Every four years, the FIFA World Cup dishes out some of the biggest surprises and shocks in world football, whether that be in the form of massive underdog victories, dominant performances, or supposed giants imploding en route to an early exit. And ahead of this year’s Qatar entry, a handful of nations from Europe and South America have been tipped to land Coupe du Monde.
Last time out in Russia, Didier Deschamps led his French national side to World Cup glory, with a convincing 4-2 win following a trio of goals from Antoine Griezmann, Paul Pogba, and Kylian Mbappe sent the French on their way after an own goal from Mario Mandzukic.
However, at EURO 2020 last year, the French side imploded at the round of 16 stage against Switzerland, dropping an eventual 5-4 defeat on penalties.
Eventual tournament victors, Italy, will not even feature in Qatar at the end of this year, after failing to qualify for the tournament. The side, now managed by former Manchester City leader, Roberton Mancini defeated England at Wembley to lift the UEFA EURO 2020 trophy last summer, with a Fabio Grosso deciding penalty scoring Italy a World Cup win in 2006.
For England, the Gareth Southgate-led side will tackle Wales, Iran, and the USMNT (United States Men’s National Team) in their group in Qatar, and are expected to exit the group – likely as winners.
However, with their 2018 falter against Croatia, and disappointing end to their Nations League group with a draw with Germany, and a pair of losses to Hungary, and Italy, England, who are tipped to make it the latter stages of the tournament, are not fancied to win the World Cup outright.
At the time of publication, a team most certainly fancied to win outright in Qatar and clinch the FIFA World Cup is the leading tournament victors, Brazil. The side, led by Tite, have clinched World Cup gold on five separate occasions in the past, the last of which back in 2002 in Korea/Japan.
Selecao Canarinho are currently available as short as 4/1 to win the World Cup this winter in Qatar, with best World Cup betting odds available on various markets and bookmakers globally.
Drawing Switzerland, Serbia, and Cameroon in the group stage this time around, Brazil most recently handed Ghana a 3-0 loss in a September friendly – with PSG center half, Marquinhos netting before a brace from Spurs forward, Richarlison.
With significant squad depth paired with an ever-present winning pedigree, Brazil can choose from sport-leading goalkeepers, Alisson and Ederson, while perennial center back pairing Thiago Silva and Marquinhos are tipped to pair.
In the center of the park, Tite has the freedom to choose between Fabinho or serial UEFA Champions League winner, Manchester United midfielder, Casemiro, while the likes of Neyman, Raphinha, Vinicius Junior, Antony, Roberto Firmino, and Richarlison are primed to fire Brazil to success.
With Brazil odds on favorites to lift the World Cup this winter, the likes of Argentina, Spain, Germany and The Netherlands are priced at decent odds if you fancy a flutter on an outside chance to clinch the coupe du monde.