The quadrennial FIFA World Cup has delivered countless unforgettable moments that numerous fans have enjoyed for decades. From astonishing goals to unexpected wins, Southeast Asian supporters of the sport have always anticipated the event to provide memories that will last a lifetime. And during the tournament’s last edition in 2018, fans are treated to some stunning moments that they will never forget, such as South Korea eliminating powerhouse Germany and France’s unbeaten run.
Four years and a global pandemic later, the FIFA World Cup is just around the corner and is looking to be a good competition. The 32 nations participating are recently completed, and groups are already drawn. This gives fans in Singapore an early impression of how the groups might play out and what matches to look forward to when the tournament starts in November.
But apart from the game’s supporters, sports bettors will also benefit from the early grouping draw. Preparing as early as now will enable the bettors to maximize their betting budget and possibly increase their chances of winning. The gamblers can look for Malaysia or Singapore football odds to see who are the current favourites on specific betting options.
And one of the most notable markets for every sports tournament is the outright betting option of which club will win the competition. The 2022 FIFA World Cup is expected to deliver unpredictable results, and upsets can be common once the tournament starts. So, to help you begin formulating your betting strategy, here are the favourites to win the tournament and become world champions.
After an embarrassing finish to their 2014 World Cup campaign, where they were also the hosts, the Brazilian men’s football team looked to bounce back during the 2018 edition. However, after finishing on top of E, the Neymar-led team hit a bump during the quarterfinals as they fall against Kevin De Bruyne and the Belgian national team 2-1.
However, after years of heartbreak, the current World No. 1 will look to add to their record of five FIFA world cup titles in November. They will be in Group G and battle with Serbia, Switzerland, and Cameroon. As of writing, the Brazilian team is the favourite to win the tournament with 5.00 odds on most sportsbooks.
With a mix of young guns and experienced veterans on the team, there is no wonder why Brazil is still a force to reckon with once the World Cup starts. But despite their strength as a unit, other competitive teams in the mix can still disappoint the Brazilians during the playoffs. One is the country that will look to snatch their second straight FIFA World Cup title in a row.
The French senior football team had an exceptional tournament during the 2018 World Cup, almost having a perfect run throughout the competition. Their 2018 win is their second World Cup title in nation history, the first being during the 1998 World Cup, which they also hosted. And despite their mediocre performance during the recent Nations League, the presence of veteran Karim Benzema and the emerging Kylian Mbappe still makes the Les Blues a formidable team in the competition.
With a mix of world-class talents and experience on the world stage, France is expected to compete for the title with 6.00 odds of winning it all as of writing. The attacking trio of Mbappe, Benzema, and Antoine Griezmann is a potent unit that can give the French team a goal in any way possible. They will see action in the Group D of the tournament with Denmark, Australia, and Tunisia as their opponents.
The drought for another World Cup title continued for England after narrowly missing it in 2018. After finishing 2nd in Group G behind Belgium, the “Three Lions” survived a gritty Colombian squad and swept past Sweden to reach the semi-finals. However, their quest for the trophy ended there as Croatia stunned them in extra time to get to the Finals.
With another opportunity at hand this year, England will give everything they have to bring the title back to London. The Englishmen are currently the third favourite to win the competition with 6.50 chances of winning based on current Singapore soccer odds. Led by Harry Kane, who is undoubtedly one of the best strikers on the planet nowadays, coach Gareth Southgate’s squad is a team to look out for during the 2022 World Cup.
Speaking of drought, the nation of Argentina is also looking to go back to the top of world football after decades of heartbreak. They last won the prestigious tournament in 1986, when a young Diego Maradona led the team to an unbeaten run. After that, they only managed to be runners-up twice, the last of which was during the 2014 World Cup. The team heavily struggled in recent competition editions despite having one of the greatest ever to play the game.
And although Lionel Messi is not the only world-class player on the team, the results of their games might heavily rely on the Argentinian’s condition once the competition starts. The team’s morale is undoubtedly at an all-time high, especially with their 32-game unbeaten run. Their momentum and Messi’s potential final World Cup run will be crucial in pushing Argentina’s quest for another World Cup title come November.
As of writing, they are currently the fourth favourite to win the competition with 7.30 odds. They will see action in Group C and have a fierce battle against the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Mexico, and Poland.
Despite having one of the top football leagues and some of the biggest clubs in the world, Spain does not have a good history regarding the World Cup. Sure, they won the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, but their other best result is a lone runner-up finish during the 1950 World Cup in Brazil. Apart from their two best runs, they either get eliminated during the group stage, the round of 16, or the quarterfinals.
The “La Furia Roja” will look to have a dominating run and go after the glory with a mix of experienced and some of the best young players in the world, such as FC Barcelona standouts Pedri, Gavi, and Ansu Fati. The team will be in Group E and is grouped with another powerhouse team, Germany, along with Costa Rica and Japan. They have 10.00 odds of winning it all and are heavily considered a dark horse in the competition.
With only a few months left before the in-season tournament, all sports fans and bettors are already looking forward to how teams will prepare to reach World Cup glory. Despite the early favourites to win the competition in various sportsbooks, other nations, such as the Netherlands, Belgium, and Germany, could rise to the challenge and surprise everyone. They are looking to bounce back from their disappointing 2018 campaign.
For bettors, preparing early will allow them to formulate a strategy that can help increase their chances of winning their wagers. And apart from researching team preparations, they will also be able to look for trusted platforms that will give them information about their bets and maximize their betting budget.
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