2022 FIFA Club World Cup Betting Preview with Odds and Analysis – Can Anyone Stop Chelsea?
If the odds for the FIFA Club World Cup are anything to go by, Chelsea already has one hand on the trophy. The EPL giant is the bookmakers’ clear favorite to win the tournament, which kicks off on February 3 in the UEA.
The 2020-21 UEFA Champions League winner is one of seven teams competing in the event. Copa Libertadores champion Palmeiras is also there, along with CONCACAF Champions League winner Monterrey.
If you are planning to bet on the 2022 FIFA Club World Cup, I have got you covered. This betting preview contains Club World Cup odds, team analysis, predictions for the Club World Cup, and a whole load more.
FIFA Club World Cup Betting Odds (2022)
All the best soccer betting sites view Chelsea (1.20) as the out-and-out favorite to win the tournament. I’d be lying if I said that I was surprised by the bookmakers’ FIFA Club World Cup odds.
There is absolutely no denying that Chelsea is the strongest team in the competition. If Thomas Tuchel fields a full-strength XI and takes the event seriously, the English powerhouse will be extremely difficult to stop.
The bookies’ view Palmeiras (7.00) as Chelsea’s biggest threat. The Brazilians have won each of the past two Copa Libertadores titles, proving that they are a force to be reckoned with.
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Monterrey (9.00) stands a chance of lifting the trophy, too, having won the 2021 CONCACAF Champions League. The Mexican giant heads into the tournament as the third favorite.
Egyptian outfit Al Ahly (15.00) is the king of Africa, while Saudi Arabian side Al Hilal (21.00) is the reigning Asian champion. In the eyes of the bookmakers, those two are the only other realistic contenders.
Al Jazira (81.00) qualified for the tournament as the host nation’s champion. The Abu Dhabi club won the 2020-21 UAE Pro League and is not expected to upset the Club World Cup odds.
Finally, AS Pirae (101.00) didn’t even qualify for the competition. OFC Champions League winner Auckland City was forced to withdraw, so the Oceania Football Confederation nominated the Tahiti champion to represent the region.
About the 2022 FIFA Club World Cup
The upcoming Club World Cup comprises the reigning champions from all six of FIFA’s confederations – UEFA, CONMEBOL, CONCACAF, CAF, AFC, and OFC. With the tournament taking place in the UEA, an extra Asian team will compete for the trophy.
Let’s take a look at the seven teams, their confederations, and how they qualified for the tournament.
|2022 FIFA CLUB WORLD CUP TEAMS|
|Chelsea (England)||UEFA||UEFA Champions League|
|Palmeiras (Brazil)||CONMEBOL||Copa Libertadores|
|Monterrey (Mexico)||CONCACAF||CONCACAF Champions League|
|Al Ahly (Egypt)||CAF||CAF Champions League|
|Al Hilal (Saudi Arabia)||AFC||AFC Champions League|
|Al Jazira (UAE)||AFC||UEA Pro League|
|AS Pirae (Tahiti)||OFC||Nominated by OFC|
The two highest-ranks teams – Chelsea and Palmeiras – head straight into the semi-finals, while Monterrey, Al Ahly, and Al Hilal enter the competition in the second round.
The two lowest-ranked sides – Al Jazira and AS Pirae – are the only teams competing in the first round. They must battle it out for a place in the second round, with Al Hilal awaiting the winner.
Here is the 2022 FIFA World Cup schedule in full.
- First round: Al Jazira vs. AS Pirae (February 3)
- Second round: Al Ahly vs. Monterrey (February 5)
- Second round: Al Hilal vs. Al Jazira/AS Pirae (February 6)
- Semi-finals: Palmeiras vs. Al Ahly/Monterrey (February 8)
- Semi-finals: Chelsea vs. Al Hilal/Al Jazira/AS Pirae (February 9)
- Third-play play-off: Semi-final loser vs. Semi-final loser (February 12)
- Final: Semi-final winner vs. Semi-final winner (February 12)
Right, it’s time to take a closer look at the teams.
Why Is Chelsea the Bookmakers’ Clear Favorite?
It is no secret that the UEFA Champions League is the holy grail for European clubs. Although the Club World Cup is the pinnacle for pretty much everyone else, teams from Europe often view the competition as an unwanted distraction from their domestic season.
Even so, European clubs have dominated the Club World Cup over the years. UEFA teams have won 13 of the 17 titles and have reached all but one of the finals.
|FIFA CLUB WORLD CUP WINNERS (BY CONFEDERATION)|
Chelsea’s squad is teeming with world-class stars. Players such as N’Golo Kante, Romelu Lukaku, and Jorginho are among the best on the planet, so it’s no wonder the Blues are expected to lift the trophy in the UEA.
Depending on how the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations pans out, Chelsea could be without first-choice goalkeeper Edouard Mendy for the Club World Cup. As one of the top players at AFCON 2021, he could take Senegal deep into the competition.
Still, Tuchel’s squad is deep enough to cope with any absentees. Even without a handful of their top performers, the Blues should have more than enough firepower to secure the title.
Who Are Chelsea’s Main Challengers?
As the bookies’ odds for the 2022 FIFA Club World Cup suggest, Palmeiras and Monterrey are Chelsea’s main challengers. In fact, they are the only other teams priced below 10.00.
In this section, I take a closer look at Palmeiras and Monterrey and discuss whether or not they have got what it takes to end UEFA’s domination of the Club World Cup.
Palmeiras Is Chelsea’s Biggest Threat
Palmeiras produced one of the most memorable soccer moments of 2021 when they beat Brazilian rival Flamengo to collect back-to-back Copa Libertadores titles. Having mastered South America, Abel Ferreira’s team will now aim to conquer the world.
In last year’s Club World Cup, Palmeiras was knocked out by Mexican side Tigres in the semi-finals. The Brazilians went on to lose the third-place play-off to Al Ahly – a team they could face in this year’s semi-finals.
By contrast, Al Jazira and AS Pirae would both have to win four consecutive matches to triumph – and they are the lowest-ranked teams in the tournament.
Spearheaded by the young quartet of Danilo, Patrick de Paula, Gabriel Menino, and Gabriel Veron, Palmeiras cannot be taken lightly. They have the potential to frustrate Chelsea in the final, should both teams make it there.
Don’t Write Off Monterrey Altogether
Monterrey is one of the Mexico’s most successful clubs. Not only have Rayados won multiple domestic titles over the years, but they have also dominated the CONCACAF region in recent times.
Under the guidance of legendary head coach Javier Aguirre, Monterrey clinched their second CONCACAF Champions League triumph in three years last season. That means they have won five of the past 11 titles.
That said, Rayados just endured a below-par Apertura campaign in Liga MX – finishing ninth in the standings before losing in the quarter-finals. The Clausura campaign has just started, though, giving them a chance make amends.
Monterrey claimed third place in both the 2012 and 2019 Club World Cup but has never managed to reach the final. In truth, I can’t see the Mexican club bucking that trend this year.
Could Anyone Else Upset the Club World Cup Odds?
Let’s take a quick look at the other four teams in the competition.
It goes without saying that it would be a massive shock if any of these sides went all the way, especially Al Jazira and AS Pirae. Still, we need to examine all the contenders before betting on the FIFA Club World Cup.
Al Ahly Has Club World Cup History
Al Ahly is the undisputed king of African club soccer. The Egyptians have won a record ten CAF Champions League titles – twice as many as any other side.
They have reached four of the past five CAF Champions League finals, winning each of the previous two. However, they invariably struggle on the world stage. Despite having featured in numerous Club World Cups, their best finish is third.
Al Ahly's record at the Fifa Club World Cup— Soccerzela (@soccerzela) February 11, 2021
2005: 6th place
2006: 3rd place ?
2008: 5th place
2012: 4th place
2013: 6th place
2021: 3rd place ?
Pitso Mosimane's side have matched the historic 2006 Al Ahly's record achievement! pic.twitter.com/I1tiBcRf3R
Al Ahly must get past Monterrey in the second round before meeting Palmeiras in the semi-finals. Needless to say, that won’t be easy.
Could Al Hilal Ruffle Some Feathers?
Al Hilal is the only team in history to have clinched four AFC Champions League titles. The Saudi Arabian powerhouse has reached four of the last eight finals and has won two of the previous three.
When it comes to the Club World Cup, however, Al Hilal always falls by the wayside. A fourth-place finish in 2019 is the club’s best-ever performance in the competition – and they were thrashed by Brazilian side Flamengo that season.
The team is currently led by Leonardo Jardim, who guided AS Monaco to the Ligue 1 title back in 2017. Nonetheless, leading Al Hilal to Club World Cup glory would arguably be his greatest achievement.
What Can Al Jazira Achieve on Home Soil?
There is a reason why Al Jazira is priced at 81.00 to win the Club World Cup. The reason? Because they’re not very good.
The Abu Dhabi outfit competes in the UEA Pro League and is only participating in the Club World Cup because Qatar is hosting the 2022 FIFA World Cup. I wish them all the best, but I can’t see them getting anywhere near the trophy.
AS Pirae Needs a Miracle
As I already mentioned, Auckland City was originally supposed to represent the Oceania region in the Club World Cup. But following the New Zealanders’ withdrawal, AS Pirae will now fly the flag for OFC.
Can you imagine Pirae coming up against Chelsea? No, me either!
Who Will Win the 2022 FIFA Club World Cup?
If you’re looking for safe Club World Cup bet, look no further than Chelsea. The EPL giant is the bookmakers’ clear favorite for a very good reason. Well, multiple reasons, actually!
Granted, Chelsea’s price of 1.20 is nothing to write home about. But when you consider just how much stronger the Blue are than all the other teams, backing them to secure the title makes a lot of sense.
It is worth noting that Palmeiras saw just 36% possession in the 2021 Libertadores final. On top of that, Ferreira’s men faced a barrage of 19 shots from Palmeiras and still managed to get their hands of the trophy.
If they come up against Chelsea in the final of the Club World Cup, they will need to produce a similar kind of performance to get the better of Tuchel’s side.
At 9.00, Monterrey is the only other team worth considering. The Mexicans have picked up five of the last 11 CONCACAF Champions League titles, so they will fancy their chances of upsetting the Club World Cup odds.
That’s all from me. Remember – the tournament gets underway on February 3, so make sure you place your FIFA Club World Cup bets before then. For more content like this, head over to our soccer blog.