The 2022 World Cup in Qatar will be a betting extravaganza, with the month-long tournament providing punters with thousands of wagering opportunities.
France are amongst the favourites with the bookmakers to lift the trophy again after claiming their second title in impressive fashion at Russia 2018.
They are currently priced at 6/1 with Bet365, which is one of the most popular and reliable sites you can bet with on the World Cup.
However, with plenty of other teams in with a genuine chance of toppling France, punters are spoilt for choice when it comes to betting on the tournament.
We take a closer look at France’s chances of retaining the World Cup and assess some of the biggest challengers to their hopes of success.
France aiming to go back-to-back
France comfortably progressed through their qualifying group, winning five and drawing three of their eight matches to finish six points ahead of Ukraine.
However, history has shown that winning back-to-back World Cups is no easy task, with Brazil the last team to achieve the feat in 1962.
France’s performances at the 2020 European Championships are also a cause for concern, with the team knocked out on penalties in the round of 16 by Switzerland.
Didier Deschamps’ side have the talent to progress a long way in Qatar, but they do not appeal as betting value at the current prices.
Brazil ready to deliver
Brazil have been a class apart in the South American qualifying section and will be extremely tough to beat at the World Cup.
The Samba Kings qualified with several games to spare and finally look ready to end their 20-year wait to lift football’s prestigious trophy.
The five-time winners were last successful in 2002, but have found it difficult to cope with the weight of expectations in recent years.
Their squad is packed with exceptional players and they look an extremely good bet to have their name etched on the trophy once again.
England will fall short
While England are currently third favourites with the bookmakers, it would be a brave move to back them to win the World Cup for the first time since 1966.
They breezed through the qualifiers, picking up 26 points from their 10 matches and smashing 39 goals in the process.
Despite this, they remain a team that generally fails to deliver in the biggest games – a point highlighted by their defeat against Italy in the 2020 European Championship final.
Manager Gareth Southgate’s overly cautious nature holds back a squad brimming with attacking talent, and success in Qatar will prove to be beyond the Three Lions.
Germany the best of the rest
Italy must navigate their way through the play-offs after finishing two points behind Switzerland in their qualifying group.
While Roberto Mancini’s side remain a tough nut to crack, there is a suspicion that they peaked at Euro 2020 and will find it difficult to follow up in Qatar.
Spain, Argentina, Belgium and Netherlands are amongst the other fancied teams, but Germany appeal as the most likely threats to Brazil.
They have looked much-improved since Hansi Flick took over as manager and could make things extremely difficult for their rivals in Qatar.