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France odds: To win 2022 World Cup, how far will they go, top scorer and more

By Dean Smith

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Published: 16:23, 3 August 2022 | Updated: 17:53, 9 August 2022

France will be looking to defend their World Cup crown when they travel to Qatar this winter.

Les Bleus were kings of the world four years ago, beating Croatia 4-2 in the final in Russia to secure their second crown. With a young team full of quality and potential, France will have hoped to use that as a springboard for more success.

Unfortunately, they could not do a World Cup-European Championship double, knocked out of Euro 2020 at the round of 16 by Switzerland on penalties, having been 3-1 up with 10 minutes to go.

France did bounce back to win the Uefa Nations League, beating Spain in the final, becoming the first European national team to win all possible senior FIFA and confederations competitions.

Can they make it back-to-back World Cups?

France to win 2022 World Cup odds

France are currently priced at 11/2 to win the 2022 World Cup.

As defending champions, France are of course favoured quite highly to win the World Cup this winter with only Brazil having shorter odds at the time of writing. But France will be wary of this as they were favourites/second favourites with most bookmakers to win Euro 2020 last summer, and their odds have slightly grown after their poor showing in the 2022/23 Nations League.

2022 World Cup favourites

Nation Sky Bet Paddy Power 888 Sport   Nation Sky  Bet Paddy Power 888 Sport
Brazil 9/2 5/1 5/1   Poland 100/1 100/1 100/1
France 11/2 11/2 11/2   Serbia 100/1 100/1 100/1
England 6/1 13/2 13/2   USA 100/1 100/1 100/1
Argentina 15/2 13/2 13/2   Australia 500/1 425/1 400/1
Spain 15/2 15/2 15/2   Ecuador 150/1 125/1 125/1
Germany 9/1 9/1 9/1   Cameroon 200/1 250/1 250/1
Belgium 14/1 11/1 11/1   Japan 250/1 250/1 250/1
Netherlands 12/1 12/1 12/1   South Korea 250/1 250/1 250/1
Portugal 14/1 12/1 12/1   Tunisia 500/1 425/1 400/1
Denmark 28/1 30/1 30/1   Ghana 250/1 250/1 250/1
Croatia 66/1 45/1 45/1   Morocco 250/1 200/1 200/1
Uruguay 40/1 45/1 45/1   Canada 250/1 200/1 200/1
Senegal 80/1 100/1 100/1   Iran 500/1 500/1 500/1
Switzerland 66/1 80/1 80/1   Qatar 500/1 250/1 250/1
Wales 100/1 150/1 150/1   Saudi Arabia 750/1 500/1 500/1
Mexico 100/1 100/1 100/1   Costa Rica 750/1 500/1 500/1
You have to be 18+ to gamble. All odds within this article are accurate at the time of writing (17:45, 09/08/2022).BeGambleAware.

France were one of five European teams to secure their spot at the World Cup after going unbeaten in their qualifying group, winning five and drawing three of their eight matches. Only Ukraine (twice) and Bosnia and Herzegovina managed to take points off France in qualifying, with two draws coming as part of a five-game winless streak that included three matches at Euro 2020. But they bounced back from that to win their final three qualification games, as well as the Nations League.

France’s potential path to 2022 World Cup final

The World Cup holders are currently third in the FIFA world rankings and unsurprisingly put in Pot 1 for the draw.

Les Bleus were placed in Group D alongside Denmark, Tunisia and the winner of the Asia-South America inter-confederation play-off Australia, who beat Peru to secure their spot at the World Cup.

Australia will face France in their Group D opener, before Didier Deschamps’ side take on Denmark and then Tunisia. France’s games will be played in Al Wakrah, Doha and Al Rayyan.

France 2022 World Cup group stage fixtures

22 November 2022: Australia vs France (7pm UK time)

26 November 2022: France vs Denmark (4pm UK time)

30 November 2022: Tunisia vs France (3pm UK time)

If France win Group D

  • If France were to win Group D, they would drop into the lower half of the bracket and this would be their route through to the final.
  • Last 16: The runners-up of Group C, which consists of Argentina, Saudi Arabia, Mexico and Poland, in Doha on 4th December.
  • Quarter-finals: The winner of Match 51 , which is played between the winner of Group B (England, USA, Iran and Wales) and the Group A runners-up (Qatar, Senegal, Netherlands and Ecuador)
  • Semi-finals: The winner of Match 60 which will include one of the Group F or Group H winners, or runners-up from Group E or G. Involved in these groups are the likes of Spain, Germany, Belgium, Canada, Brazil, Cameroon, Portugal and Uruguay.

If France qualify from Group D

  • If France finish second in Group D, they will go to the other side of the bracket.
  • Last 16: The winners of Group C in Al Rayyan on 3rd December.
  • Quarter-finals: The winner of Match 49, played between Group A winners and Group B runners-up.
  • Semi-finals: The winner of Match 58, which could include the Group E or G winners, or runners-up from Group F or H as listed above.

France were one of the countries at the inaugural World Cup in 1930 and they did qualify the all of the first six, though they withdrew in 1950. Since then, France have only failed to qualify for five World Cups, last missing out in 1994.

But they bounced back from the sadness of that absence by winning World Cup 98 in France, beating Brazil in the final – their first appearance in the showpiece. They would return in 2006 but lost on penalties to Italy, a game famous for Zinedine Zidane’s headbutt. And, of course, France got their second taste of World Cup glory in 2018, beating Argentina, Uruguay, Belgium and Croatia in the knockout stages.

France’s previous World Cup finishes




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Round of 16




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Third place


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Fourth place


Third place




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France Golden Boot odds

France look set to be blessed with a number of top goalscorers at the World Cup in Qatar including Karim Benzema and Olivier Giroud, who is chasing Thierry Henry as Les Bleus all-time top scorer. But it will all be about Kylian Mbappe, fancied at 8/1 to win the Golden Boot.

2022 World Cup Golden Boot favourites

Player Paddy Power Betfair
Harry Kane 6/1 6/1
Romelu Lukaku 13/2 13/2
Kylian Mbappe 8/1 8/1
Neymar 17/2 17/2
Cristiano Ronaldo 10/1 10/1
Lionel Messi 11/1 11/1
Lautaro Martinez 11/1 11/1
Karim Benzema 12/1 12/1
Memphis Depay 12/1 12/1
Antoine Griezmann 17/1 17/1
You have to be 18+ to gamble. All odds within this article are accurate at the time of writing (17:45, 09/08/2022).BeGambleAware.

The Paris Saint-Germain forward has 27 goals in 57 games for France and was a key player in helping them win the World Cup. At the age of just 19, Mbappe scored four goals including one in the World Cup final – becoming the first teenager to score in a World Cup final since Pele in 1958.


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