As we head into the World Cup 2022, five teams lead the pack as the favorites to win the coveted trophy. According to odds across top online casino and sports betting sites, Brazil, France, England, Argentina, and Spain lead the other teams. 

But are these betting sites biased, or do their markets indicate what could potentially happen? Here’s a lowdown of all the five teams and why they are backed as favorites to win the 2022 World Cup trophy.

Brazil

Brazil hasn’t had any luck since its last major trophy in 2002. So, they go into this competition as one of the favorites, not because of their lack of winning the trophy for more than two decades, but the form they are in.

On their road to qualifying for the 2022 World Cup, Brazil didn’t lose a match and only drew in three. This means they bagged 45 points from a possible 51, playing against South America’s crème de la crème. This in itself speaks a lot and shows the potential that Adenor Bacchi’s team has.

Brazil last lost their match while playing against Argentina in the Copa America final. This means as they head into the Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup, they’ll have lost one match in three years. They will surely be confident and should not have any issues qualifying from their group and possibly to the finals.

France

If there’s one thing that history has taught us, the defending World Cup champions are somewhat jinxed. All the defending champions since 2010 have been eliminated in the group stages.

It happened to Italy in the 2010 World Cup when they finished last in their group, Spain in the 2014 World Cup when they finished third in their group, and Germany in the 2018 World Cup when they finished last in the group.

Not to insinuate anything, but if events are to repeat themselves, then France can be surprised by the underdogs they’ve been grouped with. However, this is unlikely as many of the teams they face have rather weak teams. The only challenge they can encounter on their way to the quarter-finals should be Australia.

They’ve been in form since the last world cup they played. The only big disappointment was when they lost to Switzerland in penalties during the Round of 16 at the Euros. While this can happen to any team, France has always found a way to prevail.

Should they succeed in beating England in the Quarter Final playoffs, then they should be strong favorites.

England

There’s no denying the fact that England has one of the best man-for-man rosters in the football world. Most of the players found in the roaster are in the prime of their careers. And despite not winning anything recently, they’ve put some brilliant performances in the top tournaments.

They lost to Croatia in the 2020 World Cup before being denied the chance to win the Euros by Italy. It was a heartbreaking loss as they lost on penalties.

According to odds presented online, many people expect England to make a deep run at the Qatar world cup. We expect them to easily win in Group B, which will pit them against Senegal or Ecuador. If they make it past this, then they’ll face their first true contest against France in the quarter-finals.

Argentina

The 2022 World Cup will be Lionel Messi’s last opportunity to lead his country to the first world cup win in the modern day. And it’s achievable. Leo got the monkey off his back by winning the Copa America title in 2021.

The trophy had eluded him for years, but he managed to get it for the first time in his 16-year career. It was also Argentina’s first Copa America title in 28 years.

Their last two World Cup wins came in 1978 and 1986. In 1930, 1990, and 2014, they came in second. Given their recent performance, we could say Argentina has a high chance of winning this cup.

Don’t forget that the whole team plays differently when Leo is in good form. At the time of writing this, he’s surpassed Pele’s record for the most goals and assists in history. Leo has made 45 appearances for club and country in 2022. He has managed to score 21 goals and provided 16 assists.

Spain

La Roja hasn’t experienced the success it had between 2008 and 2012. They won the 2008 and 2012 Euros as well as the 2010 World Cup. This must have sent the team into a frenzy, as they’ve been performing dismally since then.

But there have been flashes of brilliant performances in recent years. With the type of squad they have right now, there’s a high chance they can reach at least the final.

The Red Ones were eliminated from the Euro 2020 by the winners in the semifinals. They also lost to France at the National League final a couple of months later. They, however, bounced back in the qualifies to finish top of Group B, bagging 19 (nineteen) points from eight (8) games.

Despite being favorites, they find themselves in a challenging group – facing Japan, Costa Rica, and Germany. Should they finish second in the group, they’ll face the Belgians in what will be a thrilling Round of 16 match. If they finish top of the group, they’ll face Croatia, which should be a walk in the park. However, they’ll have to face Brazil in the quarter-finals.