Back in November, we did a piece about the odds to win the 2022 World Cup, and Brazil was at the top of the list. That hasn’t changed, but some other things have.
The 2022 World Cup Qualifiers return this week, so we thought it was the perfect time to check those odds again (it’s never too early to bet on the biggest sporting event in the world).
Favorites to win the 2022 FIFA World Cup
- Coach: Adenor Bacchi (Tite)
- Top Players: Neymar, Casemiro, Thiago Silva, Roberto Firmino.
- Last World Cup title: 2002
- Current FIFA Ranking: 3
Brazil went from +550 to +600. There is no doubt that Neymar remains as their best player, but he has struggled with a lot of injuries during the current Ligue 1 and UEFA Champions League season (he plays for PSG).
Luckily for Brazil, some young talents such as Vinicius Junior and Rodrygo (both play for Real Madrid) are becoming a reality; just in time.
Right now, Brazil leads the 2022 World Cup CONMEBOL qualifiers; they have won all four matches with a 12-2 aggregate, including a huge 0-2 victory against Uruguay on the road. Unfortunately, the next fixtures have been cancelled due to COVID-19 (Brazil’s next opponents are Colombia and Argentina).
Brazil should have no problems getting to Qatar next year, but they need to regain confidence in order to beat other top contenders after losing 7-1 against Germany in the 2014 edition (Semifinals) and 2-1 against Belgium in 2018 (Round of 8).
- Coach: Didier Deschamps
- Top Players: Antoine Griezmann, Kylian Mbappe, Paul Pogba, Raphael Varane
- Last World Cup title: 2018
- Current FIFA Ranking: 2
The reigning world champions went from +675 to +700. The French squad is ridiculously talented; so talented that Didier Deschamps doesn’t feel like he needs to call Karim Benzema (Real Madrid’s top scorer).
Can you imagine? Kylian Mbappe and Karim Benzema on the attack would be insane!
France comes in as the favorite to win Group D of the 2022 World Cup UEFA qualifiers. Their toughest opponents will be Finland and Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Deschamps has been the manager since 2012, and Kylian Mbappe has become a real nightmare for any defensive unit out there. Some even believe that he already surpassed Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo as the current best player in the world (and Erling Haaland would be his competition).
France advanced at least into the Round of 8 in three of the last four World Cups.
- Coach: Luis Enrique Martinez
- Top Players: David de Gea, Sergio Ramos, Rodri, Alvaro Morata, Ansu Fati
- Last World Cup title: 2010
- Current FIFA Ranking: 6
Spain went from +800 to +900. “La Roja” reached the glory back in 2010, but they haven’t been able to surpass the Round of 16 in the last two World Cup editions.
Luis Enrique is giving a real opportunity to some young talents such as Pedri, Bryan Gil, Dani Olmo and Pedro Porro, but I think that they’re not going to be a real menace until the 2026 edition, to take place in the United States, Canada and Mexico.
Sergio Ramos (team captain) already said that he wants to play the 2022 and 2026 World Cup to become the first player ever to play in six editions. That could delay the development of other players and leaders.
Spain needs to find a lethal striker such as Fernando Torres or Raul in their prime. Otherwise, they could win ball possession every single game, but not do anything with it.
“La Roja” comes in as the favorite to win Group B of the 2022 World Cup UEFA Qualifiers. Their main threat will be Sweden (Zlatan Ibrahimović is back) and Greece.
- Coach: Joachim Low
- Top Players: Manuel Neuer, Toni Kroos, Leroy Sane, Thomas Muller, Serge Gnabry
- Last World Cup title: 2014
- Current FIFA Ranking: 13
Germany also went from +800 to +900. The winners in 2014 failed to advance to the Round of 16 in 2018, so they’ll be looking for a measure of revenge.
Joachim Low already said that he’s leaving at the end of the 2021 Euro, which means that Germany’s new manager’s first task will be to qualify for the 2022 World Cup. Rumor has it that Jurgen Klopp (Liverpool’s manager) could take the job.
The German side is also developing some new talents such as Jamal Musiala and Florian Wirtz, but they need more time to become a household name.
Germany is the huge favorite to win Group J of the 2022 World Cup UEFA qualifiers. Their main threat is Romania, who haven’t played the World Cup final stage since 1998.
- Coach: Gareth Southgate
- Top Players: Harry Kane, Raheem Sterling, Harry Maguire, Jadon Sancho
- Last World Cup title: 1966
- FIFA Ranking: 4
The Queen’s team also went from +800 to +900. Like France, England has a very talented group here, but they need to win something that matters (Euro or World Cup) to prove it once and for all.
In 2018, England advanced all the way into the Semifinals for the first time since 1966, and that has to be a good sign, right?
Surprisingly enough, Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool’s right back defender) is not currently on the team. On the other side, some less known players such as Ollie Watkins, Jude Bellingham and Kalvin Philipps have become more regular on Southgate’s lists.
England comes in as the favorite to win Group 1 of the 2022 World Cup UEFA qualifiers. Their main threat is Poland (with Robert Lewandowski on board).
- Belgium +1000 (was +1200)
- Argentina +1200 (was +1000)
- Netherlands +1400
- Portugal +1400 (was +1600)
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