The World Cup draw took place on April 1 in Qatar, which means soccer fans around the world now know who their team will have to face in the 2022 version of the World Cup. It also means that now is an excellent time to place your World Cup futures bets.
Before you place your bets, it’s important to know the basics about the World Cup and the World Cup futures odds as well as best bets to win in 2022.
Where is the World Cup Being Played?
The World Cup begins on Nov. 21, 2022, with 32 teams competing in Qatar. The World Cup is normally played in June, but for this edition, it will move to the winter because of the heat of Qatar in the summer. The final takes place on Dec. 18, 2022.
World Cup Favorites: Best Odds to Win 2022 World Cup
Brazil (+500) has come up small on the big stage fairly often since winning the World Cup in 2002, but this side seems to have the right mix of age and youth to end their 20-year drought. Brazil hasn’t lost since the Copa America final against Argentina and rolled through the qualifiers in South America. Plus, Brazil has drawn a very manageable group. They’ll likely face a tricky quarterfinal with either Spain or Germany, but with Neymar on the pitch, they are the most talented side in the field.
England (+650) came just shy of winning its first major tournament in 56 years at Euro 2021, and the Three Lions bring much of the same team from that event to Qatar. If England can top Group B, it has a very reasonable path to the semifinals and should be hardened by reaching the semifinals in 2018 and the Euro final last year.
France (+650) is one of the deepest and most talented teams at the World Cup, but the defending champion has an ugly history in this tournament. No nation has won consecutive World Cups since Brazil did it in 1962, when far fewer teams made the World Cup. In recent years, not only has the reigning champion failed to win the title; it hasn’t even come close. In the past five World Cups, the defending champion failed to get out of the group stage, with France (2002), Italy (2010) and Germany (2018) all finishing last in their group and Spain (2014) also failing to progress. Only Brazil in 2006 reached the knockout stage, and the Selecao were dispatched in the quarterfinals, so history is very much against the French.
Argentina (+1000) also seems overvalued. The Albiceleste last won in 1986 and have dealt with expectations ever since. They’ve only made it past the quarterfinals once in the past seven World Cups, and their best players are near the end of their respective careers. They’ll be hard-pressed to make a run in 2022.
Germany (+1100) flamed out four years ago as the defending champion, but Die Mannschaft have looked like a different side since replacing Joachim Loew with Hansi Flick as manager of the German national team. The Germans have gradually worked new faces into the lineup and Flick has a knack for getting the most from his team. Without the pressure of 2018, Germany could be poised to make a real run.
World Cup Pick: Germany (+1100)
I recommend backing Germany in the 2022 World Cup. Much like Italy at Euro 2021, Germany should be motivated by its failure on the world’s biggest stage and has the right coach and personnel to make a run. The German attack is loaded, and this side has the depth needed to get through seven matches. At +1100 to win the World Cup, there is a wealth of value with a talented and motivated side in Germany.
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