The 2022 FIFA World Cup is two years away (yes, it will start in November) and some preliminary rounds are already underway, including CONMEBOL (South America), CAF (Africa) and AFC (Asia).
Regarding UEFA (Europe) and CONCACAF (North, Central America and the Caribbean), both qualifying processes will begin next March.
France won the 2018 FIFA World Cup, but surprisingly enough ‘Les Blues’ do not come in as the favorites to win the next edition. It’s never too early for sports betting enthusiasts to make some big plays, so let’s take a look at the odds (as of writing) to win the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
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
- FIFA Ranking: 3
Brazil started the 2022 World Cup qualifiers with two victories and averaging 4.5 goals per game. They are the favorites to finish at the top, just like they did in the qualifiers for the 2018 World Cup. As usual, the Brazilian offensive power is too much to be held back. Tite has lots of options to solve any kind of match, including Neymar, Roberto Firmino, Richarlison, Philippe Coutinho, Matheus Cunha, Rodrygo and Vinicius Jr.
Richarlison, Matheus Cunha, Rodrygo and Vinicius Jr. have 23 years or less, which means the present and future are bright for the Brazilian national team.
Defensively speaking, Brazil have three elite goalkeepers: Weverton, Ederson and Allison. Nevertheless, the defensive unit is led by central defenders Thiago Silva and Marquinhos (teammates at PSG).
Tite has been the coach since 2016, so he and the rest of the coaching staff know the strengths and weaknesses of the team very well.
In 2018, Brazil lost in the Round of 8 against Belgium (2-1).
- Coach: Didier Deschamps
- Top Players: Antoine Griezmann, Kylian Mbappe, Paul Pogba, Raphael Varane
- Last World Cup title: 2018
- FIFA Ranking: 2
The reigning champions follow Brazil at the odds to win the 2022 FIFA World Cup for several reasons. Didier Deschamps won the 1998 World Cup as a player (captain of that team) and the 2018 World Cup as a coach. He’s one of the most experienced managers nowadays and the players really respect him.
When Kylian Mbappe won the 2018 World Cup he was only 18 years old, now he’s a more mature and influential player. Now, Antoine Griezmann plays with Lionel Messi, one of the all-time greatest. Griezmann is learning a lot from ‘La Pulga’. France’s top three defenders (Raphael Varane, Kurt Zouma and Presnel Kimpembe) will be at the top of their conditions by 2022.
Five French players play for Bayern Munich (current Champions League and Bundesliga champions), which means they are used to winning any competition.
On the road to winning the 2018 World Cup, France beat Argentina, Uruguay, Belgium and Croatia; not easy opponents at all. Most of the players who won that title remain in the team.
- Coach: Luis Enrique Martinez
- Top Players: David de Gea, Sergio Ramos, Rodri, Alvaro Morata, Ansu Fati
- Last World Cup title: 2010
- FIFA Ranking: 6
Since winning the 2010 World Cup and the 2012 Euro, Spain’s level has decreased. In 2014 they didn’t qualify for the Round of 16 and in 2018 they lost in the Round of 16 against Russia (4-3 in penalties).
The last top competition they were in was the Euro 2016 and they also lost in the Round of 16 against Italy (2-0).
Spain’s problem has been generational change. They haven’t found a new Xavi, Iniesta or Fernando Torres.
It’s not been until now that several young players who can make a difference have emerged. Marco Asensio, Ansu Fati, Rodri, Sergio Reguilon, Ferran Torres, Marcos Llorente, etc., but they need more time to become elite players and be able to compete against the best in the world.
Right now, Spain is disputing the UEFA Nations League, and they lead League A Group 4 with seven points. They share Group 4 with Germany, Ukraine and Switzerland.
Spain cannot be underestimated, but they are not the same team that instilled respect.
- Coach: Joachim Low
- Top Players: Manuel Neuer, Toni Kroos, Leroy Sane, Thomas Muller, Serge Gnabry
- Last World Cup title: 2014
- FIFA Ranking: 14
In 2014, Germany won the World Cup after beating Brazil (7-1) in the semifinals and Argentina (1-0) in the grand finale. Four years later, they went to Russia as the favorites, but they didn’t even qualify to the Round of 16. Now, with some new faces such as Leroy Sane, Timo Werner and Ilkay Gundogan, Germany is trying to bounce back into the elite.
From the team that won the title in 2014 just Manuel Neuer, Toni Kroos, Thomas Muller, Julian Draxler and Jerome Boateng remain on the team (some more regularly than others). Right now, Germany is also playing the UEFA Nations League with Spain as their main rival.
Joachim Low has been the manager since 2006. His discipline and tactical knowledge are relentless and that is always reflected in his teams.
In recent years, Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund have become two of the best European clubs, and that has given the German soccer status a huge boost.
- Coach: Gareth Southgate
- Top Players: Harry Kane, Raheem Sterling, Harry Maguire, Jadon Sancho
- Last World Cup title: 1966
- FIFA Ranking: 4
In 2018, everybody thought that the cup was going home, but no. England lost in the semifinals against Croatia (2-1). Harry Kane, Raheem Sterling, Harry Maguire, Kyle Walker and Jordan Pickford played that game, and they remain on the team.
England have one of the best offensive units thanks to Harry Kane, Jamie Vardy, Raheem Sterling, Marcus Rashford and Dominic Calvert-Lewin. They need to be better on defense as they haven’t had solid center backs since Rio Ferdinand and John Terry. They all play in the English Premier League. Many experts consider the English Premier League as the best soccer domestic competition in the world.
Like the other European national teams, England is competing in the UEFA Nations League. They share League A Group 2 with Belgium, Denmark and Iceland.
Gareth Southgate has been the manager since 2016 and many believe he’s the special one (sorry Jose Mourinho).
- Argentina +1000
- Belgium +1200
- Netherlands +1400
- Portugal +1600
- Croatia +4000
Be sure to check the Odds to win the 2022 World Cup regularly as nothing is set in stone, especially in soccer.