 1930 and 1950, they’re a team to keep an eye on throughout the 2022 World Cup. Up-and-coming Liverpool striker Darwin Nunez is a player, in particular, who could become more established as one of the globe’s brightest stars.
  • Serbia (+10000, BetMGM) is led by 6-4 striker Dusan Vlahovic, one of the premier central attackers in the sport. If he gets hot, he’s the type of player who can carry his country into the knockout stage of the World Cup. And don’t forget — you can bet on a lot more than just “who will win the World Cup.” For example, you can bet on Serbia simply advancing from its group.
  • The United States (+12000, FanDuel) lacks a clear, dominant striking presence, but they feature a nice collection of youth and talent nonetheless. There’s a sentiment that the 2022 World Cup is a stepping stone for the 2026 event that will be held on North American soil, but that’s not the feeling within the squad.

About The Author

Maryland Sharp

amber.hoffman@catenamedia.com

Maryland Sharp is your go-to resource for all things sports betting in Maryland. With the legalization and launch of sports betting apps in the state, it’s important to understand what sports fans can and can’t do legally within the state of Maryland. Maryland Sharp provides comprehensive analysis about all things sports betting - odds for your favorite team, the launch of retail sportsbooks and mobile sports betting apps, and how to secure the best bonus offers and promotions to make you a sharp bettor.

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