The World Cup in Qatar edges closer, with the tournament set to begin on the 21st of November, running until the 18th of December. And, as we edge closer, people are now starting to look at the runners and riders and who they think are worth putting money on to lift the prestigious trophy later this year.
Of course, this is the Jules Rimet Trophy we’re talking about, so it’s no surprise to see Brazil as favourites where World Cup betting is concerned. They’re not only the only nation to have ever participated in every finals tournament, but they’re the most successful too, with five World Cup titles to their name and counting. But, it’s not solely reliant on the past why they’re the favourites heading into the tournament. They can call on the likes of Alisson, Ederson, Thiago Silva, Fabinho, Bruno Guimaraes, Neymar and Philippe Coutinho, to name but a few.
France are the defending World Cup champions, having lifted the iconic trophy at the Luzhniki Stadium in 2018. They’re second in the betting at most places, and many people will fancy them to do well because they’re blessed with a plethora of talent. While some of their players, such as Raphael Varane and Paul Pogba, may be struggling for form at club level, they always seem to turn it on when they’re with the national squad. And, if Karim Benzema gets the call-up, Didier Deschamps has arguably the best striker on the planet at his disposal.
England, who last tasted World Cup success in 1966, always find themselves as one of the nations with the shortest odds heading into international tournaments. And they have often disappointed over the years. However, under Gareth Southgate’s guidance, they reached the World Cup semis in 2018, and lost out to Italy last year in the Euros final. Their progress is there for all to see. And, if they can keep Harry Kane scoring, and Phil Foden continues to shine, they could take the next step and become winners on the international stage once again.
The rest of those in the running where the betting is concerned includes Spain, Argentina, Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands and Portugal. They’re all nations that are proven in international tournaments, with World Cup winners amongst them. Arguably the reason why they find themselves at bigger odds is because of recent performances and subsequent disappointments, whereas other countries have shown promise and progress in recent times.
It’s often the case that the betting isn’t usually wrong at international tournament level. So, it’s likely the winner of the World Cup in Qatar will come from those teams mentioned above. While Brazil will start as favourites, there is a lot to like about both France and England, as they have shown their worth consistently from 2018 onwards. And they both happen to have squads littered with talent in depth across all positions.