Who are the early favourites ahead of the FIFA 2022 World Cup?

With the FIFA 2022 World Cup still a little way away, we are starting to see which teams are qualifying for the finals when they take place in November in Qatar.

There are still several playoff and qualifying games taking place in various regions of the world, however we have already seen some shocks take place that will have really had teams that have qualified to lick their lips.

Indeed, when you look at the World Cup 2022 betting odds that are made available, it will be noticeable that Italy is no longer listed. For many, the reigning UEFA European Championship winners would have been one of the favourites to win the competition this winter, however they were eliminated in the playoffs to qualify for the tournament after North Macedonia managed to dump them out!

North Macedonia will now be looking to advance to the Finals, but to do so, they will need to take the scalp of another top football nation: Portugal. It would be hard to imagine a FIFA World Cup without both Italy and Portugal.

Who are the favourites to win the competition?

So, when looking at the teams that have qualified for the competition already, let’s look at the favourites, especially as Italy will not be participating in the FIFA 2022 World Cup this winter for the second successive tournament after failing to qualify for the 2018 edition of the tournament in Russia.

Naturally, France is ranked highly as one of the biggest favourites to win the World Cup once again and will be expected to be amongst the contenders as they aim to retain their crown from four years ago.

They certainly have a talented squad, with several young players continuing to come through that has shown football is as strong as ever regarding the quality coming through from its grassroots to club level.

Brazil, though, is perhaps the team to keep an eye out on, with the Seleção expected to be the favourites to win this year’s FIFA World Cup. The South American nation is always considered to be one of the main contenders to win the biggest prize in football and has always managed to have a squad that boasts a huge amount of talent. They had a disappointing 2018 competition as they were eliminated in the quarterfinal stages, and many will be watching on with expectation, especially after a couple of poor displays in recent editions.

Who else will be considered favourites?

Perhaps unsurprisingly, nations from Europe and South America are typically considered to be the favourites, with the former of the two continents boasting more options.

Therefore, it should not come as a surprise that nations such as England, Spain, Germany, and Belgium are all considered to be potential winners of the 2022 FIFA World Cup, especially as each of the nation’s continues to be able to produce an array of talented players within their squads.

Additionally, Argentina is also considered to be another nation that is thought to be within a chance of winning the competition this year in Qatar, although they might be considered an outside bet for some compared to Brazil’s chances.

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