World Cup 2022 Odds: France & Brazil Early Favorites In Qatar
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France is the joint-favorite alongside Brazil to win the 2022 World Cup in Qatar despite its early elimination at Euro 2020. The French national team was favored to follow up its 2018 World Cup win with continental success this summer, but was knocked out on penalties by Switzerland at the last-16 stage.
Argentina and Italy, which won Copa America and Euro 2020 respectively, do not feature among the top six favorites for World Cup glory next year, according to DraftKings sportsbook.
Instead, beaten Copa America finalists Brazil join France at +550 with DraftKings to win the 2022 World Cup. Germany and Spain are the next top contenders, with both nations available at +800 at the same site .
England (+850), which was defeated by Italy on penalties in the Euro 2020 final, is next on the board at most soccer betting sites, with Belgium (+1000), Italy (+1000) and Lionel Messi’s Argentina (+1100) rounding out the top eight.
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France, Brazil Lead Top Contenders
France defeated Croatia 4-2 in the 2018 World Cup final, and should they qualify, Didier Deschamps’ team will be attempting to become the first nation since Brazil in 1962 to defend their title. Meanwhile, Brazil was defeated 1-0 by Argentina in the Copa America final but most of the top sportsbooks still believe it possesses an excellent chance of success next year. Led by Neymar, who is still without a first international trophy at senior level, the Selecao will be looking to reach a first World Cup final since 2002.
Spain, World Cup winners in 2010, reached the semifinal of Euro 2020 before being knocked out by eventual winners Italy on penalties. In 18-year-old Pedri, who was named in the Euro 2020 Team of the Tournament, it has one of the world’s best young midfielders, but questions remain over its misfiring attack.
Sports betting sites believe Germany is poised to bounce back from its disappointing Euro 2020 last-16 elimination to England. The Germans typically perform well at major tournaments but have now flopped in their last two, and they will have a new manager in charge after 2014 World Cup-winning boss Joachim Low resigned following Euro 2020.
England World Cup 2022 odds
Getting over the agony of a penalty shootout defeat will be England’s main challenge when it comes to competing next year. Gareth Southgate guided the Three Lions to a first final in 55 years but they ultimately came up short. England has a young squad (second youngest at Euro 2020) and it should push on in Qatar, with betting apps pegging it among the top five favorites to win the World Cup.
Harry Kane will likely lead the line again, after scoring four goals for England on the way to the Euro 2020 final. He was the Golden Boot winner at the last World Cup, hosted in Russia.
Raheem Sterling, who will be 27 at the start of the 2022 World Cup, also impressed this summer and is likely to reprise his role in attack, while the likes of Phil Foden, Jude Bellingham, and Jadon Sancho – three young stars who had fringe roles at Euro 2020 – should be in contention for starting berths under Southgate in November 2022.
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Other World Cup Contenders
Time is running out for Belgium’s Golden Generation but it can be backed at +1000 to win the World Cup next year . Under Roberto Martinez, Belgium reached the World Cup semifinals in 2018 before it was eliminated 1-0 by eventual winners France. In Kevin De Bruyne and Romelu Lukaku, it boasts two of the best players in the world, but an aging squad and defensive liabilities could hinder its chances in Qatar.
Italy under Roberto Mancini is riding a remarkable 34-match unbeaten run, one shy of the all-time record held by Brazil and Spain. Mancini has done a spectacular job turning around a team that failed to even qualify for the 2018 World Cup, and the Italians will be motivated to back up their Euro 2020 victory with success on the world stage.
Rounding out the top eight contenders, Argentina will be full of confidence too after beating Brazil to win their first Copa America since 1993. It was also a first senior international trophy for Lionel Messi, who will be 35 at the World Cup in Qatar. He won the Copa America Golden Boot with four goals and five assists in seven matches, and any team with Messi stands a good chance of progression. With his first trophy safely secure we may see a more relaxed – and potentially more dangerous – Messi in Qatar.
As for the USA, it is priced at +6600 with BetMGM to win a first men's World Cup in the nation's history. It can count on top-tier talent in Christian Pulisic, Giovanni Reyna and others playing in the Champions League in Europe, but this tournament may come slightly too soon for a youthful American team, which will be looking to peak and contend with the top nations when the USA co-hosts the World Cup in 2026.
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New World Cup Schedule
The World Cup typically takes place in June and July, when most major leagues are in their offseasons. But next year’s World Cup has been pushed to November/December 2022 due to concerns over high temperatures in the Qatari summer.
That decision has meant many top leagues have been forced to move fixtures to accommodate a mid-season break, and it remains to be seen how that will impact performance on the biggest stage.
There are also usually two years between continental tournaments like Copa America and Euro 2020, and the World Cup. However, Copa America and Euro 2020 were postponed for one year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, so both served as an early look at the top contenders for a World Cup just 16 months away.
The 2022 World Cup is set to begin on Nov. 21 and will conclude with the final in Lusail, Qatar, on Dec. 18. The tournament will feature 32 teams in eight groups of four, and World Cup qualifying to decide those 32 teams is already underway. The finals draw will take place in April 2022, at the conclusion of World Cup qualifying.
World Cup Dates & Kick-Off Times
FIFA has announced the first two rounds of group stage matches will kick off at 1 p.m., 4 p.m., 7 p.m., and 10 p.m. local time (5 a.m. ET, 8 a.m. ET, 11 a.m. ET, 2 p.m. ET). Kick-off times in the final round of group games and knock-out round games will be at 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. local time (10 a.m. ET and 2 p.m. ET). The final will take place at 6 p.m. local time (10 a.m. ET).
Group stage: Nov. 21-Dec. 2
Round of 16: Dec. 3-6
Quarterfinals: Dec. 9-10
Semifinals: Dec. 13-14
Final: Dec. 18
2022 World Cup FAQs
When is the 2022 World Cup?
The 2022 World Cup is set to begin on Nov. 21, 2022 and will conclude with the final in Lusail, Qatar, on Dec. 18. The World Cup typically takes place in June/July, but next year’s World Cup has been pushed to November/December due to concerns over high temperatures in the Qatari summer.
What is the format?
The tournament will feature 32 teams in eight groups of four. The finals draw to decide the groups will take place in April 2022.
What times will the games be on in the United States?
FIFA has announced the first two rounds of group stage matches will kick off at 1 p.m., 4 p.m., 7 p.m., and 10 p.m. local time (5 a.m. ET, 8 a.m. ET, 11 a.m. ET, 2 p.m. ET). Kick-off times in the final round of group games and knock-out round games will be at 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. local time (10 a.m. ET and 2 p.m. ET). The final will take place at 6 p.m. local time (10 a.m. ET)
What team won the last World Cup?
France defeated Croatia 4-2 in the 2018 World Cup final, winning the competition for the second time in the nation's history.
Which team is the favorite to win the 2022 World Cup?
Defending champions France and five-time winners Brazil are joint favorites to win the 2022 World Cup at +550 with DraftKings sportsbook.
Which team has won the most World Cups?
Brazil is the most successful men's soccer team in World Cup history. It has won the competition five times.