FIFA World Cup Betting Odds
Football fans all over the world are eagerly anticipating the commencement of the 2022 FIFA World Cup, scheduled to begin on the 20th of November in Qatar and run till the 19th of December. All teams have been divided into groups, and the host nation, Qatar, will be facing Ecuador in the opening match. Punters are getting set to begin calculating and staking on their favourite teams and players.
An estimated €136 billion, which is about $155 billion, was spent by punters on betting during the 2018 FIFA World Cup hosted by Russia. According to TBS, an even higher number of wagers are expected, both bettors and bookmakers are ready to accommodate them in their wagering requirements.
Most betting sites have released their odds on the possible outcome for every segment of the world cup. From predicted winners of the group stage, winner of the tournament, highest goal scorer, highest assists, and every other imaginable market.
There are favourite teams projected by numerous betting sites, pundits and fans to win the 2022 FIFA world cup. Here are the top three teams with the highest odds, predicted to have a high chance of being crowned world champion in Qatar come December.
Brazil is a five-time World Cup winner, and although the nation hasn’t won another title for over 20 years, the Brazilian team is the top favourite to win the tournament. The team consists of top-notch players like Neymar, Alisson, Coutinho, Richarlison, and the 2021-22 Champions Leagues winner, Vinicius Jr, who is currently making a name for himself in Real Madrid with his speed and perfect striking skill. Players like Fabinho, Casemiro and Gabriel Jesus; who is having a splendid time at Arsenal, all add more experience to the team.
With a +450 odds, Brazil leads other countries as the all-time favourite and judging by the squad’s performance in the qualifiers, it appears Brazil intends to give a good fight to win the tournament. The Seleção didn’t lose any match during the qualifiers; and many believe this is a testament to how their performance will be in the actual tournament in the winter.
Despite their disappointing departure in previous World Cup tournaments and the loss of the Copa America title to Argentina; fans are optimistic that Brazil will make it through the group stage since the group allocated contains Serbia; Switzerland and Cameroon, all of who aren’t considered strong contenders; and once again, bring the World Cup back to South America.
Despite failing to secure a win in the Euro 2022 final; England has a +550 odds to win the World Cup tournament.
The English squad consists of world-class players like Harry Kane, who is a Golden boot winner. The squad also put up a commendable performance at the EURO 2020 and even entered the final for the first time.
The team has been placed in Group B and is currently leading the group with twenty-six points during the qualifiers. England will face USA, Iran and Wales and it is expected that England will be top of the group; as the countries that make up the group aren’t a fierce competition.
France comes with a +600 odds to retain their title as World Champions. Despite their poor performance at the 2020 UEFA Euro; which saw them draw against Hungary in the Group Stage; and eventually couldn’t move past the knockout stage and were eliminated. France, however, won the UEFA Nations League and is expected to put up a better performance than Euro 2020.
The French squad comprises renowned players with all eyes on Kylian Mbappe; who gave an explosive show of his speed in the 2018 World Cup tournament. Paul Pogba, and N’golo Kante, are also expected to be part of the squad. 2022 Champions League winner, UEFA Men’s Player of the Year and favourite to win the 2022 Ballon d’Or, Karim Benzema; will also make a return to the French team after his long absence from international football. New stars like Christopher Nkunku from RB Leipzig will also be part of the team.
France has been paired against Australia, Denmark, and Tunisia in Group D; with fans hoping the team will make it out of the group stage and hopefully retain their title.