World Cup Outright Odds: Who Should You Back?

The World Cup is the biggest sporting event in 2022 and the only football event that even the most casual fans follow. This is where the most prominent stars are born on the international stage, and the winner gets to enjoy unparalleled glory and bragging rights for four years. We will look into the outright odds for this tournament, looking for some value to bet on!

World Cup Outright odds from 888SportBet365, and William Hill can be found below:

Challengers for Outright World Cup winners’ odds

The World Cup is fast approaching, and the bookies have released their outright odds. Let’s take a look at their four favourites.

Brazil: 5/1

  • 5 World Cups won

Brazil’s World Cup outright odds are at 5/1, making them the favourites to take the trophy home. It’s fair to say, Brazil are the kings of international football. They have the most wins of any country, and are the only side to have played in every single World Cup since the competition began back in 1930.

Over the years we have seen some remarkable talent in Brazil’s side. The likes of Pele, Ronaldo, Ronaldinho, Zico- the list could go on and on. All of these players have something in common, they’ve all lifted the gold and green trophy. Our generation’s Brazilian superstar is Neymar, and despite him being second on the all time scorers, Brazilians do not hold him in the same regard. Because he hasn’t won the World Cup.

It feels like fate for Neymar. He’s been quiet and overlooked in the last couple of seasons, but this year he’s been back to his impeccable self. He could inspire them to number 6. At 5/1, Brazil has great value.

France: 11/2

  • 2 World Cups won

The current World champions France were always gonna be on this list. They have a star studded squad which on paper, looks even better than their 2018 World Cup side. Kylian Mbappé has only developed since his breakout tournament and will spearhead their attack.

The list of young French talent is extremely extensive, that combined with the experienced 2018 winners will make France one of the most dangerous sides in the competition.

Their World Cup outright odds reflect this, they are at 11/2 on 888Sport. Just slightly more than the favourites Brazil. We could quite easily see France join Italy and Brazil as the only sides to win back to back World Cups.

Argentina: 13/2

  • 2 World Cups won

Argentina is one of the elite countries of the World Cup. They’ve had some absolutely legendary players in their ranks over the years and we’re blessed to see the greatest of them all in Lionel Messi.

Messi is often criticised for his lack of success with the national team compared to his predecessor, the late Diego Maradona. This could well be the last World Cup of Messi’s career and both himself and teammates will be desperate to secure the win.

They recently won the Copa America which has only unified the group of players. They are the third favourites to win the competition and with odds of 13/2 they could be a real money maker.

England: 13/2

  • 1 World Cup won

Last but not least we have England. The country where the beautiful game was born and the home of football. England have won just one major tournament in their history- this being the 1966 World Cup.

The closest they’ve come to a World Cup since was a 4th place finish back in 1990 and more recently in 2018. The Three Lions have been quiet and the English people are itching to see their country finally win another trophy.

Their most recent major tournament outing came just last year at the delayed Euro 2020 championships. They were one of the host countries and reached the final but sadly lost on penalties. Could this finally be England’s year? 888Sport have them at equal World Cup outright odds to Lionel Messi and Argentina. Gareth Southgate and his team will be desperate to bring glory back to their country.

Dark horses and long shots for World Cup outright winners’ odds

Just because a side is good on paper, it doesn’t mean they’ll perform on the pitch. International teams train together a lot less than clubs do. This makes the World Cup the best tournament to bet on the dark horse market. That’s why we’ll be taking you through some of the best dark horse options!

Spain: 15/2

Spain just missed out on being among the top four favourites, but they still have an excellent squad and a great shot of winning their second World Cup. Their World Cup outright odds reflect this at 15/2 you could win a whopping £85 from just a £10 stake…

Spain has finally begun to evolve from the days of Sergio Busquets, Andres Iniesta and Xavi. They have instilled some new philosophies and have some new star-men. Gavi, Pedri and Ansu Fati are the new faces of the Spanish national team. This tournament has big stakes for them and could be make or break for their international careers.

Twelve years ago, Spain rejoiced for their first World Cup, can they repeat this feat?

Germany: 9/1

Another side to win this beautiful competition last decade! Germany won the World Cup back in 2014- with players such as Mesut Ozil and Thomas Muller shining for them. Since then, the Germans have struggled- they were knocked out of the 2018 World Cup in the group stages and were beaten by England in the round of 16 at Euro 2020.

At 9/1 they come into the dark horse category, they’re definitely one to look out for. They have a few winners in that squad.

Belgium: 11/1

Belgium have slightly slipped out of their ‘golden era’ £85 million winger Eden Hazard has fallen from his prime, which does affect them. But they still have some top, top talent. Kevin de Bruyne is arguably the best footballer in the world. Romelu Lukaku is comfortable at Inter and Thibaut Courtois is a cat between the sticks.

With World Cup outright odds of 11/1, we’re reaching long-shot territory. They did reach the semis of the 2018 competition and were beaten by eventual winners France. They have some world beater players and they could quite possibly pose a threat at this competition.

Netherlands: 12/1

The Netherlands have some fantastic players in their ranks. From the bottom of the pitch all the way to the top. They have been absent from the World Cup since 2014 when they finished third with former Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal.

van Gaal is back to World Cup duty, with a new look squad. Some of the standout players include:

  • Frenkie de Jong
  • Virgil van Dijk
  • Matthijs De Ligt
  • Memphis Depay
  • Ryan Gravenberch

Portugal: 12/1

Portugal have won just one major trophy in their history, a European championship back in 2016. They edged out France in the final with Eder scoring the only goal.

Portugal’s squad has improved significantly since then. With the common denominator being Cristiano Ronaldo. At 37, this could be Ronaldo’s World Cup farewell.

Similarly to Lionel Messi at Argentina, the Portuguese players will have motivation to help Cristiano Ronaldo win his first World Cup.

Long shots

Anything is possible at the World Cup, teams that look poor on paper could perform very well and even go on to win the tournament. Let us take you through a few long shot picks.

Croatia: 45/1

At the 2018 World Cup, Croatia reached the final but were beaten by France 4-2. Their squad has declined since then due to their stars ageing but there is still a possibility for them to win.

Uruguay: 45/1

Uruguay at 45/1 is very interesting, they have some fantastic players in their squad of both young and old. Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani will be competing with Darwin Nunez for that starting striker spot.

They may lack quality in some areas, but in others they have plenty.

Senegal: 100/1

Senegal have some fantastic players in their ranks like Sadio Mane, Kalidou Koulibaly and Edouard Mendy to name a few. This group of players have won a major trophy together too. Earlier this year Senegal were crowned AFCON champions, the next step is the World Cup, could they do it? It’s unlikely, but you never know in football.

FAQ’s

Who will win the World Cup?
This question will be answered on December 18th- 888sport have Brazil as favourites.

Who is favourite to win the World Cup?
Brazil are favourites to win the World Cup at 5/1

Who won the last World Cup?
France won the last World Cup in 2018.