The FIFA World Cup odds have been released as the final 32 teams have been set in stone. The biggest betting event to wind down 2022 gets underway from November 21st to December 18th, meaning there is still some time until fans descend on Qatar- yet it is also never too early to start looking at potential champions.
The United States was a finalist to host this World Cup but ultimately fell 14-8 in votes to Qatar during the final bid vote. There have been many allegations of bribery in that vote, as well as concerns with forced labor, poor working conditions, and a global economy in a recession which could limit fans in attendance for the nearly month-long event.
Either way, the World Cup is the World Cup, and with the USMNT, qualifying for play interest should be higher in America. Let’s take a look at some of the favorites to win this historic -albeit controversial – event.
The Brazilians are in a bit of a drought after not claiming the World Cup since 2002 in Japan. Brazil is the favorite to get back to the top of the podium in 2022, claiming the Copa America in 2019 and finishing as runner-up to Argentina last year.
Neymar is set to become the all-time leading scorer in Brazil history during the World Cup, but he’s also said this will be his last time playing in the event. Neymar may have one of the most talented sets of teammates that he’s had in recent memory, with Vinicius, Jr. of Real Madrid forming a great 1-2 punch.
The French are looking for a repeat after taking home the gold ball in Russia in 2018. Brazil in 1962 was the last team to retain the World Cup, however.
The French have a solid draw in Group D along with Australia, Denmark, and Tunisia but are no sure thing to repeat as they are 0-2-2 leading up to the Summer before the trip to Qatar.
England hasn’t won a World Cup since 1966, but they are the third highest favorite to get back on the board in 2022. There are some concerns that those odds may dip a bit over the next couple of months, though, after the Three Lions lost a recent abysmal 4-0 showing against Hungary.
England did finish in fourth place in Russia in 2018 and is slotted in Group B with the United States this year in what should be a very highly rated matchup. Many fans feel that Gareth Southgate is managing his job in Qatar, so will that add to the pressure?
Many people consider Group E to be this year’s Group of Death as it features 2010 winner Spain as well as 2014 World Cup champion Germany. It will be a shocker if Spain returns to the main stage because Group E also features Japan and Costa Rica, but also because the Spaniards are going with a younger lineup as their roster turns over from veterans such as David De Gea and Sergio Busquets.
The Germans will match up with Spain in group play in a rematch of the 2010 semifinals that the Spaniards won 1-0 before beating the Netherlands in the Finals. Germany has been anxious to get back to this point after they went 1-0-2 and didn’t make it out of the group stage. Germany had finished in the top three in each of their previous four trips to the World Cup.
Argentina will be a team to watch in the 2022 World Cup as 35-year-old Lionel Messi likely makes his last appearance. Argentina is the reigning Copa America winner, but Messi still needs a World Cup win to join other “GOATS” such as Pele, Maradona, and Ronaldo.
Some other notable teams in the 2022 FIFA World Cup odds include Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal at +1200, as well as the United States, being +8000 to take home their first championship.