Latest World Cup Odds

Brazil, Argentina favorites as World Cup approaches

Soon, 32 countries from all over the world will gather in Qatar to face off in one of sports’ most exciting events. The FIFA World Cup kicks off on Nov. 21 with group play and will last nearly a month before crowning a champion country. The favorites to win this year’s tournament are Brazil (), Argentina () and defending champion France (). Day one of the World Cup will see games between Senegal and Netherlands, England and Iran, Qatar and Ecuador, and the United States and Wales. What follows is a week full of soccer games taking place between countries in their respective groups. Group play will last until Nov. 28, at which point half of the teams will advance to the knockout stage.

Four years ago in 2018, France walked away with the World Cup title in Russia after a 4-2 win against Croatia and a near-perfect record all the way through the tournament (tied Denmark in the group stage). They are among the favorites to do it again, but since 2002, only one team defending the championship title has been able to make it past the group stage in the World Cup following that title, and it was Brazil in 2006.

2022 World Cup odds

Roughly four months from the start of the World Cup, Brazil is the favorite to win, followed by Argentina and France. Conversely, Costa Rica and Iran have the longest odds. Brazil has won more World Cup titles than any other country, with five between 1958 and 2002. The closest it has come in recent years is a fourth-place finish in 2014 after a 3-0 loss to the Netherlands.

Sportsbooks have England’s Harry Kane as the favorite to walk away the top goal scorer in the tournament, followed by France’s Kylian Mbappé and Argentina’s Lionel Messi.

2022 World Cup favorites

Brazil ()

Brazil is the favorite in this year’s tournament. It has a strong backbone to its team, between arguably the world’s best goalkeeper, Alisson Becker, Neymar and up-and-coming phenom Vinícius Júnior. While it has won more World Cup titles than any other country, its reputation is still recovering from a brutal 7-1 loss to Germany in the 2014 semifinal game. Nevertheless, it had a great showing in the qualifiers and ended up in first place in the CONMEBOL Libertadores. Brazil is a heavy favorite in Group G (). However, Serbia and Switzerland could make runs, having had solid qualifying performances that landed them at the top of their qualifying groups.

Argentina ()

Argentina is also a favorite in this year’s World Cup, for several reasons. The connection between the team’s midfield and strikers is in its prime right now, backed by its Cup of Champions defeat of Italy in June that ended in a 3-0 win for Messi and the Argentinians. That puts the South American team on a 32-game unbeaten streak, which is just five games short of the all-time record. This would be Messi’s first World Cup title, and it’s likely his last appearance at a World Cup, as he has played for over half of his life now. His experience could be the catalyst in bringing home a win to Argentina, but the breakdown will likely come on the defensive side where, if teams penetrate with pace, Argentina may struggle.

France ()

France is right on the tail of Argentina on the odds board. It went undefeated in the European Qualifiers and won its group with ease. This team has a lot of young talent, but given the history of returning defending champions, it can’t take anything for granted. Star forward Kylian Mbappé helped the team to victory in 2018 and, since then, has only become more dangerous, making him one of the most talented players in this tournament. Since its 2018 win, France also won the 2020-21 UEFA Nations League after beating Spain in the finals.

Spain ()

The Spaniards are no stranger to the World Cup title either, having won it in 2010 with a 1-0 win over the Netherlands. Spain had a solid Nations League showing this year, and despite losing to France in the finals, it qualified without a problem. It is not the same team it was from 2008-12, when it was arguably one of the most talented soccer teams that the sport has ever seen. However, it has some young Barcelona prospects establishing names for themselves in an international sense between Pedri, Gavi and Torres. Barcelona teammate Jordi Alba is one of the best outside backs of our time and will help lock down the defense and distribute through Rodri in the midfield.

England ()

England is on everyone’s radar after its Nations League performance. It ended Nations League on a sour note that included two losses to Hungary, which is leaving US fans hopeful about capitalizing on England’s struggles in group play. Nevertheless, England made it to the World Cup semifinals in 2018 and the final of Euro 2021. Based on experience alone, the team is lethal. Striker Harry Kane is on his way to becoming the country’s all-time leading scorer, while centerback and captain Harry Maguire will try to lock down the defense that gave up four goals to Hungary in Nations League play. Other star players include Raheem Sterling and Declan Rice.

Germany ()

Germany is kicking off the World Cup by playing Spain in the team’s second game in group play, which will be the rematch of the century. The last time these two teams played was November of 2020, when Spain pummeled Germany 6-0 in the Nations League, becoming Germany’s biggest loss since 1931. Six years prior, though, in 2014, Germany took home the World Cup title after maintaining 64% possession against a strong Messi-led Argentina team. This would all come crashing down in 2018 as Germany attempted to defend its World Cup title but did not even make it past the group stage. This team has inconsistencies to work out and will be counting on playmaker Joshua Kimmich, Kai Havertz and Serge Gnabry.

USA World Cup odds for 2022 ()

This US team narrowly qualified for the World Cup this year, as a 2-0 loss to Costa Rica in the CONCACAF qualifiers put it tied with Costa Rica in points, but it earned the automatic bid on goal differential. This is a positive in comparison to the last World Cup, when the US failed to qualify. We’ll have to see whether a seven-year hiatus from the tournament will be an issue. But it has a lot to offer in terms of staying competitive in this group. With the exception of Wales, the teams in Group B rely heavily on offense to carry them. Meanwhile, this US team has the ability to transition quickly, which could be what sets it apart from a talented team like England. Christian Pulisic and Gio Reyna will need to be the creative playmakers that they are to remain competitive in this group and beyond.

Canada World Cup odds for 2022 ()

This is Canada’s first World Cup appearance in 36 years, and a well-deserved one after an impressive CONCACAF qualifying performance that put it first in the standings. Alphonso Davies, Junior Hoilett and Jonathan David will all be instrumental for Canada in what looks like one of the tougher groups in the tournament. Belgium is a heavy favorite, and Canada is the ultimate underdog. To win, Canada will have to maintain composure and strength in its defensive third, as Belgium commits heavy numbers forward in the attack. The only other real disadvantage is experience — this is only Canada’s second time playing in the World Cup ever, which is quite lopsided compared to the others in its group. Nevertheless, it earned its spot in this field and has the talent to back that up.

World Cup odds tracker last updated: July 26, 2022

TeamCurrent World Cup OddsOdds for July 26  
Costa Rica+100000
Saudi Arabia+100000
South Korea+30000
United States+15000

2022 World Cup group odds

Before anyone can win the cup, the qualifying 32 teams have to make it out of the group round, where two teams from each group will advance to the knockout stage. Each team in the group will play each other once for a total of three games each during the group stage.

Group A

Netherlands ()
The Netherlands has the most World Cup experience in Group A by a lot, which gives it an established advantage before the first whistle blows. The team also has some star talent this year to make a deep run despite not qualifying for Russia in 2018. The Netherlands took third in the 2014 World Cup.

Senegal ()
This will be Senegal’s third World Cup appearance after qualifying in 2018 but falling short in the group stage. It’s worth noting that Senegal has the highest World Cup win percentage of all African nations in the field. It has threats on offense and defense with Sadio Mané and goalkeeper Édouard Mendy.

Ecuador ()
Ecuador ended in fourth place in CONMEBOL to qualify for this year’s World Cup, tying both Argentina and Brazil in the process. It has talent but may struggle to maintain pace with Senegal and the Netherlands, which would likely hinder their ability to pass the group stage.

Qatar ()
Qatar is both hosting and playing in its first World Cup. Talent and experience point to Qatar likely not advancing past the group stage. However, Russia was in a similar position when it hosted in 2018, and with a home crowd, it shocked the world.

Group B

England ()
England is a heavy favorite in Group B. Despite a bad Nations League performance, it should have no problem advancing to the knockout stage as its group is not one of the stronger ones.

USA ()
This US team certainly has the talent to make it out of the group stage, but it will have to edge out Wales. Right now it’s just a narrow favorite. The US is the more talented team, especially in the attack, but it just narrowly qualified for the field, so it has to work out the inconsistencies.

Wales ()
This is Wales’ first appearance in the World Cup since 1958. It has held its own on various occasions over the last several years but hasn’t made the cut. It’s possible that it pulls off an upset to make it past the group stage, but the US and England simply have more depth to work with.

Iran ()
This will be Iran’s third straight World Cup appearance as the top seed from the Asian region. This is a hard-working group, but it will likely struggle to make it past the group stage.

Group C

Argentina ()
Unsurprisingly, Argentina is a strong favorite in this group and shouldn’t have a problem advancing. Messi will look to snag his first World Cup title in what may be his last appearance.

Mexico ()
Mexico has appeared at every World Cup since 1994 and will keep the streak alive after notching second place in the CONCACAF qualifiers. It neither concedes nor scores many goals on average, but its defense will have a test against Argentina in this group.

Poland ()
Poland is right behind Mexico in Group C and could be a dark horse in the World Cup. The team has the experience, solid goal-scorers and good momentum heading into this round. It will look to make it out of the group phase, which it hasn’t done since 1986.

Saudi Arabia ()
Similar to Iran, Saudi Arabia has some hard workers but is still unlikely to go beyond this. In its last four World Cup appearances, it’s failed to make it out of the group phase, and this year likely won’t be any different.

Group D

France ()
The 2018 winners should realistically cruise through Group D. However, historically, defending champions struggle at the World Cup. France seems too talented to suffer this same fate, but anything is possible.

Denmark ()
Denmark should skate through the group phase and possibly even be a dark horse to make a deep run in the World Cup. It beat both France and Austria in the 2020 Euros despite suffering an emotional loss midseason when captain Christian Eriksen suffered cardiac arrest mid-game and was out for the remainder of the season.

Tunisia ()
The last two teams in Group D will most likely get edged out. Tunisia has some young talent but has yet to make a substantial run in the World Cup, which doesn’t bode well against Denmark and France.

Australia ()
Unless it pulls off a huge upset, Australia also appears unlikely to see the knockout stage. The team scraped together goals and wins to qualify, but its journey likely ends there.

Group E

Spain ()
Group E is a very competitive group, as two of the last three World Cup winners are in it. Specifically, all eyes will be on Spain and Germany to see who comes out on top, but right now, Spain has more momentum.

Germany ()
This team will have revenge on the mind after exiting during the group stage in 2018. Still, it should have no issue giving Spain a run for first in Group E.

Japan ()
This Japanese team has talent and is led by veteran Takumi Minamino. Japan has shown promise in the past, but with either Spain or Germany to beat out, it will be tough for them to advance to the knockout stage.

Costa Rica ()
Costa Rica was the last team to qualify for this year’s World Cup field. It doesn’t appear to have the talent or pace to keep up with the top contenders in this group.

Group F

Belgium ()
Belgium has struggled to live up to all of its expectations in the past several years, having bowed out in the quarterfinals of Euro 2020 and the semifinals of the 2018 World Cup. Nonetheless, it is the favorite to win Group F by a wide margin.

Croatia ()
Croatia quieted a lot of doubters in 2018 when it took second place at the World Cup. It did not perform as well in the 2020 Euros, but Luka Modrić will likely go into this with a chip on his shoulder as this is likely his last World Cup.

Morocco ()
This team has some solid talent through the feet of Achraf Hakimi and Hakim Ziyech and has proven to be one of the most talented teams in the African region. However, it certainly has its work cut out for it in this difficult group.

Canada ()
For the first time in 36 years, Canada will be in the World Cup. Despite a lack of experience in this tournament, it landed at the top of the CONCACAF standings after an impressive qualifying performance.

Group G

Brazil ()
Brazil is the favorite by a wide margin in Group G, which should come as no surprise considering it is the favorite to win the entire tournament. This is a stacked and talented team that will be hard to beat, but this is perhaps the most competitive group.

Switzerland ()
Switzerland could be a dark horse in this tournament, having gone undefeated in qualifying play, including a win over Italy for an automatic bid to the World Cup. It has threats on both sides of the ball and gave up just two goals in the qualifiers.

Serbia ()
Serbia is a narrow underdog to Switzerland, with both somewhat dark horses in the race to advance deep in the field. It’s the same team that beat Ronaldo and Portugal in the qualifiers and proved its attacking prowess, which will be hard to defend in this group.

Cameroon ()
Cameroon would have a better chance to advance if it was in a different group, but Group G has too many threats to seemingly give it any real chance to get past the group stage.

Group H

Portugal ()
Portugal struggled in the qualifiers, which in several other groups may pose an issue, but being that this is not a very strong group, it should make it to the knockout stage without a problem. Ronaldo will look to hoist his first World Cup trophy in likely his last appearance.

Uruguay ()
Last World Cup, Uruguay lost in the round of eight to the eventual winner, France. It is a talented team that has shown promise in the past, but it has a much higher average age than most teams, which may hurt it against faster, younger opponents. Luis Suárez will look to secure his first World Cup.

Ghana ()
Ghana showed promise in the qualifiers after working hard to edge opponents and earn a spot in the tournament. It doesn’t necessarily have heaps of well-known talent, but the players work hard and put up a good fight when it counts.

South Korea ()
South Korea is not necessarily a team on many people’s lists, but it wasn’t in 2018, either, when it defeated and knocked out the defending champion, Germany, in the group stage.

2022 World Cup Golden Boot odds

Every World Cup, FIFA awards the Golden Boot to the player who scores the most goals throughout the tournament. This year’s favorites include old legends and young talent who all have realistic chances to claim this prestigious award on the world’s biggest stage.

2022 World Cup Golden Boot favorites

Harry Kane (+600)

England’s Harry Kane is the defending Golden Boot winner, having won it in 2018 with six goals when England placed fourth in the tournament. Kane is three goals behind English soccer legend Wayne Rooney, who currently holds the record for the most goals in English soccer history. Kane has a good shot to break that record this World Cup.

Kylian Mbappé (+750)

At just 23 years old, Mbappé has proven himself to be one of the best players in the world. At the World Cup in 2018, he won the Best Young Player Award and was the youngest French player to score in the history of the World Cup at just 19 years old. In his 2021-22 campaign in Ligue 1, he scored 28 goals for Paris Saint-Germain and is hot coming into this field.

Lionel Messi (+1000)

Pegging Messi as a favorite for the Golden Boot speaks for itself. He is arguably the greatest to ever play the game, and considering Argentina is a favorite this year, he has a solid chance at securing it. Not only would this be his first Golden Boot, but if Argentina wins, it would be his first World Cup win, as well, which is surprising given his talent and reputation. In 2014’s World Cup, Messi won the Golden Ball award, which goes to the MVP of the tournament.

Romelu Lukaku (+1000)

Belgium’s star striker, Romelu Lukaku is also in the running to win the Golden Boot this year. He was behind Kane in the 2018 World Cup, with four goals in the tournament earning him the Bronze Boot award. He has netted 10 goals between his Premier League and Champions League campaigns this year.

Karim Benzema (+1000)

Karim Benzema is one of the best forwards in the world right now. He netted 27 goals in his 2021-22 La Liga season with Real Madrid and another 15 during Champions League play. Real Madrid won both titles. He was controversially left off the World Cup-winning French team in 2018, so he will likely be coming in to stir things up this year.

Neymar (+1000)

The beloved Brazilian star is a force to be reckoned with on the wing and used his speed and quickness to score 13 goals for Paris Saint-Germain this year. His team is the favorite to win the World Cup, which also bodes well for his Golden Boot chances.

Cristiano Ronaldo (+1200)

Ronaldo is entering the World Cup this year as the world’s all-time leading scorer, having netted 117 goals for Portugal, who is not among the top five favorites to win the cup. Nevertheless, this is Ronaldo, and he is the only other favorite besides defending winner Harry Kane who has already won a Golden Boot (and Silver Boot).

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