2021 World Cup Odds: Brazil Chalk, France Second Choice after Copa and EURO 2020

2021 World Cup Odds: Brazil Chalk, France Second Choice after Copa and EURO 2020

EURO 2020 and 2021 Copa America are in the books. Argentina beat Brazil to win the Copa while Italy knocked off England to take the EURO 2020 title. But while both Argentina and Brazil won major international championships, neither shows up as the favorite to win the 2022 World Cup. Check out updated FIFA World Cup odds as well as information on which team’s offer the fairest or overlay odds to take the WC. 

2022 FIFA World Cup Betting Odds & Analysis Update

2022 World Cup

  • When: Nov. 21, 2022 – Dec. 18, 2022
  • Where: Qatar

Updated 2022 World Cup Odds

  • Brazil +550
  • France +600
  • England +700
  • Spain +800
  • Germany +1000
  • Italy +1000
  • Belgium +1100
  • Argentina +1200
  • Portugal +1200
  • Netherlands +1600

Are favorites Brazil and France worth a look to win the WC?

Argentina beat Brazil, but by the time the World Cup rolls around, Lionel Messi will be 35-years-old. Not only that, but Brazil almost assuredly will make adjustments to become a much stronger squad. 

The Brazilians, though, face a double-edged sword. They must travel to Qatar, which isn’t great since they’re a South American team. Then again, Brazil should be used to the heat while most European squads won’t. 

At EURO 2020, France failed miserably. The French defense was a mess. Not only that, but France appears to have had issues in the locker room. Right now, France is most definitely a play against.

Brazil is also a play against. The Brazilians will come together and it’s difficult to think of a team with a better leader than Neymar. But the odds on Brazil make them unplayable. 

Which team offers overlay odds among England, Spain, Germany, Belgium, and Italy?

Belgium’s squad could be very different by the time the 2022 World Cup happens. Kevin De Bruyne, Romelu Lukaku and Eden Hazard may not be as solid as they are today. The Cup is more than a year and a half away and although the Belgians will be a good team, they may not be a great team.

Italy could be a much different squad as well. Giorgio Chiellini, Italy’s top defender, turns 37 next month. He’ll be 38 at the 2022 World Cup. But the thing about Italy is that outside of Chiellini, the rest of the team is fairly young. 

Goal keeper Donnarumma is 22. Top striker Federico Chiesa is 23. Even if Ciro Immobile and Lorenzo Insigne, Immobile is 31 and Insigne is 30, won’t start at the WC, players like Andrea Belotti and Domenico Berardi will step up like they did in the penalty shootout victory over England. Italy has a better chance than their odds indicate.

So do the Germans. Don’t let EURO 2020 fool you. The Germans have one of the best youth programs in the world. If Germany can find a goal keeper to replace Neuer, they should challenge for the World Cup title. 

England and Spain are worth a look. But the English and Spanish offer underlay odds. The English have talent. They haven’t shown they can close the door and could have issues dealing with Qatar’s heat. 

The Spanish haven’t found the striker they require to win a World Cup. Without someone who can close the door by knocking in goals, Spain will suffer in Qatar.  

Assess Argentina’s and Portugal’s chances of winning the World Cup?

Between Messi’s squad and Ronaldo’s, the Copa America Champions are the better play. Lautaro Martinez is 23-years-old, wears #10 for Serie A Champs Inter Milan, and played fantastic to help his nation win the Copa.

Martinez isn’t Messi. But he will fill in for Lionel if Messi decides to call it quits before the WC. 

Ronaldo will be close to 38 when the World Cup happens next year. He takes care of his body for sure, but even Ronaldo could have trouble negotiating the Qatar temperatures. 

Portugal’s Bruno Fernandes is a terrific player. The rest of Portugal’s team may not step it up enough in Qatar to help Fernandes. 

Is Netherlands worth a look at +1600?

At the odds, the Dutch are worth a look, but they gave up against the Czech Republic at EURO 2020 after losing a player. Still, Holland has some great players.

Both Giorgio Wijnaldum and Memphis Depay are fantastic. Wijnaldum joins Neymar at Paris Saint-Germain. No doubt, Wijnaldum will perfect his craft in both the Champions League and French Ligue 1. 

Depay plays for Barca. He should get more playing time this upcoming season than he did in 2020. Depay, Wijnaldum, and the odds are a few reasons to give the Netherlands a long look.  

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