2022 FIFA World Cup Odds, Favorites & Draw: Brazil favored to win sixth World Cup title
In most FIFA World Cup years, this time of year is when the tournament would be getting into full swing, drawing in the attention of fans and bettors from all over the globe.
But 2022 is a bit different, as the 2022 World Cup, which will be held in Qatar, will not begin until November 21.
So, we still have another five months to wait for the first ball to be kicked at Al Thumama Stadium in Doha, where Senegal and the Netherlands will open the tournament. Typically, the opening match features the host nation, but Qatar’s opening match against Ecuador will be the second match that day with South American viewers in mind.
But it’s not too early to start thinking about your World Cup betting and mulling over who you will pick to win the title come December 18.
With that in mind, here’s a look at the latest 2022 World Cup winner odds, courtesy of FanDuel.
Odds to Win the 2022 World Cup
Tournament Favorites and Contenders
- Brazil +500
- France +550 – 2018 champions
- England +650
- Spain +800
- Argentina +800
- Germany +1000
- Belgium +1200
- Portugal +1300
- Netherlands +1300
- Denmark +3200
- Uruguay +5000
- Croatia +5000 – 2018 finalists
The Rest of the World Cup Field
- Senegal +8000
- Switzerland +8000
- Mexico +11000
- Poland +11000
- Serbia +11000
- United States +11000
- Ecuador +13000
- Wales +14000
- Morocco +18000
- Canada +18000
- Qatar +21000
- Peru +21000
- South Korea +21000
- Ghana +21000
- Japan +21000
- Cameroon +21000
- Tunisia +37000
- Australia +37000
- Costa Rica +55000
- Iran +55000
- Saudi Arabia +55000
- New Zealand +55000
The tournament draw was held on April 1, but only 30 of the 32 spots have been filled. Those last two spots will be filled by winners of play-off matches that will take place this week in Al Rayyan, Qatar.
One spot will go to the winner of the AFC (Asia) vs. CONMEBOL (South America) play-off between Australia and Peru, which will take place on Monday. The other spot will go to the winner of the CONCACAF (North and Central America) vs. OFC (Oceania) play-off between Costa Rica & New Zealand, which will take place on Tuesday.
The winner of the Australia -Peru match will be placed in Group D with reigning world champions France, Denmark, and Tunisia, while the winner of the Costa Rica-New Zealand match will go into Group E with Spain, Germany, and Japan.
Below is the makeup of the eight World Cup 2022 groups. This will be the last tournament–at least for the foreseeable future–that will have eight four-team groups, as the 2026 tournament, which will be held in North America (United States, Canada, and Mexico), will be an expanded 48-team tournament that will feature 16 three-team groups.
2022 World Cup Group Stage Draw
- Qatar, Ecuador, Senegal, Netherlands
- England, Iran, United States, Wales
- Argentina, Saudi Arabia, Mexico, Poland
- France, Denmark, Tunisia, Australia-Peru play-off winner
- Spain, Germany, Japan, Costa Rica-New Zealand play-off winner
- Belgium, Canada, Morocco, Croatia
- Brazil, Serbia, Switzerland, Cameroon
- Portugal, Ghana, Uruguay, South Korea
World Cup FAQ
What is the World Cup?
The World Cup is the biggest tournament in international soccer.
How often is the World Cup?
The first tournament was held in 1930 and has been held every four years since its inception, with the exception of 1942 and 1946 due to World War II. The previous tournament was held in Russia in 2018, which means that the next tournament is taking place this year.
Where is the 2022 World Cup?
The 2022 World Cup will be held in Qatar.
When is the 2022 World Cup?
This year’s tournament will take place from November 21 to December 18. The tournament is typically held in the summer months, but a change was made for this tournament.
Who is playing in the 2022 World Cup?
32 teams, which are divided in eight groups of four, are playing from the six confederations that make up FIFA. Here is the breakdown of qualified teams by confederation:
- AFC (Asia) – 5 or 6 (Qatar, Iran, Japan, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, and potentially Australia)
- CAF (Africa) – 5 (Cameroon, Ghana, Morocco, Senegal, Tunisia)
- CONCACAF (North & Central America) – 3 or 4 (Canada, Mexico, United States, and potentially Costa Rica)
- CONMEBOL (South America) – 4 or 5 (Argentina, Brazil, Ecuador, Uruguay, and potentially Peru)
- OFC – 1 or 0 (potentially New Zealand)
- UEFA (Europe) – 13 (Belgium, Croatia, Denmark, England, France, Germany, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Serbia, Spain, Switzerland, Wales)
Who has won the World Cup the most times?
Brazil leads the way with five titles (1958, 1962, 1970, 1994, 2002), followed by Germany (1954, 1974, 1990, 2014) and Italy (1934, 1938, 1982, 2006).
Argentina (1978 and 1986), France (1998 and 2018), and Uruguay (1930 and 1950) have each won the tournament twice, while England (1966) and Spain (2010) account for the other two wins.
How can I bet on the World Cup?
Over the coming months, Betting News will have a number of articles on how to bet on this year’s tournament.
Our top reviewed sportsbooks all have many World Cup betting options, and with the tournament still months away, we recommend shopping around, keeping tabs on tournament odds, acquainting yourself with the betting options and teams, and following relevant news so you are up to date on key injuries, potential squad omissions, or form ups and downs for notable players.
As the tournament approaches, sportsbooks will offer a lot of great bonuses and promos, as is the case with major events like the World Cup, Super Bowl, World Series, or Kentucky Derby.
Eddie Griffin has been writing about and Betting on sports for over a decade. For more of his thoughts on sports and sports betting, you can follow him on Twitter.