Did you know the World Cup, which was first staged in 1930, has only seen eight different nations lift the famous trophy and seven of those teams are back for more in Qatar in 2022.

Uruguay took the first World Cup and added another in 1950, while the other sides to win it are Italy (3), but have not qualified this year, Germany (4), Argentina (2), France (2), England (1), Spain (1) and, of course, Brazil, who have bagged FIVE World Cup over the years and are the most successful nation in the event.

Therefore, it’s no shock that the Samba Men of BRAZIL @ 4.50 are back for more this year as the betting favourites with the bookies and with a team that resembles the Harlem Globetrotters it’s easy to see why many feel they will make if six World Cup wins.

Brazil’s last World Cup was, however, back in 2002, so will be needing to end a 20 year drought in the tournament, but with coach Tite at the helm he seems to have the players that will give him options all over the place , with the likes of box-office star Neymar, Richarlison and the Arsenal pair of Jesus and Martinelli to name just a handful. They might take some stopping with the Qatar heat looking to be in their favour, as opposed to the Europeans sides.

Argentina @6.50 and Messi are next best in the betting at 6.50 and will have another Lionel ‘Scaloni’ as their coach at the event. Away from Messi, who will be playing his last World Cup, they’ve also got Dybala, Di Maria, Romero and Martinez to call upon. With Mexico, Poland and Saudi Arabia in their group they look to have one of the easier starts.

The betting is then dominated by the big Euro sides, with the holders France at 8.00, England, who got the semi’s in the last World Cup @ 9.00, Spain, who won the tournament in 2010 and Germany 11.00, who will equal Brazil’s haul of 5 wins if they are successful.

Of the Euro bunch, it would be a worry that England @9.00 are coming into the event off the back of 6 games without a win and you feel that a lot will again sit with last year’s Golden Boot hero Harry Kane – if he doesn’t fire then it’s hard to see the Three Lions going all the way.

France @8.00 has a good chance with Mbappe as their main man and he looks to be hitting peak form and at their best would be a worry for any of the other sides. It will be a shock if they are not going close.

Outside, of the mentioned teams, then really the only other challengers are Netautoherlands @15.00, who have Louis van Gaal at the helm, and it would be a shock if they are not at least getting out of Group A, but a lot will rest with their main defender Virgil van Dijk but he’s not had the best of times this season in the league with Liverpool.

Finally, Belgium @17.00 look the best of the rest with the classy Kevin De Bruyne pulling the strings and coach Roberto Martinez in the hotseat. They have always been a side that’s threatened to do well at the main events, but flopped in Russia again last time. However, with Hazard and Lukaku also in the side then it would be silly to rule them out, especially as they’ve got an easy-looking group with Canada, Morocco and Croatia, their hardest oppo, in.




See Below the outright betting for the 2022 World Cup (pre-tournament)

Brazil @ 4.50

Argentina @6.50

France @8.00

England @9.00

Spain @9.00

Germany @11.00

Netherlands @15.00

Portugal @15.00

Belgium @17.00

Denmark @29.00

Uruguay @41.00

Croatia @51.00

Serbia @81.00

Switzerland @101.00

Senegal @126.00

Ecuador @151.00

Poland @151.00

Mexico @151.00

USA @151.00

Canada @201.00

Morocco @201.00

Wales @201.00

Cameroon @251.00

Ghana @251.00

Japan @251.00

Qatar @251.00

South Korea @251.00

Australia @351.00

Iran @501.00

Tunisia @501.00

Costa Rica @751.00

Saudi Arabia @751.00