Brazil heads the soccer World Cup odds for the 2022 finals in Qatar following the draw Friday for the first group stages.
The South American giants – winners of the famous trophy a record five times – will lock horns with Serbia, Switzerland and Cameroon in the first phase of the first ever winter finals (November 21 to December 18 inclusive). Brazil is +450 to become world champion for a sixth time.
The USMNT (+10000 or bet $100 to win $10,000) meanwhile faces some familiar foes in the shape of England and Iran, who will join it in Group B. The final spot will be taken by Wales, Scotland or Ukraine following playoffs to determine who makes the finals.
Mexico is the same +10000 odds as the U.S. after El Tri was handed a tough assignment in Group C with Lionel Messi’s Argentina, Robert Lewandowski’s Poland and Saudi Arabia.
England, semifinalist in Russia in 2018 and finalist at Euro 2020 last year, is +600 second favorite along with the defending champion France. Les Bleus were bracketed with Denmark and Tunisia in Group D with UAE, Australia or Peru set to take the final slot.
Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo, still searching for the one award that has eluded him in a glittering career, saw his country placed in Group H along with Ghana, South Korea and Uruguay. Portugal is +1200 odds to win the World Cup for the first time.
Messi also bids to win the trophy for a first time in December, and his Argentina team is +750 to win it all along with Spain.
The other North American team in the finals, Canada, is +25000 odds after being bracketed with Belgium, Morocco and 2018 finalist Croatia in Group F.
Missing from the draw of course was Italy, which suffered a shock elimination at the hands of North Macedonia.
Latest World Cup Odds 2022
So the draw is done and the route to Qatar in November is clear. Here are the latest odds from DraftKings:
NB: Odds correct at 2pm ET on April 1, 2022
World Cup Draw: Groups for 2022
The draw for the 2022 finals took place Friday, and here are the groups for the first phase:
Group A: Qatar, Ecuador, Netherlands, Senegal
Group B: England, Iran, USA, Scotland/Wales/Ukraine
Group C: Argentina, Saudi Arabia, Mexico, Poland
Group D: France, UAE/Australia/Peru, Denmark, Tunisia
Group E: Spain, Costa Rica/New Zealand, Germany, Japan
Group F: Belgium, Canada, Morocco, Croatia
Group G: Brazil, Serbia, Switzerland, Cameroon
Group H: Portugal, Ghana, Uruguay, South Korea
When are the World Cup games played?
Like we said, this is the first finals ever to be played outside of the summer months. The finals start November 21, 2022 and run through to the World Cup final on December 18.
The first phase group games are played on the following dates:
Monday November 21
Group A: Qatar vs. Ecuador
Group A: Senegal vs. Netherlands
Group B: England vs. Iran
Group B: United States vs. Wales or Scotland / Ukraine
Tuesday November 22
Group C: Argentina vs. Saudi Arabia
Group C: Mexico vs. Poland
Group D: France vs. Peru or Australia / United Arab Emirates
Group D: Denmark vs. Tunisia
Wednesday November 23
Group E: Spain vs. Costa Rica or New Zealand
Group E: Germany vs. Japan
Group F: Belgium vs. Canada
Group F: Morocco vs. Croatia
Thursday November 24
Group G: Brazil vs. Serbia
Group G: Switzerland vs. Cameroon
Group H: Portugal vs. Ghana
Group H: Uruguay vs. South Korea
Friday November 25
Group A: Qatar vs. Senegal
Group A: Netherlands vs. Ecuador
Group B: England vs. United States
Group B: Wales or Scotland / Ukraine vs. Iran
Saturday November 26
Group C: Argentina vs. Mexico
Group C: Poland vs. Saudi Arabia
Group D: France vs. Denmark
Group D: Tunisia vs. Peru or Australia / United Arab Emirates
Sunday November 27
Group E: Spain vs. Germany
Group E: Japan vs. Costa Rica or New Zealand
Group F: Belgium vs. Morocco
Group F: Croatia vs. Canada
Monday November 28
Group G: Brazil vs. Switzerland
Group G: Cameroon vs. Serbia
Group H: Portugal vs. Uruguay
Group H: South Korea vs. Ghana
Tuesday November 29
Group A: Netherlands vs. Qatar
Group A: Ecuador vs. Senegal
Group B: Wales or Scotland / Ukraine vs. England
Group B: Iran vs. United States
Wednesday November 30
Group C: Poland vs. Argentina
Group C: Saudi Arabia vs. Mexico
Group D: Tunisia vs. France
Group D: Peru or Australia / United Arab Emirates vs. Denmark
Thursday December 1
Group E: Japan vs. Spain
Group E: Costa Rica or New Zealand vs. Germany
Group F: Croatia vs. Belgium
Group F: Canada vs. Morocco
Friday December 2
Group G: Cameroon vs. Brazil
Group G: Serbia vs. Switzerland
Group H: South Korea vs. Portugal
Group H: Ghana vs. Uruguay
Brazil is the +450 favorite with England and defending champion next on +600. USMNT and Mexico are both +10000 with Canada on +25000.
Brazil – the five-times winner, is the +450 favorite.
You’d have to be pretty crazy to rule out the defending champion France. Yeah they messed up in the Euros but they still have ridiculous talent, headed by the amazing Kylian Mbappe. They would be our early pick at +600.
Yes, Qatar qualified for the finals. The host nation and also the defending champion (France in this case) qualify automatically.