Outright Odds

World Cup outright odds: Favourites and dark horses for Qatar 2022

By Andrew Francis

World Cup 2022 outright odds

Published: 21:40, 14 December 2022 | Updated: 10:56, 19 December 2022

The World Cup Final is in the history books after a classic contest between Argentina and France in Qatar.

The match went all the way to penalties, with Argentina coming out on top following the heroics of Emi Martinez and Gonzalo Montiel in the shootout. France mounted two come backs, with Kylian Mbappe scoring a hat trick but it wasn’t enough with Les Bleus losing their cool from the spot.

Below you will find the latest World Cup outright odds for 2022, and how each nation in the knockouts rank.

The latest World Cup outright odds for 2022

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Argentina looked dead and buried after losing their opening group game to Saudi Arabia. It looked as though Lionel Messi’s potential swansong would end with a whimper. But, when you have a seven-time Ballon d’Or winner knocking about in your squad, there is every chance of recovery, and that is exactly what La Albiceleste have done. Skippered by the now 35-year-old immortal, Messi turned protagonist against Mexico to inspire a 2-1 win, before the South American champions eased past Poland — who barely laid a glove on them — 2-0. They look like they’ve finally found their rhythm, but needed that grit to get past Australia 2-1 in the round of 16 before a 4-3 penalty shootout win over the Netherlands. It was Messi who once again turned difference-maker in the semi-final, rolling back the years with an inspired performance to beat Croatia 3-0 and reach Sunday’s showpiece.


France are the current holders of the World Cup, winning the trophy for the second time by beating Croatia 4-2 in 2018. Their qualifying campaign for the 2022 World Cup saw them go unbeaten, as they topped Group D ahead of Ukraine.

Les Bleus have, what many would consider, the most talented squad in the competition with Kylian Mbappe, Olivier Giroud, Antoine Griezmann and Aurelien Tchouameni all playing a huge part in their group-stage and last-16 success.

France recently banished the curse of the World Cup holders, which has seen the defending champions bow out at the group stage in each of the past three tournaments, but made it are through to the knockouts as winners of Group D, and recently beat a spirited Morocco in the semi-final.