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World Cup Betting | The Favourites to Lift the Title

The 2022 Qatar World Cup will be held from the 21st of November until the 18th of December, and there will be 32 teams fighting it out for the right to be crowned the best national football team in the world. However, while there are 32 teams that will compete at this prestigious tournament, there are truly only a handful or two who have any real hope of lifting the trophy. In the following article, we are going to take a look at the five teams that are favourite to win the Jules Rimet Trophy according to world cup betting websites, like this one.

1. Brazil

It will probably not come as much of a surprise to many to see that Brazil sit at the top of the table of World Cup odds. You will not come across a bookmaker that does not have the Brazilians as the favourites to lift the World Cup trophy for the sixth time.

Brazil was drawn in Group G of the 2022 World Cup, and they will face Serbia, Switzerland, and Cameroon in the Group Stage. We really do not see any of those teams beating a Brazil side with the likes of Neymar, Vinicius Junior, Phillipe Coutinho, Alisson Becker, Gabriel Jesus, Bruno Guimaraes, Thiago Silva, Marquinhos, and Casemiro to name but some of their talented players.

The Brazilians finished at the top of the South American qualifying group, winning 14 matches from 17 and not losing a single match throughout the whole campaign. They scored more than 40 goals in these matches and conceded just five goals. This is a really impressive feat when you consider the calibre of teams that they would have been playing against such as Argentina and Uruguay.

Since the 2018 World Cup, Brazil have played 30 competitive games and have lost only once. During these matches, they have kept a clean sheet on 22 occasions and averaged 2.2 goals per match. With an attack that can score goals for fun and a defence that defends their goal like their lives depend upon it, it really is not much of a shock to see that the Seleção are the odds on favourites to win this competition.

There is not a team out there that will relish playing against them, and there is a very good chance that they will bring back the glory days for the people of Brazil after being eliminated at the Quarter-Final stage in the last three World Cups.

2. France

Four years ago, the French were the Champions of the world and now they are second favourites to lift the coveted trophy once again. With a young squad that is full of potential and quality, we can see why the top bookies have them as one of the favourites to win.

They will probably still be disappointed that they did not manage to do a World Cup and European Championship double especially when they were 3-1 up against the Swiss in the Quarter-Finals with only ten minutes left to play. They did manage to bounce back though and lift the UEFA Nations League title, meaning that they were the first European national side to win all of the possible international trophies. At the time of writing, they have not been beaten in their last 19 matches.

France finished at the top of their 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying group with five wins and three draws from their eight games, and were placed in Group D of the World Cup alongside Denmark, Tunisia, and Peru, Australia, or the UAE.

With a group like this, we would be really surprised if they did not top it, and with their attacking and defensive options available to them, they will be confident of being able to beat anyone, even the Brazilians.

Their squad at the World Cup will consist of quality players such as Kylian Mbappé, Karim Benzema, Antoine Griezmann, Hugo Lloris, N'Golo Kanté, Benjamin Pavard, Theo Hernandez, Raphaël Varan, and Lucas Digne. Can they go on to retain the title that they won in 2018? Well, with such a squad available to them, we definitely do not see why not.

3. England

The Three Lions came really close to winning Euro 2020, but it was just not meant to be as they lost on penalties to Italy in the final. Nonetheless, it was yet another positive step for an England team that has made itself a regular at latter stages of big international tournaments in recent years - they made it to the Semi-Finals of the 2018 World Cup, where they lost in extra-time to Croatia.

As was expected, England cruised through their World Cup qualifying group, finishing first and only dropping points in draws to Poland and Hungary. They scored 39 goals in 10 matches and only conceded 3, and this was actually the third World Cup qualifying campaign in a row where England ended up unbeaten - which is a pretty impressive feat if you ask us.

England were placed in Pot One for the draw, and they were drawn in Group B alongside the likes of USA, Iran, and one of either Scotland, Wales, or Ukraine. If England were to finish at the top of their group as many are expecting, then they will probably play Senegal in the Round of 16. We would back them to win this match, and then it would probably be a mouth-watering clash against France.

The French, since they are second favourites to win the World Cup, would probably be favourites to win this match, but there is no reason why an England squad with the likes of Harry Kane, Raheem Sterling, Phil Foden, Jack Grealish, Declan Rice, Trent Alexander Arnold, Kyle Walker, Jude Bellingham, Mason Mount, and Kalvin Phillips cannot turn them over.

Will England end the 56 years of hurt this time around? Well, we will just have to wait and see.

4. Spain

When Spain lifted the 2010 World Cup to go along with back-to-back European Championships, a lot of football fans thought that they would build on their domination. However, they have slipped off the boil a bit and were pretty underwhelming in their final two World Cups. However, there were some positive signs when they made it to the semis of Euro 2022 and were runners-up in the Nations League.

Spain were placed in a World Cup Qualifying group alongside the likes of Sweden and Greece, and many would have had their money on the Spanish to top the group quite comfortably. However, they lost their first match to the Swedes, and if it were not for two poor results from Sweden in their last two matches, the Spanish might have had to settle for a Play-Off spot. As it was though, they topped the group and are now playing at their 12th consecutive World Cup.

Spain were in Pot One for the draw, but they ended up with quite a tricky group, being drawn in Group E alongside Germany, Japan and either Costa Rica or New Zealand. We reckon that the match between Germany and Spain on the 27th of November will determine who tops the group and who comes second.

While a match against the Germans early on is never ideal, Spain will be confident that they can win the match as their squad is full of talent such as the likes of Pedri, Sergio Busquets, Sergio Ramos, Ferran Torres, David de Gea, Thiago Alcântara, Rodri, Marco Asensio, Marcos Alonsi, Jordi Alba, and Dani Carvajal.

Spain was knocked out in the Group Stage of the 2014 World Cup and the Round of 16 at the 2018 World Cup, but we are pretty sure that they will go further than this at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

5. Argentina

In the summer of 2021, Argentina finally ended their 28-year wait for a big trophy by beating Brazil in the final of the Copa America. This was the first major trophy that Lionel Messi won for his nation, and many are seeing it as the perfect launchpad for their assault on the 2022 World Cup.

The Argentines qualified for the World Cup with ease, winning 11 and drawing 6 of the 17 matches that they played. They finished 15 points ahead of Peru in the 5th place Play-Off spot, so we are not exaggerating when we say that they qualified with ease. This means that they will be playing at their 13th consecutive World Cup, which is not something to turn your nose up at.

They were placed in Pot One for the draw and were drawn in Group C alongside Poland, Mexico, and Saudi Arabia. Playing in such a group, they, just like we are, will be confident of being able to finish at the top of the table. If they top the group, they will probably play Denmark in the Round of 16, and they will fancy their chances of making it to the Quarter-Finals where they could come across the likes of the Netherlands.

With a squad that has the likes of Lionel Messi, Emiliano Martinez, Rodrigo de Paul, Angel Di Maria, Lauturo Martinez, Cristian Romero, Joaquin Correa, Marcos Acuña, and Germán Pezzella there is little wonder why they are one of the favourites to win the title. The last time that they won the World Cup was 1986, which is far too long for a nation that has produced quality players after quality players.