It is extremely hard to predict the exact course and outcomes of any sports event, even if it has favored teams. This also applies to the upcoming 2022 FIFA tournament in Qatar.


There are two main reasons why this World Cup will be significant. Firstly, it is the last one that will contain 32 qualifying nations. Since 2026, the tournament will expand to a 48-team field. Secondly, the 2022 event in Qatar will be held in unusual conditions, as it is the first time to be played not during the off-season.


Many teams have been actively performing since August in national championships and international tournaments, meaning that they will have a short period to prepare for the World Cup. Finally, they will have to play in hot Qatar almost without taking time to rest. This inexorably will have a toll on the results and clearly bring a lot of sensations. Below, we will try to predict at least some of them, including the best options for outright betting. 


With France becoming the 2018 FIFA World Cup Champions, we can now look ahead to the 2022 contest in Qatar. Bookmakers believe that the main protagonists of the upcoming World Cup are the Brazil national team. At the outright section of the page, you can find them at +460 odds for winning the entire tournament. The other teams in the top five are England (+550), France (+600), Spain (+800), Argentina (+800), and Germany (+1100). Let’s take a closer look at these favorites.


Back in 2018, sportsbooks opened Brazil national team among the top contenders for the World Cup. However, the South Americans did not overcome even the quarterfinals at that time, losing to the Belgium team. As for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, Brazil has +460 chances to win the tournament.


The opening odds have adjusted in their favor after reaching a powerful qualifying stage in their region. Seleção Canarinho finished with no loss out of 17 matches played. The national team is powerfully balanced along the lines, which allows them to effectively attack and defend tightly with large forces.


Their opponents in Group “G” are Switzerland, Serbia, and Cameroon. There should be no problems with them, and the favorite of the tournament is obliged to take first place and reach Uruguay or Portugal in the 1/8 finals.


The last time the national team win the World Cup was back in 1966. In 2018, they were stopped in the semifinals by Croatia. Despite these results, the British squad is still flourishing.


They continue to maintain a high level of football, losing in the Euro 2020 Grand Final to Italia in a penalty shootout. England also played great football in the 2022 World Cup qualification, winning 8 victories with two world outcomes. The national team scored 38 goals and conceded three goals in response.


Their rivals in the Group stage of the World Cup are the United States, Iran, and Wales. Liones are obliged to reach the knockout stage matches. Most likely, they will have to face Netherlands or Senegal there. Both rivals should not be a big problem for the British.


After winning the 2018 FIFA World Cup, France is among the favorites for the 2022 event in Qatar. Sportsbooks believe that the team can repeat their success in the upcoming tournament, as they opened with +600 odds.


Recently, the team has had problems in defense, which led them to lose against Switzerland in the knockout matches of Euro 2020. In the 2022 World Cup qualification, France drew twice with the only strong opponent, the national team of Ukraine. In the last League of Nations, the French also suffered defeats from Croatia and Denmark.


Their rivals in the Group stage are Tunisia, Australia, and Denmark. As for the knockout stage, France will also face a tough test, locking horns with a struggling Argentina or Mexico.


After showing bad results in the 2018 World Cup, Hans-Dieter “Hansi” Flick was invited to the position of a football manager. After Hansi’s arrival, the team began to act better but failed to be consistent. The Euro 2020 Group stage was overcome with great difficulty. Germany lost to England 0:2 in the knockout matches and was eliminated from the tournament.


In the 2022 World Cup qualification in the group, there was not a single strong opponent. Nevertheless, Germany lost to North Macedonia in the home arena.


Their opponents in the Group stage of the upcoming World Cup are Spanish, Costa Rica, and Japan. There will be no surprise if one of the European teams does not reach the knockout stage.


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