With the FIFA World Cup 2022 just a few weeks away, bookmakers believe five-time champions Brazil are the favorites to win in Qatar.
The World Cup is rapidly approaching, with only a few more games in the domestic leagues remaining before the tournament begins on Sunday, November 20th, with hosts Qatar taking on Ecuador.
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Brazil is the early favorite to win the World Cup, with a best price of 9/2 (worst price 7/2). Tite and his team will be attempting to win the World Cup for the sixth time, but for the first time since 2002. In the four World Cups since, they have only reached the semi-finals once, in 2014, when they were humiliated 7-1 by eventual winners Germany.
In their most recent World Cup appearance, they were defeated 2-1 in the quarterfinals by Belgium. Tite has since led his Brazil team to a Copa America title in 2019 and a runner-up finish in 2021, both of which were held in Brazil. This will be his second World Cup as manager of the national team, and many pundits predict that the ‘Seleço’ will triumph once more in Qatar.
Brazil’s best chance of winning the Golden Ball is Neymar, who has a best price of 12/1 to win the award with stellar performances that should carry Brazil all the way.
Argentina, the 2014 World Cup runners-up and two-time World Cup winners, is the bookies’ second favorite to win the 2022 World Cup, trailing only Brazil. The current Copa America champions are a best price of 13/2 (worst price 11/2) to win the tournament in Qatar.
Lionel Scaloni will lead his first World Cup since succeeding Jorge Sampaoli in 2018, with 35-year-old Lionel Messi looking to add the biggest international tournament to his magnificent list of achievements in what could be his final World Cup.
Their most recent World Cup appearance saw them lose to France – eventual winners in Russia 2018 – in a thrilling 4-3 quarter-final defeat, and they will be hoping for better this time around.
France, the current holders of the World Cup trophy following their victory in 2018, enters the tournament as the third favourites to win the World Cup and become only the second team to do so after Brazil in 1958 and 1962.
Didier Deschamps’ side lost to Switzerland in the round of 16 at Euro 2020 and failed to qualify for the Nations League finals the following year after winning only one game in their group and losing at home to both Denmark and Croatia.
Despite recent failures, many people expect France to do well in Qatar, with one bookmaker offering a best price of 27/4 (worst price 11/2) for Les Bleus to win their third World Cup. Karim Benzema, their star player, is a best price of 12/1 to win the Golden Ball, adding to his 2022 Ballon d’Or.
England, who finished second in Euro 2020, are also expected to progress in the tournament after reaching the semi-finals for the first time since 1996 in their previous World Cup campaign. Gareth Southgate’s side is a best price 9/1 (worst 43/5) to win the World Cup for the second time.
England has recently suffered after being relegated from the Nations League with two points, both of which came against archrival Germany. They were humiliated 4-0 at home by Hungary and failed to score in open play until the sixth and final game.
Harry Kane, who won the Golden Boot at the last World Cup with six goals and is 8/1 to retain the trophy in 2022, will be England’s main man as they look to advance in the tournament.
Spain (9/1), the most recent team to win their first World Cup in 2010, has been given the same best price as England (worst price 15/2) to win the World Cup in Qatar.
La Roja have only reached the semi-finals of a major tournament once since the great team of 2008 to 2012, when they won both the 2008 and 2012 European Championships, as well as the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
They were eliminated in the group stages of the 2014 World Cup before being eliminated in the round of 16 by 2018 World Cup hosts Russia. Luis Enrique will be hoping that his team can build on their victory over Portugal by winning their Nations League Group and qualifying for the finals next year.
They are in Group E, which includes four-time World Cup winners Germany, who are not far behind them in the betting odds (sixth favourites at a best price of 23/2).
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The Netherlands are currently ranked seventh in the betting, behind Germany, with a best price of 29/2, making them the highest-ranked team in the bookies’ list that has never won the World Cup.
They have finished second three times, the most recent being in 2010, when they were defeated in extra time by Spain. They did not qualify for the most recent World Cup in Russia.
Portugal, led by Cristiano Ronaldo, is currently regarded as the eighth most likely (33/2) to win the World Cup next month, in what could be the Manchester United legend’s final major international tournament. He is currently a 40/1 shot to win the Golden Ball and a 16/1 shot to win the Golden Boot.