Despite two seasons of non-stop club football and international football post-lockdown, the games don’t seem to stop for the player. With the World Cup qualifiers, international friendlies and Nations League games out of the way in recent weeks, it looks like there’s new information on what the 2022 FIFA World Cup might promise.
The tournament will be held in Qatar and is the first winter World Cup in the tournament’s long history. This is the case because of the extremely hot conditions in Qatar during the summer.
The tournament starts on November 21, 2022, and will end on December 18.
Most of the great footballing nations will be taking part in this World Cup bar the four-time world champions and current European champions, Italy. With so many big nations in contention, there will be no outstanding favorite in the World Cup title odds.
You can see where to bet on the 2022 FIFA World Cup with our best soccer betting sites page. Also, along with predictions below, you can check out our World Cup computer picks page when the tournament gets underway.
FIFA World Cup Odds
Here are some of the most promising teams and their current odds to win the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
Odds as of June 22 at BetOnline Sportsbook
FIFA World Cup Betting Favorites
Despite having never won the World Cup at home, the only World Cup-winning nation to not do so, Brazil heads into most World Cups as the favorite. It’s a competition synonymous with the Selecao and its many legendary players.
Their last success came in 2002, led by the triumvirate of Ronaldo, Rivaldo and Ronaldinho. In the last two editions of this tournament, Neymar has had to carry the side but they are unlikely to be as dependent on the tricky winger as usual.
They have got two top players vying for every position with a great mix of flair and fury. The right-back area is the lightest with no outstanding player but one position of weakness isn’t something unique to Brazil. With all of this on their side, it’s clear why they’re favored.
The defending champions have never really been convincing in their play in recent years and that was the case in their recent Nations League outings, having won the competition last year. They were missing some key players but the newer guard did not do enough to impress Didier Deschamps.
France and Deschamps have had the most talented group of players for the last six years but they haven’t always played the best brand of football. They make it past teams by sheer force of will and it remains to be seen how much longer they can rely on this.
It seems like this will be England’s best chance to win a competition that has eluded them since winning it at home in 1966. They’re arguably the most complete side in the world but had their biggest hiccup under Gareth Southgate’s management in recent weeks. Question marks that didn’t exist till now have suddenly come out of the blue.
It’s hard to pinpoint what has gone wrong. It might just be a case of players who’ve clocked out because of a long domestic season but Southgate will have to be wary.
This World Cup is what the team’s development over the years has led up to. It’s what the finals and semifinals were meant to prepare them for.
FIFA World Cup Value Picks
They seem to have gone under the radar but Argentina has been in fantastic international nick for some time. While Brazil is still figuring out how to build around Neymar, Argentina finally seems to have figured it out with Lionel Messi.
Messi seems to be going through a bit of a role reversal late in his career. Always considered more of a club player than a national team player, things seem to be working the other way for him now. This makes them a very real contender in the World Cup title odds.
Spain probably plays the most attractive football of all the national sides and Luis Enrique has been key to that. With a new generation led by the likes of Pedri, Gavi, Pau Torres, Rodri, Gerrard Moreno and more, Spain is an excellent value pick in World Cup title odds.
The four-time world champions have hired the coach from the 2014 World Cup setup. Hansi Flick’s reputation has skyrocketed since his highly successful stint at Bayern Munich and he showed why in the Nations League group stages games. Germany is arguably the best value pick for World Cup title odds.
Louis Van Gaal seems to be getting a tune out of this Netherlands team. With most of their important players fit, they’re a side with quality in every area of the park. A lot will depend on Virgil van Dijk’s fitness. When he’s in the side, Netherlands looks different. They are a great value shout for the World Cup outright odds.
FIFA World Cup Betting Strategy
The winner is most likely going to come from the names highlighted here. Spain, Netherlands and Germany have fantastic coaches with Germany and Spain having those who know how to impose their game. This makes the two sides very dangerous and great picks. Argentina is just looking harder to beat with each passing week.
France has far too many players from the previous era and this hasn’t served previous champions well. England has had its first blip under Southgate at the worst possible time and Brazil still hasn’t figured out how to build around Neymar or if they should put their focus on him.
The favorites don’t seem like great picks. We suggest you go with one of the value picks in the World Cup title odds.
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