Who is the favorite to win the 2022 World Cup?
The 2022 FIFA World Cup is slated to commence on 20th November in Qatar. As the hype and the World Cup Betting 2022 beings, this edition of the World Cup will feature thirty-two national teams competing in eight different groups. Now that the intercontinental playoffs are done and completed, the full and completed groups are set, with Australia and Costa Rica taking the last two spots and the task to compete for the most prestigious title in world football.
A list of the usual favorites to win the FIFA World Cup is depicted on the odds board, including France, Brazil, England, and Argentina. However, the odds are constantly changing by the latest international performance by respective teams and will continue to change until the tournament’s commencement later this year.
Defending, attacking, and winning titles is the goal
France – France, the current FIFA World Cup champion, will travel to Qatar to defend their title against some of the best national teams in the world and will have a herculean feat to defend the title against strong opposition in the likes of Brazil, England, Spain, Germany, Argentina, and Portugal. The Blues from France and current title holders will kick off playing against Australia on 22nd November. Unlike the FIFA World Cup edition of 2018, the French national team will have one of its best strikers back on the team this time round. Missing in the previous World Cup, the prolific striker Karim Benzema will be one of the most crucial elements in the French side in its task to defend the title. Benzema, who plays his football in Spain with Real Madrid, was named the UEFA Player of the Year after piloting the Spanish club to the UEFA Champions League title last season.
The reigning World Cup champions are ranked third to repeat their winning streak and take the FIFA World Cup back to Paris. The Blues have ventured off a disappointing European Championship tournament which saw them lose to Switzerland in the quarter-finals. Nonetheless, the French team still possesses some of the most talented footballers in the world. Paul Pogba (if he recovers from his knee injury) and Karim Benzema, Kylian Mbappe, Hugo Lloris, Adrien Rabiot, and Theo Hernandez, will give any team a hard battle and are expected to fiercely defend their title in Qatar. France will commence their task in Group D together with Denmark, Tunisia, and Australia. The French national team is currently priced at 6/1 to win the World Cup.
Brazil – Brazil is the top favorite to win the coming edition of the World Cup and is priced at 9/2. Although the Brazilians lost the final of the Copa America against Argentina last year, the Samba side has recently been performing extremely well, and players like Neymar, Casemiro, Firmino, Thiago Silva, and Danilo are expected to rise to the occasion and take the World Cup back to the South American continent. Brazil, who won the World Cup five times, has failed to repeat its winning form in the World Cup since 2002, when it beat Germany 2-0 in the final. The Selecao is drawn into Group G together with Serbia, Switzerland, and Cameroon. Brazil seems to have no particular problem or challenge in navigating swiftly from the Group stage.
England – The last World Cup odds, very surprisingly, make England second best to win this year’s edition of the World Cup. Bookmakers are pricing the Three Lions team 11/2 to carry the Cup back to London. Gareth Southgate’s side has to forget and brush off the mess they made in the Euro 2020 when Italy trashed the English team in the final. Ironically, the winners of Euro 2020 failed to make it to the final stages of the World Cup in Qatar. England plays in Group B alongside Iran, Wales and the United States of America. Similar to the situation of Brazil in Group G, the English team is expected to find no difficulty proceeding further from the Group stage of the tournament. Bookies are also envisaging that the final of the World Cup will see England facing Brazil with both teams unable to meet before because of the draw.
Argentina – The South American champions, Argentina, are priced at 7/1 to win the competition. Last summer, Argentina ended a twenty-eight wait to win the major trophy in South American football Copa America. The Argentinians beat their arch-rivals Brazil in the final. The win marked the first international trophy for their star player Lionel Messi and will serve as a special impetus for Argentina to challenge and battle for the title in Qatar. With top-class players like Messi, Angel Di Maria, Lisandro Martinez, Lautaro Martinez, and Paulo Dybala, it is no wonder that the bookies are placing Argentina among the top five teams to win the competition. La Albiceleste played in Group C and teamed up with their rivals Mexico and Poland.
Spain – Bookmakers are pricing the Spanish national team 8/1 to win and carry the title to Madrid. Spain has performed quite well in the Nations League and the qualifying stages of the World Cup. Their adventurous manager, Luis Enrique, has impressed with his style of football and has proved himself more than capable of managing and procuring results with his young and talented, young players such as Pedri and Gavi. The Spaniards play in Group E with Costa Rica, Germany and Japan. The clash at the Group stage between Spain and Germany will reflect the strength of both teams and how they will probably fare in the tournament.
Who is the favorite to win the 2022 World Cup? Other possible winning contenders
Other possible outsiders to win the FIFA World Cup in Qatar include Germany, the Netherlands, Uruguay, and Belgium. Surprises are part and parcel of the World Cup, and experience shows us that exceptional circumstances make this competition exciting and entertaining. A few examples were North Korea’s win over Italy in 1966, Ghana beating the Czech Republic in 2006, South Africa’s win over France in 2010, and South Korea beating Italy in 2002.
Betting on the possible winner of the FIFA World Cup is very popular amongst punters, and odds are usually published soon after the previous tournament winners are crowned. Odds will change and adjust according to the performances of the team, and it will be wise for bettors to follow the changing odds closely, as well as how the teams are currently fairing in their respective matches.