2022 Fifa World Cup: winner predictions and betting odds

France will travel to the Gulf as defending champions for the FIFA World Cup in Qatar. Les Blues beat Croatia 4-2 in the 2018 final and Didier Deschamps’ side are hoping to retain the trophy won in Russia.

According to Oddschecker, Brazil are the favorites to win in Qatar. Price for the five-time world champions is 4/1 to lift the trophy on December 18, while France, Argentina, England and Spain are also eligible.

Here we take a look at the betting odds and expert predictions of World Cup winners.

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Brazil aim to elevate the cup on December 18th

betting odds

World Champion Odds (as of October 19)
  • Brazil: 4/1
  • France: 6/1
  • Argentina: 7/1
  • England: 9/1
  • Spain: 9/1
  • Germany: 1.11
  • Netherlands: 1.12
  • Portugal: 14/1
  • Belgium: 14.1
  • Denmark: 28.1
  • Croatia: 40/1
  • Uruguay: 50/1
  • Senegal: 80/1
  • Switzerland: 80/1
  • Serbia: 100/1
  • Mexico: 100/1
  • Poland: 100/1
  • US: 100/1
  • Wales: 150/1
  • Visit oddchecker.com for the full list

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Argentina captain Lionel Messi with the Copa America trophy in 2021

Expert predictions

In his second attempt to “predict how things will be rocked in Qatar”, CBS Sport Argentina’s James Benge and Lionel Messi tipped them to “get revenge” for 2014 by beating Germany in the final. Eight years ago, Germany won the cup with a 1-0 win after extra time, but this year Benge believes the Argentines will triumph 2-1 on December 18, with Messi writing himself in the ‘history books’. Benge’s first attempt at tipping earlier this year had prompted Brazil to “conquer it all” by beating England 2-0 in the final.

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Joachim Klement, a London-based stockbroker at Liberum Capital Ltd, developed a “proprietary econometric model” to predict the winners of the 2014 and 2018 World Cups. With a 100% success rate so far, who does he think will win in 2022? ? According to Klemens calculations, the winner will be Argentina, who will beat England in the final. “Messi will win something like that [Cristiano] Ronaldo has never done that and Argentina will celebrate their first World Cup win in 36 years,” he said.

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After lifting the trophy in Russia in 2018, Didier Deschamps’ France will be among the leaders again in 2022, Graham Ruthven told The Sporting News. But “the curse of the defending champions” could hit France in the round of 16 should they meet Argentina. Ruthven has tipped Spain to beat England in the final. At the European Championships, there was a feeling that Spain “were on the verge of lifting a trophy” and they “seem poised to triumph in Qatar”.

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“According to our predictive tournament model,” France were consistently the most likely team to win the World Cup, Kevin Chroust said on The Analyst. Les Bleus “remain our favourites” to win football’s biggest prize.

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