• France is the 2018 World Cup Champion; are they the favorites for 2022?
  • See how online sports betting sites feel about each countries’ 2022 World Cup chances
  • Isolate each team or compare them to others trending in the same direction

With France emerging as the 2018 FIFA World Cup Champions, we can now look ahead to the 2022 tournament in Qatar. While soccer is basically a sport that runs year round in the various leagues across the globe, the World Cup is one of the biggest sporting events that only comes around once every four years, bringing many new fans and bettors to the sport.

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 with betting opportunities right through to the 2022 tournament. The graphs below are generated by averaging the odds from our most trusted online sports betting sites. Be sure to check back regularly for updates leading up to, and throughout, the entire tournament.

Odds for Top 2022 FIFA World Cup Contenders

 

(7/15/18) After winning the 2018 FIFA World Cup, France has opened as the favorites for the 2022 tournament in Qatar.

 

 

(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.

 

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 include Italy (tied for the second-most World Cup championships), the Netherlands (10 appearances), and the USA (10 appearances)

 

2022 World Cup 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

 

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

 

2022 World Cup Odds of 2018 Semi/Quarter-Finalists

 

(7/15/18) Online sports betting sites 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.