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FIFA World Cup 2022: The Top 5 Favourites to Win

Excitement is mounting in football fans across the globe, with the start of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar just over a month away.

Brazil are the bookmakers’ favourites to lift the trophy for the sixth time, but plenty of other teams have a genuine chance of emerging victorious.

The latest World Cup betting ranks reigning champions France as the main danger to the Samba Kings, but history suggests they will find it tough to retain the title.

Read on as we look at the top five favourites to win the World Cup and identify the team we think represent excellent value in the outright betting market.

Brazil

The five-time winners are strongly fancied to secure another World Cup title after easily progressing through the South American qualification stage.

However, they have failed to live up to expectations at the last four tournaments having clinched the title back in 2002.

TheWorld Cupdraw has not been kind to Brazil, with Switzerland, Cameroon and Serbia all capable of causing an upset in Group G.

Brazil should make it through to the knockout stage, but they do not appeal as betting value given the strength of the opposition.

France

France claimed the title in 2018 and have been tipped by numerous respected pundits to go a long way in Qatar.

Manager Didier Deschamps undoubtedly has a talented squad at his disposal, but his team’s recent form in the Nations League is a major cause for concern.

No team has gone back-to-back at the World Cup since Brazil achieved the feat 60 years ago, and France may struggle to snap that streak.

Having landed in the same group as Denmark, Les Bleuscould face a tricky run of games in the knockout phase and which may scupper their hopes of success.

Argentina

When it comes to identifying where the betting value lies in the outright market, it is difficult to look past the odds of 7/1 on offer for Argentina.

The South American side are unbeaten in their last 35 matches and will be tough to beat when the tournament gets underway in November.

Argentina defeated Brazil to win Copa America last year and have continued to impress since claiming that prestigious trophy.

With Lionel Messi eager to get his hands on a winners medal in his last World Cup, Argentina are the team to beat in Qatar.

England

England have drifted in the World Cup betting in recent months and it would be a major surprise if they ended their long wait to win a major international trophy.

The Three Lions won the title on home soil in 1966, but have repeatedly let their supporters down since that success.

Gareth Southgate’s side failed to win a game during their recent Nations League campaign and injuries to key players are hindering their preparations.

England face United States, Wales and Iran in the group stage. All three teams are capable of causing them problems and they may not even make it to the round of 16.

Spain

Spain were THE team to beat between 2008 and 2012, winning two European Championships and one World Cup during a golden era.

Things have not gone to plan in recent years, with the team suffering several disappointments at major tournaments since then.

However, they were unfortunate not to reach the final of Euro 2020 and could be ready to make a major splash at the latest edition of the World Cup.

Manager Luis Enrique has a plethora of talented players to choose from and his team could be the biggest dangers to Argentina if he finds the right balance.

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