World Cup Under a Month Away
The first-ever World Cup in a Middle Eastern country begins in just over three weeks. Hosts Qatar will kick off an action packed month on November 20th vs. Ecuador. We’ll have extensive coverage here at Point Spreads and the other 63 Qatar 2022 matches. As things stand, Brazil are +400 favorites to win it all but there are a handful of strong contenders. It’s always a blast to bet on the World Cup so let’s take a look at some other early odds.
Brazil were the last non-European side to win the World Cup, in 2002, and they’re in great form heading into Qatar 2022. They haven’t lost since July 2021’s Copa America final and are chock full of attacking talent. With the likes of Neymar, Vinicius Junior, Raphinha and Richarlison, Brazil are expected to go far. Defender Thiago Silva provides a wealth of experience and this is almost certainly the 38 year-old captain’s last chance to win a World Cup. Brazil are heavily favored to win a group with Cameroon, Serbia and Switzerland in it. At +400, they’re already a popular bet to win the tournament.
Defending champions France come into the tournament with the second-best outright World Cup betting odds. However, there have been problems on and off the field leading up to the tournament. France won just one of six matches in the recent UEFA Nations League. Plus, Kylian Mbappe was involved in a highly publicized dispute with the FFF over image rights. Also, no defending champions have made it out of the group stage since Brazil did it in 2006. Still, France have an incredibly strong squad which features recent Ballon d’Or winner Karim Benzema. They sit at +600 odds to defend their title.
England are another squad with patchy form heading into the World Cup. The Three Lions were recently relegated from the UEFA Nations League A. The sense is that this will be coach Gareth Southgate’s last tournament in charge. Two losses to Hungary in the last six months is a highly concerning sign heading into Qatar 2022. There seems to be a lack of bite in this England side, which bettors have taken note of. They opened up with better odds to win than France but currently sit at +700. Harry Kane is still one of the best strikers in the tournament, though.
If Argentina go unbeaten in the group stage, they’ll hold the longest-ever unbeaten streak in international soccer. Lionel Messi & Co. have gone 35 matches without a loss and seem ready for the World Cup. Argentina, at +700 odds, are an incredibly popular team for betting on the World Cup. They defeated Brazil in last year’s Copa America which ended Messi’s famous international trophy drought. Now, Messi will be looking to potentially finish his international career with World Cup glory. The team around him is quite possibly Argentina’s best in a generation.
The Dark Horses
Spain have a young, exciting team with players like Pedri, Gavi and Ferran Torres. Like always, the midfield is the strong point of the team. Scoring goals is a question but Alvaro Morata has been in good form lately. There’s not much buzz surrounding this Spanish team but Luis Enrique’s squad made the Euro 2020 semifinals. They also recently won their group over Portugal in the UEFA Nations League. A potential pitfall, though, is a tricky group with Germany, Japan and Costa Rica. The FIFA World Cup betting odds price Spain at +800 odds to win.
Speaking of Germany, they’ve won just one of their last seven games after a good start under Hansi Flick. There’s a lot of talent here but the defense remains a question. They conceded nine goals in six matches in the Nations League and have failed to keep a shutout since March. Still, Manuel Neuer is an excellent keeper and his Bayern Munich teammates Joshua Kimmich, Leroy Sane, and Thomas Muller are excellent. Germany show +1000 odds to win the tournament but it’s an uphill climb.
Portugal and the Netherlands are both priced at +1200 odds to win the tournament. Both teams perpetually show promise but seem to come up short in the World Cup, as neither have ever won. The Netherlands do hold a 15-match winning streak heading into the tournament and completed a double over rivals Belgium in the Nations League. The Dutch have some up and coming talents who could play big roles in the tournament. Meanwhile, Unless Cristiano Ronaldo is playing until he’s 41, this will be the all-time international top scorers last chance to win a World Cup. His Portugal have a lot of talent but the pieces don’t always seem to fit so well.
Belgium’s stock has fallen recently as their team isn’t getting any younger. They finished in third place in 2018 but they haven’t been at their best recently. Midfielder Kevin de Bruyne is still one of the tournament’s best players and this is a pretty deep team. They shouldn’t have too many problems advancing out of a group with Morocco, Canada and Croatia but stranger things have happened. Belgium sit at +1400 odds to win heading into the tournament.
Betting on World Cup would be no fun without picking underdogs. That’s exactly where Denmark are but they’re a very strong team. Along with Germany, they were the only side to win nine games in UEFA World Cup qualifying. They were also semifinalists at last year’s European Championships. With midfielder Christian Eriksen back after collapsing at the Euros, Denmark could be one of the surprise teams of the tournament. The Danes are +2800 longshots to win it all.
Uruguay and Croatia are both on +5000 odds to win. Uruguay are undoubtedly an aging side but Ronald Araujo, Fede Valverde and Darwin Nunez should inject life into the team. Valverde has looked like one of the best midfielders in the world this season and Luis Suarez is still around. Uruguay barely qualified but it wouldn’t be surprising if they make a deep run. Meanwhile, Croatia were runners up last time around but key midfielder Ivan Rakitic retired in the meantime. The Vatreni’s biggest problem is that they lack a prolific goal scorer but having Luka Modric in midfield somewhat makes up for that.
Quick Golden Boot Preview
Betting on the Golden Boot winner is a very popular prop bet on World Cup. Last time around, England’s Harry Kane won with six goals to his name. He is implied to be the most likely player to win again, at +700 odds. French superstar Kylian Mbappe is his closest competitor, at +900. Mbappe was the World Cup’s best young player in 2018 and has only gotten better since then. He’s also won Ligue 1’s golden boot four seasons in a row.
The two players with the highest rising stock are Karim Benzema and Neymar. Benzema and Neymar show +1200 odds and for good reason. They’re both the attacking focal points of their teams and are clinical finishers. Neymar has been Ligue 1’s best player this season, while Real Madrid tend to look a bit lost when Benzema is out injured.
Interestingly, both Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo sit at +1600 odds. Messi has been settling into his role at PSG as more of a creator. However, he’s primarily a goal scorer with Argentina and will be relied upon. Ronaldo has had a tough time at Manchester United this season and is finally looking mortal. Romelu Lukaku (+2000) is the only other player priced at +2000 odds or shorter. Remember to check back right here for updated news and odds; if you want to bet on World Cup, we have the news. Many of these players are also in the running for the tournament’s Golden Ball, which is given to the best player in the tournament.
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Currently, the players who show +2000 odds or shorter to win the Golden Ball are as follows: Kylian Mbappe (+1000), Karim Benzema (+1000), Lionel Messi (+1200), Kevin de Bruyne (+1400), Neymar (+1400), Harry Kane (+1400), Vinícius Júnior. (+1600) and Cristiano Ronaldo (+2000).