Who are the favourites for the 2022 World Cup according to the bookmakers?
Who will win the 2022 World Cup?
This is the question that many football fans are already asking themselves seven months before the tournament kicks off. The bookmakers have already started to answer this question and have their own ideas about who will be crowned the world champions in Qatar. The competition has been moved to the winter season and will take place from 21 November to 18 December 2022, splitting the club season in two.
England haven’t been given too tough a group draw. After reaching the 2018 semi-finals and the Euro 2020 final, they will be looking to have a good World Cup. They have a squad full of experience and young players coming through and could well go deep in Qatar.
So, which teams are expected to win? Who will succeed the Blues or will France retain the trophy? Today, we take a close look at the top contenders to win the 2022 World Cup. This will help you as you make your predictions for the World Cup.
Brazil, favourite of all bookmakers
As far as who will win the 2022 World Cup, it is Brazil who are the current favourites to lift the trophy. It is easy to understand why. Tite's team qualified unbeaten with 14 wins and three draws and topped the South American qualifying group .
Even better, Brazil finished the qualifying-rounds with the best defence (five goals conceded), but above all with the best attack (40 goals scored)! The path to Qatar worked quite well for Neymar and his teammates, who never once doubted they would qualify for the 2022 World Cup.
With a full squad and quality players in every position, even on the bench, it is certain that Brazil will be among the favourites to lift the trophy. The list of players such as Neymar, Paqueta, Philippe Coutinho, Vinicius, Casemiro, Fabinho, Marquinhos, Thiago Silva, Militao, Alisson... Big names who perform equally well in their respective clubs. They will make sure the Auriverde to be the favourites to win.
England, after 56 years?
The first and only World Cup won by the Three Lions was in 1966! That's a long time ago when you look at the squad that this country has had at its disposal in recent years, especially with Lampard, Gerrard, Beckham, etc. Will 2022 be the perfect opportunity to end ‘the years of hurt’ and win a second title?
At Euro 2020, England challenged the fact they had gone since 1966 without winning a trophy or making a major final. They were impressive during qualifying and made it all the way to the final, losing on penalties to Italy. That built on their previous results and they will be one of the favourites in Qatar.
Like Brazil, England has some very talented players. Their coach Gareth Southgate must sometimes be scratching his head when trying to work out which players will start each game. John Stones, Reece James, Kyle Walker, Phil Foden, Jude Bellingham, Mason Mount, Raheem Sterling, Marcus Rashford, Bukayo Saka, Harry Kane... An impressive attacking force, which a lot of other countries must envy. England are therefore one of the big favourites to win the title this winter.
Les Bleus for a historical double?
To close our list of favourites, we now look at France who will be hoping to retain their World Cup title. With odds close to those of the English, Les Bleus are also strongly fancied by the bookmakers and that is not at all surprising.
Didier Deschamps' men won the World Cup in 2018 and seem stronger than ever since a disappointing Euro 2020. Months later, they won the 2021 Nations League and had to beat Belgium and Spain to do so. The coach seems to have found his new system with a 3-4-1-2 which still needs to be refined but seems to be effective, with Griezmann as a free electron and Theo Hernandez very offensive on the left side.
With an attack that would make more than one manager dream (Mbappé, Benzema, Griezmann, Giroud, Ben Yedder, Coman, Diaby, Nkunku, O. Dembélé, ...), France probably has the best eleven on paper, and the biggest pool of players in the world. The French will have to benefit from the Nations League matches in June and September to work on the final preparations for Qatar. They will aim to be at their peak come November when the World Cup begins. Will this be enough to win the World Cup? They would be the first country since Brazil in 1962 to retain the trophy. If you believe in it, don't hesitate to bet on Les Bleus. The odds offered on sports betting sites are definitely good value.