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2022 World Cup Odds: The Early Favourites

The 2018 World Cup was one of the least predictable World Cups in recent years. In the two short months Russia hosted the event, several powerhouses crumbled, and the tournament hosts made their own fairy-tale, reaching the quarter-finals as the lowest-ranked team pre-tournament. The only consistent outcome was Mexico getting eliminated in the Round of 16. After all the dust settled, it was France standing strong over a scrappy Croatia team. It comes as no surprise that they have the shortest odds to win the 2022 World Cup, which will be held in Qatar.



France +500 2022 World Cup Odds


With +500 2022 World Cup betting odds, France’s future is bright. While a lot of the big-name franchises have retiring superstars, France will return with a lot of the same players on the pitch. The heart and soul of the French team, Antoine Griezmann, Paul Pogba, N’Golo Kanté, and Kylian Mbappé are all 27 and under, so they’ll still be young and will have invaluable experience as champions to draw from next tournament. With France on the brink of a dynasty, Didier Deschamps will undoubtedly return to manage the 2022 squad. He has the unique experience of being the manager of France’s 2018 World Cup championship and playing on the 1998 squad as a midfielder when France won their first World Cup. Could he rally them to become the third team in history to win back-to-back World Cups?



Brazil +700 2022 World Cup Odds


Right behind the 2022 World Cup betting favourites are Brazil. The Canarinho may have bowed out in the quarter-finals this tournament, but their elimination was at the hands of a red-hot Belgium team. Brazil have been propelled forward by coach Tite and were playing well despite the early exit. Philippe Coutinho and Neymar, who both scored two goals in the tournament, are 26 and will be ready to build on this experience. If Tite has proven anything, it’s his ability to learn and adapt. His 2022 squad will likely be even stronger than this one.



Spain +750 2022 World Cup Odds


After dealing with a fired manager just days before the tournament, Spain seemed to lack the vigor they usually have. They have a young and talented squad that will be complimented by seasoned players like 32-year-old captain Sergio Ramos. The Real Madrid defender said he’ll use the disappointment of the 2018 World Cup exit to Russia to motivate him to make a deeper run in Qatar. They’ll be without Andres Iniesta and Gerard Pique, both of whom were alongside Ramos when Spain won the 2010 World Cup, as they’re retiring from the national team. Ramos is confident that the young players making their way through the ranks will give the team the vitality needed to go far. One thing’s for certain, their possession-based game did not produce the results it did in their golden years and will need to be re-assessed by the new manager Luis Enrique.



Germany +800 2022 World Cup Odds


After dominating the 2018 World Cup qualifications, Germany were stunned in the group stage of the tournament, finishing last in Group F. What went wrong is a matter of debate, but there are a couple things that didn’t pan out for them. Having younger than average squad may have helped France and England, but it hindered Germany, as their younger players weren’t quite up to the same standard as their 2014 World Cup predecessors.

As for the players who returned from the 2014 World Cup champion squad, they may have had solid experience, but they were past their prime, including goaltender Manuel Neuer, who was named starter despite just returning from a foot injury that had sidelined him for nine months. Despite the disappointing result, their manager, Joachim Löw, will remain with the team.



Belgium +1100 2022 World Cup Odds


Belgium put in a strong effort and went further than they’d ever been in a World Cup tournament. Manchester United forward Romelu Lukaku was a driving force of the offensively gifted Belgians, scoring four of their 16 goals. Playmaker Kevin De Bruyne and forward Eden Hazard also contributed significantly to Belgium’s overall success. Going forward, they’ll lose a lot of their seasoned players, such as Jan Vertonghen, Moussa Dembele, Dries Mertens, who will all be 35 come next World Cup. Much will depend on new talent that moves up the ranks