Soccer Sportsbooks Adjust 2022 World Cup Odds Following Group Stage Draw

| April 4, 2022 12:46 am PDT

  • The draw for the 2022 FIFA World Cup has been made.
  • Brazil is the bookmakers’ favorite to win the tournament.
  • England and France are viewed as Brazil’s nearest challengers.

The 2022 FIFA World Cup feels a whole lot closer following the draw. Although the tournament kicks off just a month before Christmas, the groups are now set in stone.

29 nations have already booked their spot at Qatar 2022, with three places still up for grabs. In June, the remaining play-off matches will be played in order to determine the full line-up.

All of the top soccer betting sites have altered their World Cup odds in light of the draw. Before we take a closer look at the World Cup groups, let’s check out the updated prices.

FIFA World Cup Odds (2022)


Prior to the draw, you could get odds of 6.50 for Brazil to win the 2022 FIFA World Cup. Having been drawn in a favorable group, the five-time champion is now priced at 6.00.

England’s odds have also dropped slightly, shifting from 8.00 to 7.50. The Three Lions will face the United States, Iran, and the UEFA play-off winner in Group B.

France is expected to mount a serious title defense in Qatar. Elsewhere, Spain and Germany’s prices have changed after the European powerhouses were drawn alongside each other in Group E.

Alongside Brazil, Argentina is the only other non-European team on the list of favorites. Belgium, the Netherlands, and Portugal are all priced at 15.00, while Denmark completes the top ten.

Head over to Betway to discover the full list of teams and World Cup odds.

2022 FIFA World Cup Groups

Last Friday, the 32 teams were split into eight groups of four. The eight seeded nations – Qatar, England, Argentina, France, Spain, Belgium, Brazil, and Portugal – were drawn first.

The top two sides in each group will advance to the knockout phase. Following the round of 16, quarter-finals, and semi-finals, the final will go down in Lusail on December 18.

Here are the World Cup groups.

  • Group A: Qatar, Ecuador, Senegal, Netherlands
  • Group B: England, Iran, USA, ?
  • Group C: Argentina, Saudi Arabia, Mexico, Poland
  • Group D: France, ?, Denmark, Tunisia
  • Group E: Spain, ?, Germany, Japan
  • Group F: Belgium, Canada, Morocco, Croatia
  • Group G: Brazil, Serbia, Switzerland, Cameroon
  • Group H: Portugal, Ghana, Uruguay, South Korea

As you can see, there are three vacant spots. With one European play-off and two inter-confederation play-offs scheduled for June, the full line-up will be finalized in due course.

The winner of the UEFA play-off will head into Group B. Wales has already reached the play-off final and is set to face the winner of Scotland vs. Ukraine in Cardiff.

The vacant spot in Group D will be filled by the winner of the AFC vs. CONMEBOL play-off (Australia/UAE or Peru). The winner of the CONCACAF vs. OFC play-off (Costa Rica or New Zealand) will go into Group E.

World Cup Betting Favorites for 2022

Brazil heads into Qatar 2022 as the bookies’ favorite, having enjoyed an unbeaten qualification campaign. Tite’s men won 14 of their 17 qualifiers, scoring 40 goals while conceding just five.

After reaching the 2018 World Cup semi-finals and the Euro 2020 final, England is expected to go deep into this year’s tournament. Can the Three Lions finally end their lengthy trophy drought?

Spearheaded by the phenomenal Kylian Mbappe,
defending champion France will be confident of becoming only the third nation in history to achieve back-to-back World Cup triumphs.

2010 winner Spain is back among the favorites after falling short in the past two World Cups. Meanwhile, Argentina rounds out the top five. Could Messi fire his country to glory?

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Ben Morris
Ben Morris

Ben is a sportswriter and tipster who specializes in soccer. Currently based in the UK, he has traveled all around the world watching – and betting on – his beloved sport.

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