World Cup 2022: Early Predictions by Bookmakers for Winners

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By Martin Graham | 25th Feb 2022

32 teams will be doing battle again for the biggest prize in football come November in Qatar, in another historic tournament.

The countdown is on and France’s title is the target for a number of global superstars who have upped their games.

As we prepare for the showcase of stars in Qatar, we take a look at the teams who have been tipped to win the tournament and those who have been tipped to cause an upset in some way.

World Cup favourites

Title holders France are tipped to give it another go following their recent victory in the UEFA Nations League and their good run of form in recent international games.

They are joint favourites with Copa America finalists Brazil according to some bookies, who have (as at 20 February) assigned odds of 6/1 (7.00) to both teams make it all the way to the final and win it.

England were finalists in the Euro 2020 and semi-finalists in the 2018 World Cup. They have been one of the most in-form teams in the world in the past few years and have been tipped to finally grab silverware soon.

The World Cup may just be it, as they have been assigned odds of 7/1 (8.00) by bookies as at 20 February.

Spain (8/1 or 9.00), Germany (10/1 or 11.00) and Copa America winners Argentina (10/1 or 11.00) are the other teams tipped as favourites by bookies as at 20 February to win the tournament come December 2022.

World Cup contenders

Quite a few teams have also stepped up to the challenge, which is why the favourites have been given such high odds. The odds may reduce as the World Cup draws closer, however, the contenders are no pushovers themselves.

Italy have been inconsistent since winning the Euro 2020 which is why they are only contenders and not favourites. They will have to see of North Macedonia and possibly either of Portugal or Turkey to make it to Qatar.

Still, bookies have given them odds of 12/1 (13.00) as of 20 February if they make it to the global showpiece. Belgium is shipped in the same boat with the same odds with Italy in what could realistically be their last chance in a very long time of winning any silverware.

Netherlands (16/1 or 17.00), Portugal – who must also go through the play-offs – (25/1 or 26.00) and Denmark (25/1 or 26.00) are the other teams classified as contenders by bookies.

Dark horses in World Cup race

For the risky punters, the team’s classified as dark horses present a real option for an upset in the forthcoming tournament.

2018 finalists Croatia, led by the evergreen Luka Modric are tipped at 50/1 (51.00) while Colombia and Uruguay are tipped at 66/1 (67.00) and 80/1 (81.00) respectively.

Martin Graham is an MFF sports writer

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