World Cup 2022 Odds: Latest prices with England 15/2 to win in Qatar
Imagine winning a World Cup just seven days before Christmas. Well that’s the strange reality that football fans across the globe now have ahead of them with the tournament in Qatar being less than 500 days away.
Gareth Southgate and his team of brave Lions did the country proud at this summer’s European Championships, reaching the final and giving us all memories which will last a lifetime. England now find themselves third-favourites to lift the Jules Rimet trophy next December and we’ve taken a look at the market to check out the latest prices.
Brazil and England have quite a lot in common at the moment after both losing in major finals last weekend as well as having questionable leaders in charge of their countries in the form of Boris and Bolsonaro. The defeat to Argentina in the Copa America final will hurt for now, but it’s hard not to see them still being a major player in Qatar.
With a choice of two of the best goalkeepers in the world in Ederson and Alisson their solidity starts at the back, with Marquinhos, Fabinho and Casemiro an effective spine to the team. They may not possess some of the glamorous days of the past but Neymar, Jesus, Firmino and Richarlison still have the ability to give any defence a run for their money on their day.
France - 6/1
Few would have predicted that all three teams from the so called ‘Group of Death’ at the Euros would all be eliminated before the quarter-finals. However, that was the case for France, Portugal and Spain, with Didier Deschamps’ side having gone off favourites for the tournament at 5/1.
France are just 6/1 with most firms to repeat their success of 2018 with another World Cup in Qatar. With arguably the most depth of any squad in world football, the French are stacked with talent and it’s worth noting that Kylian Mbappe will still only be 23 by the time the World Cup kicks off.
Any England fans who are struggling to take the positives from Sunday need to remember that it’s not that long ago that we failed to get out of the group at World Cup 2014, before being knocked out by Iceland at Euro 2016. Significant and progress has been made in the journey that Southgate has been on as manager and one would like to think that the experience they have gained of a Semi-Final and a Final at major tournaments would put them in good stead for 2022.
In reality we think it would be incredibly lucky for England to have such a generous path to the final of a major tournament again after meeting Ukraine in the quarters and Denmark in the Semis at Euro 2020. On the flip side, England’s current crop of young talented players such as Phil Foden, Mason Mount, Bukayo Saka and Jude Bellingham will all be that little bit closer to their peak, with their being no worries about any of the Euro 2021 finalists being too old by with the World Cup being less than 18 months away.
Despite some questionable finishing by their strikers at the Euros, Spain managed to reach the semi-final stage before defeat on penalties to winners Italy. 18-year-old Pedri was named Young Player of the Tournament after providing the most shot creating actions (27) and most goal creating actions (5) and could be an integral part of their success at World Cup 2022. 8/1 does look a little short in our opinion though compared to some of the other prices flying around.
Freshly crowned European champions Italy picked up their first major trophy since their World Cup win in 2006 on Sunday. Roberto Mancni has got the Azzurri playing an attractive brand of football and with Goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma they have one of the best keepers around.
The italian Keeper was named player of the tournament at the Euros despite only being 22 years of age and his saves in penalty shootouts should only help his confidence for future similar occasions. Italy were 16/1 to win the World Cup before the Euros, but off the back of their victory they have shortened into 10/1 with several bookmakers.
Others to note,
Having a look at a few of the other sides towards the top of the market and Copa America Champions Argentina can be backed at 10/1 with what will be a 35-year-old Lionel Messi spearheading their attack. Denmark showed incredible spirit at Euro 2021 and should be proud of their achievements in reaching the semi-finals. Kasper Hjulmand’s side have been cut from 125/1 a month ago into as short as 40/1 with Unibet.
Compare prices from various bookmakers below and it’s worth remembering that 2 places each-way are offered from most firms at 1/2 odds on that side reaching the final.