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With France emerging as the 2018 FIFA World Cup Champions, we can now look ahead to the 2022 tournament in Qatar.

This World Cup will be significant, as it’s the last one that will contain just 32 qualifying nations. The tournament will expand to a 48-team field in 2026.

We will be tracking the odds for all countries right through to the 2022 tournament. The graphs below are generated by averaging the odds from our most trusted online sports betting sites.

World Cup Top Contenders

  • [11/20/20] Over the past year England’s average odds have shortened from +1400 to +950
  • [12/4/19] A slight adjustment on Brazil since earlier this year, shortened from +633 to +617
  • [5/23/19] After reaching the semifinals of the UEFA Nations league, odds for each of Portugal, Switzerland, Netherlands and England have adjusted in their favor
  • [7/23/18] After winning the 2018 FIFA World Cup, France has opened as the favorites for the 2022 tournament in Qatar.
  • [7/15/18] Sportsbooks do not believe Croatia, who made it all the way to the 2018 FIFA World Cup Finals, can repeat their success in the 2022 FIFA World Cup, as they opened with +4500 average odds.
  • [7/15/18] After surprisingly missing the 2018 FIFA World Cup, Italy and the Netherlands find themselves back among the top contenders for the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

World Cup 2022 Odds

Country Odds
Brazil +600
France +700
England +900
Germany +900
Spain +900
Belgium +1000
Argentina +1200
Netherlands +1400
Portugal +1400
italy +1600
Colombia +6600
Croatia +6600
Uruguay +6600
Chile +10000
Mexico +10000
Nigeria +10000
Norway +10000
Serbia +10000
Sweden +10000
Turkey +10000
Ukraine +10000
Denmark +15000
Qatar +15000
Senegal +15000
Switzerland +15000
USA +15000
Algeria +20000
Austria +20000
Bosnia-Herzegovina +20000
Cameroon +20000
Czech Republic +20000
Ghana +20000
Ivory Coast +20000
Morocco +20000
Paraguay +20000
Poland +20000
Tunisia +20000
Wales +20000
Australia +25000
China +25000

Odds taken Jan 13, 2021

France's Kylian Mbappe

Countries with the Most World Cup Appearances

Country Participations
Brazil 20
Germany 18
Italy 18
Argentina 16
Mexico 15
  • Notable absentees from the 2018 World Cup included Italy (tied for the second-most World Cup championships), the Netherlands (10 appearances), and the USA (10 appearances)

Odds for Previous Winners

Country # of World Cups Years Won
Brazil 5 1958, 1962, 1970, 1994, 2002
Italy 4 1934, 1938, 1982, 2006
Germany 4 1954, 1974, 1990, 2014
Uruguay 2 1930, 1950
Argentina 2 1978, 1986
France 2 1998, 2018
England 1 1966
Spain 1 2010

Luka Modric of Croatia

FIFA World Cup Betting Trends

  • A European nation has won the past four World Cups, and five of the last six – Brazil being the only non-European country to win
  • France has won two of the last seven tournaments, making them the only country to win multiple World Cups in that span
  • The last nation to win the World Cup as the host was France in 1998
  • The host country has won six of the 20 World Cups
  • European and South American nations have won each of the last 11 World Cups

2018 Semi/Quarterfinalists Odds


Archived FIFA World Cup Odds: 2018