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World Cup winner odds: England 7/1 to build on Euro near-miss

| 12.07.2021

Guide to the favourites in the outright betting

After an enthralling European Championships and Copa America tournaments, we are taking a look at the updated World Cup winner odds ahead of next winter’s finals in Qatar.

Two-time winners France are the defending champions but Brazil have won the most titles with five and they are sure to be in the hunt for the first ever World Cup held in the Arab world.

We look at the leading contenders for the tournament which is scheduled to start on November 21, 2022, with the final on December 18.


Despite losing to Argentina in the Copa America final, Brazil will be a popular choice to lift their first World Cup for 20 years and are the 11/2 favourites.

Along with their five victories, they have reached the final on two other occasions but were beaten 2-1 by Belgium in the quarter-finals at Russia 2018.

Neymar spearheads a star-studded group that includes Philippe Coutinho, Thiago Silva, Gabriel Barbosa, Gabriel Jesus and Fred. This group will be better for the experience of 2018 and have found that winning mentality.


Les Blues beat Croatia with ease in Moscow to lift the title in 2018 – their second title in 20 years – but managed to win only one of their four European Championship games before being knocked out on penalties in the round of 16 by Switzerland.

Despite having a hugely talented squad which includes the likes of Paul Pogba, Kylian Mbappe, Ngolo Kante and Antoine Griezmann, clearly there is some work to be done by manager Didier Descamps if France are to justify being 6/1 second-favourites in the World Cup winner odds.


England manager Gareth Southgate’s side had a relatively easy path to the semi-finals in Russia 2018, before falling to Croatia.

Having had a similarly easy route to the European Championship final where they lost to Italy on penalties, many will start to believe that this exciting young side can peak in Qatar and bring home the trophy after a 56-year wait.

England’s World Cup winner odds are 7/1.


Winners in 1978 and 1986, Argentina have a strong pedigree which has also seen them finish runners-up on three occasions.

At the last World Cup they were beaten in the round of 16 by eventual winners France, but they have had another great Copa America tournament and if Lionel Messi decides to continue playing, La Albiceleste will be interesting contenders at 10/1 in the World Cup outright betting.


With new manager Hansi Flick taking over from Joachim Löw on the back of a modest European Championship campaign, many have already written off this young side as a team in transition.

Die Mannschaft have won four World Cup titles – the last coming in 2014 – and while this current group of players will have to grow up quickly to contend, they have just the manager to galvanise them and are still a formidable force, as their 10/1 odds imply.


Roberto Mancini took over as boss in May 2018 after Italy failed to qualify for the last World Cup and quickly set Italy away on an unbeaten run that saw them crowned champions of Europe at England’s expense.

The Azzurri impressed throughout Euro 2020 and if they can find adequate defensive depth to replace ageing stars Leonardo Bonnuci and Giorgio Chiellini, their odds of 10/1 to land a fifth World Cup could be tempting.

Europan champions Italy are one of the leading contenders in the World Cup winner odds


Unlucky not to reach the Euro 2020 final, they are still a force, but the current squad is nothing like the 2010 vintage who went all the way in South Africa.

Spain are also 10/1 in the World Cup winner odds.


Will be considered as one of the dark horses for Qatar glory, given a talent-laden squad which includes Kevin de Bruyne and Eden Hazard.

Third at Russia 2018, their hugely disappointing Euro 2020 campaign may be the spur they need, and the odds for Belgium to win the World Cup are 12/1.

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All odds and markets correct as of date of publication



Simon Milham