Shortly after Italy won the 2020 EURO, Copa America runner-up Brazil became a +550 chalk to win the 2022 World Cup. Since then, France has become a co-choice to take next year’s WC. Why have the odds on France and Brazil made them co-favorites? Are England and Belgium overlays or underlays? Keep reading for an update on next year’s World Cup so you can continue planning your bets on the World Cup odds.
2022 FIFA World Cup Analysis Update | Soccer Betting
2022 World Cup
- When: Nov. 21, 2022 – Dec. 18, 2022
- Where: Qatar
Updated 2022 World Cup Odds – Top 20 Choices
- France +600
- Brazil +600
- Germany +1200
- Spain +1000
- Belgium +900
- Argentina +1200
- Italy +1000
- England +800
- Netherlands +1600
- Croatia +6600
- Portugal +1400
- Uruguay +6600
- Chile +10000
- Colombia +6600
- USA +8000
- Mexico +10000
- Turkey +8000
- Switzerland +15000
- Poland +20000
- Sweden +10000
Why are France and Brazil both at +600?
Right after EURO 2020, Brazil showed up as a +550 favorite while France was at +600. But as of July 20, France and Brazil are both at +600, leaving many soccer handicappers scratching their heads.
In reality, though, it makes sense why Brazil would be even with France. For starters, Brazil didn’t beat Argentina and win the Copa America. Also, the Brazilians must travel to Qatar from South America.
France is closer to Qatar. South American teams have trouble winning World Cups outside of their hemisphere.
Finally, France is the defending World Cup winners. Yes, they bombed at EURO 2020, but a lot of that had to do with infighting.
The French have an entire year to figure things out. Brazil does as well, which is why they’re a co-favorite with France and not the second-choice.
Is England worthy of second-choice odds?
No doubt, the English failed big time at EURO 2020. England made it all the way to the championship final. They were even a goal up against Italy in the penalty shootout before Italian master goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma made 3 straight saves.
But before saying England is an overlay, we must consider the fact that all three players who missed goals, Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho, and Bukayo Saka, are young.
Saka is 19, Rashford is 23 and Sancho is 21. Not only that, but Raheem Sterling is 26 and Harry Kane is 27. Phil Foden, who was brilliant playing for Manchester City this season, is 21 while Mason Mount is 22 and Jude Bellingham is 18.
In other words, the English were on the cusp of winning the UEFA European Championship with one of the youngest group of players in the tournament. England’s odds may make them an underlay, but at +800, they’re a better play than either France or Brazil.
Do the odds on Belgium make them an underlay?
It’s difficult to have faith in the Belgians. Heading into the 2020 EURO, Belgium was first on FIFA’s world-rankings.
No other team sent the best overall player in the world, Kevin De Bruyne, to the pitch with one of the planet’s top strikers, Romelu Lukaku, and the excellent Eden Hazard.
But Belgium, like they did at the 2018 World Cup, flubbed before making it to the title match. At this point, the Belgians are a play against.
If Belgium couldn’t win the WC in 2018, and couldn’t take the EURO 2020 trophy, they stand a much worse chance than +900 to win the 2022 World Cup.
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