World Cup Odds 2022: Group Previews, Favorites, & Underdogs

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World Cup Odds 2022

Updated World Cup odds as of December 2022

  • Brazil
  • Argentina
  • France
  • England
  • Spain
  • Germany
  • Netherlands
  • Belgium
  • Portugal
  • Denmark
  • Croatia
  • Uruguay
  • Switzerland
  • Senegal
  • Serbia
  • Mexico
  • USA
  • Poland
  • Ecuador
  • Wales
  • Japan
  • Morocco
  • Canada
  • South Korea
  • Ghana
  • Cameroon
  • Qatar
  • Iran
  • Australia
  • Tunisia
  • Costa Rica
  • Saudi Arabia

World Cup Odds Favorites

There aren’t a lot of surprises at the top of the World Cup odds chart for this year’s Cup, but there’s reason to believe that the field is as open as ever. France has their work cut out for them if they want to defend their title, with enormously dominant midfield duo Paul Pogba and N’Golo Kanté both set to miss the tournament, and several key contributors from the 2018 squad playing at a much lower level than they were four years ago- Antoine Griezmann, man of the match in the final, comes to mind.

Kylian Mbappé, however, has only improved since his breakout performance in Russia, and he’s now joined in attack by newly-minted Ballon D’Or winner Karim Benzema, as well as one of the more accomplished players in football, Olivier Giroud. Mbappé and Benzema are set at +900 and +1200 respectively to lead the tournament in goalscoring- the second and third highest World Cup odds of any player- so there’s value to be found, if you believe you know who’s going to be carrying the load for the lethal French attack.

Is football coming home? That’s been the rallying cry of just about every English squad in any international competition since they took the trophy home in 1966, and every time it’s been in vain. But, they came just a few spot kicks away from tasting international glory in last summer’s Euro finals, and this year’s group is one of the most well-rounded in the whole tournament. They’re led up front and captained, as always, by Harry Kane, the favorite to be the tournament’s top scorer (+700). Kane is supported by outrageous amounts of wing talent, including the likes of Jack Grealish, Jadon Sancho, and Raheem Sterling.

The midfield is also extremely deep, and all eyes will be on young superstar Jude Bellingham ahead of January’s transfer window. The defense is full of veteran talent like John Stones and Reece James, as well as star newcomers such as Fiyako Tomori. Of course, Jordan Pickford is a menace between the sticks, and England has no lack of star keepers behind him. It’s always hard to put trust in the Three Lions, but they certainly have the firepower to make a run this year; Vegas recognizes this, as they’re the fourth-favorites at +750.

It’s not a very analytical term, but this Argentina squad has every indication of being a team of destiny. Leo Messi finally looks as comfortable in blue and white as he ever did in Barcelona blaugrana, and he’s finally experienced the joy of victory for country after winning the 2021 Copa America. This isn’t the deepest team, but they have stars where it matters. There’s of course Messi, who isn’t alone at the top; Lautaro Martinez and Angel Di Maria have been excellent for their country as well.

The midfield lacks superstars, but has solid veterans such as Rodrigo De Paul, Papu Gomez, and Giovani Lo Celso; the defense is similar, although the brightest star there (other than genuinely magnificent goalkeeper Emiliano Martínez) just might be Man United youngster Lisandro Martínez. If you want your money to be on the side of football history, consider Argentina, or even Messi at +1600 to score the most goals.

It seems like just about since Ronaldo Nazario retired, Brazil are always listed as a favorite in each World Cup but always come up just short. This year’s squad will hope to buck the trend and bring the trophy home to the most successful nation in the competition’s history, and personally, I believe that they’re going to do it. Neymar is in potentially the best form of his career, which is saying quite a lot. Vinicius Jr. has become a superstar in his own right with Real Madrid, and even Gabriel Jesus has exploded for Arsenal in the Premier League this season.

Jesus is actually set at +3300 to lead the tournament in goals, incredible value for the striker of a team that figures to have a long run. The Casemiro-led midfield will have the trademark Brazilian flair, and the defense figures to be anchored by veterans Thiago Silva and Marquinhos, with either Alisson or Ederson in the net. This group, if they play solid team football as they did en route to winning the 2019 Copa America, is a genuine force to be reckoned with; the only ones who can stop them are themselves.

World Cup Odds Values

As is the case in any competition, there are a few underdogs who could make some noise or even win at this year’s world cup. Portugal of course won the Euro in 2016, not incredibly long ago, and Cristiano Ronaldo, although not in his best form, will be deeply motivated to add a World Cup to his sparkling resume. The team, although their World Cup odds to win are just +1400, is relatively star studded, featuring Serie A MVP Rafael Leão in attack, the deeply versatile Man City star Bernardo Silva and his City teammates João Cancelo and Rúben Dias in defense, just to name a few.

After coming so close to capturing their first World Cup in 2010, the Dutch have played a litany of big matches, but have not managed to secure an international trophy. After getting upset by the Czech Republic at Euro 2020, the Netherlands will be highly motivated to do better at this tournament- and they’ll have Virgil Van Dijk on the pitch this time. It’s not easy to see where the goals will come from, but with the centre-back pairing of Van Dijk and De Ligt, as well as a methodical midfield anchored by Frenkie de Jong, the Oranje (+1200 to become champions) will be an extremely tough out.

Germany were one of the more entertaining teams at Euro 2020, as they advanced from the tournament’s group of death behind an explosive attacking game. That trend should only increase under new boss Hansi Flick, the architect of Bayern’s memorable and historic 2020 sextuple season. The attacking talent, led as always by the venerable and deeply underrated Thomas Müller, is pretty much boundless; Serge Gnabry, Kai Havertz, and Ilkay Gündoğan are just a few of the names you’ll see lighting up the scoresheet.

They’ll be in front of a midfield and defense filled with more players who know how to win, such as the incredibly multitalented Joshua Kimmich and steady centre-back Antonio Rüdiger. Some say this squad is a few years away from really competing; I think at +1000 to win the whole thing, they may just be the best value on the board.

At the last World Cup, many viewed the semifinal between Belgium and France as the “real final,” and it’s hard to argue with the notion that the Red Devils would have taken down Croatia and earned the title, had they gotten through that extremely tight matchup. This has been described by many as Belgium’s “golden generation,” and this is likely that group’s last chance to win a major trophy before some of the stars start aging out of international football. Kevin de Bruyne, quite possibly the best player on Earth, is the star here, but he’s far from alone.

Romelu Lukaku may not be healthy, which would be a problem; but if he’s active, he always puts forth a great effort for his country. And of course, perhaps the most important player in Real Madrid’s incredible Champions League triumph, Thibaut Courtois will once again be in the net for Belgium; it’s hard to overstate the importance of goalkeeping excellence in a knockout tournament, so it’ll be worth keeping an eye on this squad at +1600 to win the event.

World Cup Odds Dark Horses

If you want to really reach on a team that would be an unprecedented champion, there’s a handful of long shots that have championship DNA running through their blood.

Denmark, with World Cup odds set at +2800 to lift the trophy, were the Cinderellas of Euro 2020. Although their tournament started with a real life nightmare, the mid-match cardiac arrest of Christian Eriksen, it ended with them showing absolutely incredible resolve to get through their group, and make a run all the way to the semifinals where they lost in overtime to England (amidst some unbelievable officiating decisions, if I might add). Inspiringly, Eriksen will be back in action at this tournament, and in addition to being an incredible story, he’s a huge talent to watch. Captain Simon Kjaer has an injury issue, but should be a factor, and keeper Kasper Schmeichel, who put in an outstanding performance at Euro, will be an important leader as well.

It’s almost too easy to forget, but Croatia were finalists in 2018, and even scored twice in the final. This just goes to show the potential for a group like this one to become champions, and they return much of the talent that nearly got them there last time out. Luka Modric is at the center of everything, and incredibly, at age 37 he seems to have hardly lost a step from the Ballon D’Or-winning form that helped Croatia through their magical run. There’s not a lot of stars beyond Luka- Croatia’s success is a true team effort- but keep an eye out for do-it-all defender Josko Gvardiol, who at age 20 is progressing very nicely in the Bundesliga and beyond for RB Leipzig.

Senegal are in what can only be described as their golden era. They just picked up their first AFCON title, qualified for their second consecutive, and just third-ever World Cup (all since 2002), and their all-time leading scorer, Sadio Mané, was just the runner-up for the Ballon D’Or. If they could manage to win the World Cup, their +8000 World Cup odds would make them perhaps the most unlikely to ever do so, and the first African nation as well. In fact, no nation outside of Europe and South America has taken home the cup, but if anyone has the core to end that trend, it might well be Senegal. Mané of course is an enormous key- and an interesting flier to lead the tournament in scoring at +10000- but he’s far from alone.

Captain and centre-back Kalidou Koulibaly is aging, but still a major force for his nation, and goalkeeper Edouard Mendy has put together some unbelievable runs of tournament play, serving as perhaps the #1 key performer in securing enormous trophies for both club and country. I’m in no way predicting Senegal to be champions, but this squad has heart, talent, and leadership, so don’t be surprised if they end a contender’s tournament earlier than you may have expected.

Major World Cup Injuries

With the tournament taking place in the middle of the club season, there have been a number of major players who unfortunately picked up recent injuries and will be unable to participate. However, no team has been bit harder by the injury bug than defending champions France. We’ve already discussed the absence of dominant midfield duo N’Golo Kanté and Paul Pogba, whose production will have to be replaced by promising youngsters Aurélien Tchouaméni and Eduardo Camavinga. But wait, there’s more! France could be missing one or more key defenders from the 2018 side, as Raphael Varane and Lucas Hernandez are both questionable to be ready in time for the tournament, while Presnel Kimpembe is out. Christopher Nkunku, the Bundesliga goalscoring leader, will also be out with an injury.

Argentina is another major contender who will be missing similarly major pieces; their attack will be missing Paulo Dybala, and potentially Angel Di Maria as well. Their biggest rivals, and the tournament favorites in Brazil, are largely healthy but could be missing Richarlison in attack. England have been hit specifically in defense; Reece James and Ben Chilwell look to be out for the tourney, and Kyle Walker is not likely to be ready to go by the first match. Trent Alexander-Arnold, another option at the position, has also been in and out of the lineup during the club season with both injury and play level concerns. Midfield Maestro Kalvin Phillips might also miss some or all of the tournament, and his unique play style makes his contributions tough for England to replace.

Germany could be missing important players on both ends of the field, as Timo Werner is all but certainly missing the whole event, and legendary keeper Manuel Neuer is not a guarantee to be 100% healthy. If we move just a bit to the East, we can take a look at the Netherlands, who will be without Gini Wijnaldum, and possibly striker Memphis Depay; a troubling prospect for a team whose weakness, if any, can sometimes be finding the goals.

Portugal have no lack of attacking options, but Diogo Jota is not one; the Liverpool man has no chance to recover to play even the final, should his nation make it that far. Raul Jimienez, however, has a chance to make it back in time; Mexico would be ecstatic to have their key forward in good health going into Qatar. Their rivals to the North, the United States, will be mostly in full health, save for perhaps the team’s best player- Weston McKennie, who might be healthy by kickoff, but his outlook is rather hazy at this time. Sadio Mané is hurt, an absolutely devastating blow to Senegal if he’s unable to go; he’s expected to be out, but he’s on the 26-man squad just in case he’s able to contribute in any way at some point of this tournament.

Unfortunately, Son Heung-min may not be able to feature for South Korea, a really crushing blow to a player whose country means everything to him, and vice versa- news on this front has been good lately, however. Back over to Europe, the Danish team have some questions in defense, as captain Simon Kjaer as well as fellow centre-back Andreas Christensen’s statuses are both questionable heading into this event. For Belgium, they’ll be without outside playmakers Alexis Saelemakers, and Thomas Meunier, but they have reasonable hope that talismanic striker, and all-time leading scorer Romelu Lukaku, will be ready to go; it’ll be tough for them to consistently find end-product if he’s not able.

2022 World Cup GroupsGroup A World Cup Odds

  • Netherlands
  • Senegal
  • Ecuador
  • Qatar

Unshockingly, the Netherlands are seen as pretty decent favorites to advance (-185), as they have the most depth and experience at this level of international play. That being said, it’s far from a lock, in my eyes. Ecuador aren’t an especially tough side, and Qatar are only here because the host nation is guaranteed a bid, so the Dutch should tear through those matches- but so should Senegal.

This means that the group could very well come down to their one head to head matchup, which makes Senegal (+400) an excellent value to win the group, or to at least advance to knockouts (-140). Their match is actually the tournament opener for both teams; it takes place on November 21 at 11am EST, and it will be one to have your eye on.

Group B World Cup Odds

  • England
  • USA
  • Wales
  • Iran

The United States World Cup odds sit right in the middle of the table heading into the 2022 World Cup before they host in the 2026 World Cup. Are they worth throwing some money on to win Group B at ? Certainly.

There have been rumblings about FIFA rigging draws to create favorable matchups; this may be true, but I’m not complaining, because it means I can spend my Thanksgiving Friday watching an enormous rivalry match between the United States and England, one of the marquee events of the group stage. These teams met in the group stage in the 2010 World Cup, and played to a thrilling and memorable 1-1 draw, which felt like an enormous victory for the Americans. The case can be made that both teams are better this time around, but of course the English still have the upper hand by far.

The real question in this group is who will advance between the United States, and Gareth Bale’s Welsh squad? Both sides are just above or below +100 to advance; I like the Americans given their depth compared to Wales, but the match between these two sides on November 21- the group opener for both sides- is one to watch. Iran are also here, but they’re more likely than not going to be taking three losses and going home; even a single draw would be a result they should feel very proud of.

Group C World Cup Odds

  • Argentina
  • Poland
  • Mexico
  • Saudi Arabia

Incredibly, I think Argentina -220 to top the group is a pretty decent value, if you pull it into a parlay; it’s not a huge payout on its own, but I don’t see Messi and co. dropping points in the group stage of this pivotal tournament. While Saudi Arabia are something of an afterthought, Mexico and Poland will be very interesting to watch as they duke it out for second place; Vegas has them almost dead even to advance through the group (both around -120).

It’ll be a battle of individual stars, as Mexico’s Guillermo Ochoa seems to come out of thin air to give the world a goalkeeping masterpiece every four years, and Poland’s Robert Lewandowski is of course one of the world’s most prolific goalscorers. Still, Lewa won’t be playing in front of the talent he’s used to having on his side, so that clash on November 22, the first game for either team in the tournament, will be an intriguing one.

Group D World Cup Odds

  • France
  • Denmark
  • Australia
  • Tunisia

Even if the team’s ceiling is lowered without Kanté and Pogba, the attacking options and overall talent still make France one of the elite squads in this tournament, and a comfortable favorite (-210) to top their group. Denmark are heavily favored to make it out of this group too (-320); it’s really quite a straightforward bunch. Of course, madness can happen at any time, so be on upset watch as Denmark and Tunisia get the group kicked off on November 22nd.

A win or draw for Tunisia, led by captain Youssef Mskani after he missed Tunisia’s World Cup campaign in 2018, would leave them squarely in the mix to advance to the knockouts for the first time in their history.

Group E World Cup Odds

  • Spain
  • Germany
  • Japan
  • Costa Rica

This group is perhaps my favorite in the entire tournament; there should be a very real fight for first place, and two other teams that can play competitive football. Spain (-105) are very narrow favorites over Germany (+105) to top the group, but I’d certainly side with Hansi Flick’s squad as the small underdogs. Both teams, although displaying very different styles, were extremely fun to watch at last year’s Euro tournament, and I’m thrilled to watch their midday matchup on November 27th.

It’ll be classic Spanish possession football against that trademark high-flying German attack- it’s hard to say which style will come out on top, but I’d be interested in Germany +165 on the moneyline. Japan were one of the fun surprises of the last World Cup, as their group stage win over Colombia made them the first Asian team to ever defeat a South American nation, and they even made the knockout stage before losing a thrilling 3-2 match to heavily-favored Belgium; watch out for them to make some noise and maybe even get to the rough of 16 again (+300). Costa Rica are being viewed as an absolute also-ran, but with a keeper like Keylor Navas, opponent goals are never a guarantee; don’t be stunned if they steal a 1-0 shocker against one of the giants in their group.

Group F World Cup Odds

  • Belgium
  • Croatia
  • Morocco
  • Canada

This group is another really fun one! Belgium are rightfully favored, at -150 to win the group, but Croatia, last Cup’s runners-up, could be an interesting play at +230. Morocco were also a fun group at last summer’s AFCON, led by the likes of speedster Achraf Hakimi, Chelsea man Hakim Ziyech, and striker Youssef En-Nesyri; their +200 World Cup odds to advance makes for a good play, it could very well work out if Belgium or Croatia’s stars start to show their age. Canada, who sit at only +270 to advance, even as the fourth-ranked team in the group, were utterly dominant throughout North American qualifying.

Although Bayern fullback and world-class sprinter Alphonso Davies is the biggest name on the team, LOSC forward Jonathan David may be the biggest catalyst to success for the Maple Leaf squad. Every single match in this group will make for excellent television, but I really think that Croatia’s matches vs. Morocco and Canada on Nov 23 and 27, respectively, will be the ones that define this group.

Group G World Cup Odds

  • Brazil
  • Switzerland
  • Serbia
  • Cameroon

To be completely honest, Brazil are going to win this group. They’re a whopping -1050 to at least advance, but their -220 line to win the group is pretty enticing, perhaps as a parlay with that Argentina line we discussed earlier. The second place spot could be a little more intriguing; I don’t see a particularly clear-cut divide between Switzerland, Serbia, and even Cameroon. The Swiss are favored, and I think a bit overvalued at -120 to advance through this group; conversely, Cameroon +300 to advance is a pretty good deal for the team that finished third at AFCON less than a year ago.

Outside of Brazil, it’s not a star-studded group, but there should be competitive matches between each of the other three teams. I’d have my eyes on Switzerland vs. Cameroon on November 24 to open the group; I think the Indomitable Lions (what a name) can take the Swiss by surprise, and I’d be all over the +120 odds for the double result of Cameroon or draw.

Group H World Cup Odds

  • Portugal
  • Uruguay
  • Ghana
  • South Korea

I’m a big fan of Portugal in this group; Uruguay are running on their reputation earned in tournaments past. They were unimpressive as recently as last year’s Copa America, in which they lost once and drew twice in the group stage before losing their first knockout match in a penalty shootout following a scoreless match with Colombia. Portugal at -145 to top the group is pretty solid value as far as I’m concerned, although conversely, I’d avoid Ronaldo’s line to be the tournament’s top goalscorer; he’s been in poor form, and there’s more mouths to feed than usual.

One thing to watch in this group will be the injury status of Son Heung-min; if he’s able to play, South Korea are a very watchable team, as he’s the type of talent that can take over a match in a tournament like this. If not, they’re probably just going to get rolled out after 3 not-so-close matches. Ghana could be very motivated after coming dead last in their AFCON group amidst a disappointing performance in that tournament; I’d have their December 2 match against Uruguay, the last one in this group, circled as one to watch.

World Cup Golden Boot Odds

  • Harry Kane
  • Romelu Lukaku
  • Kylian Mbappe
  • Neymar
  • Cristiano Ronaldo
  • Lionel Messi
  • Lautaro Martinez
  • Karim Benzema
  • Memphis Depay
  • Antoine Griezmann

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World Cup Odds 2022 FAQ

Who Are The Favorites To Win The World Cup?

Brazil currently are the favorites to win the World Cup at . They are slight favorites just ahead of France and England.

What Are The World Cup Odds 2022?

Brazil are favorites to win the World Cup. France , England , Spain , and Argentina are some of the top teams ahead of the World Cup odds.

When Is The World Cup?

The World Cup starts on November 21st, 2022 in Qatar. The World Cup Final will be on December 18th, 2022.

What Are The World Cup Odds For the United States?

The current United States World Cup odds are . They are considered long shots to win the World Cup.

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Yes, if you are in a legal sports betting state you can bet on the World Cup. You must be 21 years of age or older and within state lines of a legal betting state. World Cup odds are offered amongst various sportsbooks.

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