Favorites to win the 2022 FIFA World Cup, Golden Boot in Qatar

It’s almost time for the soccer world cup.

We are just over a week away from kicking off the 2022 World Cup opener between Ecuador and host country Qatar at Al Bayt Stadium.

It will be just the first of 64 matches in Qatar to determine the best team in world football.

So who is the pre-tournament favorite to win the sport’s most prestigious trophy?

Who is the favorite to win the 2022 World Cup?

Brazil, who were awarded FIFA’s No. 1 ranking last month, enter the World Cup as favorites to win the +400 tournament, according to our partner PointsBet.

Coming off a quarter-final loss to Belgium in 2018, the Brazilians are absolutely loaded with star power. The roster is obviously led by PSG striker Neymar, but Brazil also includes Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson, Manchester City goalkeeper Ederson, Manchester United midfielder Casemiro, Tottenham striker Richarlison, Arsenal striker Gabriel Jesus and Real Madrid striker Vinicius Jr., among several other big names.

Argentina, led by soccer legend Lionel Messi, have the second-best World Cup odds at +550. The Argentines, who were sent off in the 2018 Round of 16 by eventual champions France, are looking to hoist their first World Cup trophy since 1986.

Speaking of France, the reigning champions come in behind Argentina with +650 odds. Kylian Mbappe, Karim Benzema and Co. will try to become the first team to successfully defend a World Cup title since Brazil in 1962.

England and Spain are tied for fourth best odds at +400.

Here’s a full rundown of the World Cup favourites:

Brazil: +400

Argentina: +550

France: +650

England: +800

Spain: +800

Germany: +1000

Netherlands: +1200

Portugal: +1400

Belgium: +1600

Denmark: +3000

Who are the favorite teams to win their 2022 World Cup groups?

Bettors see these eight teams finishing atop their respective groups:

Group A: Netherlands (-223)

Group B: England (-304)

Group C: Argentina (-250)

Group D: France (-228)

Group E: Spain (-112)

Group F: Belgium (-150)

Group G: Brazil (-304)

Group H: Portugal (-140)

USMNT odds for the 2022 World Cup

The United States men’s national team, making their first World Cup appearance since 2014, have the second-best chance of winning their group. The Americans are +550 to finish top of Group B, which is behind England (-304) and ahead of Wales (+600) and Iran (+1800).

The USMNT’s chances of winning the World Cup are however a lot longer. The United States is tied with Mexico and Poland for the 16th longest odds at +15,000. The Americans have never reached a World Cup final, let alone won the entire tournament.

Who is the favorite to win the 2022 World Cup Golden Boot?

Could it be two golden shoes in as many World Cups for Harry Kane? After leading the 2018 World Cup with six goals, the Tottenham striker is the favorite to win the Golden Boot again at +700.

Kane has a slight advantage over Mbappe, who is rated at +800. Mbappe scored four goals at the 2018 World Cup in France, tied for second in the tournament.

Rounding out the top five Golden Boot favorites are fellow French Benzema, Messi and Neymar, all of whom are rated +1200. Portuguese Cristiano Ronaldo is sixth at +1600.

USMNT star Cristian Pulisic is a far cry from winning the Golden Boot on his World Cup debut with +10,000 odds.

Here is a complete overview of the main candidates for the award:

Harry Kane, England: +700

Kylian Mbappe, France: +800

Karim Benzema, France: +1200

Lionel Messi, Argentina: +1200

Neymar, Brazil: +1200

Cristiano Ronaldo, Portugal: +1600

Romelu Lukaku, Belgium: +2000

Memphis Depay, Netherlands: +2500

Vinicius Jr., Brazil: +2500

Lautaro Martínez, Argentina: +2500

Gabriel Jesus, Brazil: +2800

Richarlison, Brazil: +2800

Editor’s note: All odds are provided by our partner PointsBet. PointsBet is our official sports betting partner and we may receive compensation if you place a bet on PointsBet for the first time after clicking on our links.

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