World Cup Odds 2022

World Cup Odds 2022

Last updated: Dec. 6, 2022

The 2022 World Cup in Qatar has officially kicked off, and the 1st round of group-stage games are now being played. The favorites to win the 2022 World Cup are Brazil (), England (), Spain (), and defending champion France ().

The 2022 FIFA World Cup began with round-robin-style group play, with the top two teams from each of the eight groups moving on to the single-elimination knockout phase of the tournament.

The knockout round finishes up on Tuesday to decide the last two teams to enter the quarterfinals. Up first, Morocco defeated Spain on penalty kicks to advance to the quarterfinals after the teams played to a scoreless draw through regular and added time. Up next is Portugal vs. Switzerland at 2 p.m. ET. For more information on betting odds, as well as the results of Monday’s matches, read on below.

Odds to win World Cup 2022 Qatar

The latest World Cup odds for December 6, 2022 have Brazil as the favorite to win, with Spain, England, and France not so far behind. The end of group play has already brought some major surprises, with Germany and Belgium both failing to make it to the knockout phase of the tournament.

Monday’s matches got off to a spirited start as Croatia and Japan played the full 90 minutes, plus extra time, and still remained knotted at 1-1 after two full hours of game time. That sent the game to penalty kicks in order to decide a winner, which is where Croatia’s goalkeeper Dominik Livakovic came up big, stopping three of the four shots he faced to help send Croatia on to the quarterfinals. It was a crushing loss for a Japanese team that beat both Germany and Spain to win its group, only to wind up drawing a tough opponent like Croatia in the round of 16. On the other side, the feeling was pure elation – with a lot of love for the clutch work in goal – as Croatia advanced to the next round of the tournament for the first time since 1998.

In the day’s other game, World Cup favorite Brazil absolutely demolished the plucky underdogs from South Korea, scoring four goals in the first half before easing up in the second and ultimately winning by a score of 4-1. The match saw the return of Brazil’s start forward Neymar, who sat out most of group play with an injury, but here scored on a penalty kick to put Brazil up 2-0. Brazil’s current leading scorer in this World Cup Richarlison would add another soon after, with a third from Lucas Paqueta in the 36th minute. Brazil mercifully took its foot off the gas in the second half, with Paik Seung-ho putting South Korea on the board in the 76th minute.

Brazil continues to look like the most dominant team in the tournament, and will now face Croatia in the quarterfinals on Friday.

2022 World Cup favorites

Brazil ()

Brazil won its group to move on to the knockout round, and remains the favorite in this year’s tournament. It has a strong backbone to its team, between arguably the world’s best goalkeeper, Alisson Becker, gifted scorer Richarlison, 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 (). The squad looked strong in its opening match against Serbia, where Richarlison scored two goals, but star striker Neymar suffered an ankle injury and is currently sitting out in the hopes of being healthy enough to return in the knockout round. Even without him, the team managed a 1-0 victory over Switzerland to guarantee a spot in the next round.

Argentina ()

Argentina started as a strong favorite in this World Cup, but stumbled out the gate with a gigantic upset loss to Saudi Arabia, one of the biggest longshots in the tournament, in its opener. That was a shocker, especially since expectations were high for the Argentine squad after its Cup of Champions defeat of Italy in June. The team rebounded in its next two games of group play, beating Mexico and Poland to win the group and move on to the round of 16. Lionel Messi scored this third goal of the tournament in a knockout round win over Australia. The team will now face the Netherlands in the quarterfinals.

France ()

France is right there near the top on the odds board, and with good reason. It went undefeated in the European Qualifiers and won its group with ease. It followed that up by winning its group here in the World Cup, despite a 1-0 loss to Tunisia in the final match of group play. Kylian Mbappe the top goalscorer in the tournament so far with five tallies, though teammate Olivier Giroud is close behind him. France defeated Poland in the round of 16, and will now face England in the quarterfinals.

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. It ended group play on a sour note, losing a 2-1 match to group winner Japan, but at least it was still good enough to move on to the next round of the tournament, where it will face Morocco.

England ()

England won Group B with nine goals in three games, then blanked Senegal 3-0 in the round of 16. It came into this tournament on a sour note that included two losses to Hungary in the Nations League. Nevertheless, England looks like a powerhouse so far in this World Cup, giving fans hope that it may improve upon its run to semifinals in 2018. Based on experience alone, the team is lethal. Striker Harry Kane is likely on his way to becoming the country’s all-time leading scorer. 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, though so far it’s Marcus Rashford who leads the team with three goals in group play.

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 scrapped and clawed its way through group play with draws against Wales and England before a 1-0 victory over Iran to advance to the round of 16. That was as far as this team would go, however, as a 3-1 loss to the Netherlands in the first knockout round match sent the U.S. team home.

TeamCurrent World Cup OddsPre-Tournament Odds
Argentina+550
Australia+55000
Belgium+1900
Brazil+400
Cameroon+65000
Canada+32500
Costa Rica+100000
Croatia+6600
Denmark+3000
Ecuador+27500
England+1000
France+750
Germany+1200
Ghana+37500
Iran+55000
Japan+42500
Mexico+18000
Morocco+25000
Netherlands+1500
Poland+22500
Portugal+1700
Qatar+50000
Saudi Arabia+100000
Senegal+13000
Serbia+12500
South Korea+55000
Spain+900
Switzerland+13000
Tunisia+100000
United States+22500
Uruaguay+4500
Wales+25000

2022 World Cup Golden Boot odds

Sportsbooks have France’s Kylian Mbappé and Argentina’s Lionel Messi as favorites to end the tournament as the top goalscorer, with Brazil’s Richarlison and England’s Harry Kane also in the conversation. The Golden Boot award goes to the top scorer of the competition.

2022 World Cup Golden Boot favorites

Harry Kane ()

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. With his goal against Senegal in the round of 16 win, Kane is now two 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 ()

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. He’s already scored five goals, including two in the knockout round win over Poland, and his team looks capable of going far enough in the tournament that he’ll get the chance to score more.

Cody Gakpo ()

The Dutch forward already has three goals on four total shots in this World Cup and has made himself into a favorite to win the Golden Boot. He’ll need the Netherlands to advance deep into the tournament in order to have a chance, which is a little risky since the team looked hot and cold at times, despite winning its group to move on to the round of 16.

Lionel Messi ()

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.

Neymar ()

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, but injuries have limited his involvement during group play.

Cristiano Ronaldo ()

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).

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 play wrapped up last week, sending the top two teams in each group on to the knockout round. Here’s how each group shaped up:

Group A

Netherlands

The Netherlands looked shakier than expected at times, especially considering its status as the favorite from this group, but it did enough to win Group A and advance to the round of 16, where it will meet the U.S. team in a knockout round match on Saturday.

Senegal

Senegal finished second in the group and will advance to the knockout round, where it is a bit of a longshot against England on Sunday. The team still has the best winning percentage of any African nation at this World Cup, and 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, but it failed to make it out of group play after falling to Senegal in a pivotal final match.

Qatar

Qatar is both hosting and playing in its first World Cup. Expectations weren’t high for the team to make it out of group play, so it was no surprise to see the squad eliminated with losses in every game.

Group B

England

England came in as a heavy favorite in Group B and then showed why almost immediately, beating Iran by a hefty margin. After a draw with the U.S. and a win over Wales, it emerged as the winner of the group.

USA

This US team got a big win over Iran to advance out of group play for the first time since 2014, but was overwhelmed by a bigger, more experienced Netherlands team in the first match of the knockout round. The 3-1 loss eliminated the American team from this tournament on Saturday.

Wales

This was Wales’ first appearance in the World Cup since 1958, and the highlight will likely be tying the U.S. late to pull even for a draw in a match it was mostly losing. Lowlights include a loss to Iran, in which the Welsh keeper was sent off by a red card just in time for the team to give up two goals in stoppage time. Then there was the 3-0 loss to England in the final match to seal the team’s fate and send Wales packing.

Iran

This was Iran’s third straight World Cup appearance as the top seed from the Asian region, but it failed to make it out of group play after being blanked in a hard fought contest against the U.S. in the final match of group play.

Group C

Argentina

Unsurprisingly, Argentina won the group (despite a rocky start) and seems to have found its rhythm with two straight wins to finish group play. It’s still a strong favorite to go deep into this tournament.

Mexico

Mexico has appeared at every World Cup since 1994 and kept the streak alive after notching second place in the CONCACAF qualifiers, but after tying Poland in the group standings it was eliminated on the basis of goal differential. A disappointing result, especially considering how close it came to moving on.

Poland

Poland advanced out of the group by the skin of its teeth, despite finishing on a 2-0 loss to Argentina in the final match of group play. It still has the potential to pull off some surprises in the knockout round, but it will need to get more out of its few offensive threats.

Saudi Arabia

As expected, Saudi Arabia was eliminated in the group stage. Still, its opening match win over Argentina was the shock of the tournament and will probably make this whole thing feel like a species of success for this World Cup’s biggest underdog.

Group D

France

The 2018 winners looked good in the first two matches and won the group to move on. Still, the loss to Tunisia in the final match of group play should remind this team that it can’t let up against anyone without paying for it.

Denmark

Denmark might be the biggest disappointment of this group, failing to move on after a surprising 1-0 loss to Australia in the final match of group play. The team was expected to at least advance to the round of 16. Instead it’s going home early.

Tunisia

Tunisia‘s win over France was probably enough to make this feel like a moral victory, since it wasn’t expected to advance out of the group stage anyway. It didn’t, but going home on a win at least gives it some positive feelings to build on.

Australia

Australia wasn’t expected to make it out of group play, but the big win over Denmark helped this overachieving team make it into the round of 16. It was eliminated in the knockout round on a 2-1 loss to Argentina, but simply making it that far exceeding most fans’ hopes for the squad.

Group E

Spain

Spain ended group play tied on points with Germany, but made it through on the basis of the goal differential tiebreaker. Not exactly the dominant showing it might have wanted, but the team will try to wipe the slate clean and focus on the knockout round when it meets Morocco in the round of 16.

Germany

Another World Cup where Germany fails to make it out of the group stage. That’s two straight, which is verging on a national disgrace for this once mighty squad.

Japan

This Japanese team has talent and is led by veteran Takumi Minamino, but even in their wildest dreams few fans probably expected the team to beat both Germany and Spain to win the group and move on to the knockout phase. Now the question is how far can this plucky bunch really go?

Costa Rica

Costa Rica was the last team to qualify for this year’s World Cup field and began play tied with Saudia Arabia as the biggest underdog. It ultimately failed to make it out of group play, but it’s 1-0 victory over group winner Japan will have to do as a consolation prize.

Group F

Belgium

Belgium started out as favorite to win this group and ended up failing to even make it out of group play. Rumors were that the team had issues with cohesion and cooperation within the squad. This disappointing result won’t exactly dispel that.

Croatia

Croatia quieted a lot of doubters in 2018 when it took second place at the World Cup, and it’s performed well enough here to make it out of the group stage and onto the next round. If it can reach the quarterfinals, many will consider that a success.

Morocco

Morocco surprised a lot of people by not only advancing to the next round, but also winning this group. The 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.

Canada

For the first time in 36 years, Canada made it to a World Cup. It also got eliminated before group play even ended, thanks to losses in its first two games. But simply showing up here was a form of success.

Group G

Brazil

Brazil was shocked by Cameroon in the final match of group play, but it makes no real difference to the team’s fate in this tournament. It still won the group and moved on to the next round.

Switzerland

Switzerland beat Serbia 3-2 in the final group play match. That was good enough for second place in the group and a spot in the next round.

Serbia

Serbia failed to get the win it needed most in its final group play match, and now it’s headed home without a single victory in this World Cup.

Cameroon

Cameroon didn’t advance, but the squad did end on a high note with a shocking 1-0 upset of tournament and group favorite Brazil.

Group H

Portugal

Portugal struggled in the qualifiers and lost a shocker to South Korea in the final group match, but it still did well enough to win the group and move on.

Uruguay

Last World Cup, Uruguay lost in the round of eight to the eventual winner, France. This year it was eliminated in group play after South Korea surged forward to snag the second spot.

Ghana

Ghana showed promise in the qualifiers after working hard to edge opponents and earn a spot in the tournament, but two losses in group play doomed it to elimination.

South Korea

South Korea came through at clutch time to get a big win over Portugal and finish second in the group. It’s headed to the next round with a ton of momentum, though somewhat low expectations beyond that.

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