World Cup 2022 Winner Predictions, Odds, Picks

  • The 2022 World Cup will be held in Qatar in November and December
  • This will be the 22nd edition of the tournament and the first held in the Arab world
  • Brazil, France, Spain, England and Argentina are among the contenders

The 2022 World Cup will take place in Qatar in November and December. The tiny Middle Eastern country was controversially named as the host nation in 2010, ahead of the United States, South Korea, Australia and Japan.

This will be the 22nd edition of a tournament that was first held in 1930. Just 13 teams participated in that inaugural competition. In 2022 there will be 32 sides present for the final time, with the World Cup set to feature 48 teams from the 2026 edition onwards.

Matches at this year’s tournament will be held in five cities in Qatar: Doha, Al Rayyan, Lusail, Al Khor and Al Wakrah. The opening match will be played at Al Bayt Stadium, with the final set to be staged at Lusail Iconic Stadium.

2022 World Cup Odds

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2022 World Cup Winner Odds
Brazil +550
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France +600
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England +700
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Spain +800
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Germany +900
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Argentina +1100
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Italy +1200
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Belgium +1400
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Netherlands +1600
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Portugal +2000
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Who Will Win the 2022 World Cup?

Brazil are the favorites to win the 2022 World Cup. They have won the tournament five times in the past and secured a place in Qatar in an impressive fashion in the South American section of qualification.

France are the holder after lifting the trophy in Russia four years ago. They have arguably the strongest squad in world soccer right now, but they were disappointed at the European Championship last summer.

England reached the final of that competition and has made steady progress over a number of years under Gareth Southgate. This is not a vintage Germany team but the four-time winners can never be written off, while Spain look strong under Luis Enrique.

Who Were the 2018 World Cup Winners?

France won the 2018 World Cup in Russia. They picked up seven points in the group stage, drawing with Denmark and beating Australia and Peru. They then triumphed 4-3 over Argentina in a thrilling match in the round of 16, before beating Uruguay and Belgium to reach the final.

France beat Croatia 4-2 in the final in Moscow. The runners-up had finished top of Group D ahead of Argentina, Nigeria, and Iceland. They needed penalties to squeeze past Denmark and Russia in the last 16 and quarter-finals respectively, before overcoming England in the semi-finals.

Which Teams Have Been Most Successful at the World Cup?

World Cup Winners Victories Most recent victory
Brazil 5 2002
Germany/West Germany 4 2014
Italy 4 2006
Argentina 2 1986
Uruguay 2 1950
France 2 2018
Spain 1 2010
England 1 1966

How Does the World Cup Work?

The 32 teams have been divided into eight groups of four. The top two in each group will advance to the knockout phase, which begins with a round of 16.

Games in the knockout rounds are one-legged ties, with extra time and (if needed) penalty shoot-outs determining the winner if the score is level after 90 minutes.

Why Is the 2022 World Cup Being Held in Winter?

Every previous edition of the World Cup has been held in the northern hemisphere’s summer. The tournament was shifted a couple of weeks earlier in 2002 to avoid the rainy season in Japan and South Korea, beginning at the end of May and finishing in late June. The usual schedule is mid-June to mid-July.

However, the 2022 World Cup will be held in November and December. This is because it is simply unfeasible to play football in Qatar in June and July, when temperatures can soar to more than 50°C (122°F).

What Countries Are in the 2022 World Cup?

The qualification process is still ongoing at the time of writing, but 14 teams have already booked a spot at the tournament alongside Qatar, who qualified automatically as hosts.

Brazil and Argentina have already amassed enough points in the South American section of qualifying. Iran and South Korea have done similar in Asia, but no teams from Africa, Oceania or the CONCACAF confederation have qualified yet.

Germany, Denmark, France, Belgium, Croatia, Spain, Serbia, England, Switzerland and the Netherlands are safely through from Europe.

What Country Will Host the 2022 World Cup?

Qatar was named as the host nation in 2010. The voting process was held in five stages, with one country eliminated per round. The United States and Qatar progressed to the final round, with the Middle Eastern nation triumphing by 14 votes to eight.

It was a surprising and contentious decision. Qatar is a tiny country of just two million people. Its critics charged that it has little football heritage, although Qatar did win the most recent edition of the Asian Cup. There were also allegations of Qatari officials using bribery during the selection process, although it is not the only nation to have been accused of misconduct.

A report by the Guardian found that, as of February 2021, 6500 migrant workers had died in Qatar since it was awarded the World Cup. Many deaths relate directly to the building of stadia that will be used during the competition.

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How to Watch the 2022 World Cup on TV

2022 World Cup Information
Dates 21 November 2022 – 18 December 2022
Location Qatar
Kick-off times 5am, 8am, 10am, 11am, 2pm
How to watch Fox Sports

 

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Greg Lea

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Greg Lea is a freelance soccer journalist from London. He is the former editor of The Set Pieces, and has contributed to the Guardian, FourFourTwo, and ESPN. A Crystal Palace fan, he is a long-time subscriber to the belief that it's the taking part that counts. Email: [email protected]