2022 is a mouthwatering year for sports fans all around the world. With the FIFA World Cup at the end of the year rather than the middle, it’s a wonderful way to draw the curtain on what promises to be an incredible sporting year.
As is always the case with great sporting festivals and events, punters will be picking their favourites and backing them to win on various online betting sites around the world.
With so much to look forward to, UK bookmaker FindBettingSites.co.uk have prepared a look at the eight of the biggest events for betting sites to prepare for in 2022.
1. The African Cup of Nations, Cameroon
The finest players on the African continent come together at the start of 2022 for the African Cup of Nations, to be held in Cameroon. Full of flair, excitement, and often memorable moments, the African Cup of Nations is an excellent opportunity for punters to follow their favourite players and teams throughout the tournament.
Will Algeria successfully defend their title? Or will Egypt add to their record seven titles when the games get underway in Cameroon next year? It’s certainly all to play for and will be a great spectacle for players and fans alike.
2. The Winter Olympics, Beijing
Taking place during the Chinese New Year, the Winter Olympics in Beijing promises to be a wonderful festival of sport. The Winter Olympics brings us a whole host of unusual sports, including skiing and the popular luge, the latter of which draws large crowds thanks to its speedy and often dangerous nature.
Punters will no doubt want to take advantage of the opportunity to bet on many of the niche sports that are competed at the Winter Olympics, and it will be interesting to see the various markets presented by betting sites looking to capitalise on the interest in the tournament.
3. The Superbowl, USA
Tom Brady once again made history earlier this year, cementing his place as the undisputed greatest quarterback of all time. Brady claimed his seventh Superbowl title after leading the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to victory, who at the same time became the first-ever team to win the prize in their home stadium.
All eyes will be on Brady again this year as the NFL season gets underway, as many will be intrigued to see if he can lead his team to another unfancied title. Whoever wins in 2022, betting sites will be sure of a huge flurry of activity in the lead up to the Superbowl, as sports fans from around the world tune in to one of the greatest sporting spectacles on the calendar.
4. The Six Nations, Europe
The Six Nations always attracts huge crowds and passionate support from the nations involved. Wales won the title in 2021 after Scotland’s dramatic win in France meant Wales were able to lift the trophy. Broadcast throughout Europe and played in front of packed stadiums, the Six Nations always gets fans off their seat and also encourages punters to back their favourites to win.
Whether punters fancy Wales to retain their hard-fought prize or predict that the talented English squad who won the Six Nations in 2020 will get back to the top of the tree remains to be seen. Whoever wins will be cheered on by passionate crowds from pubs all around Europe, as punters eagerly wait to see if their favourites will win them some money.
5. The Masters, USA
The Masters at Augusta National is always the highlight of the individual golfing calendar. It’s the opportunity for the finest golfers in the world to strut their stuff at the prestigious and pristinely manicured course at Augusta in Georgia, USA, and every player who takes the field will be hoping to leave wearing the famous green jacket.
The impressive Hideki Matsuyama won the Masters in 2021, and although largely unfavoured, those that have been following his game in recent years wouldn’t have been surprised to see the Japanese superstar finally bag a major. But who will be crowned champion in 2022? That really depends on form going into the tournament, and as always, the Masters will be compelling viewing for all those who back their favourites to succeed.
6. The Grand National, UK
The UK’s most famous horserace will hopefully be back in front of a capacity crowd in 2022. It’s the one race every year that seemingly everyone places a bet, regardless of their interest in horseracing! Aintree always plays host to the Grand National, and it’s eagerly followed by thousands in the stands and millions back home who are cheering on their favourite.
There’s no reason why 2022 won’t be another hugely popular year for betting sites in the days leading up to the Grand National, as people throughout the UK and even further afield will pick their favourite horse and jockey to go the distance and be crowned champion.
7. The Ryder Cup, Italy
When Europe and America’s finest golfers come together every two years to compete for the Ryder Cup, the result is an event like no other. In spite of regularly competing against one another, the best players in the world team up and play exciting match play golf, which always results in wonderful viewing.
With the re-arranged 2020 Ryder Cup still yet to take place in America, it will be fascinating to see the tournament return to European soil when it is hosted by Italy later in 2022. As always, the gantries will be packed to the rafters with vociferous supporters cheering on their respective continents.
8. The FIFA World Cup, Qatar
Football fans have an absolute treat in store at the end of 2022. Moved to November/December due to the unbearable heat in Qatar during the European summer, the 2022 World Cup will be a wonderful spectacle as always. It’s likely to be the last World Cup for both Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, so fans will be eagerly looking on to see if either of them can add a world title to their collection and assert themselves officially as the greatest of all time.
Whoever wins, punters will be betting liberally on various markets, picking the top-scorer, tournament winner, and betting on all the individual games. The World Cup is football at its finest, whatever time of the year it’s held.
After the disruption caused by COVID-19 over the past couple of years, we collectively hope that the sporting calendar will be back to normal by 2022 and that all of these events will be attended by thousands of supporters. There’s no doubt that punters will make the most of these mouthwatering events and look to make some profit from their favourite players and teams.