The latest: Brazil looks for its sixth World Cup while the Netherlands hopes to return to form as a powerhouse. Croatia might be worth a look as a long shot after its 2018 runner-up finish.
Here are the latest World Cup odds.
World Cup odds
Odds as of 9:16 a.m. on 07/03/2022.
Best World Cup odds
The favourite: Brazil (+500)
Brazil leads the way with five World Cups and sportsbooks are pegging it as the favourite to win yet again.
As far as high-end talent goes, you’d be hard-pressed to find a team with more than Brazil. Let’s just throw out a few names: Neymar, Raphinha, Gabriel Jesus, Vinicius Junior and Rodrygo — that’s just the forwards.
Brazil’s squad is elite. Its depth rivals the Marianas Trench and there is no position group with a discernible weakness. In between the pipes, Brazil has Allison and Ederson, two of the best goalkeepers in the world.
The Brazilians are undefeated in 2022 (5-1-0) with a +17 goal differential in those games (19F, 2A). While the competition they’re playing isn’t the best, the fashion in which they’re winning has raised more than a few eyebrows.
Brazil should blow through its group of Serbia, Switzerland and Cameroon to advance to the knockout stage for the 14th consecutive time. It has reached the quarter-finals in every World Cup since 1990, racking up two of its five titles in that span.
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Other choices to win
Best value: Netherlands (+1,400)
The Dutch have one of the most exciting young teams in national football. Combine that with the fact that they’re in a particularly easy grouping (Ecuador, Senegal and Qatar) and we’re bullish on the Netherlands’ chances to secure its first World Cup.
If the Dutch were to win their group (-195), they would have one of the easiest paths out of any major team. They are slated to play the runners-up in Group B which is likely to be won by a heavily favoured England (-335). The remaining teams are The United States, Wales, or Iran.
Of course, none of this can be said for certain, so let’s focus on what we do know.
The Netherlands completely re-vamped its national team after a disappointing show at the 2020 European Championship. The decorated Louis van Gaal returns as manager, having led the squad to a third-place finish at the 2014 world cup.
The Dutch boast a back end which contains Virgil van Dijk, Frenkie de Jong and Denzel Dumfries. They have multiple scoring threats up front, and are undefeated in the Nations League thus far (3-1-0). One of those wins was a 4-1 battering of No. 2 ranked Belgium.
Team to watch: Croatia (+6,600)
We’re not saying Croatia will replicate its historic run at the last World Cup, but at 66-to-1 this seems like the 2018 runner-ups are severely undervalued.
Croatia’s golden generation is on the back end of its dominance, but there are still quality players up and down the roster.
They are anchored by 2018 Ballon D’or winner Luka Modric, and have turned in some impressive Nations League performances, including a 1-0 win over France.
Canada’s World Cup odds
The odds: Canada +20,000
The Canucks sit as massive 200-to-1 underdogs to take home the World Cup, but that shouldn’t come as a surprise.
After all, this is Canada’s first World Cup appearance since 1986. John Herdman’s squad has drawn a group that includes Belgium, Croatia and Morocco, so simply advancing to the knockout stage would be an accomplishment (they currently sit at +900 to win Group F).
Alphonso Davies has become an international star, and will lead an accompanying cast that features the likes of Jonathan David and Cyle Larin.
This group has provided folks north of the border with memories that will last a lifetime and they still have at least three more games of World Cup action before looking towards 2026. Canada will host 10 World Cup matches in 2026 after winning a joint bid with Mexico and The United States.
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