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

By Andrew Francis

World Cup 2022 outright odds

Published: 22:50, 30 November 2022

We have now entered the third round of group-stage fixtures for the World Cup. It’s crunch time.

France are the current World Cup holders, having beaten Croatia 4-2 in the 2018 final, held in Russia. That was their second World Cup final win, following their 3-0 victory over Brazil in 1998.

Below you will find the latest World Cup outright odds for 2022, as well as our top picks and dark horses for the trophy this year.

The latest World Cup outright odds for 2022

Nation Sky Bet Paddy Power 888 Sport
Brazil 5/2 13/5 13/5
France 11/2 11/2 11/2
Argentina 11/2 5/1 5/1
Spain 15/2 7/1 7/1
England 15/2 8/1 8/1
Portugal 11/1 11/1 11/1
Germany 12/1 14/1 14/1
Netherlands 16/1 14/1 14/1
Belgium 50/1 60/1 60/1
Croatia 50/1 50/1 50/1
Uruguay 80/1 90/1 90/1
USA 80/1 90/1 90/1
Switzerland 100/1 100/1 100/1
Serbia 100/1 175/1 175/1
Poland 100/1 175/1 175/1
Senegal 150/1 125/1 125/1
Morocco 150/1 125/1 125/1
Japan 200/1 425/1 400/1
Australia 200/1 250/1 250/1
Ghana 250/1 375/1 350/1
South Korea 1000/1 1500/1 1000/1
Cameroon 2000/1 2000/1 1000/1
Costa Rica 2500/1 1500/1 1000/1
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Who are the favourites for the World Cup?

Brazil

  • Group G opponents: Serbia, Switzerland, Cameroon

Brazil are favourites to lift the World Cup at present and the world No.1 by Fifa rankings. There can be no disputing the talent at their disposal, with the likes of Neymar, Alisson and Casemiro being the star players in the squad.

They led the way in Conmebol qualifying, topping the group and avoiding defeat in all of their games. In fact, they’ve lost just one of their last 16 competitive games, with their sole loss coming against Argentina in the Copa America final and the latest victory coming in their 2022 World Cup opener vs Serbia.

The country, of course, has pedigree at the World Cup, too. They’ve hosted the competition twice and lifted the trophy fives times, more than any other nation and would love to add another to their tally. And they are already through to the last 16.

France

  • Group D opponents: Australia, Denmark, Tunisia

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 could have the most talented squad coming into the competition with Mbappe, Giroud, Griezmann and Tchouameni all expected to star in Qatar. There have been prolonged rumours of discontent within Didier Deschamps’ squad and improving the squad harmony could be vital to France’s 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 they are through to the knockouts as winners of Group D, despite a late scare from Tunisia. They face Poland in the last 16.

England

  • Group B opponents: Iran, USA, Wales

England always seem to be mentioned among the favourites before major tournaments before flattering to deceive. But in recent years, The Three Lions have got a lot closer to ending their trophy drought.

They reached the semi-final stage of the World Cup in 2018, before going one step further and losing in the final of Euro 2021 to Italy. There is something promising about Gareth Southgate’s side but it remains to be seen if they can turn that promise into success on the pitch.

They started their 2022 campaign with a 6-2 hammering of Iran to their biggest-ever victory in their opening match at a major tournament but followed that up with a 0-0 draw against the United States, missing out on the chance to secure qualification after two games. England did get the job done with relative ease in the end, beating Wales 3-0 to secure top spot and a last 16 tie against Senegal.

Who are the World Cup dark horses?

Netherlands

  • Group A opponents: Qatar, Ecuador, Senegal

Netherlands topped Group G in Uefa qualifying, losing just one game before going nine games unbeaten. Perhaps most impressively, though, were the 33 goals they scored in 10 games to secure top spot. They joined hosts Qatar in Group A, along with reigning Afcon champions Senegal and Ecuador.

The nation have often failed to live up to their promise but the current crop of players seem understated but with bags of ability. In their first game, Netherlands were made to work hard but ultimately came up with the 2-0 win over Senegal thanks to goals from Cody Gakpo and Davy Klaassen. Gakpo netted in their following game against Ecuador, but the Dutch were held to a 1-1 draw. They sealed their spot in the last 16 though, thanks to a 2-0 win over Qatar, qualifying as Group A winners – they will face USA.

Uruguay

  • Group H opponents: Portugal, Ghana, South Korea

Uruguay didn’t have the easiest qualifying campaign, struggling to keep pace with Brazil and Argentina at the top of the Conmebol group. They have been able to secure their path to Qatar, though, and have enough talent in their squad to really make an impact on the competition.

They might need a little bit of luck but with a squad boasting Luis Suarez, Edinson Cavani and Darwin Nunez in their front line, they certainly have the star power in attack to compete. However, they were frustrated in their opening goalless draw with South Korea and recently came unstuck against Portugal.

They need a big result in their final game against Ghana for a chance of progression. It’s still all to play for.

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